On the eighth day of Christmas day of Christmas My Truelove sent to me a GoPro
THE history of the GoPro camera is one of those young –entrepreneur-makes-good yarns but it is also a tale of giving the punters what they want.
It is why you can get away with calling a camera HERO with only a smidgen of irony.
Around the turn of the noughties, young American Nick Woodman went on a surf trip to my country of Australia. He wanted to take quality action shots of his surfing, but no cameras of reasonable quality and price were on the market. In 2002, he decided to make his own.
I won’t lie to you, Woodman’s parents did invest 200 grand in his enterprise but he raised the rest of his capital selling trinkets from the back of his surf van.
GOPRO GEN ONE
In 2004, Woodman sold his first camera system, which used 35mm film but the breakthrough came with digital still and video camera.
The 1st-gen digital HERO went on sale in 2006.
By 2015 he was selling a fixed-lens HD video camera with a wide 170-degree angle and two or more could be paired to create 360-degree video. Now that’s a action-camera set-up.
One thing about the GoPro is it has always been relatively inexpensive. It is not throwaway drugstore camera cheap but it is Hollywood movie camera inexpensive. That’s why they run the Movie Creator Challenge for users to show what can do with it. The GoPro channel is among the top YouTube channels based on views and interactivity.
This year GoPro produced the HERO4, available in Black Edition and Silver Edition. The digital HERO 4. It is the first GoPro HERO camera to use a 170° angle of view, ultra-wide lens.The video modes supported by the HERO4 Silver Edition supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Accessories kits are available and there is an editing suite.
If you are going serious about the GoPro you might want to add a good book on using the GoPro to your backpack.
Before you go laying out serious dough on a GoPro you probably want to check out the competition and read the reviews. Below is a list of GoPro competitors:
- Sony HDR-AS10, HDR-AS15 and HDR-AS30V.
- Garmin VIRB
- DRIFT Ghost-S
- Xiaomi’s YiCamera
- Panasonic HX-A500E
- Toshiba Camileo X-Sports
- Polaroid Cube
- Ricoh WG-M1
- TomTom Bandit
Please check out a cross section of reviews and alternative products before you buy.
Today’s song is from a movie based on a Broadway musical in turn based on a play titled
I am a Camera