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Old 03-09-2012, 04:53 AM
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I did a search and still a bit confused...

Which set up would be the best for use primarily on the the boat but also motorcycle, car and skiing ?

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I've been doing this "investigating" for the last week about GoPro's. From what I see, it's all about the mounting applications. And the waterproof case if you're going to get it wet.
The website gopro.com is pretty informative, and covers all the mounts that are availible.
I will be gettring the Hero2 when I get one, although I haven't decided which "kit" to get yet.
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I guess that was I was trying to say.... Which mounting kit for the Hero 2 is best for my application..
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Look for the "Package" that that will have the most mounts you will be using. Maybe buying the least expensive one then buying the accessories needed may be the way to go?
After I got mine, I went to Best Buy and picked up some different mounting accessories.
I have not used any of the flat or curved peel and stick mounts. These could be used on helmets, surf boards, etc.. Somewhere where leaving the "Stick on" base would be there for a while.
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I guess you won't need to ask about mounts once you figure out what camera to buy Sorry I can't help you on buying a camera
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I have had the 960 for quite a while works great on ATV, Boat, and car. I cannot see much of difference between the 960 and the HD Hero.
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Given all the uses you listed, you want either the Outdoor or Motorsport. I don't think it will matter which one you get, because either way you'll need to buy more mounts to achieve filming all the activities you mentioned. I went with the Outdoor...and I've started accumulating other mounts.
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Some questions:

How bulky/heavy is the camera when inside the underwater housing?

How well does the head strap work?

Is this something I could wear on my head while snorkeling and not have it be in the way or in danger of falling off?
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Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
Some questions:

How bulky/heavy is the camera when inside the underwater housing?

How well does the head strap work?

Is this something I could wear on my head while snorkeling and not have it be in the way or in danger of falling off?
Here is an idea.
I have seen this done in different ways.
http://swim-mask-goggles.blogspot.co...dive-mask.html


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Originally Posted by Cooper View Post
Some questions:

How bulky/heavy is the camera when inside the underwater housing?

How well does the head strap work?

Is this something I could wear on my head while snorkeling and not have it be in the way or in danger of falling off?
1. 6 ounces, tough to describe bulkiness. like a small orange?

2. head strap works very well. you can stick it on a bare head or motorcycle helmet, snowboard helmet, etc... its one we use a lot.

3. but for snorkeling, just attach it to your mask frame. follow that video link above, easy to make. here was ours. only difference was i didnt want to waste a tripod adapter. i just used a random piece i had lying around.




we filmed most of this with it:

https://vimeo.com/27222486



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The hd hero and hero 2,
The diffrences Ive seen... Frames per second and mega pixel for still shots ...
Maybe someone else who's used both can tell more
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Thanks for the feedback about mounting to a mask! I have a low profile mask, but it is all one piece, so that may not work. But it at least points me in the right direction and shows that having the camera mounted to the mask is a valid option.
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i went ahead and recently got the Motorsports package with HD Hero2. on ebay they can be had for under 300.

the size was quite surprising. smaller than i expected because it's hard to get a good sense from pics online. it's tiny and light. I have also ordered the LCD bacpac and some aftermarket mounts. The aftermarket for the gopro is HUGE. just search around and you'll find tons of info. I ordered from eyeofmine.com
here's my very first video that i did last week, for those that haven't seen it.
http://vimeo.com/38062399
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I got the Hero2 Motorsports because I use the suction cup the most. It's pretty versatile and I use it on the truck, on the jetskis, and on the boat, as seen in the video below. My one and only problem with the suction cup mount is that you do get some vibration, though I'm not sure that using one of the more permanent mounts would alleviate that.


I don't really get a lot of use out of the other mounts that came with the Motorsports package, so the Roll Bar mount is my second favorite. It's great for attaching to t-top pipework on the boat (except on a Yellowfin apparently, all of mine is too large in terms of diameter) but it's also good for attaching to the end of a gaff to get good underwater video and to get video of gaff shots, and I also used it to make the following video attached to an outrigger.


The Handlebar/Seatpost mount is again good for many of the same reasons, pipework, outriggers, etc. It would also be great for both biking and skiing, because I know a lot of people, both skiers and snowboarders, that use the handlebar mount to put the Go Pro on the end of a ski pole. It provides a pretty cool angle. I really only use it for the very end of my outriggers, where the Roll Bar mount would be too big.


And finally, I like the Chest Mount Harness. I've only used it for jetskiing and tennis so far, but I like it because much like the head strap you get the point of view shot. I got it hoping to use it for snowboarding, but we had such a crappy winter up in NC and I was only there through December anyway so I didn't get to try it, but I think it could be pretty cool.
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Sirfer, in that first video, that was using the standard suction mount that came in the motorsports package? I used it on my engine cowling, but only when we were on anchor. It was my first day with the camera and i was a bit scared to run with it. I've heard of cars and what not using it at 100mph+, but I'm still cautious.

and the shots from the bow are with the suction cup on the smooth part of the gelcoat, correct?
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Sirfer, in that first video, that was using the standard suction mount that came in the motorsports package? I used it on my engine cowling, but only when we were on anchor. It was my first day with the camera and i was a bit scared to run with it. I've heard of cars and what not using it at 100mph+, but I'm still cautious.

and the shots from the bow are with the suction cup on the smooth part of the gelcoat, correct?
Yes and yes.

It was definitely a little nerve-wracking, but after reading and seeing video of cars at 100+ and even an airplane doing 200mph with only the suction cup holding on I figured it could handle it.

And I tried sticking it to the non-skid because it doesn't have too much texture and it would have made for a better view, but it wasn't sticking at all so that is indeed on the smooth gelcoat.
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Thanks. That's good to know. I won't be so timid next time.

I, too, tried it on the non-skid with no success. And mine isn't even as agressive as the yellowin's. Oh well.
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How do you aim the camera without a view finder? Is it a trial and error kind of thing?
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It has a pretty wide field of view with the stock lens, so as long as you're close you should be okay. However, to be totally sure you can purchase the LCD Bacpac. It's made by gopro and is the LCD screen that attaches to the back of the camera and turns it into a traditional type digital camera. I ordered one but haven't received it yet.
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