No, they really don't....
OK. I would think that the GoPro angle of view is so wide (as it must be on a camera that is often used without framing the shot) that the skier must be pretty small in the resulting video - unless you're really close.
That is better, but it has the same problem regarding the size of the subject.
Still, better than not doing it at all, I suppose.
For this kind of application, I still prefer a conventional camera with a zoom. I'm not about to fork over $400 for a tool to do something that I can already do better with something I already own.
I actually had an early GoPro. Let's just say the top of the helmet is not the best place for it when skiing tight trees.
For all you haters out there, here's video proof of that fact.
Before Santa brought me a new camera I had to dangerously hold my cell phone camera in my hand while skiing:
After Santa brought me a Garmin Virb (not one of those gopro fad cameras and only $120 ), I've been much safer. Same run almost five months later:
Everyone is safer now.... enough said.
Edit: People think you look stupid with a camera on your head. Well, how stupid do you look with your poles in one hand and camera in the other. Anyone consider that?
The way the GoPro lens films is adjustable for this exact purpose. You can reduce the viewing angle from 170 to 155 and also I think 135 degrees, lessening the fish eye distant effect.
Not as sensitive as the guys on a local FB page that don't like the idea that driving the speed limit will help them avoid speeding tickets and make the roads a safer place. I've never been called a douche and a bitch in the same thread until today. You'd think the topper would be when a guy who hadn't posted the thread started messaging me to attack me in private, but no. They totally p!ssed me off when they said I ski in jeans. I told them they don't know me. I ski in a onsie.
Now just imagine if that was a popular thing to do for your average beach goer - I'm pretty sure you'd see this same thread on the EpicHula forums.
Nah. They won't try to turn the iPhone into a competitor due to durability and shaping reasons, but they might launch their own camera and have it work extremely well with the iPhone for settings and video uploading (GoPro does a very poor job of this currently and also has some other problems with the user experience that are quite sloppy and buggy compared to what Apple usually produces).
As for the knock-off in that article, it's very poorly written and they have GoPro's camera specs wrong... so be skeptical until you read more.
Jay knows little of business. Xiaomi is darling of the emerging market cell phones, and the inexpensive camera they have is for real and is being reviewed by someone almost daily (usually overseas). A smartphone interface is different than using a camera that is a separate extension of a smartphone, which is likely only a few years away from reality. http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/29/xiaomi-yi-camera-versus-gopro-hero/
For various reasons people love posting photos/videos of themselves. If possible, they want to post real time. This is not changing, so the fad will continue. Units sold are increasing, but the YouTube Channel statistics are mixed (see: http://vidstatsx.com/goprocamera/youtube-channel ). Whether GoPro continues to dominate is a question given the cheaper alternative that are coming, but the appetite for these cameras has not yet waned.
There is a major difference between a professional using a GoPro and an amateur using one. When pros strap cameras to themselves and then hand the footage over to professional editors, the end result is usually amazing and can find its way into major productions. When beginners in a wedge use them to film the entirety of their day on the bunny hill, the results leave a lot to be desired. At the end of the day, it is a clever product with an amazing marketing strategy at an affordable cost. Hats off to the GoPro folks who are making money hand over fist.
The only thing that drives me nuts is having people ask me repeatedly if there GoPro is on or not. That and when operating the camera interferes with the day of skiing. I've seen people fiddle around with them for 10 minutes while everyone else is frustrated and ready to ski away.
Most definitely. There is nothing that kills the ambiance of a great mountain like prada glasses and leopard print pants eating shit in the lift line filming the whole thing. Who wants to watch that later? The views from the bunny hill are shit. And YouTube has a million freakin videos of the exact thing. I don't understand the wisdom of buying a $600 piece of equipment that you use for one week a year. My wife and I actually use our Gopro for scuba, ski, mountain biking, etc. And the videos of skiing are for instructional purposes as much as anything. Form, posture, technique, etc. They don't typically make it to YouTube.
We are still talking about skiing, right?
I think You Tube have pretty decent posting guide lines.
Haha. Sex. I get it. I'm not sure Mrs. WalterdogEllis would be cool with me wearing a helmet cam during the intimate times. But I'll ask... On second thought, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission.
I read somewhere recently that Gopro use was on the rise and that profits were up; that said my own admittedly subjective observations on the ski slopes anyway is one of declining use. I could be wrong.
GoPro recently bought out a virtual reality company. It won't be able to win on price in the future, but for a while it will win on technology. Here is a VR example of what can be done with several GoPros (change the view anytime you want in the upper left corner):