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Go-Pro, Sony, others? models? features? I am looking for an "action" camera that I can begin making ride videos & other videos with, "but" it also needs to be something that can be shared by my 8 & 9 year olds to make videos with also. They are showing interest in making videos and are currently using their iPad minis. Ideas for editing software that can be shared also would be great info also.

Also is it possible to post a video here without it being linked to youtube? If so how, cause I haven't figured it out.
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I have used GoPros from the very beginning when they first came out. I tried others along the way and have always gone back to the GoPro. I am currently using the hero 3+ and like being able to turn it off and on and control with my iPhone. The GoPro can take a beating when it is in the case, I have had them mounted on the bottom of a rail and bottomed out in the sand and ripping it off the mount and it just kept recording so I would have no problem letting kids use it....as long as they don't lose it ;) The GoPro also has so much support as in mounting options. For editing software I started with Windows movie maker which is free and works but limited. I tried several other software packages and have settled with CyberLink PowerDirector, it's reasonably priced and does everything I want to do....I beleive there is a free trial download. Most of my videos are on the dunes in a sandrail but want to start taking more on the bikes. Here is my latest video I made using GoPro 3+, PowerDirector and some shots are with a DJI Phantom 2+ quadcopter....enjoy.

 

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I had a GoPro but sold it because I felt it was too hard to use and suffered from poor battery life... but like others have said, it IS the standard and there really isn't anything better overall.

As for software, iMovie is a great editor on the Mac. I haven't used the iOS version much but I hear it's quite capable. No idea what Windows types use.
 

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I had a GoPro but sold it because I felt it was too hard to use and suffered from poor battery life... but like others have said, it IS the standard and there really isn't anything better overall.

As for software, iMovie is a great editor on the Mac. I haven't used the iOS version much but I hear it's quite capable. No idea what Windows types use.
Rob was the GoPro an older one where you had to set everything with the camera buttons? If so, yes that was a pain but the newer ones have wifi and are very simple to use with an app. I get about 2 hours out of a battery on the 3+ and aftermarket batteries like Wasabi are cheap, I carry 2 extra and that give me about 6 hours of record time.
 

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It was a Hero 3. I could configure it via my phone or a remote if I had it. But still, trying to start/stop it, ensure it's recording, make changes while riding, etc, was a PITA.
 

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I do not do action stuff really (camera mounted to me etc) I film everything from tripods and edit using Corel video studio 7...I had an earlier version....4 I think... got used to it so I bought the newer version last year...it has alot of cool transitions and works pretty well for me.
 

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Yes you can watch the video on the phone screen as it is recording, you can also save the video to your phone via the wifi connection. When I use the camera on the rail, it is out of my reach usually and I use the phone in a ram X-grip mount. When I use it on a bike, I only use the phone to change any setting on the camera, (which I never change really) then it is just one button to turn on and one to record. I use Ram 1" ball mounts on all my rigs so it is an easy swap between them.
 

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I have an early GP, then bought a VIO POV 1.5, which had a very small camera attached, by cord, to the DVR unit which had a screen. That made it easy to set up/frame the shot. Recently bought the Drift Stealth 2. It is very compact & mounts without sticking out a mile like the GP & some others. It has WiFi, app, and importantly, a remote. This is the most important feature, for me. I don't want to sift through looooong videos just to find the best clips for a 3 minute vid (which is max for most people). With the remote on my sleeve I can start & stop & grab clips I want which makes post production MUCH easier. The Stealth also does time lapse, stills, even a mode for use in your car to recall the previous X minutes, in case of a crash or something. I'm still experimenting with it but color is good, features good, tiny size.... a keeper. Oh and only $ 108 (without remote).

I've used CyberLink Director but now use Photoshop CC, since I have the subscription & find some interface features easier to use. And, of course, you have all that Photoshop has to offer to boot. But CLD is a good app for not much $. I use Vimeo.com for video uploads.

Here is the Stealth 2 vid.

 

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The WiFi interface is not unique to Go-Pro nor I-phones and is becoming quite common. For Example my Contour links with my Android phone; accepts commands allegedly up to 200' away, and displays a lower resolution image w/ ~1 second delay. Very helpful for adjusting the camera's aim.

Huckleberry's son might benefit from the GoPro's sense of world community. I imagine there is lots more help, instructional videos and sense of belonging with the GoPro than I would expect to get from owning a Contour.
 

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We are buying Lauren the Hero4 for Christmas. I seen the GP 3+
At Costco for $250 and thought I might buy one for myself. Has anyone gone from the 3+ to the 4 and do you think it's worth the extra $150

Edit. Sweet the GP Hero4 silver came down on Amazon $339 and the 3+ is $229. Prime
 

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Kodak is a good deal too, has a screen, many features for under 200. It's Kodak yellow too. Maybe they'll make a comeback with video ��
This is the camera I have been using. Pixpro sp1. So far I am very happy with it. A lot of camera for under $200. Somewhere is a thread called "Ryden in Dryden" as well as a few more shot with the camera. Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.



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My old gopro took a dump so got a contour. VERY easy to use even with gloves on mounted on the side of your helmet. Video quality is great, sound quality is great...................as long as your going less than 5MPH :) Above that all you hear is wind. If it wasnt for that the contour beats gopro in every other aspect.
 

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My old gopro took a dump so got a contour. VERY easy to use even with gloves on mounted on the side of your helmet. Video quality is great, sound quality is great...................as long as your going less than 5MPH :) Above that all you hear is wind. If it wasnt for that the contour beats gopro in every other aspect.
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I have a contour as well and i really like it. I had a hero2 and was never happy with the video quality and it was a pita to use on the bike. The contour is super easy to use helmet mounted. I have had the same sound issue with my contour roam2 and i modded it to fix it. I took it apart and added an external mic jack and use it with a powered lapel mic. works well. The other option from contour the +2 has an external mic jack built in.

Here is what i did(not my video but what i did pretty much)


There is also another option that im looking into The sena 10c. It gives you a camera and a bluetooth communicator all in one unit. It can do some neat things like record music direct into the video as you record or allow you to dictate on the fly as well.
10C - Sena
A review
 

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I'm very happy with my SJCAM 4000 WiFi camera:

It was highly recommended by RacerTV on YouTube as an excellent GoPro substitute.

It is so good that there are many clones of it for sale!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-SJCAM-SJ4000-Wifi-12MP-Full-HD-1080P-Sports-Action-Camera-Car-DVR-Cam-/291610693108?hash=item43e55a0df4:g:bmAAAOSwFnFV~RZ ~
(Not the seller I bought from, just copied the first one)


I haven't tried any editing programs yet, I have been having fun taking time lapse videos of working in the shop.

Check out Racer TV's short video and then if interested watch the long (33 min!) complete review:

Make sure to ONLY get the SJCAM, it is marked on the front of the camera below the lens. Copies are not good.
Also, the SJ4000, is the correct action camera, the SJ5000 is NOT an upscale 4000, it is a completely different use camera.
 
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