On-boards cameras are quite popular these days, especially on YouTube. These small cameras provide a better perspective from the driver’s (or any desired) point of view and are often used during races, road tests, track days or while blasting on the highway.
In this video made by Drive ‒ the new YouTube automotive channel ‒ Mike Spinelli and JF Musial discuss the history of on-board cameras. From the years of Claude Lelouch driving his Mercedes 6.9 through the streets of Paris with a 40lb camera mounted to the bumper to today, with small cameras like Contour or GoPro being mounted inside the engine bays or suspensions.
This interesting video shows how the technology involved in making the on-board shots improved over the years. Just take a look at the picture above of Jackie Stewart at the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix and notice the size of the camera’s and set-up. Check out the video below for a complete overview of the history of on-boards camera’s.