Gopro Hero 7 Black

  • monkeycheese said:

    I'm giving serious consideration to buying this rather nifty piece of kit and was wondering if anyone on the forum has any experience with these cameras. This one has a voice activation feature and that will come in useful when filming the Robins at Leighton Moss next June. AO are currently selling it at £244 as part of their 'Black Friday' offers. That is a very good price.

    Any feedback welcome.

    MC, I loved, still do love, my GoPro 2.

    Though its old by todays standards, it has served well in all weathers, and you may be aware I was  an avid, no make that very active, hill and moorland walker, wild camping (responsibly), and it never let me down once.

    It has a very wide angle lens, so often things can appear fisheye, but the focusing never has been a problem. The only drawback if there is one, the battery never lasted more than 30 mins, but then I never required more than 10-15 mins of video.

    The links below will give you some idea what the finished video can look like, using the GoPro head mounted. Oh, and yes, that dirty peat filled water was lovely and fresh, no peat, grit or anything. When we decanted some into a glass, it was as clear as tap water....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wjXW1giyNQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLyKzUsCkTM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiEkHHfkM4c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxBz145k1Qw (you can see the shadow of the head mount)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWHAq4w0Cis (probably a good example of how wide the lens can be)

    The GoPro 7 will be of better spec, and quality, I hope that gives you a good idea of what to expect.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Thanks all. The places that were advertising the Hero7 Black at the best prices had sold out. I therefore went for the Hero8 Black. Since I don't already have a Gopro and am therefore not upgrading, the (supposedly) minor improvements that some reviewers have identified are not relevant as the whole thing is new to me. I bought a 'bundle' with a head strap and mini tripod. I subsequently purchased a charger with an additional battery and a wrist/arm strap. I also purchased a 128GB SD card.
    I have watched a couple of 'review' videos to give me a feel of what it is about. I will use some of the YouTube tutorials to guide me through the learning process. I suspect I won't use some of the features, but it looks like an excellent piece of technology. Hopefully I will be able to capture more of the LM Robin activity that I keep missing with the Canon camera. All I will have to do is watch them and the Gopro will record what I see. At least that is the idea. I will have to get the guys in the engineering department to build a bracket to put on the side of the rifle mount!

    Unicum arbustum haud alit duos erithacos

    (One bush does not shelter two Robins)

    Zenodotus (3rd Century B.C.)

     

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    monkeycheese said:
    I therefore went for the Hero8 Black

    Good job you didn't hang around to purchase on that link I sent you Paul as they've sold out now !    I couldn't justify the purchase as there are far more pressing things for me to buy first.   Enjoy the GoPro and look forward to the robin clips in due course.    A snowy scene would be nice over winter  lol

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • Well done Paul j hope to see some cracking videos of your Robins.
    And it's good to see Mike put his foot down Hazel and didn't let you have one........

    My Flickr photos

  • In reply to Alan.:

    Alan. said:
    And it's good to see Mike put his foot down Hazel and didn't let you have one........

    lol Alan,  he knows who wears the trousers in this house   -    that is if he knows what's good for him and he still wants feeding !    To be honest he's more inclined to purchase than me and remember it was Mike who pressed the complete checkout process when it came to buying the 300mm lens as I dithered and dithered over the keyboard and Enter key  lol     He's a good lad, wouldn't change him  !

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to monkeycheese:

    monkeycheese said:
    All I will have to do is watch them and the Gopro will record what I see. At least that is the idea.

    You might also experiment with setting it up on the tripod - the wide angle of GoPros will give a good field of view and you'll get much steadier films, although it will only be for when you expect the Robin stay in a confined area, eg singing or feeding

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Paul, have a look on YouTube at some of the videos posted by hill and moorland walkers, a good many also take still using GoPro's, and some of those still are very good.

    I never took any stills with mine, but I've no doubt it would be as capable as any compact.

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler