- Mon May 15, 2017 9:39 am
I've had every edition of GoPro... sometimes more than one at a time... and I have not had any warranty problems like people are describing above.
I've used them quite a bit, and wouldn't say I take it easy on them by any means. I've had them fall off my glider landing in the gravel at the South Side, had people whack while flying with them, strapped one to my dog a bunch of times. Let me daughter play with it. No problems.
Maybe I'm just lucky... but seems statistically unlikely, considering how many I've had over the years.
I *do* take care to cycle the batteries dead-full-dead regularly, I stay on top of firmware updates, and I have always used whatever memory card GoPro was recommending at the time- was Sandisk for a while, then Lexar... not sure what they're liking right now. Always format the card IN THE CAMERA, BTW...
As for GoPro's being overpriced- that's not an uncommon perspective, but it really depends what you want or need the camera to do. If you just want something to capture moving images, IE video, of your flights... yes, there are a myriad of cheaper options available. But very few rival GoPro when it comes to quality and features- they've upgraded the lenses significantly with each iteration. And the ability to record in what they call "ProTune", which is a high data rate format with much less compression than the usual for GoPro or any of the competetors. Less compression makes for cleaner, sharper pictures... but that's because it affords you the ability to apply sharpening filters in post. Also, ProTune captures a wider dynamic range (range between what is under-exposed, pure black, and what is over-exposed, pure white). This again affords more leeway to push and pull and adjust and stylize the picture in post.
If you saw the Hollywood blockbuster Need for Speed, then you watched- on the BIG screen- lots of footage captured with GoPro's, and spliced in with footage from much MUCH higher end cinema cameras. The cheaper options out there simply don't compete at anywhere near the level... which is only relevant if you're using the additional quality embeded in the files.
If you're just taking the video clips straight-out-of-camera, and maybe just cutting pieces out and splicing pieces together, I could totally understand the perspective that GoPro's are overpriced. I'd call it overkill, not overpriced, since you're paying for image and codec quality that you're not utilizing... but same difference really...
And I'll say, since I'm sure someone will be pointing this out anyways- I was a GoPro dealer for a long time. I got one early, before they were HD or had rechargeable batteries, and saw the huge potential for these mini fisheye cams in hang gliding, and contacted them for a dealership. Sold a bunch to pilots all over the world, it was pretty exciting being a (small) part of the mini cam revolution and seeing all the hang gliding content people were capturing and posting- so much more aerial stuff than ever before. Anyways- I haven't been a dealer for several years now, and bought my last couple through traditional channels. I have nothing to gain from sticking up for them or sharing positivity about them. It's just my opinion/experience, as a long time user and as someone who's done a bit of film-making and stuff with them...
Shut up and fly.