Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:03AM
Does anyone own a GoPro 3? I was thinking on buying one, then looked on Amazon and saw the huge number of negative reviews and had second thoughts.
Also what are my other options for a reliable camera that is not GoPro brand?
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:22AM
What specific uses did you have in mind?
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:25AM
Go for a red epic
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:30AM
@kelvinjay something to stick on my helmet while I'm snowboarding, hikinng, the front of my car, etc.
@lostinbids If we are thinking about the same Red Epic, then at $19,000, it is kind o a little out of my price range...haha. I'm looking for a tiny camera that is easy to put on my helmet and other places
(Edited on 2013-03-13 07:33:10 by 4x6)
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 7:35AM
I've also been looking at this product as an option http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/optrix-iphone-adventure-suit/. But was kind of worry that my iphone 5 would probably only take crappy video and I was also worried that I would be more likely to lose my phone this way. Losing my phone would be a nightmare.
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:02AM
GoPro 3 is the ideal product for adventure sports - you can mount it just about anywhere - just don't expect broadcast quality results.
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:17AM
I've got a hero2 and hero3 black. The hero3 black is superior but not as much as I hoped. The battery doesn't seem to last as long (30mins) and I still find it slightly noisy. That said though you wont find a more fun camera to play with. It's pretty tough too. I accidentally dropped my hero2 from the top of a two story building onto concentrate. Apart from a broken extension arm and a couple of light scratches it was fine. Amazing.
For istock you would still need to downscale to 720p even with the hero3 black unless you get lucky on a few shots.
Posted Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:10PM
I have the Hero 3 Black and have had some good shooting opportunities but be aware that it focuses about 15 or 20 inches from the point its mounted on. A big letdown since to do close up videos you simply can't without adding macro lenses in front which as of now are a pain to adapt. I would love for the camera to have a focusing distance toggle.
That said the quality is ok, not stellar but using protune I have managed to shoot a few stock worthy clips. Out of lets say 100 I get to keep 2 or 3 for stock and usually res down to 720p.
The slow mo at 120p on 720 is pretty jaggy so unless you get really lucky I don't see this as stock worthy res. I mainly shoot at 1080p 60 which lets me do some sort of slow down later to make the video more appealing.
Battery life is dreadful, worst camera in the battery dept Ive ever seen, be aware that you will need quite a few batts. eBay has kits of 3 aftermarket batteries and charger for $30 or so. Not bad.
It's a specialty camera that can fit and go where others can't that's the main strength.
(Edited on 2013-03-13 17:11:20 by jamesbenet)
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:10AM
^ what he said.
I have a 1, 2 & 3. I trust the 3's spot meter better than the others, and have found times when the smartphone app was invaluable. But it sucks juice like crazy. Even with a second battery attached, the others last longer. My workhorse is the Hero 2, and with the HDMI out plus the LCD BacPac, framing a shot is no problem. I can even do it via the App, using a wifi BacPac for the 2. Also, the Hero 3 is touchy, especially when using the App. Sometimes the wifi button decides it's a power switch, and I have to remove the battery to reset. All these hassles are greatly outweighed by the affordability, range of accessories & mounting options, and opportunities for unique angles. Have fun.
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:48PM
I have used a 2 and own a 3. In ideal conditions the footage is outstanding. But it's a very specialized tool with many tradeoffs: very wide, distorted image. Unpleasant auto exposure adjustments. Mediocre battery life. Comparing the Hero Black to another camera in a similar price range (say, a Canon M500 or maybe a used T2i with a cheap lens) the other camera would certainly exceed the performance and usability of the GoPro in just about every way except angle of view and ability to be strapped to a surfboard.
Don't buy the camera unless you've got something suitably extreme to film with it. KelvinJay's question in the second post was the correct one to ask.
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:50PM
If it's a helmet camera you want, the new Heros are undeniably the best. They're the only cameras that you'll find on professional film and TV sets (unless the show was sponsored by Countour.) GoPro has been winning the extreme-wide sports/adventure cam market for a while now.
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:31PM
Thanks everyone for your advice!
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:34PM
I have had a 2 and now have a 3 Silver... the App is a must for the work I am doing with it - putting the camera in places where an LCD back would be useless. The footage is really hit and miss... I have tried all the different settings, and used GoPro's editing software which improved things slightly. A few things I discovered... it does not like looking into the sun, and I have had experienced the camera freezing when using the App to control it - have to take the battery out to re-set.
Saying all this, I actually think the iPhone4S produces a better picture! You can now get full waterproof casings for the iPhone, which allows use of the camera.
I have had both GoPro and iPhone footage approved on another site, and sold footage from the iPhone.
Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:16PM
Hero3 silver has same video quality as Hero2. Hero3 black is different story and it has MUCH better video.
Posted Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:06PM
Hero3 Black Edition with Protune On and 1080p60 is working perfect and can pass video inspection.