It is no secret that cameras often do not do justice to the size of mountain bike features. Similar to that enormous full moon that your camera decides is a slightly big star, bike jumps look properly tiny on the camera.
Influencer Sebastian Bauer went to the Utah Desert and discovered this in person.
The ironic part about this video is that even the panned-out shot to show the scale also could be playing tricks on your eyes.
This optical trickery is known as the Gopro effect. Where does this GoPro effect come from? Basically, human eyes are far better at depth perception than cameras are. When a camera registers a jump or steep section, it is not able to capture the depth when it is displayed in two dimensions, which often makes it look smaller.
Modern cameras are better at counteracting this. If you see a current GoPro POV of a steep line, you can tell it does a better job of capturing steps than old videos. See an example below.
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