With last weekends wedding that I photographed in Kelowna now done and dusted, and the image editing process now well underway (hopefully the results will be posted by the end of the week), I took a little bit of time out last night to edit together some footage, which I’ll get to shortly, that was taken with my latest and coolest new toy – a “GoPro HD Hero” camera.
As a thank you for taking care of the photography for their wedding, Brendan and Candace were extremely generous in gifting me with this amazing hi-definition, wide-angle, high-performance (is there anything else I can hyphenate?) digital still and video camera. It’s amazing the quality of image the little dynamo of a gadget can produce for any number of performance outdoor sports like biking, surfing, snowboarding, skating, skydiving and paddling and more! There’s an extensive amount of affordable attachments that ensure that no matter what the sport or activity, the “HD Hero” will have you covered!
Don’t take my word for it though, check out this insanely awesome demo video that was shot exclusively with the HD Hero:
Some of the features you get bundled into this tiny little fun-maker are as follows:
- Lens Type: Fixed Focus (2ft/.6m – ∞), glass
- Aperture: f/2.8 (high performance in low-light situations)
- Angle of View: 170º ultra wide angle in WVGA, 720p, or 960p mode & 127º wide angle in 1080p mode
- 60 frames per second video at 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 15 Mbit/s data rate
- 1080p HD video (1920×1080 pixels (16:9)) at 30 fps, 15 Mbit/s data rate
- Built-in microphone – mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
- Resolution: 5 megapixel resolution still shots
- Capture Modes: Single shot, photo every 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 secs.; 3 photo burst; self-timer
- Depth Rating: Up to 180 feet / 60 meters…
…and the list goes on and on.
There was no point sitting around talking about the specs on the weekend though. Oh no… it really didn’t take Brendan (the Groom), Jonny (Best Man) and myself long to rip the camera from its packaging, lock it tightly in its supplied waterproof housing and head down to the dock at the “Carr’s Landing” property the wedding was held at, and start putting it through its paces in and out of the water.
Had we thought the process through, we probably would have read the instructions and worked out how to switch the camera to the hi- resolution 1080p setting before filming the following, but we were just too damned excited to concern ourselves with trivial details like that!
Hence, don’t take the following as an accurate representation of the best quality video the “HD Hero” produces… but please do enjoy this little 3 minutes of aquatic mayhem just the same! I can tell you we had a hell of a lot of fun putting it together!