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Nah, not very well. POV for sure isn't good at it...3rd person brings things bit more into perspective but still can't capture steepness too well, but can see the rider doing what it takes to maneuver the obstacles.

Or maybe you just aren't as good as you think?
haha kidding about that.
 

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Nope, it doesn't work when you're shooting POV. Think about it- the camera is essentially filming at the angle of the slope, which flattens it out completely. The only way to show steepness is if you shoot 3rd person from the side, but with the wide angle of view of a GoPro, that's really hard to do.

You could potentially use it to shoot 3rd person and have the rider come down the steep section right at the camera, if you shoot wide enough it could convey some of the steepness. But you're right, it doesn't work well and flattens everything for the most part.
 

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Even for myself, when the camera is NOT aligned to the slope (up or down) it doesn't capture the steepness. Sort of noticeable on climbs because I'm leaned so far forward (bars get closer to the camera) and the breathing is heavier. Following another rider helps show steep uphills, watch their cadence and body position. Can't tell from the trail, but can tell from the person. Downhill though, nope!

Sometimes, when shooting 3rd person, -if there are 2 people in the shot, one can descent while the other is up top. This helps show separation from the two people.
 

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Why gopro bike vids are a yawner... Mr Pig called it.

edit: I'm surprised there is not software to make it look realistic, maybe there is...
 

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The reason things look "flatter" is due to the extreme wide angle of the GoPro lens, which can be up to a 170 degree FOV. In comparison, a photograph that looks "normal" by human eye standards taken by a full frame DLSR camera is accomplished using a 50mm lens, which has a FOV of less than 40 degrees. That's a far cry from GoPro's 170 degree FOV. Not completely apples to apples, but you get the gist of it.

You can try zooming the GoPro all the way in and recording a ride to see if that looks more realistic. Of course, you capture less of the scene due to the narrower FOV. The other thing is, image quality will suffer since GoPro's zooming is accomplished by cropping, not actual lens manipulation.
 

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All the above, plus the GoPro doesn't give any depth of field becuase they design it to be in focus everywhere. Contributes a lot to the "GoPro Affect" (Effect?)
 

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Why gopro bike vids are a yawner... Mr Pig called it.

edit: I'm surprised there is not software to make it look realistic, maybe there is...
if you run a gopro backwards/rearward and view what you just rode, it looks a whole lot better and you can get the trail feel far better than front facing...try it
 
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