Go Pro Help....

  • Danskerb

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    Aug 17, 2014 5:04 PM GMT
    So I am thinking about getting a GoPro.

    But as I am starting to look into the idea of it, I would like to have some advice...

    Is there things I NEED, is there things I don't NEED. Should I buy the latest model, is their older ones fine... is there competitors with better equipment??

    Why do I want a GoPro??
    I do a lot of traveling, I think it would be fun to have something small with me to do video's while taking trains, boats, busses hikes ect...

    I just got into diving this year, our underwater camera is old and outdated, so i figured this would be a huge upgrade.

    I want something that can capture the beautiful places I visit, but with the least amount of work when it comes to editing. I've done video clips of things before on cameras, but it always looks lame. Does having a piece of expensive equipment make it easier?? Does it come with the software to make videos interesting??

    Thanks for any help!


    P.S. Maybe I should start a kickstarter project and have my first project of me dressed as batman and robin with my partner travelling around. How does that sound?? jk!
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    Aug 18, 2014 1:41 AM GMT
    I'm not too thrilled with the current selection of action cams. I've definitely ruled out GoPro. For one, I hate the form factor. I call it the little toaster. It's such an awkward shape, and even more awkward to wear it. And they make you buy all those proprietary mounts. The other thing is, image quality isn't all that great. Basically, all these action cams use similar sensors to what's used in smartphones.

    I'm leaning towards the Sony action cams. The "bullet" form factor makes more sense for my needs. Plus, the new model is splash proof without needing a shell/case. Plus, Sony sensors are really good. Only problem is the software. A really good image sensor is useless if the software/firmware that controls the image/video processing sucks. I think Sony will get it right in the next generation cam.

    Regardless of which camera you pick, you're still going to have to do some post processing to make the videos look good. If you have a Mac, iMovie should be good enough. For Windows, there's Adobe Premiere Elements or Sony Vegas.
  • tidus11

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    Aug 18, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    I've only used the HERO 3 and 3+ more recently, but I'll comment on my experiences with those.

    First off, if you're going to use it a bit, you'll probably need to buy some of the accessories. The battery doesn't last super long so I'd recommend getting the Wasabi battery pack from amazon.com - cheap and comes with two batteries. I'd also suggest buying a 32 or 64 GB micro sd card - makes it easier for taking a bunch of videos if you're out for a day.

    Also, if you plan on mounting it on a tripod, you'll have to buy an extra mount for that because it only comes with the mounts that attach to the stickers. Gorillapod mounts are nice for getting action shots.

    The touch screen is nice to make sure you get the angle right if you're trying to catch something specific but if you just want to record your adventures, you can probably do without it.

    I also wouldn't go for the bacpac - it's not worth the extra cost unless you really need a longer continuous video.

    I've never used the wifi feature but it can be useful if you don't want to physically handle the camera but it also saps the battery...

    For underwater videos, keep in mind it picks up the sound pretty well so just walking by the camera can be quite noisy. The camera also gets pretty hot so I've occasionally had problems with fog.

    I'm not sure about what kind of editing software you're looking for, but it does come with free software (I haven't used it though) online. If you take a long continuous video, e.g. over 24 min., it will split the video into 24 min chunks - which can be spliced together but it's annoying.

    Make sure you try out all the video settings or figure out which one you want before taking a video. It can be a bit confusing the trade-offs between the various settings. This page helped me a bit.

    http://abekislevitz.com/understanding-your-new-gopro/

    Alrighty, hope this helps some!




    Danskerb saidSo I am thinking about getting a GoPro.

    But as I am starting to look into the idea of it, I would like to have some advice...

    Is there things I NEED, is there things I don't NEED. Should I buy the latest model, is their older ones fine... is there competitors with better equipment??

    Why do I want a GoPro??
    I do a lot of traveling, I think it would be fun to have something small with me to do video's while taking trains, boats, busses hikes ect...

    I just got into diving this year, our underwater camera is old and outdated, so i figured this would be a huge upgrade.

    I want something that can capture the beautiful places I visit, but with the least amount of work when it comes to editing. I've done video clips of things before on cameras, but it always looks lame. Does having a piece of expensive equipment make it easier?? Does it come with the software to make videos interesting??

    Thanks for any help!


    P.S. Maybe I should start a kickstarter project and have my first project of me dressed as batman and robin with my partner travelling around. How does that sound?? jk!
  • jock_n_ca

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    Aug 18, 2014 11:29 PM GMT
    you can rent a GoPro through BorrowLenses.com. Give it a shot and see if you like it.
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    Aug 19, 2014 12:06 AM GMT
    jock_n_ca saidyou can rent a GoPro through BorrowLenses.com. Give it a shot and see if you like it.

    It would be a bit of a trek for him.
    It's an 8.5 hour flight to NYC from Copenhagen.
  • Danskerb

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    Aug 20, 2014 6:56 AM GMT
    I love the idea of borrowing a go pro!

    Maybe chicago has a shop, Ill be there tomorrow afternoon.


    So I am worried about battery life it seems... but i guess buying extra batteries would be important for me then. If I am out travelling, there is often times where I have days between energy. (its becoming less and less often as the world is so progressive and easy to travel now).



    I should probably just go into a shop and start playing with one with some help... see if i can learn anything.
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    Aug 20, 2014 1:16 PM GMT
    I got the Hero 3 Bacl last year, for $399 (no tax, bought it in Delaware).
    Then I got > $600 in mounting accessories cause I need to mount it to lots of different stuff (used on airplanes, helmets, bicycles, cars, etc).

    To get ideas on mounting options, visit the GoPro YouTube channel.