Great camera for travel
We recently use the GoPro on a cruise from Hawaii to Sydney, we capture incredible movie swimming with the Sharks and stingrays , we could not explain the whole experience without the footage as it was a once in a life time experience .
I did however have a bad experience in one of your shops in palette , I went in the GoPro shop and punched a new touch back screen to replace my original when I bought the separate back screen ( I find the touch screen a great addition to the camera). They told me it was $30 USA, when I got home to Australia th...
Awesome Gopro Hero3+ Black Edition
I didn't expect it's super high quality and the delivery was so fast (took 3 days). I've used it for scuba diving, rafting and sky diving! The quality of the pics and videos is perfect! (For these activities I bought some accessories) all the landscapes are awesome!
Once you get to know your GoPro, it's your best friend.
We have a great overseas holiday planned, so I waited the obligatory 60 days prior to depature (to the day) and purchased the GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition.
If you're used to taking pictures with your smart phone or general digital camera, you will find this very different. There is no screen on the back (though you can buy the LCD backpack - battery chewer) that can do this. But why bother when it connects to your phone or tablet via Wifi. Set your camera up on your selfie stick, tripod or where ever and then use your phone as the view finde...r. It means you can stand back from the camera, see how it looks, and remotely control it. That being said, the wifi remote isn't reallyi a great bonus for me, but the wifi (that is only on the black edition so far) is definitely by far an awesome feature. If you're going to invest in a GoPro, you MUST invest in a great quality memory card. This will unleash the GoPro's full potential. I'm a complete newby to GoPro but a weekend of playing around, I feel much more confident on what i can get it to do. There are some great websites out there on what you can do to get great shots. A simple one is the oven timer time-lapse shot (buy a cheapie timer like this http://st.houzz.com/simgs/71616b0a020c3cd9_4-3296/contemporary-timers-thermometers-and-scales.jpg). Stick your GoPro on top, set the timer and it is quite effective. Also, don't get sucked in to buying full price accessories like the suction mounts etc in major stores. There are good quality and much cheaper alternatives available on eBay. So if you're happy to invest a little time and patience in your GoPro (especially if you're new to it like me), it will reward you with great photos.
So far so good with GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition.
I have owned my GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition for the last few months, I have been experimenting with it more than anything else as I am a avid photographer however haven't needed or cared for video footage. I think I bought the GoPro more for the time lapse and still features than anything else however wanted to dabble in the video world.
I did look into the now defunct Contour brand, even into their best model at the time however couldnt justify forking out $500 on a camera that couldn't be fixed if anything ever arose. I looked into the Son...y action cam and was turned off by the picture quality in the housing and again didn't want to for over $500 for the new model as it also had the same lense and was a awkward design to mount on your body or on a pole. I looked into Drifts offerings and into the cheaper realm and couldn't find much more than what GoPro was offering already with a huge band wagon of people recommending them. I have purchased nearly every fitting and mount from eBay (Worldwide) and have found that the quality of some of the items have been identical and or if not better than some of the GoPro OEM products, I have invested in some spare batteries and these had to be reordered as the first lot didn't come and these are 1600mAh and given the GoPro 3+ Black at best 2 Hours 20mins of time. Edit: 20140709: I noticed that the battery level indicator is made from 3 bars on the screen, this should be edited to a 4 bar system as 3 is misleading and hard to gauge - otherwise put a number system eg: 55% and the battery symbol or something easier to visually manage... I have also gone out and made some fittings like a custom GoPole from carbon fiber, and a magnetic base and some other bits and pieces - all which turned out great and work well with the Hero 3+. I used some Samsung Micro SDHC Plus cards ($25 each) in the 32 Gig variation as I have heard that the 64 Gig cards of some brands can give you a headache in use, I have used these Samsungs on 1080 settings in Super Wide and have had no issues to date. Yet with 4000 mode I am unaware if there would be any issues? The Hero 3+ Black is a pretty good setup - its solid enough to take the beatings, but I use it mostly with the outer casing and use the skeleton case only in dust free environments and use a lense cap protector / UV filter when I am outside just to reassure me that dust / salt spray isn't going to rest on the lense.
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Simple to use, amazingly clear picture, sturdy
I was lucky enough to receive a Silver Gopro Hero3+ as a gift. I have a fairly high-end HD Canon video camera but it's not exactly portable or weatherproof. The Gopro doesn't look all that fancy, but it's amazing when you take it out and give it a test run. I wore it for the cycle and run legs of a mini-triathlon, it was the first time I'd used it. When I downloaded the footage I was amazed at how clear and reasonably stable it was (given the amount of movement). I also had my kids take it on a waterside and have filmed my dogs with it. Even b...etter if you buy an extension pole, great to get aerial-looking shots, or hold it low to the ground to get another perspective. I'm not sure how long the battery lasts but I haven't had it cut out at inconvenient moments. You can hook it up to your smartphone and preview footage on it, but I found the connection to be a little laggy. There is no screen on the Gopro unless you buy an optional extra, but the way you tend to use a gopro (mounted and on the go) you aren't likely to be looking at a screen anyway. The housing has been perfectly waterproof for us in shallow water. The menu system is a little cumbersome, having to click through multiple menus using one button, selecting with another. It does come with self-adhesive mounts but I'd recommend getting an extension pole, and a chest harness (mine is a non-genuine harness but does the trick). I'm no professional, but here is the triathlon (better soundtrack, but can't view on mobile devices due to licensing - OK on laptop / PC):[url removed] Turn the sound off on the following one, same footage it has royalty-free music (which I added as a bit of a joke) so you can view on mobile devices. [url removed] The run is very unstable because I had the harness on too loosely. Not the fault of the Gopro. But fun footage anyway! This is a clip of my doggies shot with the go pro on a pole (high and low): [url removed]
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