New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Inland paddling
Post Reply
User avatar
banzer
Posts: 3290
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 11:37 pm
Location: Harrogate, Yorkshire
Has thanked: 3 times
Been thanked: 3 times

New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by banzer » Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:52 pm

Anyone have one? £99 plus a bit for some mounts.

I'd like to replace my old one which is at the bottom of a deep, dark pool in a Scottish gorge, but wouldn't use it enough to justify £300+ on a Hero 4. This new model seems to tick the boxes, plus has a low light option for those same dark gorges. (I could spend the extra cash on some stronger mounts / tethers!!)

Only down side appears to be the battery is non-removeable and non-replaceable. But if I'm not a heavy user, it should last five years plus surely?

Was looking at the Sony action cams but they don't seem to have the flexibility of the Go Pros.
A. Boater wrote:It's all Pierre's fault
www.neviscanoes.co.uk

andy g
Posts: 211
Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:57 am
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by andy g » Thu Oct 16, 2014 11:55 am

Looks very good to me too.

I don't feel I need all the bells and whistles of the Hero 4 , so this one fits the bill for me.

Slight warning, GoPro have probably underestimated the demand for their new releases , my daughter ordered a Hero 4 on the day of release (about 2 weeks ago?) and it did not arrive before her return abroad last Sunday, and even now no sign of it.


Andy

User avatar
Lancs_lad
Posts: 1417
Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:41 pm
Location: Lancaster

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Lancs_lad » Thu Oct 16, 2014 2:56 pm

andy g wrote:Looks very good to me too.

I don't feel I need all the bells and whistles of the Hero 4 , so this one fits the bill for me.

Slight warning, GoPro have probably underestimated the demand for their new releases , my daughter ordered a Hero 4 on the day of release (about 2 weeks ago?) and it did not arrive before her return abroad last Sunday, and even now no sign of it.


Andy
Or they waited for the demand before ordering from China?

no9ismine
Posts: 72
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:11 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by no9ismine » Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:49 pm

I went for the £99 Hero for same reason as above

Ordered 2 through 2 different companies (Jessops and Expansys) and got both within a few days, so they must have been expecting a fairly substantial demand

User avatar
StillNewish
Posts: 164
Joined: Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:31 pm
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by StillNewish » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:12 pm

no9ismine wrote:I went for the £99 Hero for same reason as above
Have you had a chance to use them much so far, are you impressed with them?

I'm seriously considering getting myself one if they are now as reasonable as this ;)

Thanks,

Colin

no9ismine
Posts: 72
Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:11 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by no9ismine » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:23 pm

Haven't used them in anger yet but good 'out the box' impression

You could get 3 or 4 for the price of a hero 4...

User avatar
andypagett
Posts: 237
Joined: Sat Mar 24, 2012 11:38 am
Location: Chesterfield
Has thanked: 14 times
Been thanked: 3 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by andypagett » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:29 pm

no9ismine wrote:You could get 3 or 4 for the price of a hero 4...
In terms of generating interesting footage, this for me is the main attraction.

User avatar
davedraperdesign
Posts: 138
Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:00 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by davedraperdesign » Thu Oct 16, 2014 4:39 pm

I'm quite interested in one too... like the idea of the stripped back version. I have a Hero 3 black which I use for work which is great... but I don't use half of the options and the wifi just hammers the battery. Only option I would perhaps of liked would be 1080 60fps... other than that a very attractive product.

User avatar
Simongelder
Posts: 93
Joined: Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:52 pm
Location: Chester

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Simongelder » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:57 pm

At £99 I am interested whereas at the old prices GoPros were simply too expensive. My home PC works just fine on windows XP and I have no immediate plans to replace it. I have hesitated at getting the new Hero because the product info says it needs Windows 7 or above. Does anyone know if it is okay to use XP with currently available GoPro software?

User avatar
StillNewish
Posts: 164
Joined: Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:31 pm
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by StillNewish » Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:33 pm

Thanks, that's interesting... might well have a look at one when they come into the shops locally.

User avatar
TechnoEngineer
Posts: 3351
Joined: Mon May 12, 2008 7:47 pm
Location: Berks, Hants, Essex
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:32 pm

I've had a look at the manuals - it appears it only supports an "ultra-wide POV" - is this the case?
XL-Burn-3 / Monstar / Kodiak / My Videos

User avatar
Lancs_lad
Posts: 1417
Joined: Fri Apr 21, 2006 8:41 pm
Location: Lancaster

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Lancs_lad » Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:32 pm

TechnoEngineer wrote:I've had a look at the manuals - it appears it only supports an "ultra-wide POV" - is this the case?
That's what you want.

User avatar
TechnoEngineer
Posts: 3351
Joined: Mon May 12, 2008 7:47 pm
Location: Berks, Hants, Essex
Has thanked: 1 time
Been thanked: 2 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by TechnoEngineer » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:22 am

Ummm I'm using my Go-Pro for other things, and am finding that the 127 degree FOV is too wide; I'd like it to actually be narrower. Or have I misunderstood something here?
XL-Burn-3 / Monstar / Kodiak / My Videos

Hakase
Posts: 182
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 12:00 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Hakase » Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:45 pm

TechnoEngineer wrote:Ummm I'm using my Go-Pro for other things, and am finding that the 127 degree FOV is too wide; I'd like it to actually be narrower. Or have I misunderstood something here?
I think what Lancs_Lad means is that 127 degree FoV is what you want for kayaking/PoV camera use -- not necessarily for other things.

User avatar
Chrace
Posts: 537
Joined: Tue May 16, 2006 3:47 pm
Location: In the green room

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Chrace » Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:13 am

AEE Magicam SD19/20/21/22/23 (look 'em up, take a pick).

Apparently same CMOS sensor as GoPro but different lens and housing at a fraction of the price. I got one, can't really tell the difference.

User avatar
YorkieDave
Posts: 183
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 am
Been thanked: 1 time

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by YorkieDave » Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:44 am

How about the SJCam SJ4000 supposed to be very similar to the gopro but for less money's. I'm seriously considering one.

A good review here of the sj4000 wifi
http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/9/22/ ... eview.html

User avatar
waverley610
Posts: 574
Joined: Sat Oct 11, 2003 7:54 am
Location: The Copthorne hundred

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by waverley610 » Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:46 pm

dave_walton wrote:How about the SJCam SJ4000 supposed to be very similar to the gopro but for less money's. I'm seriously considering one.

A good review here of the sj4000 wifi
<span><a sl-processed="1" href="http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/9/22/ ... eview.html" class="smarterwiki-linkify">http://www.techmoan.com/blog/2014/9/22/ ... </a></span>
I really love techmoan's quality no BS reviews, a proper funny Manc :-) here's his latest review ( of the budget gopro) :



So did you buy the sj4000 ?

User avatar
YorkieDave
Posts: 183
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 am
Been thanked: 1 time

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by YorkieDave » Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:01 pm

So did you buy the sj4000 ?
Not yet been looking around to find the best deal, currently on Amazon for £69.99 inc. delivery with 2 spare batteries car mount and car charger.

Has anybody seen better?

User avatar
1993FreeStyle
Posts: 155
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:52 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by 1993FreeStyle » Tue Nov 18, 2014 12:33 pm


User avatar
Chalky723
Posts: 901
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:56 pm
Location: Cambridgeshire
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 8 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Chalky723 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:19 pm

waverley610 wrote: So did you buy the sj4000 ?
I got one for my birthday - about 3 weeks before GoPro announced the £99 one - but I'm more than happy with it, worked out about £70 I think - it was a toss up between that and the Contour Roam 2 - I'd have liked the Roam, but I wasn't convinced about the waterproofness without the case....

C
Jackson Nirvana, BMW F650GS...

User avatar
YorkieDave
Posts: 183
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 am
Been thanked: 1 time

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by YorkieDave » Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:41 pm

1993FreeStyle wrote:http://www.eachbuyer.com/sj4000-full-hd ... AqKs8P8HAQ

£38! I might get 3 :O
I think buyer beware as I have heard there are a lot of fake SJ4000 clones around. AFAIK you need to find one with SJCAM written on the front.

User avatar
1993FreeStyle
Posts: 155
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:52 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by 1993FreeStyle » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:12 pm

Oh dam well I have bought one (before I saw the fake of a fake go pro o.O comment) it doesnt have the logo on the front from what I can see anyways. But its really not a great deal of money I could report back when it arrives if it is a rip off if anyone would be interested?

User avatar
YorkieDave
Posts: 183
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:35 am
Been thanked: 1 time

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by YorkieDave » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:32 pm

1993FreeStyle wrote:Oh dam well I have bought one (before I saw the fake of a fake go pro o.O comment) it doesnt have the logo on the front from what I can see anyways. But its really not a great deal of money I could report back when it arrives if it is a rip off if anyone would be interested?
Yes that would be great thanks.

User avatar
Chalky723
Posts: 901
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:56 pm
Location: Cambridgeshire
Has thanked: 2 times
Been thanked: 8 times

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by Chalky723 » Tue Nov 18, 2014 3:47 pm

I got mine from here -

JooVoo

Seems to be the proper article.

Here's a (not very exciting) video filmed with it -



You'll have to set it to 720 in the settings as I can't work out how to get YouTube to do it automatically....

C
Jackson Nirvana, BMW F650GS...

User avatar
1993FreeStyle
Posts: 155
Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:52 pm

Re: New 'Entry Level' Go Pro Hero?

Post by 1993FreeStyle » Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:37 pm

So I received the camera took 2 weeks but its hear from what ive seen online and the quality of the camera its real, video quality is great just as good as my original go pro. I got it in blue and it looks really nice. Came with a bunch of mounts. Amazing value for money £34 I think I payed. :)

Post Reply