View Full Version : GoPro video camera questions
07-19-2009, 03:38 AM
Maybe you could give me your advise/opinion: I saw this GoPro video camera: http://http://www.goprocamera.com/index.php?area=2&productid=2 and I'm considering buying it. Does anyone have experiences with it? Where / how did you mount it? Should I take the wide angle or the normal lens version? Are there other products which can be easily mounted?
07-19-2009, 04:25 AM
It aint working.
07-19-2009, 05:19 AM
I have used the GoPro cameras wide and normal angle. The normal angle is fairly narrow (aperture, 60ft out will capture about 40ft wide) Clarity, a little better than the wide angle straight on if shooting over 60ft out. Up close the same. My friend Paul opinion about the normal/narrow lens, he wants to trade for one of my 170's na...Here is a link to AirShow Buzz. I post some stills ( http://www.asb.tv/search.php#thomas%20shpakow )Video- go to YouTube and search with my N-# N28KT. If you decide to purchase a camera, the helmet camera has all the mounting hardware you'll need. The motor sports hardware package is more $$ and is useless for mounting externally on aircraft. You'll end up making your own specialty mount like I did. Hope this helps ya.
07-19-2009, 09:02 AM
Thanks Thomas, I understand you have a preference for the Wide Angle version? BTW: this should be the correct address http://www.goprocamera.com/products
07-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Bear in mind that I'm in the video profession part-time, and therefore a total video nerd, so my judgement on these matters may be slightly skewed. ;)
The camera in question appears to support the theory that still-cameras are generally not the best video cameras, and vice versa. It appears to be a fairly decent-resolution 5 megapixel still camera (2592x1944), but a fairly low-reolution video camera (512x384), and although the manufacturer claims it records at 30 frames per second (fps), the two sample videos I suffered through do not appear to demonstrate that. They appeared to be running at about 15 fps. Ugh. No offense to anyone already using this system, but I find the picture quality repulsive. (Thomas, your acro video at least demonstrated it at 30 fps, which was much better than the manufacturer's demo!)
In the rapidly-evolving world of consumer video, I would stay away from the lower-res systems. I think that after the novelty of having a video camera on/in your airplane fades, you'll grow tired of the poor picture quality very quickly. At the very least, I would look into higher-resolution options, such as the Datatoys XM-DVR (http://www.datatoys.com/index.php)s that record video at 720x480 30fps (NTSC) or, for lucky European consumers, 720x576 25fps (PAL).
There are others, and I'll try to post some more links this evening when I get home.
07-19-2009, 02:08 PM
I use extensively my gopro camera (wide angle), easy, cheap, good product.
That's my first test :
my 2 cent
07-19-2009, 03:19 PM
Most of this video is made via the wide Angle.
Shots made FROM inside the RV-8 are made using the GoPro Wide Angle.
Shots made FROM inside the RV-7 are made using a HQ Camcorder.
Both aircraft will be Oshkosh.
At around 2min in the video is when the fun really starts...