"I've Found this to be a Great Camera!"4.5 starson by DKietrich
Pros: Sound quality has been very good.
Image quality is simply amazing.
Very impressed when it was cloudy, in low light and even at night.
Cons: Software issues and bugs.
Summary: Maybe I'm one of the "lucky" ones, but I have had great success with this camera. I got it for Christmas and after an admittedly bad day and a half of trying to upgrade the software (which was the fault of the hosting site not GoPro itself). Once I did that, this camera has been amazing! So far I have used it to shoot multiple snowmobiling videos, with many other projects planned.
Because of snowdrifts and such, I have been using the waterproof standard back door, but even with that the sound quality has been very good. The image quality is simply amazing! I have used it in the sun, when it was cloudy, in low light and even at night. I was very impressed with all of the films I shot, and they all turned out very professional looking right out of the camera. I downloaded GoPro's CineForm editing software, and even though I have never done any sort of editing in my life I was able to make my films even better with just a little bit of adjusting.
I understand that many people have had issues, but don't think that all cameras are like that. If you are very concerned I would maybe recommend waiting a few weeks to see if things start to level out.
Now I would like to address one of the biggest complaints I have seen: Lack of a bigger screen.
I have heard so many people bash the tiny screen that doesn't provide any preview or anything like that. That was a conscious choice by GoPro designers. They were looking to make the camera as small and as portable as possible. A screen would have not only added size, but also weight. Considering that many people mount these on helmets and such, that weight would have a massive effect. I have found that it is barely noticeable and certainly doesn't change how i hold my head or add any strain. A bigger camera would be more cumbersome and difficult to work with.
Also, for those users who have a smartphone, GoPro has released an app that includes a preview mode. Even though you need a smartphone to use it, the app is much more useful than a bigger screen anyway. I don't care if they put a screen the size of a small table on the camera. If I have it mounted on the side of my helmet that's not going to do me much good anyway.
Obviously, the software issues and bugs that people had are inexcusable. With that said, however, I have heard much more positivity about the camera following the latest firmware update. I have personally found this camera to be wonderful, and I would recommend it to anyone!
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Thank for reading, Enjoy!