"Fantastic in daylight put it anywhere camera."4.5 starson by maxandgrinch
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.