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Old 08-03-2016, 09:21 PM   #21
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I've had a few skin flints from some of my other forums profess love for some cheap chinese Go-pro knock-offs but there always seems to be some catch 22 with them in the grand scheme (or they are so cheap they won't tell me for fear of someone ruining their good deal). They are getting there, but if you have to buy one today, I would probably still pony up and go with the GP unit.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:15 PM   #22
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I have a GoPro Hero+ my daughters gave me for last Christmas. Pretty much sat until about a month ago when I decided to go up the rather steep learning curve. Hardware, data input/output, and then video editing using GP Studio take some learning. At least for an old guy. Here is a video I made a couple weeks ago. Still going up learning curve.

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Old 05-24-2017, 11:33 AM   #23
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

Resurrecting the thread.

Looking at a cheap Chinese knock-off for our trip at the end of June. Do not want to buy GoPro. Some interesting looking cameras on Amazon, just not sure which is the most interesting.

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?

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Old 05-24-2017, 11:58 AM   #24
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Resurrecting the thread. Looking at a cheap Chinese knock-off for our trip at the end of June. Do not want to buy GoPro.
Of the knockoffs, the Akaso is arguably best. The image quality in good light approaches GoPro. The audio is lacking and I can't speak to durability. I'd recommend a used or refurbished GoPro 3+ in the 150-dollar range instead. I still shoot all my action cam shots with two GoPro 3s and they're still better than most of the brand new quasi-4K Chinese cams.

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Old 08-09-2018, 03:29 PM   #25
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

Let's resurrect this thread one more time.

Still looking at buying one of these cameras.

Amazon seems to have MANY MANY MANY more of the Chinese knock-offs than ever before.

Anyone have any updated recommendations?

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Old 08-09-2018, 05:33 PM   #26
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I recently sold my GoPro Plus here on the forum. Truly, they are capable little cameras. However, the tiny buttons, vague icons and incredibly difficult video transfer and editing issues required to make a final product worth viewing is a major obstacle. At least for this old guy, and I am fairly tech savvy. Major time sink, so be prepared. There must be thousands of GoPros sitting unused in drawers. Try eBay?
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:13 PM   #27
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I've been reading a thread on ADVrider's Battle Scooters where I guy I trust talked about getting a new camera and after his research he went with one of the Chinese ones and seems pretty happy. I'm thinking about picking one up on Amazon and I already have a Contour I don't use anymore.

This camera has four different lens settings from wide to narrower, remote and Wifi to your phone plus many accessories. $119.99

Anyhow, hopefully this link goes to page 39, post 769 if anyone's interested in reading along. CaptnJim is the poster and has several follow ups on the his progress with camera.

https://advrider.com/index.php?threa...276440/page-39

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKV9FRX...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:30 PM   #28
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

There is also the Yi Lite camera for about 120 with a case as well on Amazon. if you look for youtube reviews, there are a number of them that compare the different cheap cameras to each other and even a gopro. The big thing for me as I ride to work at night sometimes is the image quality at night. So far, Sony and gopro seem to be the best from what I've seen on youtube.

Personally, I am saving for a Sony AS50. its not as small as a gopro and would have to go on the side of my helmet instead of as a chin mount, but I can live with that. That Sony is 168 currently.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:44 AM   #29
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I purchased this Sony unit. For a newby it is easy for me to operate. The remote allows you to see what you are taking a pic or video of

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-hd...kuId=4849100hi
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:11 PM   #30
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

GoPro ramped through their models pretty quickly in an attempt to fix the user interface.

early models were very user hostile and surprisingly enough didn't chase them out of the market. The later version fell more in line with the mainstream using 1080p and H264 codecs.

Looks great in raw form.

The issue is file size and getting the video hosted. Youtube is a real nazi when it comes to stream rate, file format and overall file size. Vimeo is much more lenient.

A camera that has good audio, takes a common battery for power and has a positive feel on the record on and record off button are the most important features. YVMV
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:18 PM   #31
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I have had the Sony action cam for about 4 or 5 years and it works GREAT! Editing is a lot easier, so I've been told.
well see for your self, here is my Youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbBg...75Rq1_A/videos
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Old 08-10-2018, 06:46 PM   #32
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

The Garmin Virb is a cool camera, not in the cheap knock of range but with full 360 views

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Old 08-11-2018, 01:07 PM   #33
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

Appreciate all of the input and great links. I've scoured ADVRider and other sites and just can't find a good fit at the right price.

The budget is getting really tight with all of the spends for the trip. New tires on both bikes, Garmin GPS InTouch Mini, potential airbag vests....having fun ain't cheap as they say.

I'd love to be able to afford a Garmin or Sony, but in reality it ain't happening. I don't want or need 4K, it seems overkill. I would like image stabilization if possible. The answer just might be no video camera for this trip either.

I'd love to hear from folks who have or have had experience with the sub--$100 amazon Chinese knock-offs.
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Old 08-15-2018, 09:01 PM   #34
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

If you do get a GoPro, Hero 4 has an easier/cheaper way to connect an external microphone.
My Hero 5 isn't able to pick up my bike unless I have an external mic on me, behind me or in my helmet, but needs a $50 adapter for that.
I'd make sure any Chinese cam does support an external (lapel) mic.

If you can try your camera before a trip it's useful as getting the audio to not suck may take a while.

If I had the $$ to get a camera that can connect to my BT headset for microphone, that would be the least headache I bet.

My dbpower I got as a birthday gift and my (refurb) Hero5 both take equally good video. So at least that part you shouldn't have to worry about.


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Old 08-15-2018, 10:47 PM   #35
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

I have....had one of the Chinese knockoffs, a SJCAM SJ4000 w/WIFI, It worked ok. IMO the image quality wasn't as good as a GOPRO. I used it a lot to record shooting videos of matches or practice. Audio quality was basically non-existent.

Here is a video recorded with it.


Here is another one recorded with a Contour HD on my commute to work when I lived in San Diego. I don't think these are around anymore except for on the used market. It was a great camera and IMO better form factor than the Contor because it was more of a tube shape than a box shape. And the lens was rotatable 180degrees so you could "level" the video as needed.


I recently scooped up a Go Pro 4 Black used with a bunch of accessories for 100 dollars and haven't recorded anything with it other than messing around with it but it's easier to use. The SJCAM just woulnd't power on one day. I tore it apart and found heavy corrosion to the switches. Which is strange because the camera had never been wet just exposed to humid conditions when shooting.
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Here is another one recorded with a Contour HD on my commute to work when I lived in San Diego. I don't think these are around anymore except for on the used market.
Contour went out of business for a while but are back.

http://contour.com/

http://www.photographybay.com/2014/0...-cam-business/

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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

My son and I have 2 of the Contours. We feel they are the best way to go. They are
easy to use, not bulky and take great pictures. No complaints after 2 years.
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

Ended up purchasing the AKASO from Amazon on a Prime Member sale. Comes to the house tomorrow and will hopefully test it out Saturday on Jay's motorcycle since mine is going into Patrick's shop for the updates for the trip up north.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Ended up purchasing the AKASO from Amazon on a Prime Member sale. Comes to the house tomorrow and will hopefully test it out Saturday on Jay's motorcycle since mine is going into Patrick's shop for the updates for the trip up north.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Re: Is GoPro still the way to go?

As I ride to work at night sometimes, I'm really curious how the Akaso does in low light.
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