I’m sure you’ve heard the GoPro hype by now. Between the athlete’s and your neighbor’s use both of the waterproof action sports camera and the massively successful IPO, it seems there’s no stopping this budding company. I love me some photos. I cannot even name the amount of cameras I’ve gone through in my life. Every make, model, and type finds a way to amuse me. Somehow though, I just had not looked into a GoPro. They capture some wicked footage, but frankly I do not do anything remotely cool enough to capture on a GoPro… at least I thought I didn’t.
Last weekend, some friends from home graced me with their, and their new GoPro complete with selfie stick’s, presence on my turf in Germany. After being slightly disappointed with what they saw in Cologne, they decided to reroute and drive a couple of hours south to Karlsruhe and surprise me at work. Imagine, clueless me just working behind the bar and two besties waltzing through the door of the pub like it was no big deal. Luckily, you don’t have to imagine because they caught it all on the GoPro. My infatuation really began though when they turned on the GoPro Wi-Fi Hotspot, connected their smartphones, pulled up the GoPro app, and immediately showed me all of the footage. After one whirlwind night, we bid adieu for three days, where we’d meet again in Munich and I could play with the GoPro and selfie stick all weekend!
My friends, Katie and Christin, are on a three-week Eurotrip and have been giving everyone insane Instagram jealousy, despite not doing a single “extreme” thing. The great thing about the GoPro is it can really capture almost anything. I write almost for a reason you will see in my quick review later, but the wide-angle lens certainly captures the full picture along with a different perspective. Plus, the various mounts allow for hands-free photography in any situation There are video options as well as 2-second self-timers , which is what we did using the selfie stick. There is no LCD screen or viewfinder, but if you’re connected to the GoPro’s Wi-Fi Hotspot, your phone or tablet screen can act as the viewfinder. The GoPro is tinier than I imagined and can easily be thrown into a small purse, or even a pocket if you don’t bring the casing (but with my luck, I’d bring the casing everywhere). I’ve been truly terrible about capturing some serious Kodak moments lately, but I think the GoPro’s reinspired me. I still don’t own one myself, but the Android, point-and-shoot, or DSLR will have to do for now (ok, I might have a camera problem).
As you will see below, we had quite a fun weekend drinking beer and enjoying the marvelous city of Munich!
Despite having done this tour multiple times, we could not resist another afternoon with the guys from Mike’s Bike Tours. Mike’s provides a really fun way to learn a bit about what makes Munich special, along with its influential history. I swear one day they’ll pay me to keep talking so highly of them, or at least provide my next tour free 😉
Is it possible for the English Garden to appear any greater? With the GoPro and selfie stick, I just think it might be.
My friends had the simplest GoPro version, the White Edition model, and it really captured some great footage for a basic model. I’d be interested to play with the Silver or Black Editions for a comparison. The only difficulties occured when shooting in lower light. They also had the X-Shot Pro Camera Extender, a.k.a. the selfie stick, which they purchased at REI in tow. It did a great job, but there are certainly lower priced models where you can get equivalent bang for your buck.
Santa, if you know when I’m sleeping and awake, surely you read my blog and you can go ahead and add this to Alex’s 2014 Christmas List, along with a flight home to Houston because I rather not spent Christmas away this year.
Have you ever used a GoPro?