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fearnofishbob
02-19-2013, 11:21 PM
Considering buying a GoPro Hero 2 Outdoors....wondering if any of you folks have used one, what your thoughts are about them..... my primary use would be to video my fly fishing trips.... I've read some good reviews and some bad ones as well....
Would appreciate any and all thoughts...
would consider buying a used one if anyone has one for sale..... Thanks

kentuckytroutbum
02-20-2013, 09:43 AM
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Don't use one myself, but you might go to a website called OliviaTech.com. Olivia has reviews of all types of camera & video equipment. She makes her living as a photog. and cinematographer, and has access to a lot of equipment, some of it before it even hits the market. You should go to her website, and search for the GoPro. I've found her reviews to be factual, and unbiased. Scroll through her website, and you'll also find a lot of "tips & tricks" that are useful.

Bill

fearnofishbob
02-20-2013, 03:29 PM
Thanks bill.......

o2bfishin
02-20-2013, 09:12 PM
My memory is not my strong suit, but I seem to remember a link someone posted to a video or two about fishing in South Carolina. One of the videos was of a lab swimming (I think trying to retrieve something) with the camera (a Hero) mounted on a radio-controlled model boat at dog's-eye level. It was a great shot! It sure made me think about getting one. Maybe someone on the forum will remember it.

Pat

kentuckytroutbum
02-21-2013, 07:20 PM
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What a coincidence! This is freaky! Olivia, on Oliviatech.com, posted a review today (Feb 21) regarding the GoPro Hero 2 and 3 video cams. Hope you get a chance to read her comments.

Bill

MadisonBoats
02-21-2013, 07:30 PM
I was probably one of the biggest proponents of GoPro when it first came out. I have an HD2 and it is basically a piece of junk.

Well; if you want something that can video in a fish-eye (distorted) view from bicycle handle bars, mounted to kayaks, etc.; then this is probably ok.

It locks up all the time and the easy of use is horrible because you have to cycle through options by pushing one button.

The case is durable and will hold up underwater; but, I already have a crack in my lens mount.

Trust me on this one; there are far better compact/waterproof cameras at half the price that will shoot better video and pictures.

I would never recommend any of the current versions for fly fishing applications! Trust me; you will end up leaving this thing at home 90% of the time. A waterproof digital camera at half the price is more convenient to videoing and taking pictures on the water.

fearnofishbob
02-21-2013, 08:18 PM
Thanks Madison Boats...... it is good to hear from someons who has used one.........can you recommend a brand/model that you feel would be a better investment...? Thanks again..... Bob

MadisonBoats
02-22-2013, 07:28 AM
Thanks Madison Boats...... it is good to hear from someons who has used one.........can you recommend a brand/model that you feel would be a better investment...? Thanks again..... Bob

I have a finepix right now that shoots great 1080p video and pictures. It is compact and fits well in jacket pockets or from a Lanyard. ~$150

LRO Forum member Breck posted about a Canon a while back in the forums. I have heard high praise from them. Also; they shoot great macro (close) shots with excellent color. I think the new model; D20 has the gps mapping as well.

One key quality I value is the compact and thin profile of a camera. I like to hang them from my vest so that I can quickly and easily take photos. The gopro does not allow you to do that unless you wear a tight fitting head strap or chest strap that gets in your way. Also; it is twice the thickness of similar camera; so, it does not store well in your vest. In addition; there is no lens protection. It is prone to scratch and the sun can bleach the iris by leaving it face up in a boat, car, etc.

I had an Olympus Tough; it lasted for about 2 years. It was a great camera; but, the seals finally gave way.

Pentax makes a very nice camera as well. A little more pricey; but, I think there are quality features to match the price.

The new thing in these cameras is GPS mapping. It allows you to use Google Maps, etc. to automatically map your picture's location-if you want. I am not sure that is a good idea for fishermen if you want everyone to know where you caught that big fish. I like to use it for macro-invertebrate (bug) mapping and floral pictures.

Hope this helps. Also; buy FAST memory card formats for better response time from your camera.

fearnofishbob
02-23-2013, 10:36 PM
Shawn, thanks for the recommendations...... I have a Panasonic TS3 which as of last year had better reviews and ratings than anything on the market at the time...... I want something that I can operate "hands free" and get some descent video while I'm fishing.... I looked at several models and some people swear by the Go Pro brand and some swear at it...... ????? one doesn't really know what to buy..... I guess if you get a good one you are fine ...if you get a bad one you are screwed !!!! .....I appreciate any input you or others can offer and I truly respect your opinion...... Thanks again Bob

MadisonBoats
02-24-2013, 08:27 AM
..bob,
The GoPro is a good camera. It is great for outdoor use and easy to mount with the adapters to outdoor equipment. The fish-eye lens is great for panoramic video shots and to get the outdoor effect inside the video.

The remote control is another great feature. I currently use the timer function for photos and I just have to wing the videoing with waste footage. One thing to note; the GoPro batteries only last around 30 minutes of continuous recording time and for some odd reason; makes the whole case very hot. This has caused me some condensation issues in underwater video. To be objective; I would expect this to be industry standard for the model range.

If I were you; I would create a pros/cons list and weight your decision on objective needs. In hindsight; I still would have purchased my GoPro Hero2 after reading reviews such as my own. I guess I am the type of person that needs to validate it myself.:redface:

surfdog
02-24-2013, 05:52 PM
I do not personally own a go pro but have a friend who is a video tech for some major tv shows. His personal cameras run 100 thousand $ +[imax , hd,] he never goes to a shoot without the go pro , but he considers them disposable and does not worry about their cost.He always gets something on them that he can use

William
03-15-2013, 10:54 PM
My wife bought me a GoPro Hero 3 Silver for Christmas, and I love this little camera. I've taken it snowboarding a few times, and most recently on our cruise where I took pictures and videos while snorkeling. I'll upload a few so you can get an idea.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0025_zpsecdd7530.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0044_zps3364bf8b.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0048_zps51f2ec1f.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0054_zps0a3c74aa.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0063_zps48d091e2.jpg


http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0063_zps48d091e2.jpg

See the flounder below?

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0066_zps605e04d0.jpg

Cleaning my conch shell

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0087_zps0aaede9f.jpg

Sunrise

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b392/Gnatsplat/GOPR0081_zps0b2d64ee.jpg

fearnofishbob
03-20-2013, 03:37 PM
Thanks for everyones input...... after alot of researching and reviews I bought the Sony DSC H10 ....reasons..... Carl Zeiss lenses, Exmor processor, anti vibration and Sonys customer service.
I read about a number of GoPros that would lock up and also some horror stories about trying to get service from the company ........ I'll post some pics after I get up and running.........AGAIN thanks

MadisonBoats
03-21-2013, 06:59 AM
Thanks for everyones input...... after alot of researching and reviews I bought the Sony DSC H10 ....reasons..... Carl Zeiss lenses, Exmor processor, anti vibration and Sonys customer service.
I read about a number of GoPros that would lock up and also some horror stories about trying to get service from the company ........ I'll post some pics after I get up and running.........AGAIN thanks

I had a Sony Cybershot with the Carl Zeiss Lens. It took some of the best pictures I have on the river. However; it sure did not like being dipped in the water.:eek: Excellent camera and brand!

Float On
06-09-2013, 10:20 PM
I realize you've already bought another camera and this thread is a bit old but I thought I would throw in my two cents. I use the GoPro Hero with the chesty mount. I use it for video when out wandering streams. Pics or it didn't happen right. The only real issue I've had with mine is I accidentally switched it to sport picture mod and when I went to upload my video I was surprised with about 2500 pictures taken about 5 seconds apart. I believe with the newer versions of the camera getting the lcd screen attachment and still being able to use the waterproof case is an option. Although my GoPro takes good pictures it still lacks any real way of taking a pin point picture due to the lcd screen being optional and the lack of a zoom. When it comes down to video it works very well. I'm looking to pick up a waterproof camera for pictures soon since I do get a little nervous getting out my unprotected phone to snap a picture.

Just another thing about the GoPro video. I noticed that when I use the GoPro CineForm software for cutting clips out of a long mostly boring video, it tends to kill the FPS on the clip. I've been checking into other video editing software to do this. Muvee has some promising software that I'm currently testing out as soon as I actually have enough clips to fit together for a decent length video (3-5 minutes). I'll repost when I figure it all out.

Good luck with the new camera and can't wait to see what kind of pictures it takes.