Now in a scene-capturing wide-angle format, this incredible helmet cam from GoPro captures all your biking, boarding and whitewater action from the first-person perspective!
Best money I've spent on a camera ever!
Pros: Lightweight, Simple Controls, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality
Cons: Poor sound, Eats batteries
Best Uses: Fast Action, Snowsports
Describe Yourself: Photo Enthusiast
I've had so much fun with this camera. The video quality is surprisingly good, and it's very easy to post the videos to youtube (search my username there for an example with the cam stuck to the front of my snowboard).
To me, a video camera is only as good as how much it gets used. I've got a really nice Canon video camera that records in HD. Problem is, it's a real pain to download and edit movies with it. And it's expensive and fragile. In contrast, the GoPro fits in my pocket and is super durable. It is also a snap to copy clips to my computer and upload to youtube or facebook and share with friends and family. I use it all the time because it's so easy.
Yes, it does go through batteries quickly unless you buy lithium, and yes lithium batteries are expensive. That said, I've had decent luck with NiMh rechargeables as well, though I haven't tried them in really cold weather.
The other downside is sound quality. Because the camera itself is enclosed in a watertight case, it just doesn't pick up ambient sound like other cameras. That's clearly a tradeoff for the killer water tight case, so you get something for giving something.
All in all one of the best purchases of any kind I've made in years. This camera is so much fun.
GoPro Attached to front of snowboard
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screen capture from camera attached to snowboard
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