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Can't Decide

Discussion in 'GoPro Video' started by camkole, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. camkole

    camkole Angel Fish

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    Hello everyone!
    My partner and I are heading to Cozumel for my first dive trip and I am a portrait and landscape photographer here in Kansas City.
    I was wondering if anyone could give me some good buyer's tips for purchasing a gopro.

    We want one with a LCD display on the back and obviously a waterproof case which i'm sure it comes with. I want something that will last us until I go for the Hero 4 Black edition.

    Any comment is appreciated!
     
  2. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    If you are a professional photographer, my guess is you will be quite frustrated with a GoPro. It is extremely wide-angle, can't be focused, no zoom, not good in low light, and very poor for stills. Other than that it takes adequate videos of reef scenes, when shallow, and you may not care about white-balance.
     
  3. camkole

    camkole Angel Fish

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    Being that it's vacation I want something I don't have to change much and that I can kind of forget about while im diving and enjoying the view.
    I also would like to know the best place to mount it on my gear. Since it's my first 20 dives i'm only doing 2 night dives and won't be taking it along for those.

    I just want to know the best model to go with. Cheaper the better.
     
  4. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Don't buy a GoPro then. Get a clone.....it'll work fine and be much cheaper.
     
  5. MAKO Spearguns

    MAKO Spearguns ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I can't tell you which camera is best for your budget, but if you want to get good video - then stability is an important factor. We offer a full complement of Go-Pro accessories, modular mounts and wide angle video lights. If you want to capture close up video with good color and detail, having artificial light will make a big improvement.

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  6. camkole

    camkole Angel Fish

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    Money isn't neccesarily the issue. But let's be honest who doesn't like to save some extra dollars when they can haha.
    I want a go pro. They have a really cool built in app and wireless communication. I was looking at the Hero 4 Silver edition but
    I wanted to know if anyone else is using it or suggest it.

    I'm scared of clones of a product that are so publically promoted. Example given *those motorized hover boards that kids are buying*
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sounds like you've bought into the advertising. Enjoy it.
     
  8. Dish

    Dish Are you for Scuba? ScubaBoard Supporter

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    camkole, if I may make a gentle suggestion... if these will be your first 20 dives, consider focusing on the mechanics of diving and shed the inevitable distraction that comes with taking a camera/GoPro along. You'll have plenty of opportunities for UW photography after you're very comfortable conducting a safe dive.
     
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  9. webcubus

    webcubus Angel Fish

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    Unless you get one of those masks with a GoPro mount, I suspect you won't love the footage from a static mount. I recommend either a monopod (selfie stick, nice for getting closeups without sticking your face in scary places) or a tray like mako posted. I built a tray with some supplies from home depot, some bike handles, and the GoPro tripod mount.

    You'll either want lights, a red filter, or maybe both to get reasonable colors at any depth. Obviously that problem is not unique to GoPro.

    I've got a Hero 3 black, so it's several versions old, but it works nicely. The newer ones may be better in low light?

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
     
  10. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    Get the Hero 4 Silver, a red filter, we have the back scatter package and a mount, either a tray or a stick. This will get you started and give you good to excellent video for the next several years. Then when/if you like it, you can add lights.
     
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