So let's make things clear right away. I DO NOT do sports. I'm not saying that I don't do extreme sports, i'm saying I literally have no interest in any sporting activities.
I think that is an important thing to understand about my desire to buy a GoPro. When most people think about these products, the first image to come to mind is a rapid decline down a ski slope - or maybe an intense surf through crashing waves. Look at me pretending I know what I'm talking about. Anyway, my point is that the GoPro might have been created for sports - and might be used mainly for sports - but it has it's uses outside these adrenaline pumping activities.
What I use it for
Before making the purchase I had already convinced myself of a few times when I know for certain I will use the device. I'm filming a wedding this year and for any holidays I might find myself on. So if it sits in a cupboard for 95% of the calendar year, I can rest assured that I had great intentions of dusting off the cobwebs on at least two occasions in 2014.
I was wrong, it's cobweb free!
So it's been about a month now since that shiny gadget arrived into my eagerly awaiting hands. My first thought was "this is bloody tiny". Way smaller than I imagined. Immediately images of breaking it in one hundred different ways raced through my mind.
But on day one I put it to use filming this little timelapse of me working:
Then on the way home from work that day I filmed this:
And I can safely say that I was already hooked. It just works. It's as simple as that.
Possibly my favourite feature is the timelapse. I was already obsessed with this type of video anyway, but the annoying task of processing a DSLR timelapse was always something that put me off it. The videos above and below are perfect examples of how I could press 'record', then after a quick import and conversion, my lapses were ready to share. Now I can't stop.
Here we are playing a 5+ hour game of Arkham Horror (and we lost):
Which one to get
So now you know you want to get one right? Yeah, I know. So there are basically three options:
GoPro Hero 3 White: Up to 1080p30 - 5MP stills (around £199)
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver: Up to 1080p60 - 10MP stills (around £279)
GoPro Hero 3+ Black: Up to 4K - 12MP stills (around £359)
I went for the Silver but purely because I'm not ready for the 4K upgrade just yet. I know how incredible it is. I know all the benefits. I am just set in my ways with 1080p and for the next few years I will be perfectly happy with it. The choice is yours.
There are a whole array of mounts that you can buy for the GoPro, but the ones that come with it are a great start. If there was one thing to add to your toolbox, it would be some Blu-Tack. We all know how great it is for hanging A4 pages on the wall advertising a company announcement or a christmas card, but it offers great flexibility and extra security when you set that little camera onto a high cupboard (you might even want to stick it to the roof - but do that at your own risk).
In an effort to not spend the rest of my week talking about the GoPro, I will stop now. You should know that I am sure I will have plenty more to say about it in the next few months.
I will end by saying that if you are not going to get one purely because you do not do sports then THIS IS NOT A VALID EXCUSE. Trust me, you will use it more than you think. The tiny size means it'll pop into your pocket and be with you whenever you need it.
Thinking of getting one and have a question? Let me know in the comments!