Cycling Around the World


Camera Equipment

Posted by Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World on November 11, 2016 at 8:35 AM


I have taken some amazing images with my current Nikon DSLR, but I do find it limited for what I feel I'm going to need. I want to video the experience in 4K, not just photograph it, and I don't want a separate video camera and don't feel a GoPro 4k would be enough.

Technology has moved on so far that I’m not really bothered whether it is Full-Frame or not, but I do require some degree of weather sealing, really good 4k quality video, Bracketing for HDR as I am tired of creating HDR from a single shot, and I want something not overly chunky.

This is a onetime experience and not just a week away or a short break. I will never get this chance again to do this, ever.

So my first choice will be the Sony Alpha 7r ll

Camera Body

Sony a7R II Highlight specifications


42MP Full Frame BSI CMOS sensor

399 on-sensor Phase Detection points

5-axis image stabilization

Internal 4K recording from full sensor width or 'Super' 35 crop

Full magnesium alloy construction

2.36m dot OLED viewfinder with 0.7x magnification

High speed AF with non-native lenses

Weather sealed

Lens (pictured above)

Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed. Weather sealed.

Lens (pictured below)

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS telephoto. Weather sealed.

DJI Mavic Pro Drone


H83mm x W83mm x L198mm

Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded) 335 mm

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 1.62 lbs 

Max Ascent Speed 16.4 ft/s (5 m/s) in Sport mode

Max Descent Speed 9.8 ft/s (3 m/s)

Max Speed 40 mph (65 kph) in Sport mode without wind

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 16404 feet (5000 m)

Max Flight Time 27 minutes (0 wind at a consistent 15.5 mph (25 kph))

Max Hovering Time 24 minutes (0 wind)

Overall Flight Time 21 minutes ( In normal flight, 15% remaining battery level )

Max Flight Distance 8 mi (13 km, 0 wind)

Operating Temperature Range 32° to 104° F (0° to 40° C)

Satellite Positioning Systems GPS / GLONASS

I want to film as much of this cycle as possible and in high quality, as I will upload to YouTube and maybe even make a video once I return, so some drone footage would be amazing. If I get lost and want the direction of the nearest town, I might be able to send it up high and have a look around. If I get stuck or I’m unable to move do to my back and spine turning really bad as it does from time to time, I might be able to use the drone to try to get help. But of course a big reason is that I just love gadgets, and this is going to be a load of fun no doubt.

GoPro Hero 5


Image Recording Format JPEG, RAW

Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160

Photo Resolution 12.0 MP

Widescreen Video Capture

Waterproof to 10 m

Focus Adjustment focus free

MicroSD slot

Digital image rotation

Takes photos while film recording

Wide Dynamic Range (WDR)

Time-Lapse recording

Loop recording

Voice control

Night Lapse

Low Lux / Night Mode Yes

Microphone Features wind noise reduction

Microphone Operation Mode Stereo

Model Black

Continuous Shooting Speed 30 frames per second

Frame Rate (Max Resolution) 30 fps

High Definition Video Support 4K

AV Interfaces HDMI


Wireless Interface Bluetooth, Wireless LAN

I live the idea of just being able to yank out this little 2" camera from my pocket to take unexpected shots when needed. Or to attack to lid and bike, but underwater shots will be great to take. 

So as you can see, this list is a lot camera equipement and a lot of money. It must be nice for those adventurers who get everything through sponsorship. Total weight will be about 6 or 7lb's when chargers and other bits added. 

Categories: Camera and Video Equipment

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Reply Stephen Peel - Cycling Around the World
4:49 PM on June 11, 2017 
The Sony a7rii and the 2 lenses arrived, and I love them all. The quality and small size (the 70-200 lens is big though) is outstanding. I'm working with video settings right now an trying to find the best software for uploading to YouTube.

The GoPro Hero 5 Black is also here, and I've been playing with the voice controls and will test it out further as soon the Micro SD Cards arrive.