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inGearX
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GoPro vs others ... help decide ...

I was just with a friend who filmed us on GoPro ... and it's nice ...

I guess what makes GoPro unique is that they are wearable ... what other cameras have mount harnesses accessories?

and the 170° wide-angle (fisheye) lens... what other compact cameras have such lenses?

simple one button control - so you can turn it on and have it start recording without looking with one hand ...

GoPro lacks an LCD display for review etc...

I want a camera that is feature rich ... and I do not want to carry two cameras.. I'd rather go with one ...

perhaps you can shy some light on this and help me rationalize ...

thank you...

here is GoPro HD Naked $129 »gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero-naked-camera/

Nikon Coolpix AW100 $200 »www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Produc···100.html I had it before - it's a bit bulky to carry all the time but OK..


natedj
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I have a Contour Roam HD and I like it. It has a more streamline fit and it has quite a few accessories available for it. Amongst other things it has an Idiot proof on/off switch and can be submerged in water up to 3 ft deep.
This is the one I got back in 2011 »www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GL···F8&psc=1
The only thing I don't like about it is the rechargeable battery, it cannot be easily replaced by the end user. The new models have replaceable batteries.
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Stacy
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said by inGearX:

GoPro lacks an LCD display for review etc...

I want a camera that is feature rich ... and I do not want to carry two cameras.. I'd rather go with one hand ...

I've been thinking about getting a GoPro for some time but I haven't actually used one. From what I've read, it seems to be a very basic point&shoot that does video and stills with a very wide lens. Everything I've seen looks like it was shot with a goPro. It's a specialized camera. There's no raw and the controls seem rather limited. There is a LCD back you can purchase as an accessory. Some models work with wireless cards that allow you to control the camera and download your video or stills to an iOS device.

When and if I decide to get one I'd probably go with the Hero 3 Black Edition that comes with some accessories including the wireless adapter. if you buy the Naked edition you'll probably want some accessories soon enough.


Sweet Witch
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said by Stacy:
if you buy the Naked edition you'll probably want some accessories soon enough.
I agree. Before you buy any camera have a list handy of "absolute requirements" and "would like" abilities. The waterproof ability of the aforementioned Contour Roam HD sounds like a fun thing to be able to play with. Do you have kids or grandkids that like to go swimming? Do you hang out by the water with friends? What happens to the GoPro if it suddenly starts raining? What are the operating temperatures of each? Memory?
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Stacy
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The Hero 3 has an underwater casing that's available along with other accessories. »gopro.com/hd-hero2-accessories
»gopro.com/camera-accessories.
Because they do make this available you can only guess how water resistant it may be when it's "Naked "

Also the Hero Naked is no longer being sold directly by GoPro so you may have to search around for accessories. They could become scarce in the future if the camera is no longer in production.


Hayward
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reply to natedj
said by natedj:

I have a Contour Roam HD and I like it. It has a more streamline fit and it has quite a few accessories available for it. Amongst other things it has an Idiot proof on/off switch and can be submerged in water up to 3 ft deep.
This is the one I got back in 2011 »www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GL···F8&psc=1
The only thing I don't like about it is the rechargeable battery, it cannot be easily replaced by the end user. The new models have replaceable batteries.

Three feet is hardly comparable to GoPro's 300ft under.
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Sweet Witch
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said by Hayward:
Three feet is hardly comparable to GoPro's 300ft under.
But how much extra is that and why bother if you're not a scuba diver?
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Speedy Petey

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The stock housing is good down to more than any normal person might ever go. They do sell a "dive housing" that is meant for deeper depths and actual scuba diving.

I have an H3 Black and it is AMAZING!! The images/video that come from this thing are nothing short of spectacular.
There is no comparison to the Contour as far as accessories go, and the GoPro accessories are not that expensive. The most expensive thing anybody might go for is the LCD back for $80. Even then, the iPhone/iPad app does the same thing and so much more, and is free. WiFi is built into the camera, it's not a card or accessory. You can preview everything and EVERY function of the camera is adjustable from the app.

Speedy Petey

join:2008-01-19
reply to inGearX
I must also add, even though the still from it look great, IMO a GoPro will NOT replace a video and still camera. I serves a VERY cool purpose, but it is NOT an everyday camera.


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reply to Speedy Petey
Everyone keeps saying iPhone App, There is an Android GoPro app as well. In fact there are a number of them beyond the basic control/dispaly one.
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reply to Sweet Witch
said by Sweet Witch:

said by Hayward:
Three feet is hardly comparable to GoPro's 300ft under.
But how much extra is that and why bother if you're not a scuba diver?

Many people snorkel deeper than three ft and remember that 3ft is a MAX
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Stacy
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reply to Hayward
said by Hayward:

Everyone keeps saying iPhone App, There is an Android GoPro app as well. In fact there are a number of them beyond the basic control/dispaly one.

Comes in three flavors.
»gopro.com/software-app/gopro-app

Speedy Petey

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reply to Hayward
said by Hayward:

Everyone keeps saying iPhone App, There is an Android GoPro app as well. In fact there are a number of them beyond the basic control/dispaly one.

Sorry. Knee jerk reaction on my part. Don't be offended.
In today's world we can all pretty much assume that any app like this is available on several platforms.


inGearX
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reply to Stacy
said by Stacy:

The Hero 3 has an underwater casing that's available along with other accessories. »gopro.com/hd-hero2-accessories
»gopro.com/camera-accessories.
Because they do make this available you can only guess how water resistant it may be when it's "Naked "

Also the Hero Naked is no longer being sold directly by GoPro so you may have to search around for accessories. They could become scarce in the future if the camera is no longer in production.

0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ... I decided to go for Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition »www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Extreme-···id+XS100


inGearX
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reply to Hayward
said by Hayward:

said by natedj:

I have a Contour Roam HD and I like it. It has a more streamline fit and it has quite a few accessories available for it. Amongst other things it has an Idiot proof on/off switch and can be submerged in water up to 3 ft deep.
This is the one I got back in 2011 »www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005GL···F8&psc=1
The only thing I don't like about it is the rechargeable battery, it cannot be easily replaced by the end user. The new models have replaceable batteries.

Three feet is hardly comparable to GoPro's 300ft under.

GoPro is 0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ... I decided to go for Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition »www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Extreme-···id+XS100

Speedy Petey

join:2008-01-19
reply to inGearX
said by inGearX:

0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ...

I would hardly call the stock housing huge. Not even close. It's still smaller than many compact cameras.


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said by Speedy Petey:

said by inGearX:

0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ...

I would hardly call the stock housing huge. Not even close. It's still smaller than many compact cameras.

I've worn the stock housing Hero2 on my arm doing all manner of activities. Most recently climbing/tree adventures and riding a jetski in the waterproof housing.

Hero2 rocked. Hero 3 would be more awesomer.
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Hayward
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reply to Speedy Petey
said by Speedy Petey:

said by Hayward:

Everyone keeps saying iPhone App, There is an Android GoPro app as well. In fact there are a number of them beyond the basic control/dispaly one.

Sorry. Knee jerk reaction on my part. Don't be offended.
In today's world we can all pretty much assume that any app like this is available on several platforms.

Well actually it was initially iPhone only, but they quickly wised up and realized there are 10x+ more android devices out there than Apple. Just like the PC world.

And in fact a number of official GoPro beyond basic Android apps and several third party now.
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Hayward
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said by inGearX:

GoPro is 0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ...

The housing is not HUGE just large enough to contain the tiny camera. And no reason to take it out of it if you are regularly going to be around water, especially with the wireless remote.
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Speedy Petey

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reply to Hayward
said by Hayward:

Well actually it was initially iPhone only, but they quickly wised up and realized there are 10x+ more android devices out there than Apple.

Not to get into a side debate, but this is SO incredibly not true. Right now it's pretty near even sales wise, with a slight edge to Android. World wide Android has a significant edge, but by NO means is it 10X+.
And just know, I am by no means an Android hater like all the Apple haters out there.


Stacy
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I agree with Speedy Petey. Let's NOT turn this into an Android/iOS debate. Personally I could care less about the number of devices or number of apps for a device I don't own. What's important is that there are apps available. I've already decided on which phone I want to use but I haven't made up my mind about the GoPro.


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My GoPro goes everywhere with me.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H_ampQuiQ0


If you have any questions about it, just ask.


rcroning
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reply to inGearX
A friend of mine has a GoPro. If I were to buy a mounted camera system, I would choose the GoPro. Seen the outstanding results.


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reply to inGearX
said by inGearX:

said by Stacy:

The Hero 3 has an underwater casing that's available along with other accessories. »gopro.com/hd-hero2-accessories
»gopro.com/camera-accessories.
Because they do make this available you can only guess how water resistant it may be when it's "Naked "

Also the Hero Naked is no longer being sold directly by GoPro so you may have to search around for accessories. They could become scarce in the future if the camera is no longer in production.

0 feet when it's naked

not even water resistant ... never mind water proof

so if it suddenly starts raining ... or u wanna take it for a dip ... u better have it all the time in that huge housing ... I decided to go for Polaroid XS100 Extreme Edition »www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Extreme-···id+XS100

That Polaroid looks bulky.
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Toshiba announced their own sports cam. »www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/cami···ands-on/
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