Pros Whoa this thing is a triiiip! I got home and stuck it on my plasma and it is like National Geographic filmed my epic spectacular single track slash and burn run down Mount Tam in HD on my 50 incher. I didn't even no my magura rear breaks made noise.
Cons Surround sound & some hot chicks could make it better. A periscope accessory, I could find some uses for that. If it could put the beats from my ipod on the film as Im jamming the trail would be cool too. The camera color is boring - yuck.
Summary The camera is really really cool. It works great for catching my total awesomeness on my bicycle and another dude in my bike crew has one so we get to watch the funnest stuff from like two angles.
I got mine at a bike thing after seeing one of the famous nac nac inventor dudes was using one. I am going to film every bust out in the woods with my crew, and watch the movies like those guys do in the movies, like in The Waterboy where the Fonz was the coach. So I can get better.
The cable is good so I don't have to use my computer to watch my moves. I got the surfboard mount too - I hope a shark gets me so I can be famous on You Tube, for getting bitten by a shark.
The clear case is cool - I put some decals on it. The bike mount is good, but sometimes my feet hit it, but it shows how dangerous where we ride is and how fast i am pretty good, so it is worth it. The wooshing noises it films must be what tiger heard when his old lady was swinging the golf club at him.
I am showing the world that i am a great rider on youtube, like jonny knoxville I'll get a real TV show and then my name will be on t-shirts, stems, pedals, brake levers, and maybe even a van and then I can go to the X-Games.
Pros Once you learn the menu, it is amazingly versatile. It can be mounted just about anywhere with a little thought. It has a universal 1/4-20 mount available it opens up a whole new world of options of usage and 'wouldn't it be neat if I mounted it....'
Cons Learning the menu process is challenging. I'd love to have a way to know it is recording without getting another image of me 'is this thing on?'. Because of a lack of standards by the SD card manufacturers, cheap ones get overwhelmed with HD data.
Summary The GoPro HD is a cool little tag along or even primary camera once you figure out what it is great at. A simple and convenient little camera that does lot for a little makes you want to document just about everything you do, from an interesting angle or the bottom of your beer mug.
The wide-angle view is awe inspiring, and is good enough to cause vertigo, sweaty palms, and a racing heart. Great color capture ability and with a little consideration, reasonable expectations, and reading the directions the sound can be outstanding and help capture the moment.
Sadly those with Clinton era PCs and dial-up connection will need to spend some money to upgrade so they?re not frustrated with processing, editing, storing, and sharing results that friends and family members will be amazed by or bored to death with.
Its reasonable cost and availability replacement cases and parts mean I'm not afraid to mount mine anywhere, and if it or I take a tumble it will probably survive with less damage than me! With a little bit of thought, some really amazing results can be achieved and 'how'd you do that,' shooting can be done. The menu is a little daunting at first, but after a couple of tries it is easily tackled.
I'm rarely without one somewhere on my person, waiting for that moment in history that needs to be captured - either for prosperity, use in court, or for a facepalm 'fail' video on the Internet.
The video features are great. It is lighter than any of the camcorders out there so spontaneous runs down the mall escalator can easily look like it was mounted on a floating camera mount. The 720/60fps results are quite good, and being able to slow down exciting parts of the video in an upscale video editing program can help tell a story, or at least make the watchers cringe.
I don't think the processing time and memory required is always worth it for recording in 1080, but knowing it is there, and having the reduced field of vision is a bonus. Some will insist in documenting everything in HD, and I applaud them, but storage is an issue,
With some low cost adaptations and some $ you really can mount it anywhere. The internet GoPro community at-large seems to be really passionate about helping everyone get the best image results, showing how to turn a $1 thrift store item into an amazing mounting device to get images unseen before, and share their work. The community has also figured out simple solutions to the one or two things the GoPro engineers missed.
As a still camera, the results can be stunning. To get the best results you might need to step up the quality of your photo software to un-distort the amazingly wide view, or just learn to use it as an effect, and get over a little curve here and there. While I'd like to see more low light capabilities, I'm not sure I want to pay for it and add more steps to the menu.
The GoPro?s seem to be intended for those who are the beautiful tan action people who want to document their epic crash or feat, there are those of us in the La-Z-Boy Cheeto RC Cola brigade that do interesting things and that?s where the time-lapse feature comes into play.
The time-lapse ability is quite outstanding. Yes we've all seen the flower bloom, and the snail races, but how about house painters using them to document dramatic changes in the appearance for promotional advertising? With a little QuickTime magic, you can put a time-lapse movie on the Internet faster than you can shoot it.
Accessories: They've thought of a lot, and I think I've tried them all. I've had no problems with any of the mounts failing. The best accessory is the tripod mount, but the best use of the tripod mount is on anything but a tripod. Because the tripod mount uses a common household threaded nut, anything you can put a bolt through is your new tripod. Dog and cat mounts would be great but I'm sure some protest group would start a TV campaign for a dog/cat right to having some private time and space, so those you have to make yourself.
The GoPro results and price put my ChaseCam, and VIO POV to shame. While aiming is a little tricky, it may be making me a better photo/video-grapher, by making me think a little more rather than taking digital photos like an actor with an automatic weapon in a parody action movie, thinking at least one of these will look good.
I can?t wait to see what they come up with next.
Pros Day time recordings are great, lot of possibilites. (hd hero2)
Cons TERRIBLE low light recordings, complicated menu.
Summary It's great bang for a buck. If you don't have $3000 for 5d mark2 and another $3000 for top lens(es), this little $300 bad boy can give you a lot of fun in return!
Pros never got to see any.
Cons I have nothing good to say about the camera as i never got to use it.
Summary The Gopro HD with LCD screen arrived & was not working the second the LCD back pack was put on & firmware updated. This item was released way too soon. You will be forced to return the item back at your expense for repair. Even Gopro's own forum has many many people with this issue of dead cameras.
A very large percentage of people whom have run the firmware are not dealing with postage costs & long delays for warranties.
Pros -Great picture
-Great line of accessories & mounts
-Awesome customer service. I had a defective unit but needed it back for an upcoming ski trip. They replaced the unit in less than a week over Christmas Holidays.
Cons -Particular about what kind of memory card to use
-Took a long time for firmware updates
-Can't see light from top of camera to know when it is on (would be a useful feature for motorcycles)
-Some distortion at specific engine RPMs (minor annoyance)
Summary I was skeptical about the camera, after seeing some of my friends GoPro wide cameras (low def). They had good pictures, but not great. I got my HD then they all bought new cameras too as the difference is night and day. This is a good product for the price and I highly recommend it. The biggest con is that it is very particular about what memory card brands and size you have to use to get the best picture. Also, it took them a very long time to release the promised firmware updates. These are minor annoyances.
I also like to give credit for great customer service when it is deserved. Mine stopped working within the 1 year warranty (SAVE YOUR RECEIPT) but I needed it for an upcoming ski trip. I got the RMA from GoPro's website and sent it out FedEx two day on 12/23. I got an email from GoPro the Monday after Christmas telling me a new unit was on the way and it showed up before New Years. A+ to GoPro. Thanks!!