The new $1 Hot Wheels “Zoom In” car is a miniature GoPro camera dolly in disguise

Jun 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The new $1 Hot Wheels “Zoom In” car is a miniature GoPro camera dolly in disguise

Jun 8, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I remember having a rather extensive range of Hot Wheels cars when I was a kid. It would’ve been great to be able to strap a camera to them and get their view of the world. Unfortunately, at the time, video cameras were kinda big. The smallest weren’t that far off a mid-sized family vehicle. Ok, maybe they were a bit smaller than that but certainly too big to strap to a tiny hot wheels car.

Thanks to modern technology, we have other options. With the GoPro Hero Session or Hero5 Session being so small, the new “Zoom In” car from Hot Wheels can easily manage to hold it. It’s set to go on sale this month for only $1.09, making it the cheapest GoPro mount out there of just about any type. And this one has wheels!

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Of course, you do need to have a GoPro Hero Session or Hero5 Session (both of which have been discontinued) in order to make use of it. So, if you don’t already own one, your $1.09 becomes $121.08 or $201.08 pretty quickly. But if you do already have one, it could make for some interesting footage. And your kids will have a blast. Or you will, #notjudging.

This isn’t the first time that Hot Wheels have put a camera on one of their cars. They released the Video Racer Micro Camera Car a few years ago. Of course, that won’t shoot 4K video like the Hero5 Session.

I would imagine it’ll be available in all the usual places upon release, but if in doubt, check the Hot Wheels online store.

[via The Verge]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “The new $1 Hot Wheels “Zoom In” car is a miniature GoPro camera dolly in disguise”

  1. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    Next project : $1 DIY slider

  2. Caleb Lazarus Avatar
    Caleb Lazarus

    Alex Frey

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    Philip La Lumiere

    Ben Durham

    1. Ben Durham Avatar
      Ben Durham

      Haaaaah way more portable than my 42″ one… But miiiight not be as helpful xD