What can you do with a little camera? A camera that is rugged and waterproof? A camera that shoots video, stills and timelapse?
That is the challenge of a GoPro.
It is a fun little camera. The video quality is decent as long as there is enough light. I have been using it for diving, I know that the case is good to well over 100 feet. The little camera is a good choice when the mantas show up to dance.
Why not take the camera fishing in Alaska?
For this trip I have set up to find out just what you can do with it. GoPro camera? Check. A variety of mounting methods? Check. My friend Mark has done some fun things with his GoPro lately, providing some inspiration and setting me a bit of a challenge. I may have taught Mark a few things about video editing to get him started, he has taken those lessons and run with them.
The front ring of the camera case has been replaced with an aluminum ring and a mounting point for a lanyard. A ten dollar EBay purchase that looked to be a wise idea. This should allow a strong safety tether and more freedom in placing the camera in otherwise risky locations. Need to buy some strong cord in Juneau.
One of the intriguing features is the WiFi back. This gives me remote control of the camera from my iPad. There is no viewfinder on the back of the camera, but with the WiFi setup my pad becomes the viewfinder allowing the camera setup to be checked.
The remote option also allows me to mount the camera on the boat somewhere and control it with the tablet. Hanging off the bow? On top of the mast? The little suction cup mount should stick to the boat just about anywhere. One of the provided adhesive mounts, designed for a helmet, looks to have just the right curve for the radar mast.
I found I was not the first to have this idea! When I climbed atop the NQ wheelhouse looking for a place to stick a GoPro mount, I found one already in place. I suspect a documentary film crew that rented the boat back in August.
I do have a bunch of video, and quite a bit of timeplapse. What did I come up with? Anything worth watching? Stay tuned to Nordic Quest to find out…