Help me out here... camera-wise

Discussion in 'Hangar Talk' started by FlySince9, Nov 13, 2017.

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    I don't have any knowledge of that camera specifically, but yeah, no reason why you need to spend $500+ especially if you're just doing some basic recording. ask 6er about the knockoff camera he just got, I think he spent <100 and it worked just fine.
     
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    You can buy a quality Chinese piece of gear with a well-known name for hundreds of dollars, or buy some5ging that works just as well for a lot less. The cheaper one will have a rear LCD viewer, too. Gonna have to pay extra to get the backpack LCD viewer if you buy the expensive Chinese-made camera. I have a cheap one that I used in my RC airplanes and it takes great video and audio. Still shots, too.
     
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    Nice video, Mark, but your pitot is showing! ;)
     
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    GoPro has telemetry and is better quality. Better support too
     
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    I've messed with an older version of these knock-off gopros. I didn't feel like the video quality was on-par with the gopro. OTOH the video quality was OK and given the price difference I don't think it's a terrible way to go.

    Also given that these cameras are meant to record "action" being attached to all sorts of moving vehicles in all sorts of environments there's another selling point- if your $50 gets lost or damaged somehow you'll be a lot less upset than if the same happened to your $500 gopro.
     
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    Telemetry? The one in the ad has WIFI and HDMI, what telemetry are you talking about? Also, are you comparing the support based solely on the cost difference? because that assumption doesn't always hold true....
     
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    GoPro support is better than the knock off companies. The GoPros log GPS data and you can do a telemetry overlay in the editing software
     
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    I think the Garmin Virb has those "telemetry" features (geo reference, track, altitude, speed, etc.) My Garmin cycling computer offers those and it's close to 10 years old.
     
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    Get a neutral density filter to slow the shutter a bit so you don't wind up with funny looking propeller blades in the videos. Just a suggestion.
     
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    Liking the new avatar, @FlySince9. Who doesn't love a cute pup?
     
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    Yeah. The flight school had a mount attached to the inspection plate; it should have been on the other side.
     
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    Yeah, the one I had before this one - pretty much the original GoPro knockoff - had horrible color rendition.
     
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    Mixed bag. Those ND filters also affect color depth and clarity. Some folks use them, others decided the overall picture was better despite the boomerang prop.
     
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    That is the camera I use. And I have a second one that I bought for thirty bucks I don't want a $500 camera to go flying off my plane. The ones I use are knock-offs and their 4K and I don't have any concerns with them
     
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    GoPro also offers some pretty good deals on cameras that are not the latest models in their refurb program. If you want a real gopro you usually don't need their newest model for what we want to do with them. I also suspect the refurb cameras are actually new leftovers instead of refurbished ones, as they look entirely new.
     
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    Foxeer seems to have caught up with GoPro sometime around the GoPro 5, and all you’re paying for on the GoPro is the advertising and marketing overhead anymore.

    GoPro like a lot of companies was once interested in producing a superior product for a decent price, but they found that marketing their own name so people (and early fans) never bother to look for their competition, made them a lot more money in the income side of the balance sheet.

    If you actually look at the feature set and quality, they’re not that great anymore. Certainly not for often 300% more money than their competition.

    Service and Support? Fine. If you’d feather have great support when you call to replace one of them when broken, rather than just have three whole cameras of equal quality or so close it doesn’t matter, for the price of one GoPro, that’s okay. Some people like that.