Sunday, March 15, 2015

Flash as Michael Jackson...

Righto, so my poor old GoPro has been playing up a bit lately and there has been the odd suggestion that perhaps I should look at replacing it.  Well, I persevered with it for a fair while just so I could ignore those suggestions but finally gave in last weekend and ordered a new Hero 3 white - the cheapest GoPro with wi-fi.

I chose this model, not just because it was the cheapest but because it really does everything I need from a video camera.  I simply don't need the 4K video if all I'm doing is some basic videos for YouTube.  The neat thing about it is that I can use my current remote (or phone) to drive it.  Anyway, four days after ordering it the camera arrived from Singapore - impressive.

There are some subtle differences between it and my old one:




Of course, when you get a new toy then you simply must play with it, so today I went for a wee pootle around the Apiti Loop.  A nice little ride on a pretty damn nice autumn day.  The video below has a few snippets from some of the best bits of the Loop:


There doesn't appear to be too much wrong with the video although it seems to pick up some "noise"from the bike at around 5k rpm - I've had that with other devices as well.  As for the sound quality, well I think it's better than the previous GoPro and you can hear the bike pretty nicely.  Oh, and it also takes pictures of course.


So it works - and hopefully it'll last me a fair while...

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  1. Nice little toy you got there Andrew. Video quality looks pretty good.

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    1. Thought you might appreciate it...

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  2. That's quite a significant size difference, and the video quality doesn't seem to suffer. And now I know that wee pootle means a spirited ride through the countryside. 😄

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    1. The old camera had a separate "back-pak" for the wi-fi so quite a bit bigger.

      It was just a quiet pootle, honest.

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  3. It certainly looks sleeker that the older model. Let's hope it is reliable and lasts a while so we can all enjoy the video and pictures.

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    1. Thanks. Maybe the owner will take more care of this one...

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  4. Wow, it sure is thinner. The quality looks about the same though.....or did you find it to be sharper? Saw some waviness in parts of the video in 720p mode, could be my pc of course.

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    1. Not sure if Youtube is the best judge of quality - the video has already been processed by my software and then by Youtube. I think it's at least as good and I can go higher in quality if I want to.

      I think the waviness is electrical "noise" from the bike. I have had it before.

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  5. I wondered what GoPro you purchased and suspected an answer could be found here. Man I tell ya, your first GoPro looks older than mine! Mine doesn't do in/out of shadows very well. I do need to find the perfect location on the Connie.

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    1. The old one has served me well but has been in the wars a bit. It has survived water through it a number of times...Hopefully this one will be just as good.

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  6. Nice toy and video. I just recently bought a GoPro Hero4 myself. Use it for time lapse photos. Haven't gotten into videos as of yet..

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    1. I'll look out for the videos ;)

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  7. Nice view angle Andrew. The quality is stunning too.

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