Go Pro Camera Review – One Cool Little Camera You’ll Want
Go Pro Camera Review – My thoughts from NAB Show 2011
I’ve wanted to incorporate POV (point of view) cameras into my projects over the years but the lipstick cameras were expensive and cumbersome since they had to be tethered to a recording device, so it never happened. I just found my solution!
At the recent NAB Show 2011 (National Association of Broadcasters Expo) in Las Vegas, the colorful and crowded GoPro.com exhibit caught my attention so much that I came back for several visits and guess what – I’m getting one!
Watch this video from the NAB Show floor to see why.
There are so many cool things about this matchbox sized camera: its super lightweight and tough, it mounts to helmets, surfboards, cars, motorcycles, bikes, handlebars, your head, your chest….you name it, and it’s plastic housing is waterproof to 180 feet.
This camera is becoming legendary among sports fans, but you can use it for so much more. I can’t wait to get my hands on this little jewel of a camera so I can get some really creative shots that I simply cannot do with a traditional video camera. I’m going to be writing lots of tips and techniques based on what I learn.
The GoPro® RC Cameras are available in standard definition & 1080p HD versions. The HD version shoots in 1080p, 960p, and 720p in 30 and 60 fps (720p). It records up to 2.5 hours on a single charge of the included Lithium-ion battery and up to 9 hours total on a 32GB SD card (not included).
You can recharge it with a USB connection and alternately use AAA batteries. Exposure control is automatic with user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings. White Balance is automatic. The built-in microphone has automatic gain control and records in 48 kHz, AAC audio compression.
This diminutive camera is also a highly adaptable still camera; it shoots 5 megapixel poster-print quality photos at 2/5/10/30 and 60 second intervals. Just press the shutter and for the next 2.5 hours it will fire away, creating incredible time-lapse photos. I can see how a wedding photographer or videographer could place several of these tiny cameras in locations to get shots that would not be possible with larger cameras.
Of course you can also shoot single shots, triple shots, or even use the self timer for more traditional photo taking. There is even an optional housing to allow live streaming. The list of features is way too long to cover here.
So how much does this amazing little camera cost? Get your credit card ready, because the SD camera is only $99 (that is not a typo!) and the HD version starts at $179. There are tons of mounting devices for any imaginable use, from bicycles to race cars and get this – there is a two-camera, 3D setup available which includes GoPro Cineform Studio, the 3D editing software. The 3D kit includes the two-camera waterproof housing and the software, for just $99.00.
As you can tell, I’m very excited about getting and using this camera. I have so many ideas about using it to get images that will blow my viewers away. I’ll bet your mind is already spinning with creative ideas, too, so get on over to GoPro.com and let’s start sharing video links and photos on this blog. Let’s inspire each other to reach new creative heights – and have fun doing it.
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