I recently picked up a "GoPro Hero3 Black Edition" for the upcoming storm season, and I wanted to test it out and get the feel of this tiny, but powerful little camera, as this is my first GoPro in my bag.
This past week I spent a few hours on the coast playing around with the camera, and I have to say I was really impressed from the beginning. Now, this is not going to be a big camera review for the GoPro3, just a fun video I shot on the south end of Hutchinson Island on the rocks at the "House of Refuge Museum" near Stuart Beach, FL.
I found that I enjoy shooting in the 2.7K and 1080 / 60P resolutions modes of the camera the most, with the "CamRaw" feature on. The CamRaw mode shoots a more flat picture style (not real raw) which makes color correction a lot more enjoyable during post-production. I did try the 720p @ 120FPS mode, but I was not pleased with the amount of noise that I would see in the shadows and overall "blocky" look to some of the shots even in decent sunlight.
The video above was completely shot at 1080/60p, and this allowed me to slow the footage down to 24p and give that nice smooth slow-motion effect of the crashing waves on the rocks. I attached the GoPro to an old monopod allowing me to lower it down into the rocks and the water from above. This wasn't the easiest when trying to keep the camera stabilized, as waves crashed into the it and the rocks all while trying to keep my balance on the on the sharp edge.
You'll notice in a few shots that it looks a little "shaky", but then again this is just a test run with the camera for the first time at the beach. A lot still to learn. All post-production of this video was done in Adobe Premier Pro CS6, including color correction and slow-motion.
This powerful little camera won't replace my more pro Canon HD-SLR'S that I shoot with every day, but it will be the perfect "B" camera during hurricane chasing, severe weather, mobile blogging or just some fun on the water during the summer. The better sensor, lens, and shooting modes that come with the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition I think is the best choice if looking into getting one for your bag. Thumbs-up.
I hope you enjoy my short video, because I had a lot of making it. Thanks!