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Video While Sailing?

Does anyone have the GoPro video camera and do you like it?
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Yes- I use 'em and like 'em. Get a few different mounts- I like the suction cup- it really sucks (in a good way). Be sure to rig a tether- Partially submerged shots can be interesting. The great thing about GoPros is that they're small, cheap, and easily rigged in different places (up the mast, out on the bow pulpit, etc.).
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It's almost perfect in all senses.
I've just got mine and tried just once but am really impressed.
A small boat like mine has too much contrast in a sunny clear day - sail shadows, cabin, bimini. And I'm in southern Brazil with beautiful mountains and colorful sceneries but quite hard to get on camera.
Can't go wrong. It's not a toy, definitely.
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Re: Video While Sailing?

Looks like a great camera, and it is water resistant, which on a boat is an added benefit. However, it's also $300, which is a pretty big chunk of change for something just to take some videos of the scenery and water passing by the hull. I thought seriously about the Zoom Q4HD, which is a bit more expensive, then thought more seriously about what I was going to do with the videos. At best, they would be posted on YouTube for a few friends to see.

Consequently, I decided to go with an Alesis that was on sale at B&H Photo at the time for $29 and free shipping. It's a great camera, and if it gets destroyed by a rouge wave I'll just purchase another. Take a look at Alesis VideoTrack Handheld Audio and Video Recorder VIDEOTRACK

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Re: Video While Sailing?

I buck the trend as well. The Go pro is the gold standard for sure, but I bought a Kodak ZX5 Playsport... 1080P video standard tripod mount, takes regular SD class 10 cards, is waterproof.

I haven't posted any of my videos on youtube yet with the playsport, but I have a couple low res ones I've done with my regular camera.

These are low quality 640x480, using my handlebar tripod mount... I know I should be sheeted in to the inboards... and the sail is a mess.

For giggles I also got a case that has a tripod mount adapter for my phone (Moto Razr Maxx), which ALSO takes 720p and 1080p video. Sample with my shaky hands.. on the stern rail you can see the handlebar tripod mount.

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Re: Video While Sailing?

the GoPro is also a great sports camera, not only does it do video, it takes single shots also takes 10 shot per second. the mounting options are also great. I also take viseo with my Canon T2i but I am deathly afraid of getting it wet.


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Re: Video While Sailing?

I have a GoPro that I got for Christmas last year. I have played around with it a bit. I put a mount on my son's helmet and went mountain biking with him, put it on the bow of his kayak and went paddling, clamped it to the push pit on the boat when we were sailing, and put it on a pole so I could poke it under the dock to check out the sea life.

It takes pretty good quality video, although the user interface is pretty crude to say the least. I still cant keep the different modes straight.

The big thing they have going for them is the many different mounts you can get for them, although they are not cheap! Definitely use a tether in riskier situations. A friend found one washed up on the beach complete with suction cup mount! On the memory card he found footage of a guy learning to surf. The last thing out of the owners mouth was "F#%K!" before the scene changed to tumbling along the bottom among the crabs and seaweed!

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Re: Video While Sailing?

I looked in town and found the GoPro Naked package for $129

Comes with the Hero version plus two mounts and is waterproof up to a depth of 60m and of course it comes with that awesome GoPro warranty. Anyplace you look all GoPro packages should be the same price.

That should be more than sufficient to make movies while sailing.

However if you plan on going underwater and taking videos and want crisp color at depth you will need to purchase the DIVE HOUSING or one of the larger camera packages that would include it anyway. The DIVE HOUSING I think is only $50.

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I looked in town and found the GoPro Naked package for $129

Comes with the Hero version plus two mounts and is waterproof up to a depth of 60m and of course it comes with that awesome GoPro warranty. Anyplace you look all GoPro packages should be the same price.

That should be more than sufficient to make movies while sailing.

However if you plan on going underwater and taking videos and want crisp color at depth you will need to purchase the DIVE HOUSING or one of the larger camera packages that would include it anyway. The DIVE HOUSING I think is only $50.
I'm not a diver, but it seems to me the average recreational diver isn't going anywhere near 60 meters down! Why is a different case needed?

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Re: Video While Sailing?

Have one, use it, like it

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