The rapid pace of technology is constantly correcting and improving upon itself, however this constant change would not be necessary if the product was done correctly the first time. The GoPro has done just that, combining crisp video quality along with affordability as well as being easily portable making it the premiere line of video recorders available today. Furthermore, the GoPro is meant to accommodate several different types of wear and tear by creating the camera to be water and shock proof. At 3.3 oz, the GoPro can get you almost any angle you could ever want but is perhaps most efficient in that it can replay some of your greatest adventures literally from your point of view. The GoPro HD Hero 2 with helmet attachment has a holder around 3 inches above your line of sight for the camera to be placed in which essentially re-creates the event from your perspective.
The first model of the GoPro was introduced in 2004 and ran on 35mm film that could only record 10 second clips, though it quickly progressed to 3 Megapixel cameras with a fixed lens that can broadcast in 1080p HD for better video quality. As well the cameras can be interconnected to create a 3D visual effect. Due to the versatility and quality of these cameras they have been adapted into several extreme sport circles including surfing, skiing, snowboarding, racing as well as several others. October of last year marked the release of the GoPro HD Hero2 which was presented to the public as “twice as powerful in every way” and backs it up as this model as an image sensor up to 11 Megapixels as well as modified low-light capability and can capture as many as 120 frames per second. Furthermore, there are three separate accessory packages to go along with the GoPro HD Hero2 and these are the Outdoor, Motorsports and Surf editions.
GoPro has extended past recreational use as in 2011 the camera was used to film parts of the blockbuster movie Slumdog Millionaire. This was due to the CineForm 444 Codec software which, according to the individuals who used it, “makes HD and 3D editing faster and more convenient without sacrificing image quality” and will most likely be used to shoot several films in the near future.
However, the GoPro camera can be used for recreational purposes as well including social filming. Whether you are on a once in a lifetime vacation or documenting a gathering or party of sorts, the portability and efficiency of the GoPro will help turn a great experience into an even better memory that can be shared and viewed forever. Ultimately, at a ridiculously low price (compared to its competitors) and boasting outstanding 1080p HD video quality, the GoPro is the premiere video recording option for essentially all situations.