What’s so good about a Go Pro Camera?

by Aaron Schubert on February 13, 2012

If you are into any sort of adventure sport, you need to have a look at the new Go Pro Camera. Honestly, they are probably the best money you could spend when it comes to getting top quality videos and photos of what you love doing. Best of all, they are super cheap for the quality that you get, and they are waterproof to 60 metres, extremely durable and easy to mount in almost any location you want.

Don’t believe me? Check the 2 video’s out below. Turn the quality to 1080 if possible, and watch it in full screen.

0 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera? 0 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?

 

Go Pro Camera pipe clamp on bull bar 300x199 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?

My Go Pro Camera on the Hilux Bull Bar

My Go Pro Camera

I purchased a Go Pro Camera (motorsport pack) around a month ago now, and have been so impressed with it that I am looking to purchase another one. I’ve only just started playing around with video editing (which I am not very good at!) but will be putting some video’s up soon. I’ve taken the Go Pro Camera to a number of places, including snorkeling for crabs at Rockingham.

Go Pro Hero 2

The Go Pro Hero 2 is the latest Go Pro Camera to be released, and has a number of improvements on it’s predecessor. Take a look on Youtube for comparisons, and you will see that an amazing camera has been made considerably better!

Go Pro Camera motorsport mounts 300x199 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?

The motorsport package

Go Pro Packages

There are 3 choices when it comes to buying a Go Pro Camera package. You can get an outdoor, motorsport or surf package. The only thing that changes between the packages is the mounts, which you can purchase separately anyway.




Go Pro Camera Mask mount 300x199 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?

You can literally mount them anywhere

Go Pro Camera Mounts

Whichever package you get, there are a number of mounts that come with the camera. These are designed to attach the camera to almost anything – bull bars, bike seats and handlebars, surf boards, helmets, windscreens, panel work on a vehicle and the list goes on. You can combine mounts to get what you want, or buy the extra ones that you need. A lot of people are making their own homemade mounts, which are very simple. I made one to attach mine onto my mask so when I am snorkeling I get a perfect shot of everything that I see.

How long do the batteries last for?

Most people suggest the batteries on a Go Pro will last for around 2.5 hours of continuous recording, which I found to be the case. This is pretty good when you think about the fact that it is high definition! I’ve got a second battery, but you can get a battery bacpac which will double that recording time.

Other Go Pro accessories

Go Pro sell a number of other accessories including:

- LCD Backpack
- Battery Bacpac
- WiFi Backpack + remote
- 3D Hero System
- Floaty backdoor
- Auto Charger
- Replacement parts
- Anti fog inserts

Go Pro Camera Specifications

- F/2.8 fixed focus lens
- 170 degree wide field of view + 127 + 90 degree too.
- 1080P in 30 frames per second + various other settings
- 11, 8 and 5 Megapixel photo option
- Ability to take 10 photos in a second
- Time lapse available
- Self Timer option available

Where can you get a cheap Go Pro Camera?

In Australia, I still found it cheaper to buy the Go Pro Camera from the Go Pro Website: Official GoPro® Store Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?. You can do this by clicking on the banner below.


 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?

Alternatively, there are some cheaper ones being offered on eBay – again, check out below.

logo Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
2611273477784040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
NEW POLARPRO SNAP ON DIVE HOUSING RED FILTER FOR HD HERO HERO 2 GOPRO GO PRO
AU $349.99
Time Remaining: 9d 14h 50m
Buy It Now for only: AU $349.99
3008182130644040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Brand New GoPro Suction Mount for GoPro HD Hero Hero2 Hero3 Hero 2 3
AU $344.95
Time Remaining: 13d 18h 35m
Buy It Now for only: AU $344.95
2716376032114040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Steadicam Curve Handgrip Handle for GoPro Hero HD 2 3 3+ Camera in Blue
AU $162.49
Time Remaining: 22d 58m
Buy It Now for only: AU $162.49
1109778082834040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Brand New GoPro Roll Bar Mount for GoPro HD Hero Hero2 Hero3 RollBar 2 3
AU $239.95
Time Remaining: 13d 20h 7m
Buy It Now for only: AU $239.95
2313610398754040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Rechargeable Underwater Video Light Lighting for Go Pro GoPro Hero 2 3 3+ HD
AU $370.80
Time Remaining: 21d 8h 27m
Buy It Now for only: AU $370.80
1109590061764040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Brand New GoPro Chest Mount Harness for HD Hero2 Hero3 Hero3+ Chesty Go Pro
AU $339.95
Time Remaining: 26d 22h 30m
Buy It Now for only: AU $339.95

If you want to purchase it from a business in Australia, there are plenty that sell them (digital camera warehouse, d – d photographics, dive and fish, hd action cameras etc). However, compare the prices, and make sure you are getting the Go Pro warranty.

Go Pro Camera Memory

Go Pro Cameras use SD or SDHC memory cards. It is important to get a card that is rated at over class 4. The classes basically refer to how fast information can be written onto the card. There is a lot of data being created from a Go Pro Camera, and if you get a slow card you may have issues with it. 16GB is enough for one battery life. I purchased a 32GB card, which is more than enough. I’d recommend the SanDisk ones – they are great. The cheapest place to get the cards is on eBay – check out below

logo Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
1614587975844040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
32GB SanDisk Ultra MicroSDHC MicroSD Card Class 10 SDSDQUA 032G + Adapre Genuine
AU $17.60 (23 Bids)
Time Remaining: 11h 54m
2713409965684040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Genuine SANDISK ULTRA 64GB SD SDXC Memory Card Class 10 UHS I 30MB s 200X 64G
AU $44.50
Time Remaining: 8d 17h 52m
Buy It Now for only: AU $44.50
1114923681554040 1 Whats so good about a Go Pro Camera?
Lexar 64GB Professional 600x Class10 UHS I 60MB s SDXC Card Retail Packing
AU $12.50 (8 Bids)
Time Remaining: 22h 30m

What is worth buying?

I’d suggest picking the package that is most related to what you will use it for, and then grab any extra mounts that you may need. I purchased an extra battery so I have a spare one, and an extra mount. Asides from that, I am more than happy with what I’ve got (for now!)

For some more mind blowing videos have a look at the Go Pro channel on Youtube here.

Previous post:

Next post: