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Topic: GoPro Hero4 or something else?  (Read 467 times)

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In the past, I owned a GoPro, but managed to destroy it (not easy to do, btw). So I've been using a cheap Garmin for the past couple of years. I'm now considering upgrading to a GoPro, and it seems like I can save a little money with the Hero4, but was wondering what models people here use and recommend. Or is there some other brand that really is as good? It seems there are a lot of options out there...

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I have lost 3 cameras so going without one for now.  Not sure if they changed them but the hero didn’t have a removable battery back when I had one.  If that doesn’t matter then it should work for you.  But it is nice to have extra batteries that can be swapped out.  I tried the cheap knock off brands which you can get for like 50 dollars on sale on Amazon and the quality was not bad.  The only issue I had was I like the camera to beep when I turn it on and off and the knock off did not do that.   I primarily used it Underwater so the sound was the easiest way to know it was on.  That may not be an issue for you. 
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Hero Session is working well for me


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This is what I use.  I would spend the savings on a really good video editing software and fast laptop/desktop ....


https://www.amazon.com/YI-Sports-Action-Video-Camera/dp/B01FU9ZIMU

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This is what I use.  I would spend the savings on a really good video editing software and fast laptop/desktop ....


https://www.amazon.com/YI-Sports-Action-Video-Camera/dp/B01FU9ZIMU

While I haven't used the Yi 4k model, the reviews overall have been very good.  If I bought another action cam, I'd go for it, although having 2 sets of batteries might be an issue.  I currently have the Hero 3+.  The Hero 4 you're looking at is similar to my 3+, except it has IS (image stabilization) and shoots 4k at 30/25, whereas the 3+ shoots 4k at 15, which is basically unusable. So, the 4 would be a definite upgrade worth it.

I have used the Sony in the past as well, and they are excellent video quality.  Would recommend that one as well.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Btw, this is what I've been using for a couple of years:

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/119592

It's discontinued, and I got it for $100 (probably a little less now). Great for the price, but the GoPro was better.
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Btw, if u r considering the Yi 4k, it is touchscreen, so diving with it u may have issues, or if you wear gloves. Dont know what you do with a casing on it and being a touch screen

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On the Yi, there is a diving mode.  If you push the button for 2 seconds or so, it will switch between video vs camera (instead of powering off).

BTW, I am also considering the Water Wolf (always wanted to see what's going on down there, though I doubt it will increase my catch rate).

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I bought a cheepo knock off. Seems to do very well. This is the next one I'm going to order. Has a REMOTE! Knockoffs are getting better...


https://www.amazon.com/SEENTRON-Waterproof-SharkEye-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B07569YMKT/ref=zg_bs_7161074011_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KC8KX1D079WJK59N1TTM
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I bought a cheepo knock off. Seems to do very well. This is the next one I'm going to order. Has a REMOTE! Knockoffs are getting better...


https://www.amazon.com/SEENTRON-Waterproof-SharkEye-Rechargeable-Batteries/dp/B07569YMKT/ref=zg_bs_7161074011_12?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=KC8KX1D079WJK59N1TTM

I'm actually curious about some of the knockoffs, and would like to see some reviews.  The action cam for your link has a Sony 16mp sensor (the same one Sony used in its action cam in 2012).  so we know the sensor is high quality.  Am curious to see the quality of the lens, and construction overall.  More importantly, the processor hardware is key, as well as how it processes the video and still photos, low light functionality, color rendering, etc. 

It could all be very good, or it could be a excellent sensor with not-so-good components/processor.  Or it could meet your needs fine.  Definitely nice to see the prices come down, and give GoPro a run for its money.  So far, the Yi 4k seems to have the best reviews amongst the GoPro alternatives.  As for knockoffs, I guess you won't know until you buy it and try it.

Good luck on your purchase. 
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I'm actually curious about some of the knockoffs, and would like to see some reviews.

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I buy directly through GoPro and purchase there refurbished ones and save tons of money


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I buy directly through GoPro and purchase there refurbished ones and save tons of money

I seriously considered that back when I killed my GoPro. Good to hear that that has worked out for you. I am definitely going to think about that option. 
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Still happy with the practically new GoPro Hero 3+ silver that a metal-detecting friend dug out of the sands of a SoCal beach. I've been very reluctant to upgrade, for fear of past battery heating issues. Was lucky to get hold of a no-longer available third-party battery that yeields 7 hours of video. I would get another 3+ (even used) if I could find another long-life battery that I would not have to carry in a pocket.


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GoPro Hero 5 on sale at AAFES for $279 for anyone with base access.
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