Lifelogging the Camino

Some hate it, some love it. I happen to be a fan of tech on the Camino, but I am cogniscent of others’ desire to see as little as possible of it, and even more so of my own desire to not lug massive setups.

It’s 2022 (note: I wrote this in 2021 and just updated it in 2022), cell phones make excellent film and photo camera devices, almost no one needs to bring five lenses and a $2000 camera. And that’s what I usually bring.

However… even that is too much, sometime. I don’t want to drag out and hold my phone for a longer period. I want to enjoy the Camino, but I also want to take and bring home some videos and time lapses of especially beautiful places.

So I looked for a lifelogger

Lifelogging has been a hobby and research project (for patients) of mine for a while. Finally, we’re in a stage where technology has come far enough for lifelogging devices being light and powerful enough, to make sense. My watch (steps, distance, etc), phone (pictures and videos, temperature, location, track mapping), and some apps (find penguins and Day One) are my “core” setup.

Other than the odd crosspost, I won’t be active on Facebook and Twitter. An Instagram story here or there, sure, but Find Penguins is where I’ll be.

But there’s one more thing I’ll be bringing, and it ties into all the above…

A wearable camera

Mu choice is the insta360 Go 2, a camera so small, I have to be careful not to lose it. Light, works for half an hour until it needs to go into its case for recharging, and capable of taking beautiful horizon-corrected and stabilized video and time lapses.

How I’ll be using it

Every day, I’ll be posting one or more timelapses and videos from the Camino to Find Penguins. But, largely, the videos will wind up in my personal diary on Day One, for me to see and relive the Camino.