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on May 22, 2013
I bought this for a rafting trip in Colorado and I couldn't be happier with the results. It is only 720p, but I am not a cinematographer either and I am shooting action highlights with it. Since I found it hard to locate online I will mention here that it's highest resolution is 720p @ 30 frames per second. So if you plan on doing a lot of slow motion this may not be for you as you'll appreciate the higher frame rates of the upper end GoPro models. I have slowed footage down to 1/4 speed and I am completely happy with that myself. I found battery life to be acceptable, I tested it at home and got 1 hour and 10 minutes out of it, and on my rafting trip I got 1:07 all shooting at high res. If you spend a lot of time using the screen you will burn through battery quicker, and it will shut down on you if you attempt playback when the battery is getting exhausted. However, I have noticed that when I cannot playback it will still let me record and I have shot 20 minutes of video when it didn't have enough juice to playback, so I kinda like that it appears to bias battery usage to the recording function. I am using a 32GB Class 10 MicroSD card with no issues, and a full battery recording session will use about 10GB of that. The biggest limiting factor is that the battery is not replaceable, so once it is out, it is out. I read one review that said you could record while it is charging, but at this point I have not been able to, every time I plug the USB cable in even if just the car charger it will switch to USB Drive mode. At this point I have used 2 of the 3 included mounts. The helmet mount worked great, and the strap is long enough that I was able to attach it to my life vest since we didn't have helmets on our trip. I had the camera upside down for this which meant I had to flip the video afterwards, but my fiance noticed that as long as you start it recording when you put it in the housing it will go into the waterproof housing upside down and would have allowed me to record the correct orientation (obviously you cannot use the buttons when set up this way). I have also used the suction cup mount to mount the camera to my motorcycle's gas tank. It stuck and had no problems on a 20 minute test ride. I think I would put some sort of small tether on it just in case, but it may not be needed. I also noticed that it suctions very well to my helmet. I haven't tried it yet, but it has been sitting attached for hours. Again, I'd probably tether it just in case.
Lastly, if you do try this cam realize it is a "branded" item and that a manufacturer sells it to companies that just put their logo on it. I have found this camera for GearPro (what I bought), Polaroid, and Blurfix. They all appear to come with the same accessories and the GearPro and Blurfix models even use the same pictures. The Polaroid one is orange and white. Polaroid does have the owners manual online which has been branded for Polaroid but otherwise is identical to the one that came with my cam. So look for a deal, last I saw the Polaroid one was $50 while the GearPro was $70. If I had found it before I bought I would have bought the Polaroid. :-)
Here are 2 videos I made with the camera...