Testing the GoPro HD HERO video camera.

I’m excited about this camera, remember it ain’t about the camera (it is what you do with it)! But this opens a whole realm of possibilites for a video project I have in mind. It is waterproof, impact resistant, records in high definition [1920×1080 pixels (16:9), 30 fps and 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 60 fps]. The GoPro camera is very popular and is being used on at least 70 different TV shows including the Discovery channel’s Shark Week and Deadliest Catch.

I went just down the street from where I live yesterday and shot this test footage at the local park. This camera is fun!

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September 14, 2011 - 11:29 AM

dave kilian now THAT is a sweet little camera. I’m curious on the sound quality, curious to hear your thoughts on sound when you’ve had more opportunities to test drive it!

September 14, 2011 - 6:27 PM

fsmphoto Thanks Dave! It is quite an amazing little camera. Here are the specs with the built in sound.

Microphone: Built-in, mono with AGC (automatic gain control)
Audio Format: 48 kHz, AAC audio compression

So you get mono single point source sound. It isn’t spectacular. I did use a tad bit of the camera sound when the camera dipped in the water. Since the camera and mic are enclosed in a waterproof case, the sound is muffled. However, in a very loud, noisy environment, the sound seems to work really well. Ex: on a motorcycle, plane, car. They make a case that has an open back which makes for much improved sound quality – but the tradeoff is the loss of being waterproof. The only way to get better sound is to use a professional off camera mic and manually sync sound. There is no sound input on the GoPro – but the with software available today that recognizes the waveforms of the different sound sources, it is possible to sync up sound pretty easily. Just drop the in-camera sound once the sound forms match up and sync.. and voila! Better sound.

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