Which GoPro accessories should you buy?

GoPro has become one of the top “must have” cameras in the world and not just for extreme action sports fanatics but for anyone who wants to shoot high quality video on a budget. That being said half the fun of having a great video camera is the accessories you can buy to use with it. Following are some of the top GoPro accessories on the market, from the basics to the latest, innovative options. GoPro Dive Housing A necessity for anybody that films under wet conditions or who plans on filming underwater, diving or snorkeling; if this sounds like you, the GoPro HERO’s dive housing is an accessory you definitely can’t live without. GoPro’s dive housing also provides maximum video and photo sharpness, in all resolutions, underwater. The GoPole EVO This is a fantastic transparent extension pole, a simple but innovative idea that provides the user with wider shots when they’re hand holding their GoPro camera. The pole is lightweight, weighing only 4 ounces, is waterproof up to 197 feet and extends to 26”. VectorMount Mounting System This dynamic action camera mounting system provides maximum flexibility and is well worth its somewhat pricey investment. This camera mounting system actually uses the natural motions of a vehicle to track the action, using a combination of centrifugal force, wind vane technology and adjustable dampening input. The Bobber This accessory makes complete sense if your adventures take you out into the water. With the Bobber floating hand grip you’ll never lose your GoPro. Essentially, it’s a yellow bobber with a universal GoPro mount that can be affixed to GoPro HERO cameras, keeping the camera afloat along with the battery BacPac, etc. GoPro Head Strap This sturdy, head mounting system makes it possible to capture all the action in front of you, capturing every fantastic moment on video, hands free. The GoPro Head Strap can be purchased by itself or combined with the company’s QuickClip, giving you even more mounting options on places like your backpack or belt. Monopods If you have a GoPro you’ll want to have a Monopod, they’re essential for getting into the heart of all the action and capturing some spectacular photos and videos. Highly recommended options include e GoPole monopods and XSories. Spare Battery This accessory is kind of a no brainer; who doesn’t want to have an extra battery handy to ensure that you don’t miss out on capturing that perfect, epic stunt? GoPro batteries are available in both lower and higher capacity hours, ranging between 1050 Milliamp and1180 Milliamp hours. Memory Cards Supplemental memory means you won’t face the risk of running out of storage...

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How to use a GoPro properly

It’s never been easier to feel like a adventure seeking, video rock star thanks to todays durable and super versatile mini action cams like those from GoPro. If you already own one of these awesome cameras have you figured out how to use it properly? Most would answer no because these powerful little cameras are packed with bells and whistles so it can take a while to figure out how to get the most out them. Here are a few tips that will help you use your GoPro properly and get the most out of it. Take the Time to Be Creative One of the coolest things about GoPro cameras is how easy they make it to get creative, so think outside of the box and try a few things. Adhering to one field of view can get monotonous and is a waste of the camera’s many abilities. Try changing things up a bit by combining shots that you can achieve by mounting in various positions to come up with a more comprehensive view of what’s taking place. For example, on a mountain bike, you could add in a 2 second shot that illustrates how the bike’s suspension is performing. Basically, just get out there and try different shots and mounts; you’ll be surprised by how fast you’ll be able to use your GoPro to capture great action shots. Know Your Mount Whether your GoPro is going on your snowboard, skis, mountain bike or helmet, you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you’re familiar with the movements of your mount (s). There’s nothing wrong with jittery film if that’s what you’re going for but not if you didn’t plan it that way. Test your mounts angles and the outcome before you film your shots. Also, the more mount options you try, the better you’ll get as you discover which options work best for any given situation, handling a variety of motions. For example, when you mount your GoPro to your helmet you’ll find that your body’s motions will absorb jolts a lot better than if you mounted the camera to handle bars or boards. All in all, it just takes time and each time you use your GoPro the end results will improve. Script Your Story While there’s nothing wrong with “winging it”, if quality is important to you, it’s always better to have a plan. Without direction you’ll never have perfection. The trick is that you want to film something cool, you’ll want to have a mental picture in mind of what you want the end result to be. With some practice, you’ll be able to...

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New GoPro Hero 4 Release Rumours

The GoPro HERO wearable cameras are very popular among the sports enthusiasts out there, including people who love to record adventures like kayaking, skydiving, mountain biking and participating in various other extreme sports activities. GoPro HERO cameras have also been used in other applications that include military operations and law enforcement and everyday users who appreciate a great camera. Needless to say, anyone who is familiar with GoPro have been anxiously awaiting the release of the HERO 4 (official name GoPro HERO 4 Black), eager to hear more about what it has to offer. The previously rumoured release date of March 2015 has now been changed to October 2014 (just in time for the holidays). Following are just a few of the rumoured changes that camera fanatics will be happy to know about when it comes to the latest from GoPro. You’ll want to keep in mind that firm technical specifications haven’t officially been released yet, as the HERO 4 hasn’t been publicly introduced by the company. Photo Quality Improvements The HERO 4 will be produced with a brand new collection of lenses intended for shooting in low light situations as well as a 13 megapixel photosensor. In addition, it is said to include HDR WDR tone mapping, multi-exposure capability, electronic image stabilization capabilities as well as improved MCTF. It is also supposed to feature dual sensor interfaces and user friendly, remote control viewfinder playback. Appearance When it comes to appearance, it makes sense that the Hero 4 would be released as a lightweight, compact, but durable action camera more than likely weighing less than 100 grams. It is also rumoured that it will come with a distinctive attachment that will securely fit the camera on anything that moves, including ski poles, bikes, cars, BMX’s kite boards, long boards and surfboards, cars, surfboards and even helmets worn in just about any sports setting. The HERO 4 will also be able to be mounted onto any kind of pole with a diameter that ranges between 10 to 23 centimeters. Recording If the GoPro Hero 3 ended up being installed with an A7, you can bet that the Hero 4 will have an A9 chip installed in it. This basically means that the latest version of the motion camera will be able to record 4K videos at an impressive pace of 30 frames per second. Currently there’s no other camcorder available for purchase that can accomplish that. Additionally, the A9 will have the ability to record footage at 1080p at the rate of 120 frames per second and footages of 720p at 240 frames per second. Even more impressive is that...

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Comparison of GoPro Hero 3 v GoPro Hero 3+

If you’ve already got a GoPro Hero 3 camera, is there a benefit in upgrading to the latest 3+ range? Both of the GoPro HERO3+ and GoPro HERO3 are above average cameras with lots of bells and whistles. There’s a lot to appreciate with both GoPro HERO models, the company just seems to do a lot of things right when it comes to camera quality. Even so, if you’re wondering whether to splash out on a new HERO3+ model, the following comparison of the two state of the art cameras will help you make an informed decision. 1. The HERO3+ basically looks like an upgrade to an already fantastic action camera, which basically is what it is. Much like the GoPro HERO3, the HERO3+ is available in two models, the Black and Silver Edition. Both versions are 20% smaller than the HERO3, have batteries that last 30% longer and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities, making it 4x faster than the older version. 2.  Besides being smaller, the HERO3+ is more powerful than the HERO3 and includes additional modifications such as the underwater housing is thinner and smaller, making it possible to dive deeper. In addition, the camera’s buttons are more responsive than the ones on the older version’s housing. 3. The HERO3+ also comes with upgrades that include the Auto Low Light and SuperView modes that help user’s maximize the image quality. The SuperView mode is one of the best options, with the ultra-wide angle lens, making it possible for you to capture more of yourself as well as your surroundings in the shot. The Auto Low Light setting improves overall performance by adjusting frame rates, which are influenced by the lighting conditions. The HERO3+ Black Edition offers both options; the Silver version only comes with Auto Low Light. 4. When it comes to image capture, the HERO3+ Black Edition shoots anywhere up to 4K resolution at 15fps and 2.7K at 30fps. The Black Edition also supports 720p120 2.7Kp30, 960p100, 1080p60, and 1440p48. The Silver Edition shoots as high as 1080p at 60fps and 720p120 and 960p60. 5. A couple of additional enhancements on both the HERO3+ Black and Silver Editions include better audio, a sharper lens, boosting image sharpness by a hefty 33% as well as a 2x decrease in imaging artifacts. The Silver Edition actually delivers a 3x reduction in imaging artifacts however, without having a stipulated percentage of expanded image sharpness. In addition, the HERO3+ version comes with an assortment of nifty accessories. The GoPro HERO3+ Silver runs around $299 while the Black version cost $100 more. GoPro HERO3 We’d have to say just about everybody that owns...

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Never work with children or animals

I remember one of the very first sayings when I first got involved with media: “Never work with children or animals”.  Well it didn’t harm the following video! GoPro seem to be embracing working with animals, as they’ve just released the GoPro Fetch (Dog Harness). It’s a new way to capture video – from the perspective of your dog! However, I’m not sure how easily it is to direct the dog, plus most of the footage I’ve seen so far has been quite shaky (based on a dog’s natural movements).  But it’s a great way for dog owners to get a feeling for what it is like being their dog!  Plus I am sure it will come in very useful for trained dogs who enter buildings to search for drugs or help in fire rescue. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to use the GoPro Fetch and to see it in...

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GoPro records a day in the life of a pizza tool

You know the pole that’s used to pull pizzas out of the oven?  Ever wondered what it’s like doing that job? Well now you can find out, as one pizzeria employee attached a GoPro to the end of the pizza tool! See how long you can watch this for before feeling dizzy!! Considering the GoPro was developed to capture Nick Woodman surfing, I wonder if he ever imagined that one day his product would be capturing life as a pizza...

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The 10 most watched GoPro videos

These are the most watch GoPro videos on YouTube – which include some breath-taking action shot on GoPros, along with a heart wrenching video at number 3… Number 10 See the amazing air made on the skateboard Number 9 What happens when you mix lava flow and a can of Coke? Number 8 Can you imagine Superman with a GoPro?? Number 7 The promo video of the latest GoPro, the Hero 3+ Black.  Watch a montage of amazing shots from this camera. Number 6 The GoPro production crew head to Africa to check out the danger and beauty of lions Number 5 Watch some of the shots made on the older, but still amazing, GoPro Hero 2! Number 4 Kelly McGarry performs an incredible backflip over a 72ft canyon on her bike Number 3 Heart-wrenching.  Watch a fireman save a kitten from a burning house. Number 2 See this close encounter with a Great White Shark, shot in Sydney Harbour! Number 1 GoPro Hero 3.  Watch a montage of films created on the older, but still amazing Hero...

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History of the GoPro range

The concept for GoPro cameras came from Nick Woodman, who in 2002 wanted to capture high quality footage of his surfing after a trip to Australia. After raising money by selling bead and shell belts at $20 each from his Volkswagen van and through venture financing, the company sold its first camera in 2004, a 35mm film GoPro.  With a quick release strap and water resistant to 15 feet, it was described as a “reusable wrist camera”.  The package included a roll of Kodak 400 ISO colour film. Film was quickly ditched for digital, and the Heros that were released regularly quickly increased resolution, along with different mounts. The most modern cameras now include wi-fi connections, better batteries and improved audio through wind rejection technology. The latest Hero 3+ Black model films up to 4k...

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