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Apr 20, 2016
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Hey everyone,

So, I've decided to be one of "those guys" who sticks a camera on his helmet and starts recording stuff, lol. In all seriousness, though, I'm in the market for a GoPro for "adventure" photography but trying to narrow down which exact model. I thought about hitching onto Ivy's general use camera thread but realized my needs were more specific. I climb (obviously), bike, ski, and also dive, and the waterproof capabilities of the pros were what cinched the deal for me, as I've always wanted to take diving pictures.

I am not a professional photographer and don't need the kinds of features/performance on a Hero 4 Black or Silver (plus they are way out of my price range), so I'm looking at either a Hero+ HD/LCD or an older model. I considered the Session because it seems to have the highest video quality out of all of the entry levels, but it's only waterproof to 30', which makes it potentially dicey for diving. :( How important/useful is the built in LCD? I know that it will obviously be useless if you're mounting the camera, but it seems like it would make it better for taking regular photographs.

So, which model would you guys recommend in the $100-300 range? My priorities are:

1) Waterproof (has to be to at least 30M)
2) Price
3) Video quality
Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points
Apr 20, 2016
If you want the GoPro form factor you can get a clone for much cheaper with the same/better specs. Look on Amazon.
Sony makes a better action cam in the $100 range.
Brendan N. (grayhghost)
From Salt Lake City, Utah
Joined Oct 26, 2006
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Apr 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
Hmm..cool. I figured that would happen eventually. Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points
Apr 20, 2016
Ted, I'm in Chicago and I might be interested in parting ways with mine. Takes awesome video and I have no complaints about it, but I just don't use it enough to justify keeping it. Pretty sure it's a Hero 3+ Black, but I can double check when I get home. Comes with two extra batteries and a case for everything. If you're interested, I'm happy to let you check it out and we can talk price. Can meet you at FA.

Chris
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From Chicago
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Apr 20, 2016
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I got a HERO4 silver for my son. Takes good photos and video. Probably there is a cheaper one that does the same thing.

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Chris treggE
From Madison, WI
Joined May 25, 2007
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Sep 18, 2016
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Check Costco. They usually have a pretty good deal on GoPro cameras. Johnny Kipp
From St Albert Alberta
Joined Aug 16, 2016
106 points
Sep 21, 2016
I recommend the hero4 silver. I surf, free dive, bike, and climb and use it for everything. The LCD camera and wifi capability are my favorite features. The casing also takes a beating. The accessories is what will break your bank account, but you can opt for some cheaper alternatives through ebay or amazon...although, not guaranteed by gopro.


My brother lost his gopro while water skiing (camera fell off chest harness) and Gopro sent in a replacement...

My two cents..towards your 399.99 dollar camera....Oh and the new 5 is coming out so you can probably find the 4 cheaper somewhere.
Fernando Cal
From Lynwood, CA
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Sep 21, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
So, not sure why this thread was resurrected, but I've already bought, and broken, my GoPro lol. Ted Pinson
From Chicago, IL
Joined Jul 11, 2014
178 points
Sep 21, 2016
Ted Pinson wrote:
So, not sure why this thread was resurrected, but I've already bought, and broken, my GoPro lol.



BUMP!
Fernando Cal
From Lynwood, CA
Joined Dec 19, 2015
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Sep 22, 2016
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Haha, my bad, I was looking for info on Gopro and stumbled across this thread, I obviously didn't look at the last entry date before I responded.
I lost mine once, came off my snowboard, as I was marching back up the hill to look for it a lady came down and gave it back to me. I gave her a beer out of my backpack for the kind gesture, its all I had with me.
Johnny Kipp
From St Albert Alberta
Joined Aug 16, 2016
106 points
Sep 22, 2016
Johnny Kipp wrote:
Haha, my bad, I was looking for info on Gopro and stumbled across this thread, I obviously didn't look at the last entry date before I responded. I lost mine once, came off my snowboard, as I was marching back up the hill to look for it a lady came down and gave it back to me. I gave her a beer out of my backpack for the kind gesture, its all I had with me.



who looks at the post dates?
Fernando Cal
From Lynwood, CA
Joined Dec 19, 2015
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Sep 22, 2016
Fernando Cal wrote:
who looks at the post dates?

People who don't want to be clueless?
Marc801
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Feb 25, 2014
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Sep 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying 2nd (or was it 3rd? 4th?) on Turk's Head ...
Yeah, I had it on the strap thing as a helmet cam but apparently didn't secure it properly, and it slipped off about 40' up a pitch. Outer case was shattered but the camera itself appeared undamaged, but now it won't turn on so I'm afraid the shock must have bricked it. :( Ted Pinson
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