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A week with the GoPro Hero 3+

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Ripleysbaby, May 18, 2014.

  1. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I have been enjoying the simplicity of my iPhone lately. The video bit mostly. But I've always fancied a GoPro.
    Ok, it's not an insignificant investment so a bit of a gamble as to wether I would bond with such a beast.
    Well I have. Pretty impressed actually . I thought the 1080 60fps footage looked good on my iMac but on the bigger TV I was gob smacked ! Such fantastic quality from a little box !
    I'm still getting my head around the operation. The iPhone app works very well and has been a great help in making it easier to use.
    Now all I need to do is brush up on my editing. Oh I won't be using the 4k settings any time soon. My iMac is only just managing 1080 !

    Stills ? I wasn't expecting much from the GoPro jpegs but they are not bad at all. In fact one of my first stills with this camera has become one of my favourites , that made it worth the price straight away. They seem to be able to take a lot of punishment in Snapseed too.

    I think I'm going to enjoy using this camera as long as I treat it as fun. 4umaza2u.
     
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  2. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    A very good image, full of character
     
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  3. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    I concur with Bill. I keep looking at the GoPros for my husband but I haven't persuaded him yet that he NEEDS one! Hope you keep adding to this thread.
     
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  4. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Santa brought one for my wife because she really wanted one (despite the fact that we have too many cameras we don't use, but Santa likes to keep her happy :wink:). I (I mean Santa) also thought I'd use it once in awhile, but I can't get my head around the concept of a camera with NO viewfinder (and I mean no LCD screen as well).....just frame by guessing because it's wide enough to capture everything.

    Needless to say she has used it twice and me not even once. Santa is quite unhappy and thinks he needs a Sigma DP Merrill instead. :wink:
     
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  5. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I need a couple of these GoPros to set up in the interior of a car.
     
  6. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    My son has one which he uses when he is diving - quite a lot - it always sounds like the bath water is running away and he needs to take a course in keeping still then he may get the odd good image - but he likes it.
    My daughters fiasco, (sorry fiancée), has just bought one …… he seems to use it a lot - he cycles, (i.e. uses a bike), to work in Central London and has it attached to his helmet and also uses it for general photography

    I bought them both off another photo forum …… one unused the other used 3 times ……… both as new with all the bits …… and still with 20 mths left of the 2 year GoPro warranty …… people seem to buy them and then either like them and keep them…… or don't like them at all and sell them quickly ……… I bought both for £75 less than the retail price …….. so you can get a used one at a good price in the UK if you check around.
     
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  7. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    One of the hardest things a father has to deal with if their little baby girl grows up and ends up marrying a fiasco.
     
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  8. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Both the above. Lol ! :)

    I'm lucky. My daughter married a first class bloke who, IMO , could not be bettered , as a husband or father. He doesn't own a gopro.
     
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  9. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    I know, but he is a really good guy and it's just my sense of humour ………. by the way she is 31 years old …… so it would be nice to get her off the semi "payroll"
     
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  10. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    That reminds me. I'm still paying my daughters mobile phone contract. Sorry. I mean my other contract !
     
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  11. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Yes, I have a 30 year old who generally supports herself but doesn't ever seem to buy any food! I also have one happily married and in charge of the finances and the youngest who just assumes that we can be persuaded to pay her car insurance otherwise she won't be able to work :eek: As for the go pro, Garry's pics of the feisty Buster prove its worth the cost. I have a friend who's wife bought him one to use whilst skiing although I suspect she thought it might make him more cautious .... Wrong.....
     
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  12. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    Who in their right mind behaves when there's a video camera present?
     
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  13. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    I see what you mean

    http://youtu.be/KUDjRZ30SNo


    such a "nice" man - only 2.7 million views

    There was a time in the UK when HE, (Higher Education) and (Further Education - FE), was effectively totally free for most, in fact the government paid for your accommodation and meals and depending on your personal situation even gave you "spending money" in addition
    Many of the current population benefited from this system, the country did in that it's population received good higher education and advanced skills and many have been personally successful because of this policy …..etc.

    Then "means" testing came in but at least the Government paid all the University tuition fees of most students and people in HE and FE

    Now if you want HE you pay for everything …. tuition, accommodation, meals and your life at University

    whilst we all realised that the "free system" could not go on for ever …….. certain political parties in the UK were against the full costs of Tuition being paid for by the Students

    Education is an investment in the country and it's people and really cannot only be measured in financial terms and certainly not in short term financial terms … this is what the vid is about, bloody politicians and the way they never deliver what they promised ……. one of the oldest stories in the "book"

    Maybe our (past) system in the UK is difficult for most people in the US and other countries to understand
     
  14. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    No one beats the current Australian PM in the post-election lies. Record-breaking.
     
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  15. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill

    you haven't still got that "woman" have you as I dive under the nearest table for cover as the rolling pins start flying around!!!!

    Only a joke folks, sorry Ladies
     
  16. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    So, Garry - you do not actually see what you're photographing or videoing (is that the term?) with the GoPro? Or does the iPhone act as a viewfinder for you?

    I've been enjoying your GoPro photos with the boys a great deal - I like the feeling I get of being right there on the spot.:drinks:
     
  17. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    You have no idea what's been going on in the Australian political climate that got the current one voted into office.
     
  18. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    How do you compose the images? Is there a screen or viewfinder?

    Cheers, Jock
     
  19. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    I use the GoPro app on my iphone. It works very well . It's also easier to change the camera settings using the app. Yes phone and camera battery life suffer because of the wifi use but I'm sorted for power wit extra batt for camera and power monkey solar for my phone. I am very pleased with the whole outfit . And I still can't get over just how good the video is.
     
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  20. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    Garry
    Thanks BB. The phone allows you to compose using the phones screen but the image goes blank when you press record. So there are still limits to work around. However, you can leave the camera set on its widest angle and be sure you will still get everything in . Stills work the same as any other camera .
     
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