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diego dean
Re: Gopros are good on 12/01/2013 17:11:37 MST Print View

Yep, to do it right takes alot of extra effort. I find myself "setting up" the shot which takes away from the present moment. Theres alot of "go back up and come back down". If you want something that looks great you're possibly going to give up alot of the spontaneity of your trip. I wanted to film our canoe trip this year but decided just to enjoy the trip and not worry about the filming aspects.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: GoPros are UL on 12/01/2013 17:54:24 MST Print View

okay. useful discussion. I'm getting the idea that they are a niche camera and would take a bit of work to have something come out looking professional.

But I also have the idea that if I don't need it to look professional it could be a fun way to relive and share of some adventures getting up some airy ridges and summit blocks solo.

Considering all that has been written here, I would think a significant percentage of buyers could be disappointed in their results. And there might be some good buys on used ones. A used one might be the way to go until I see if I really like it.

Billy Ray

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
Re: Re: GoPros are UL on 12/01/2013 20:12:03 MST Print View

@John S.- I have done some video work for past trip reports and gear vids, but haven't in a while. I was shooting with a Nikon D7000 and a 35 f1.8 lens at the time, not a GoPro. I downsized to a smaller form factor camera that helps make great photographs, but lacks the video capabilities.

@Billy Ray,

You can create well crafted videos using iMovie and nothing else, other than time and creativity. If you're looking to bang out a piece to submit for Sender Films or something of that ilk, you're going to need to pony up for some serious post processing video software and all that goes into supporting large video files. For simple video editing to share with friends and family, quality results can be achieved.

Get yourself a GoPro, purchase a Vimeo account for uploading and sharing finished work, and have fun with it and see what you can create. I'm not sure what Jake D. is pissing on about.

Peter Evans
gopro on 12/02/2013 09:25:07 MST Print View

I use mine as a still camera most of the time, I have the hero 3 black, It's great for landscape photos.Western Brook Pond

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: gopro on 12/02/2013 09:28:24 MST Print View

Thanks Peter... but it is my understanding that the GoPro has a single, non-variable, wide-angle lens, no?

If so, that seems less than optimal for landscape photos (at least some of the time) as it makes everything look more distant and smaller.



Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - MLife

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Lens on 12/02/2013 09:46:29 MST Print View

The gopro has a fixed lens but you can select from different image areas - wide, med, and narrow. It essentially crops and may do a little distortion correction. I'm not familiar with any optics that will offer a 170 degree diagonal field of view that does not produce barrel distortion. The gopro can produce some cool scenics. Sometimes it's apparent liability is it's greatest strength because you can get some very unconventional shots. My avatar is a gopro shot.

Edited by Philip.AK on 12/02/2013 09:48:05 MST.

Peter Evans
gopro on 12/02/2013 09:55:41 MST Print View

You can select in the menu different fields of view wide, medium and tight.
A Dslr would be the optimal choice if you want a lot of control.
A gopro is an option, I like it for its simplicity, toughness and tiny size.

Edited by NLslacker on 12/02/2013 09:57:06 MST.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: gopro on 12/02/2013 10:01:09 MST Print View

Do the gopro's still have no screen to view the image? In the recent past you had to buy a separate piece to see what you are taking a picture of.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Re: GoPros are UL on 12/02/2013 10:06:11 MST Print View


Do yourself a favor and follow Philip Tschersich's link to some of his videos. Fabulous stuff, and shows what you can do with a GoPro if you want to spend a bit of time.

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - MLife

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Re: Re: gopro on 12/02/2013 10:42:11 MST Print View

"Do the gopro's still have no screen to view the image?"

Still no screen. You can add an LCD bacpack "viewfinder" or see a live feed preview on your smartphone via an app, or just snap away. You will learn what the camera produces pretty quickly, and with a 170 deg FOV you won't miss much. It's not the perfect camera for everything (forget any wildlife shots or architectural photography), but it's amazing for some stuff. And they are bulletproof.

Thanks, Doug. Here is a link to my vimeo page: Philip's Vids on Vimeo

Edited by Philip.AK on 12/02/2013 10:43:54 MST.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Re: Re: Re: gopro on 12/02/2013 11:35:46 MST Print View

Philip... very cool vids...

thanks so much for sharing those...


Paul Croxton
(Croxton99) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: gopro on 12/03/2013 22:22:21 MST Print View

I have a GoPro 2, and I often take it with me on my trips.
I like that it has the protective, waterproof case - typically just put it in my front pocket, then take it out of the case to shoot. I get a lot more video this way since its handy.
You can pair it with an UltraPod (small tripod), and take all kinds of shots.
I agree with others that, like any camera, getting different angles, finding a 'story' to tell, and editing your footage goes a long way to making any video better.
One consideration for any HD camera is to make sure you have a computer that can edit & store the footage.
Good luck