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Old Dog, New Tricks: Waiting for my GoPro HERO3

I can't wait. I'm like a little kid waiting for Santa Claus to put my presents under the tree. Ever since Steven Evans blogged about the new GoPro HERO3 in February, I knew that this was the camera I've been looking for. Being the director of education, overseeing digital photography courses at the New York Institute of Photography, I've always felt guilty that I never came from the ranks of photographers. I've always been a professional blogger and leaned more towards videography. I have an older prosumer Panasonic videocam, and it served me well for years. But its built-in mic was problematic, the camera body was bulky, it wasn't HD, and on and on. Time for an upgrade.

I just pulled the trigger and purchased the HERO3 Black Edition with a headstrap mounting attachment and extra backup battery (always a necessity). The plan is for me to let you know my progress and to share a few videos with you. Hopefully we'll be making some videos that have to do with general photography, but they just might be fun videos I'm making with my new toy strapped to my head! (Or maybe I'll become good enough to put together something like today's Video Pick, below.) I'll keep you posted, particularly as I check out the battery life, which I've been reading a lot of complaints about online (the reason why I purchased a spare battery).




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Introducing the GoPro Hero3

If you haven't heard about this incredible gadget yet, it's time to get onboard (no pun intended). Actually, to call it merely a gadget is to downplay it greatly. The GoPro site claims it to be the "World's Most Versatile Camera" and it's hard to disagree with them there. The HERO3 is a wi-fi enabled, wearable camera/camcorder developed by Woodman Labs that can be mounted on almost any sports or outdoor equipment. It is "waterproof to 197' (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second." Oh yeah... and it weighs a measly 2.6 ounces! At anywhere from $200 to $400 (depending on the edition and the various add-ons available), you are getting a lot of bang for your buck with the GoPro HERO3. But don't take our word for it, check out the site's promo video below! 

You may be thinking that this looks like the work of highly trained professionals in a big budget production, and your personal use may not be worthy of such a heavy duty device. Well, here is a simple how-to-video of photographer Marc Silber's son fastening the HERO3 to his surfboard and then using it out on the water that ought to dispel those notions:



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