This is my first product review. Occasionally I will come across a product that bears discussion and what better time for that than holiday gift season?
So, for our first-ever review–THE GO PRO CAMERA.
You’ve seen it everywhere recently: on the dashboards of cars in news stories, on helmets of every sport from snow-boarding to sky diving, and strapped to everything that moves for an on the go (pro) perspective. What you may not know is that the Go Pro has been around for years as a tool for movie-makers and news producers.
Now it’s for sale nearly everywhere, too.
The Go Pro has a lot going for it:
- Tiny, inconspicuous–about a 3-inch cube
- High-quality optics–up to 4K resolution (another discussion)
- Waterproof casing
- Lots of mounting options including sticking to stuff like a wall or helmet, mounting on a tripod or other device
- Can be worn on the chest or head with special harnesses
- Can go where other cameras can’t fit or aren’t allowed (like the front of a church during a wedding or on the horn of a rhino)
- Stores video on an SD card
- The camera and all its accessories fit into a big purse.
- You have to use a smartphone app to see what you’re shooting (the new Hero4 Silver has a view-finder built-in or you can buy them separately)
- It doesn’t zoom
- Weak audio capture ( Hero4 Black has better audio)
- Fish-eye distortion around the edges (if you edit the video you can push in enough to get past this, but otherwise, it’s there.)
Did I mention you can’t see what you’re shooting? Or even aimed at without a smartphone? This could be a deal breaker for some people. Unless your idea is to shoot what your subject’s eyes see. Then who needs that viewfinder thing anyway?
So, this is what hubby Scott wants for Christmas, and we’ve worked with them before, so I’ll be shopping soon. His choice: the very newest Hero4 Black with no viewfinder. But I’ll be buying one separately, and the chest harness and a bag of goodies. . .
And then we’re going hang gliding.