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    GOPRO hero2 outdoor VS Panasonic Lumix FT3

    Hi everyone,
    Need some advice!!
    I have just been told today about GOPRO cameras and have been doing a little research. I had been planning to buy a Panasonic Lumix FT3 to use while in New Zealand next month (Will still be taking my DSLR, but there will be times when I won't be able to use it, ie kayaking, around on the farm etc) but now I am wondering if I should try the gopro? It seems a pretty awesome camera, does anyone know if it is easy to use, and whether it would offer me much more than the panasonic wouldn't? I don't know how much I would the mounts, but its hard to say as I have never had the option before.
    Given they are approx the same price, it is making my decision tough!
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    Well they're both fairly different and have their pro's and con's. But I'd say that the if you're looking for a Camera, the Panasonic Lumix would be the way to go. It'd give you a bit more range.

    Keep in mind of course that the gopro doesn't have a viewfinder or a screen. And that playback is either through a phone controlled app or from the PC only (as far as I'm aware)

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    What do you want it for? I am looking at getting the Go Pro too but as a video camera. I wouldn't have thought it suitable as a camera as such.

    For videoing kayaking and climbing etc, I am sure it would be excellent. But if you are thinking of taking specific images, I think you are looking at the wrong camera.

    The Go Pro Hero is the market leader in adventure video cameras. I would go with the Panasonic, if you want stills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bax View Post
    Keep in mind of course that the gopro doesn't have a viewfinder or a screen. And that playback is either through a phone controlled app or from the PC only (as far as I'm aware)
    There is an accessory screen you can buy which clips to the back of it. Works pretty well.

    As far as Go Pro vs. the Lumix, they are totally different kinds of things. My mate has a Go Pro and we tend to just use it as a run and gun type thing, we set it up and just let it do its thing, there will be a lot of cr@p footage but sometimes there is some cool stuff. Honestly trying to compare these 2 is going to be pretty hard.

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    Thanks heaps guys for your advice!
    I think the lack of screen on the back would probably annoy me, and I would also miss a flash, I was kinda looking forward to having a compact camera that I could take out to parties etc.
    Think I am going to stick with the panasonic. Not very interested in video, too much mucking around for me.
    Thanks heaps!!

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    Yeah!
    I'd stick with a ruggedised camera(proper).

    A young chap I once knew had an Olympus version of one a few years back and he threw it all over the place to prove it's ruggedness, and it just kept on shooting .....

    What I'd be concerned about with these GoPro's and others that I've seen, is their dynamic range.

    All the investment in design is centred around the body design and I'm guessing that the technology in the sensor is old hat or off the shelf cheapo.
    With the Panasonic you can be sure they've put more effort into the sensor at least.


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    Think I am going to stick with the panasonic. .....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    I was kinda looking forward to having a compact camera that I could take out to parties etc.
    The GoPro isn't designed to be used for that, yes it can take stills but that's not its primary role as a camera. It's made to be mounted to something and left to run on its own accord. So yes the Lumix will be the best choice.

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    thanks guys for your advice, very much appreciated. Panasonic it is! (and maybe a gorillapod...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post

    What I'd be concerned about with these GoPro's and others that I've seen, is their dynamic range.

    All the investment in design is centred around the body design and I'm guessing that the technology in the sensor is old hat or off.
    Au contraire, mon frere! The GoPro is actually a pretty sophisticated design. The Hero2 is high res and a very capable video camera, but only within the realm of its design brief - as a very small, lightweight, waterproof, highly mountable set and forget device. It is modular by design, and can be programmed to shoot at various intervals, focal lengths, resolutions etc. But it is very definitely not a substitute for a happy snapper.

    I have just taken delivery of mine, coincidentally in preparation for next month's cycle tour of NZ! But it will be an adjunct to my D7000 and S95, most probably exclusively capturing my wife from behind as she leaves me in her dust!
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    It does sound like a great camera, but just probably not something that I am looking for.
    Have a great trip around NZ! Might see you around there.

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