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Old 07-03-2014, 10:04 AM   #1
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GoPro Hero

Hey all. I'm looking to pick up a GoPro and wanted to see who has one and what your feelings are about them. Also looking to find the best possible price, be it used or new.

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Old 07-03-2014, 10:22 AM   #2
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I have the Hero3+ Black, best toy I've ever bought. Mostly shoot video with it and the quality is amazing.
I purchased mine last year at an Apple store on Black Friday for $399.00 and received a $50.00 Apple gift card.

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Old 07-03-2014, 10:32 AM   #3
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Hero 3+ Black is a great sports video camera. I like that you can control it remotely from your iPhone now. That feature alone makes it worth buying a new one as opposed to an older used one.
I just got an ION Speed Pro camera as part of a rebate deal on some Continental tires I bought earlier this spring. I'm still waiting on the WIFI module so I can control it from my phone, but it is really fun to use and takes excellent video. I recorded my entire trip up Twin Cone earlier this week and can't wait to use it on my mountain bike and ski helmet next winter.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:37 AM   #4
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I've had each of them (I'm a photag, I usually carry a number of cameras with me, the gopros being one solution) and IMO it really comes down to whether the remote is needed for what you'll do.

If the remote isn't a MUST have, a 1 or 2 is more than enough for most things.
pic quality of the 1 dealt with colors a little more poorly in the highlights & shadows, but 2 to 3 was a minor change, not worth the upgrade imo for the image quality or features other than remote alone.

If you do pics, the control of burst feature is very nice on the 3 though, you can do 30 shots in one to 3 seconds, I use the 30 in 3 feature a lot.

Here's a shot from a couple weeks ago that was done with the burst mode on a preset camera run off wifi.




As a tool, the wifi with burst (or even single shot) is very handy for photo work. For video... I see very little use for it. Video is easy to trim, so cutting it off by hand is a non issue imo.
The ability to see what you're shooting when taking a pic from a pole or remote location from your phone is nice, but IMO the interface SUCKS, the app is very buggy & I've stopped using it because it's unreliable.


Shots like this I check with the phone when it's working...

As you can see, even on the 3+, it's white balance is less than stellar... but it's a little better than the 1 though, and it's ability to transition from light to dark & vice versa is way better.

If money is an issue, I'd look for a 1080 hero1, if you're a bit of a purist as far as image quality, check out the 2, and if you're just a geek that needs the newest greatest, bestest... just go buy a 3+black


oh btw... I hate the case on the 3+... the lever is a pain in the butt, I wish i could put my 3+ in a 1 or 2 case.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:25 PM   #5
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My wife bought me a 3+ Silver for my birthday about 6 months ago.
It's the most fun and versatile video camera I've ever owned.
It takes some getting used to, not being able to quickly preview the video that you just shot (I don't have the LCD Bacpac), but it's easy to hook to the TV (via HDMI) for viewing later.
(I've found that playback on my computer is too clunky and it skips frames at higher resolutions.)

The size and durability of the GoPro inspires me to do things with it that I would never do with a traditional camcorder.
The first thing we did with it was rig an 18" mount to the back of my T-Maxx and ran it out on the front of our property.
We got some pretty good footage that day.
The case got some light scratches on the outside (from all the tumbling around), but not nearly as bad as I would have expected from the abuse it was taking.
The lens cover part of the case sustained absolutely no damage whatsoever, not even the lightest scratch, so I'm guessing it's made of some pretty durable material.

I've also used it to take slow motion video of some target shooting I did.
(I ran the camera at 120 fps and then slowed it down in editing.)
That was pretty cool too.

I would advise getting a camera case/bag and some extra batteries for it.
The box it comes in isn't any good for anything once it's opened, but I did take the plastic display tray that the camera comes mounted to and made a sort of universal-zip tie-mount. Works like a charm.
And although the battery life is good (even when in WiFi mode), you wouldn't want to have to stop shooting just because your battery gave out. Especially if your out in the middle of nowhere.

Doing anything to the camera itself like changing the battery, the SD card, or what have you can be a little of a pain since you have to take it out of the case to do those things, but once you get used to that, it's not a big deal as it's easy to do.
Because of that though, I also recommend a large capacity SD card.

The WiFi iPhone control is really great too, as it allows you to frame your shot with a little preview pane on the phone.
It also allows remote control of the camera when shooting, but does not allow remote playback once it's hooked to the TV.
(I don't know how that got overlooked)

There, I know this is a long post, but that's kind of how I roll, and I threw in everything I could think of to tell you about my experiences with my GoPro camera.

I wouldn't hesitate to get one if I were you.
It may seem pricey at first, but you'll likely forget all about that once you start playing with it.
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:42 PM   #6
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Absolutely love my Hero3+ Black. I film everything now lol

Cases are nice and durable, found that out

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Old 07-14-2014, 12:40 AM   #7
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I love my 2, been looking for an excuse to upgrade it but haven't found one yet. I really don't do anything important and everything I do is simple.

Great part about the 2's, you can score them pretty cheap on craigslist.
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So after all the suggestions/advise here and doing a good bit of research I pick up my 3+ Silver after work tonight, I'll fool around with it this weekend and most importantly I'll have it for my trip to the Ouray this upcoming week! Check back I'll post some stuff in the next couple of weeks!

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Cool!
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how do I get rid of the fish bowl effect on my hero 3 sliver? that is the only thing I do not like. I use the droid app all the time to control it and it works great. I just would like a truer image.
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You can remove the fish eye in GoPro's editing program. Its free to download from the GoPro site.

Also you can film in standard as oppose to superwide in the camera settings
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You can remove the fish eye in GoPro's editing program. Its free to download from the GoPro site.

Also you can film in standard as oppose to superwide in the camera settings
excellent thanks.
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Old 07-17-2014, 08:11 PM   #13
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I've been shooting for years (stills and a fire videos from dslr)
Just began using the gopro hero 3black
It's awesome I post directly to my iPhone and iPad need to get better on computer but as I learn it like my Jeep I love it more every time I use it
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You can remove the fish eye in GoPro's editing program. Its free to download from the GoPro site.

Also you can film in standard as oppose to superwide in the camera settings
also what setting would be the best for a gopro suction cupped to the outside of the vehicle? for some reason the videos I shoot never show true steepness and always look like I am on level ground even going up or down a steep trail
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Angles, its all in the angles. The fisheye makes it worse but most cameras at alot of angles make everything look small.
Suctioned to the Jeep for hill climbs, side of the jeep works well, filming from the side of the trail keep the camera low.
The only thing Im not fond of with the GoPro is not being able to constantly see what your filming and how it looks
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Not mentioned yet is GoPro's lack of image stabilization. I find it makes hand held video much more difficult so I use a monopod or tripod often. I bought GoPro's LCD backpack viewer display but never use it as I have come to prefer the built in WIFI with my cell phones control operation.

For extended 1080P recording, I've found that both my Hero 3 Blacks go into auto shutdown due to heat after about 20 minutes. It only has occurred with 1080P at 60 frames per second widescreen.

If you end up getting a GoPro, there are some great short "how to" videos on Youtube by a fellow named Mic Bergsma. He has many GoPro tip videos that will help you ramp up your video skills quickly.

A final note about video editing... Video editing software is available free from several sources including GoPro. No matter what editing software you get, video editing is computer processor intensive requiring lots of memory and disk space to get the job done quickly. Simply splicing a few video clips together isn't bad, it's when you start trying to cut in and out of scenes using transitions and adding sound that will bring your computer to its knees.

Good luck!
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I always film in 1080p and have never experienced it shutdown to heat. It does get warm with the wifi on and I have the blackout case too. Is yours just the 3 or 3+?
Maybe its just too cold up here in Canada hahaha.
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I actually decided to go with the Contour+2 as it has built in GPS, smart phone control via Bluetooth (much faster than WiFi), can be charged while recording via USB, uses a standard tripod mount thread and comes with a waterproof case (their Roam2 is waterproof on it's own, but lacks other key features).

I really wanted the GPS so I could do video overlays. I'm linking to 3 vids I shot with it. You should download (right click, save as) then view them... even once buffered on the net, they don't play right for some reason (might be my host or my local computer).

Raw vid from rockslider

Raw vid from Pre-runner bumper

Trail highlights with GPS overlays (saved at lower quality to reduce file size a little)

I'm still playing with the editing and am getting better. I've got about 20 hours of Ouray vids to go through and edit up.
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I always film in 1080p and have never experienced it shutdown to heat. It does get warm with the wifi on and I have the blackout case too. Is yours just the 3 or 3+?
Maybe its just too cold up here in Canada hahaha.
Yes, it must be the too cold thing! My cameras are just the 3.

For fun if you're board, here is a short almost entirely GoPro video of the most popular back country road in Death Valley National Park...


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