Saturday, August 10, 2013

Go Pro Hero 3

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There's two specs I look for a good underwater camera -- lightweight and covers a decent resolution.

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At first, I fell inlove with this Olympus TG-2 for it looks like it has a strong built, the colors are the lovely black and red and a sweet f/2.0!

My love for TG-2 didn't last that long, about 3 weeks ago, a very strong contender appeared. It promotes:
1. 12MP same as TG-2. That's high resolution.
2. high frame rates; could really be useful for a moving subject
3. very, as in very lightweight! which means I can carry it whenever I'm on the go.
3. very small; It's height is half of my index finger.

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What more can I ask for? Now its time for me to test it.
This is not your ordinary camera, there's no live view in this but don't fret it can cover an extensive field of view for its ultra wide lens. Also real fun if you take a shot very near to your subject, it has a noticeable fisheye! Speaking of live view, yes there is None. This baby comes with a wi-fi remote which you can connect to your iOS and Android phones through a GoPro App. No sweat, just make sure the camera has its updated firmware. Updates are downloadable from their website http://wwwgorpro.com/updates. There's also a comprehensive videos on how to's to make your life easier. Just enable the wi-fi on the camera and remote then you are good to go. I'm ecstatic to show you how it looks on my phone!

There's 4 Modes you can use: 
Photo: No problem as long as you don't use it at night time.
Video: standard HD resolution baby! 
Burst: Choose between 30 or 15 fps. Once you click that S button, it won't stop until you shut it. Unbelievably fast!
Timer Mode: Haven't try this one since I only use this for a group shot.

I browsed through the manual, it has this Protune feature which promises a higher resolution akin to professional cameras that uses raw formats. I have yet to try and compare the quality.

I know it doesn't have that sweet f/2.0 but this is intended for a rigid activities such as sports. Activity means sunlight. This is the only kind of a downside I see on its features when it gets dark. However, looking at the bright side, it is not necessary to cover any if the sun is down. If I must, there's my DSLR to do it. It's the reason why I bought it for underwater purpose.

The control scheme has a lot of improvements from its predecessors GoPro and Hero2 since It's hard to push the buttons especially if its in the casing. Other than that, I'm not too keen technical about its fps (frame per second) count.  30fps has gone overboard unequivocally. It was more than enough for me. It's the best sports camera in the market.

I guess what I love the most of this baby is the video 1080p @ 60fps. No complaint on the resolution at all and the sounds is just great!

Enjoy the photos and a video sample I took:

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Uno_swimming from Kimahri Ronso on Vimeo.

Video has been converted by Vimeo. I'm gettin' there. Learning on how I FAQ's what codec to use to get the high resolution video. Might be doing video editing when I have time too.

GOPR3916 from Kimahri Ronso on Vimeo.
This is me, trying to learn some floating exercise.

PS: Thanks to the couple Mark and Joan for haggling over the freebies namely a suction for mounting the body used in surfboards (can use on any platforms too) and a spare battery!
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