For sports action enthusiasts who like to share their adventures online, a Wi-Fi connected Garmin Virb Elite Camera – Dark is a must have accessory. While no means an exhaustive list of every action camera model out there, the action cameras mentioned within this website are more than worth considering if you’re planning on buying a GoPro Alternative sports action camera.
As the popularity of portable GoPro Cheap increases, the versatility of these devices is becoming realized. In their early stages, these cameras were only associated with extreme sports such as surfing, skiing, and skydiving. Consumers are now beginning to understand that this technology is capable of so much more.
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One of the more recent trends is to use GoPro Cheap action cameras for outdoor recreation such as surfing, skiing, hunting, or fishing. These devices are ideal for such activities because of their durable, waterproof housing.
One perspective that is incredible to watch is the view of a dog on the hunt. Again, when these animals are charging through marshes there is a substantial amount of light that reflects from the water’s surface and there is room to improve upon this problem with the use of a polarization filter.
One of the best things about the outdoors is the breathtaking beauty that nature provides us with. Any outdoor enthusiast can appreciate the scenery that they are able to be immersed in while doing their favorite activity. Whether it is fishing, surfing, snowboarding, hiking, or hunting there is always plenty of natural greatness to witness. Polarization filters are designed to capture the vibrant colors that nature has to offer. These lens additions reduce color saturation that is found while filming allowing the vivid tones to be at their full potential. Majestic scenery should be viewed in its natural form without the worries of having your image becoming distorted due to sunlight.
GoPro Cheap – Sports action camera technology is progressing at a rate of knots: as the list of features gets bigger, physically the cameras get smaller, tougher and more versatile. Features such as full HD, 4K recording, 10+ MP (megapixel) still images and extreme element resistance are now the norm for the majority of modern sports action cameras, which raises the question, what next?
Tips for Choosing Garmin Virb Elite Camera – Dark
Remember the flip video by Cisco Systems? The Flip was one of the first and most popular products known as pocket camcorders. Flip videos were cool, but as cellphones like the iPhone 4 included HD video cameras market for a pocket camcorder went away almost as fast as it started. Well, almost went away. GoPro, a pocket camcorder made for rugged outdoor environments is still thriving and has been since its launch in 2002.
GoPro is the primary brand for the company Woodman Labs Inc., based out of Half Moon Bay, Ca. Pre-2002 Nick Woodman, the founder and chief executive officer of Woodman Labs, moved back in with his parents. In an effort to get away from his parents Nick travelled and the coast of California surfing and developing what is now the GoPro HD Hero.
Originally the GoPro was simply meant to be a small and highly durable camera that Nick and his friends could take surfing and on other adventures with them to document their most exciting moments. As he talked to people about his camera ideas they said, "I don't really want to buy one but I wish my friends had one to film me." That's when he stumbled on the key to GoPro, which has made the camcorder such a huge success: Mounts that attach the camera to all kinds of gear as well as make the camera wearable and hands-free. Watching GoPro videos, you can see everything from the camera attached to a surfboard to a camera attached to a helmet mounted in the way to see the users face.
Initially, GoPro marketed to, and well received by, the outdoor sports community as a way of documenting the highlights of their life. In the past few years, it has expanded to the new and unexpected market of profession videographers. While GoPro takes extremely high quality photos and videos, it does not have all the bells and whistles of a professional camera and so was not marketed toward professionals. However many people high in the film industry have wisely taken notice of this special device because of its low cost and high durability in extreme situations. As of 2011, GoPro has been used on 60 TV shows, including Sarah Palin's Alaska, Myth busters, and The Deadliest Catch (to shoot crabs entering a crab pot at sea floor).
Andy Casagrande IV, a videographer for National Geographic and Discover Channel, to shoot some footage that was never before feasible to shoot, also used GoPro. Namely he has gotten shots of sharks eating the camera, and the inside of the shark's mouth, by attaching GoPro cameras to seal dummies.
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My GoPro Tips
I have used every version of the GoPro Camera Systems in both professional and personal projects. There really is nothing like a GoPro, but as with any camera system, there are a few tricks of the trade to make sure that you lock in the perfect sequence that you have been dreaming of. Here are a few of my favorites.
Here are a few of my favorite GoPro Techniques:
Tip 1: If mounting your GoPro camera with the suction cup mount make sure that you clean the surface prior to adhering suction. Any particles or debris can cause the mount to fail.
Tip 2: When using the suction cup mount ALWAYS tie a thin string to tether the camera to something secure. For example, if your camera is on the hood of a car, tie a string to the windshield wiper arm. Make sure that your string is not too long and test the length to see if your string will catch your camera before hitting an object.
Note: the measuring is kind of critical here, don't have your camera become detached from the suction mount with the idea of it being saved by the string tied to it only to have the camera swing and hit something say like a tree. Which in my case cracked the casing. Ugg.
Tip 3: If you are going to mount the camera to an ATV, Motorcycle, or BMX bike I tend to like the adhesive mounts reinforced with a little duct-tape or Premium Grade Gaffers Tape (black). Gaffers tape unlike duct tape will NOT leave adhesive residue behind when removed.
Tip 4: Make sure that you change the position of your mounting locations. There is nothing more boring then finally editing your video only to find that you have maybe 1 or 2 good perspectives. Think about mounting the camera where you would never dream of with a traditional camera. Some GoPro creative ideas I have used:
Mounting the GoPro to a boom pole and telescoping up 10 ft. This works awesome for shooting bands and getting above the crowd. Some of my best footage when shooting live events comes from this technique. Note: If your going to attach this to a boom pole or for that matter any tripod you will need the GoPro Tripod Mount. These little suckers are good to have and I typically have several with me on any shoot.
Warning: watch the ceiling though when using a boom pole and ALWAYS use a non-conducting material like plastic or wood. Never metal as you could hit a wire or open light and electrocute yourself.
Mounting the Hero to a wheel well of a car or truck.
Mounting the Hero to the fork of your bicycle and aiming it up at you or behind you.
Tip 5: If you are using the camera on the water for surfing or for your jet ski you will want to think about something. Some rigs can sink fast depending on your setup. I highly recommend the GoPro Camera Floaty Back Door as this little orange lifeguard will save your camera from certain doom if it falls off during a wet shoot. Plus the orange color makes it very easy to see.
Tip 6: If you are planning to use your kick ass GoPro in the water, or for that matter in the snow, you will want to invest in the Anti Fog Inserts. You may not even realize it when the change of temp happens fog becomes a factor and a very unwelcome visitor. This has happened to me 2 times (I finally discovered these gems) and it is something that WILL ruin your entire shoot if not remedied.
Tip 7: The most popular tip on this page this month. Don't get caught on your shoot without a Wasabi Power Battery and Charger Kit There is a simple rule when shooting on location, make sure you have 3x the amount of power / batteries than you actually need. This is super important! Many factors drain power including fluctuations in temps and vibrational loss even with the replaceable lithium packs.
Tip 8: If you plan on shooting underwater footage (not just in and out of the water as in typical water shots) you need to have the GoPro Dive Housing to provide maximum photo and video sharpness underwater in all resolutions. Without this Dive Housing your imagery and videos will be blurry and the vignetting around the edges will make the footage unusable. Waterproof to 197'/60m, the Dive Housing is ideal for diving, snorkeling and any underwater filming scenario.
I recommend that if you have never tested this camera underwater you should do so before a shoot. It's not as easy to use as a professional rig but it's just a little tricky. The underwater footage you get will be worth every penny.