Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Mr. Roboto

I have a milestone anniversary coming up at work at the end of the month. And I just discovered it comes with a cash prize.

Not a huge one. But a decent one to be able to do something fun with.

I should be a responsible adult and use it wisely.

But I have horses. So that isn't going to happen.

I'm not going to spend it on custom boots - which was oddly the first thing that popped up on Facebook after I found out about the money. They are still going to have to wait.
Purple boots? Yes please Celeris!

It might be this guy that I've long lusted for:
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!

It won't pay for the whole thing, so I still have to decide carefully. I already have a camcorder that will work for it, so that won't be an extra expense. I also already have a tripod that should work with an inexpensive adapter added to it, so again, one less expense. 

I'm thinking of allowing it to be rented out to people at my barn to record their rides (totally justifies the purchase, right?). I would have to set it up for them, they supply the memory card and take it home for any editing. I'm not sure if this would work well or not as trying to organize my schedule with someone else's might be a huge hassle. If it would work though, how much would you be willing to pay? I'm thinking $15 for an hour or so.

It's still in the "we'll see" stage. I don't think that there have traditionally been Black Friday deals on these units. If that is true again for this year, I'd wait until the new year to order it as I don't anticipate riding much November/December. They have a 14 day full-refund policy, and these things can still be a bit buggy, so I don't want to waste that period and not be using it.

It won't stop me for shopping for a storage case though.... (I'll be sitting on my ass for two weeks after surgery at the end of October - I know I'm going to buy something!)


If you already have a Pixio, let me know if you think it is a worthwhile purchase or an expensive piece of crap!

10 comments:

  1. I have one (that I bought used from a good friend who I know took impeccable care of it) and I probably would not have done it if I'd known what a PITA it is to use. Honestly mine probably only works 1 out of every 3 or 4 times I try. And "works" is debatable, because sometimes it "tracks" but I'm 80% out of frame so I get no usable footage 🙈 I had also hoped to offer to tape rides down the road at the big boarding barn to make it "earn it's keep" so to speak but I can't even get it working consistently for myself, much less feel comfortable having someone else pay me for footage of their rides. YMMV 🤷‍♀️

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    1. There are definitely many accounts of people having problems with their Pixio. But those who seem to get it figured out seem to love it!

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  2. I vote that you get those purple boots LOOL.

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    1. I definitely can't do boots until next year - gotta figure out how much weight I'm gonna lose (or gain) after surgery this fall.

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  3. I too vote for the custom boots.... :)

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    1. When it happens, it will be custom. It won't happen for a while though!

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  4. I haven't used any of the new cameras, but L Williams has a soloshot and it seems to work well? Either way, exciting to have a bit of extra cash to spend on something you want!

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    1. The Soloshot is not the best option when you have to ride inside for 8 months of the year since their indoor accessory seems like it's never going to make an appearance. It has to be the Pixio - the more expensive option, of course!

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  5. I'd love a pixio. But I also love the boots. Tough call.
    Just a thought - I'd definitely be willing to pay someone to video any clinics I take, and the odd lesson too. Probably not just a normal ride.

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    1. One day it will be the boots...
      I wouldn't anticipate that people would want their everyday rides recorded. It would be lessons or sales horses I would think.

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