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GearPro..... is no "pro" out in the field but could be improved upon.
on July 23, 2014
I really-REALLY wanted to like this camera (and in some ways I do) but......
Out of the box, the camera battery was fully charged and I was abel to start tinkering with it within minutes of unpacking it. I pulled the remote control out of a clear bag, removed a slit of paper so the battery would make contact and "walla" the remote was turning on and off the camera. The camera told me to install a memory card and I did, and as sat in my kitchen playing with everything, all was fine and dandy and the remote made the camera record video as I tinkered with it prior to placing the camera inside the clear plastic housing.
Here is what I like...
**** My San Disk Ultra mini-card is easy to insert and easy to eject in the GearPro unlike some other small cameras I have. One thing though, there seems to be excessive slop when the card is being inserted (unlike my other stuff that uses mini card) and I suspect the tolerances of the GearPro are not anywhere as close as my my other cameras that use with mini SD cards... Some of my other stuff is difficult to eject the mini-card, but the GearPro is easy.
**** I actually like the clear plastic housing on my GearPro better than my GoPro Hero2. The latching mechanism is easier to lock and close than the GoPro.
**** No real "learning curve" on the GearPro like the GoPro.The GearPro is pretty much a no-brainer and I didn't even look at the manual to start making recordings.
**** The remote that came with the GearPro worked well for me when the camera is not in the clear plastic housing. Once I placed it inside the clear housing the day following me experimentations in my kitchen, the remote was not able to make the camera do anything, even when placed inches away from the camera. I'm not certain if the battery in the remote died or if the remote died, but as I read other reviews here on Amazon, it seems to suggest the remote isn't very reliable and probably just cratered on me.
**** I really like the LCD screen on the back that shows what your framing and composition look like as what the lens is seeing. A screen on a GoPro is an optional purchase.
What I don't like
**** The San DIsk seems to freeze footage and locks momentarily when video is played back. The card I installed is supposed to be fully compatible with the camera, but with this flaw of having unwanted "freeze frames" I'll not be using this camera for anything more than a dash cam. It is worthless for me if I want to make a video that doesn't lock up every 5 or six seconds.
**** The camera is a shiny black material and the gloss surfaces reveals inconsistencies in the plastic housing. This leads me to believe the build-quality is no where even close to my GoPro Hero 2 camera.
**** The GearPro camera is a tad larger than my GoPro and I much better like the smaller size of the GoPro. I believe the GoPro is a more durable camera and makes me think the GearPro is nearly disposable and isn't going to last very long, and in fact, the flap that covers the SD slot pops open and will not stay shut.
**** The rubber flaps that cover the the slot where the mini-card is inserted and on the other side where the USB cord is plugged in, look like they might not stand up more than a month or so. Plan on these covers being torn, damaged or simply falling off much sooner than you might think and you'll probably be forced to put Scotch tape on the slots when the rubber flaps break.
Bottom line, the video quality isn't bad and if it were not for the fact that the video shows freezing about every 6 seconds (sometimes every two second) this could be a good camera for shooting in high-risk situations where you might not like to place your more expensive camera.