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Gopro purchase advice

post #1 of 10
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Prior to this season when my nephew and brother came out to Utah for spring break i had never used a gopro. Well the apres ski at my house afterwards with that days footage provided hours of entertainment . especially loved the footage from chest mount with other skiers in the footage. Oh and my wife finally got to see what i'm up to every winter,lol.

 

Decided to get one this offseason for big powder days and skiing chutes.. 

 

will the hero 3 produce good solid video or do i need to pony up for the 4??  any tips/advice from those with experience using these things would be appreciated.

post #2 of 10

Not sure if you bought anything yet... I have played with the chest mount gopro hero 3 edition and it does make decent videos.  The issue I have with these cameras in general is the time it takes to edit and make something watchable.  The extreme wide angle also makes it kinda bad for looking at a single person at a distance.  The resolution is fine for playing on HD TV at full and half speed.  If you intend to watch on 4K, super slow motion, or a nice computer screen, you may want to get a better model.

 

I have also seen some versions (not gopro) that actually mount in ski goggles.  The field of view on these is a lot easier to control and I found those videos to be easier to watch without major edits compared to gopro on a helmet or chest.  The models I have seen were inferior video quality to the gopro hero 3, but good enough for someone not planning to edit or play with the footage much.

post #3 of 10

If you want to see an example of what happens with a goggle camera . . . going down Marx after riding up the Big Sky tram.  The goggle owner was taking a group of Ski Divas who hadn't skied Marx before.

 

 

My ski buddy has been using a chest mount for his GoPro for a few years.  I don't know which model.  I think I prefer watching what he gets over the goggle camera.  So far, he hasn't created an edit of his videos.  Sometimes we watch the video afterwards when we've gone some place for the first time.  The hope is to remember enough to find a good stash some time in the future.  Especially when we are at Alta.

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

If you want to see an example of what happens with a goggle camera . .

that tints coming from the goggle lens i assume. that doesn't look so hot! 

 

nice looking run tho, minus the rocks

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by TexSkier View Post
 

Not sure if you bought anything yet... I have played with the chest mount gopro hero 3 edition and it does make decent videos.  The issue I have with these cameras in general is the time it takes to edit and make something watchable.  The extreme wide angle also makes it kinda bad for looking at a single person at a distance.  The resolution is fine for playing on HD TV at full and half speed.  If you intend to watch on 4K, super slow motion, or a nice computer screen, you may want to get a better model.

 

I have also seen some versions (not gopro) that actually mount in ski goggles.  The field of view on these is a lot easier to control and I found those videos to be easier to watch without major edits compared to gopro on a helmet or chest.  The models I have seen were inferior video quality to the gopro hero 3, but good enough for someone not planning to edit or play with the footage much.

i did recently get a 4K Tv and have ZERO experience editing!!  ill probably stick with a hero3 to keep costs down to see how much i actually enjoy using it . thanks for the input

 

i assume the white models are garbage since people are giving them away

post #6 of 10

Here's a video with the Hero 3 chest mount I did 6 months ago. There is not much steep terrain in here because I failed to point the camera high enough.  I didn't realize until later how much you have to angle it up.  As I start to move, I lean forward, which ends up pointing the camera down.

 

 

I borrowed the camera to play with before buying one myself.  In the end, I didn't buy one because I don't ski with others enough to keep the videos interesting.

 

Hero 3 is definitely good quality.  Filming with these settings kills the battery in about 1hr 30min. I recommend getting a portable battery to recharge the gopro over lunch.  Something like below

 

post #7 of 10

Pretty sure my ski buddy has at least one extra battery, maybe two.  Have been a few times he didn't get any video for a really good run because he ran out of power.

post #8 of 10
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thanks for posting that video texskier - looks great!  - ill be shopping for a Hero3 silver or black this summer

 

and the tips on battery life /charger. Thumbs Up

post #9 of 10
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got a hero 3+ black for next season - video quality looks top notch - im sure to be the next u tube sensation.  ;)

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got a hero 3+ black for next season - video quality looks top notch - im sure to be the next u tube sensation.  ;)


Looking forward to some video clips of powder skiing in LCC next season.    :)

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