Friday, July 15, 2011

The Go Pro Trials

This summer, I will be testing out a new toy.

It's a video and stills camera known as the Go Pro.

I have always wanted a durable, compact, inexpensive underwater action camera and am so happy to finally have one.

As you can see in the photo below, the point and shoot can often deliver a great close up but produces a fish eyed wide angle effect on the background.

This is from my first test at home in South Florida. I took out our chocolate lab, Nala, and the object of her affection, a tennis ball, into the lake.

Check out the video below.

I love the quality of the underwater shots too and the watery sound you hear.

But of course when you have the underwater housing on, the audio is muffled.

This is also supposed to be full HD, but I uploaded it into Youtube as SD, which compressed it.

Here are a few more shots with her and our shepherd/golden supermodel mutt, Rudy.

I really like the stop-motion photography option with the Go Pro. You can set it to snap a photo every 2, 5, 10, or 30 seconds. I bought a huge memory card (32gb) so I don't mind taking 500 terrible photos to get 3 or 4 good ones.

Rudy and Nala posing

Another problem is that water drops often get stuck on the housing in front of the lens and distort the pics, sometimes artfully

Nala about to get airborne

Underwater Kick Cam

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