Finding joy in the outdoors since 1988
I'm not going to go through all the features of the GoPro camera... sorry. They are versatile, meant to be beat on, meant to show your creative point of view of whatever is you love and want to share; And the shots picked up are beautiful.
You don't have to be a pro...
These things really are for everyone. Most people don't base jump, or jump dunes on their dirt bike, or swim with dolphins, this camera isn't just for those types. I was lucky enough to scoop up a used GoPro Hero 3+ (the silver edition) for just over $100. Definitely worth the investment.
To be fair, my fly fishing, hunting, kayaking, and hiking adventures were on my mind when purchasing the product. But I'm finding more application outside those categories than I previously thought.
Find number 1: They're flat out a great camera. There is no zoom but for up close capturing the moment they play ball.
Time Lapse Madness
Third Eye (not blind)
Not the band, the 90's are well behind us. (I still dig them though) Another useful find is the GoPro app plus the camera itself. You can see a live preview through the app which helps you line up your shot or change any setting wirelessly on the go. The GoPro puts off it's own wifi signal to connect to the app, so you could use it anywhere. I use it to help me out with watching the kids. Heres a story:
The kid's are in the backyard playing and I have to cook dinner, I don't want to corral them inside if I don't have to; We have a small kitchen. So I use this app and rig my GoPro up outside to make the perfect nanny cam to keep an eye on my kids while I'm cooking up some mac and cheese. It also has sound so the faintest whimper or cry and I'm flying to the scene to see who stole which toy.
The double edged sword is the delay in the wifi, it's generally about 3-4 seconds behind the action. Which means I'm not completely in on the action but it allows me to here the scream and quickly hit the record button to get the crime completely caught on tape in 1080 HD. The eye in the sky never lies...
You either love these or not, and if you don't love them then your probably not human because they are AWESOME! I can set the time lapse to different intervals and capture cool landscapes or clouds or whatever I want.
As a science teacher I can now not only hypothetically explain concepts, I can shoot my own. You want seed germination in action; you got it. I can even que up the "hipster" music to get the kids to stop playing on their smartphones and dig on some science! Boom!
Below is 3 hours of football practice in 17 seconds.
Slow motion basically makes the most mundane things cool again. It takes a little math and know-how.
Once I figured out that videos generally play at 30 frames per second I was off to the races. The camera shoots at different frame rates depending on the resolution of the video. I like 960, it's pretty clean video and it shoots up to 120 fps. This means you can slow things down to 25% speed without getting the choppy looking footage.
Check out what I did below. I'm pretty sure it's the only video on youtube with juggling and fly fishing working together as a combo. No not at the same time...
An all around family cam
I'm sure we all remember lugging around the larger cameras, even some on shoulder still. For what you do with your family give this camera a shot. The quality is great, the size is awesome, the durability is even awesomer-er. The real value of this type of camera is definitely the mounting ability.
You can add perspective to whatever activity your doing. It's one thing to video your child going in and coming out of the water slide on vacation but to grab the emotion of the scene (your kid's face). This camera captures the ride from the inside of that very same water slide. Check out the little vid I came up with from our family's mini-vacation to myrtle beach.