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Old 06-05-2019   #1
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Go-pro/camera recommendations?

Hey mtnbuzzards,

I'm getting ready for a private Grand trip in a few week, & am considering finally getting a Go-pro or similar decent quality waterproof camera to bring along. I used an Ottercase with my Iphone on my last trip down there, & the quality of the pics was pretty lame. I've heard mixed reviews about Go-pros, that they can be confusing to configure/set up. I have limited patience when it comes to spending excessive time messing with techno gadgets to figure out how to make them operate properly (ok, I'm a techno-Luddite). It would be awesome if I didn't have to spend a fortune for a decent unit. Anyone have any suggestions or feedback to offer on their experiences with Go-pros or similar waterproof type action cameras? Thanks!

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Old 06-06-2019   #2
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I just picked up a used GoPro 6 for $160 that takes great videos in 1080P that includes stabilization. I have been able to snap some really nice pics from the 60 FPS footage. Not sure how much of a data hog it will be, and how quickly it will run through batteries but will find out on my MFS trip in a couple of weeks.

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Old 06-06-2019   #3
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Never would have bought a GoPro but found one in the middle of the highway a couple years ago and have enjoyed using it so much that I just bought a Hero 7 Black. It is very user friendly with touch screen menus etc. If you are looking to do action video using the wide FOV and stabilization then the GoPro would be great. If you are looking to for a waterproof camera to take scenery pics, I would look into the Pentax/Ricoh WG-6 , or similar, it will take much better pics.
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