It’s not much larger than a matchbox but it’s an incredibly powerful video camera. The GoPro has revolutionized the way everyday people capture video, particularly action video. Just a few years ago it would have been a major ordeal to capture someone kayaking over rapids (from the kayak) or jumping out of an airplane. Now lay down a few Benjamin Franklins and you yourself can capture spectacular video that rivals anything you see on TV.
GoPro mounted on helmet
If you have lived in a cave and do not know about a GoPro, it’s a small rectangle video device that’s made for one thing, capturing awesome action video. It also comes in a watertight protective housing. The lens is a wide angle lens and there are very few creative adjustments you can make. It’s basically point and shoot video, but the quality of the video is remarkable.
You do have options like video size, time-lapse (cool), and self timer. Just recently GoPro has created an app so you can change these settings, as well as see and review you GoPro footage. The video is captured to a SD card so the size of your card depends on how much video you can capture. The battery life is also pretty good plus you can buy extra batteries.
The other cool thing about GoPro is they make attachments so you can attach your GoPro to just about anything; surfboards, helmets, ski poles, cars, maybe even your dog. You may not realize it but you’ve seen GoPro footage on TV. Motocross, Discovery Channel, Tornado Chasers, SurvivorMan and just about any action video is probably shot on a Go pro these days.
Even if you don’t jump out of airplanes you’ll be able to come up with some creative GoPro uses.
Below are some cool GoPro videos including one I did of one of my kids skiing.
Ski video in Stowe, VT I did with GoPro
Traxxas RC car video I did with GoPro
The Badlands 2 from Earl B on Vimeo.
Short Video I shot using GoPro in Jamaica
…breaking the ice – with CamWow from Earl B on Vimeo.