Sunday, October 12, 2014

My holiday gift list starts with the GoPro HERO

10/12/2014

GoPro HERO4 Black
Although no one would ever call me a daredevil, I've had many adventures that I wish I had recorded with a GoPro camera. Learning to paddleboard in Florida. Skiing at Telluride (the blue runs, not the back country). Skateboarding with my Weimaraner. Walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

Yes, even that last one. I'm pretty sure I could have figured out an unobtrusive way to mount the camera. After all, those things are pretty small.

So now I'm on a mission to get my own GoPro -- the real deal, not some cheap knock-off copy -- and have it in my hands no later than Christmas. There's talk in the family of a post-holiday ski trip.

How will I pull this off? I'll start by scouting all of the GoPro cameras at one of the Best Buy stores in my area. I know I could shop online, but when I'm ready to spend couple hundred dollars on high-end electronic gear, I want to hold the device in my hand before I hand over the plastic. Best Buy has the latest cameras and camcorders, including the full line of new GoPro cameras and accessories. It's always my first stop to find holiday gifts for everyone.

I've found that the best place in my city to get up close and personal with the GoPro and other cameras and camcorders is Best Buy. These are the models I plan to check out:

GoPro HERO shoots in 1080p and 30 frames per second or 720p with 60 fps. It also captures 5MP photos up to 5 fps.

GoPro HERO4 Silver is the first GoPro to feature a built-in touch display, which makes controlling the camera, playing back footage and adjusting settings especially easy. It shoots 1080p with 60 fps, 720p with 120 fps, and 12 mp photos at 30 frames per second.

GoPro HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever, with better image quality. It has a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.

If I hope to get my videos on the GoPro channel, this is the camera to use. You, too, can check out the new GoPros at Best Buy stores and online.

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.



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