Are you still thinking about putting a camera up there
Keeping things simple has it merit. With the saw mounted on the right side of the grapple and saw blade mounted on the left side of the saw arm have a pretty good visual most of the time. Highest FEL and straight up the hardest to see. Taking time and patience the secret to success. I was on a steep side slope, with the FEL raised to the highest trying to cut a branch at the highest reach when I bent the bar. Had managed to cut about half way on a on a earlier attempt. The reason for the bent bar was operator error. Part of my education. Still learning the basics.
Would a camera been useful?, I would think so sometimes. Figuring out how to mount to minimize camera damage while providing a good image the biggest hurdle. Motor guard already shows battle scars and is the most likely place to house a camera. Inside the bungee cord tower another option. Might be something experimenting with.
Less than 5% of limbs so far are in the blind spot at extreme height. My saw and attachment gives a couple feet more reach over what you can buy. More reach gives more lever arm and more overhead blind spot. Would not recommend using without a operator canopy. Sure do like the reach out front when trimming down the roads. Even with a manual pole saw you don’t try to cut straight up.
Right now storing the grapple with saw attached in the hay barn. Saw folded upright.
That bar was $42. Can get a Oregon bar and chain for $37. Like any tool with consumables the operator has a lot of influence of lifespan. This year going to focus on the many limbs I can easily do while visualizing potential improvements.
The bungee cords to reduce the saw bar weight helps with limbs over 8”. Smooths the cutting action and less stalling. If the saw stalls a quick reverse button then forward on the third function resumes cutting again. Interesting and functional ability of a hydraulic saw.