Originally Posted by cdtotten
See my thoughts are that the best videos are going to be taken by someone in your group filming your run with a steady hand... and at that point, you don't need a GoPro. I can see the value though if you have a large group with them and you want to piece together a cool little video.
My oldest just began skiing last year and my wife filmed her going down the bunny hills from the bottom and got some great material. If i was going to film the same thing on a GP attached to a helmet, I just don't see it being as good.
Sorry Cdt - and you are a young person, relatively speaking, am going to politely disagree, GoPro and I have a Hero 2 which is an ancient vintage - but these moments are not caught by standing on the side of a hill, filming a group coming at you and then receding in the distance:
Exhibit 1: All mostly shot on a GoPro:
Priceless in this dad's estimation and our friends seem to agree. On a lot of the terrain, no way is one about to stop and start taking movies, self-preservation ensures that is a no-go, nor is sticking a camera (and I use my iPhone 5 all the time too) in a hand a feasible, nor sensible or rational option.
There is a reason, young turks, in skiing, surfing, biking, racing motorbikes and cars all use GoPros. Sure lots of flaws, the smart young teens and twenty somethings usually use a stick to stabilize the video, it's remarkable what that appendage does for video quality, I have mine strapped to my chest generally, and yes, there can be serious technical issues (the famous "is it on ? IS IT ON ?? " refrain for one, and in the old vintage case, no playback or live viewing capability), the shaking, can drive the eyeballs bananas when viewing - of course...
but here other old ones, just scroll through to get a feel, they are home movies, but pretty action oriented, the subject and videographer are in motion, fast motion often...GoPro or bust buddy..for live action video for the amateur, nothing like it, in all weather conditions, through terrain, easy, through extreme: This is almost entirely on the GoPro clunker, and to this dad, priceless, without it, would not have been possible ( from 7'38" or so last 2 minutes shot using an iPhone 5 held in the right hand)
Pretty much all GoPro:
While the stock price is languishing, the product deserves it's cult following even if the old versions are ridiculously irritating to use for the uninitiated, and then when the camera flips over it's clamp and is looking down at the ground when the videographer catches some air or goes over some terrain!
Just a nod of thanks to GoPro for enabling the recording of such moments for posterity