GoPro HD Hero Camera

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Wesley J, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    I guess a whole lot of people got GoPro stuff for Christmas. The website is this side of crashed. :lol3
    I'll have to wait a few days for the dust to settle to update my new WiFi unit. :cry
  2. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    It's running ok now.
  3. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    Yeah, along with NetFlix and some other really big players, are hosted with Amazon Web Services and, apparently, AWS crashed on Christmas Eve. Funny enough, while NetFlix was down for Christmas, Amazon's own movie rental streaming business was still up and working....

    Doh!!!
  4. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    I saw that in the news.
    I got my Stuff updated early this morning. Didn't have enough time to get things all sorted out before work.
    Still have some hurdles to jump to get the remote working correctly.
  5. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    The wife gave me a Hero 2 for Xmas. Ordered the wi-if bacpac and a spare battery. Is there a battery charger available to use inside the tank bag?
  6. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    Do an Amazon search for 'Wasabi charger for Hero 2'.

    Just remembered: it's cheaper to buy directly from their web site. Go here Blue Nook Wasabi to the site.
  7. bash3r

    bash3r I ain't no DingWeed

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    I picked up the GoPro Battery Pac and use it to charge batteries in my tank bag and also have the option to add second battery for long rides... It's been the best option for me.
  8. burmbuster

    burmbuster Long timer

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    Thanks, Emm!
  9. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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    No problem. You can't beat $19.95 for two batteries and an ac/dc charger.

    When you use the charger in your tank bag, wrap an elastic band around the charger and battery to make sure it stays in place.
  10. gots_a_sol

    gots_a_sol Been here awhile

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    I haven't done any reading into it, but I'm assuming the hero 3 does not use the same batteries as my hero 1, yes?
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    DestinationUnknown Been here awhile

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    Correct, the Hero 3 uses a different battery than the previous models.
  12. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    I like that idea.
    I have the bacpac and with changing over to the wifi I had to drop it off. I do have a stack of Wasabi batteries though. I'll be changing more often for sure..
  13. Retro

    Retro Just the Facts Ma'am Super Moderator

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    Will be taking my Hero 3 Black edition for an inaugural ride today.

    I've got some big plans for this camera. Still can't believe how tiny it is.
  14. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    I also got a GP3 Black for Christmas. And I have now learned that some earlier info I posted from my brother was wrong. Namely, with the Android app, you DO see the camera preview both before you start recording video AND during the recording of video. My brother had told me that he only got the preview before he started recording and then preview (in the Android app) would stop once he started recording.

    What I have now seen is that preview does work while recording. But, when you start recording, the preview does blank out for 1 - 2 seconds before it comes back. And the preview lags behind the camera by a similar amount. In other words, if I am recording and watching the preview and I move the camera, it takes a second or so before the preview screen shows the camera movement. If you're using the Android app to preview the screen while trying to film any kind of action, it's probably just not going to work well enough for you. This has now got me seriously considering getting the LCD Bacpac.
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    There is that same lag in the iPhone version as well. I don't use the app to follow action - it's mainly to set up the framing, in my case.
  16. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    The biggest benefit I found with using the App was the ability to do the settings and manage files all from the screen. :clap
    I can never get thru the Hero menu buttons without going out and back in a few times.

    A negative- While running the Wifi on my Thunderbolt my phone drops off the data network.

    Has anybody figured if we can record on our phones from the GoPro?
  17. Emmbeedee

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    Your phone can only use one WiFi connection at a time so that's why it drops your data network but what bugs me more than this is the fact that the WiFi backpack is active while charging. Often I'll charge it overnight, boot my WiFi'd computer in the morning and wonder why I don't get the network on my computer, and it's because the computer connects to the backpack before trying my WiFi router.

    Wish there was a way to turn off WiFi on the charger while charging...
  18. StuartV

    StuartV Motorcyclist

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    What file management can you do from the app? Just delete Last or All? Or is there more?
  19. dad2bike

    dad2bike Cranky Old Fart

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    Yeah I notice the bacpac is on while charging.

    That's all. Didn't mean to imply more. Mostly having easy access to the settings is the big benefit.:D
  20. nibby

    nibby Been here awhile

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    Hi Stuart, still trying to decide between the gpblack and drift ghost, and still reading all I can on the subject :eek1

    Just curious. Why would you need to preview the screen when trying to film the action? Would you not just make sure it's lined up before you start shooting then concentrate on riding the bike??

    Also if you go with the screen option on the GP does this mean you can also have the spare battery attached at the same time or is it one or the other?

    Interested to know your thoughts on how long the battery lasts on the GP3 Black?

    If I get one I was going to have the battery backpack attached with wifi and remote working. How long would you get from this?

    Cheers
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