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Mar 11

We Got GoPros!

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Hey there everybody,
The amazing guys at Vann’s have given Eric and I a couple of action cams (see the GoPro here) to make some awesome videos with! We’ve already got a bunch of footage together, but editing takes time, and we just moved in to a new studio… so we thought we’d drop a line. A mutual friend of ours, Josh, (you’ll meet him soon) has already captured some amazing images out in the snow, and we’ve got some other great ideas in the works. (What fun is it if we just tell you? No spoilers here. :P )

All in all, we’ve fallen in love with these cameras. Lots of shooting modes, up to 60 fps, and built-in wide angle lenses make them awesome for any number of applications. These bad boys have tons of attachments — from surprisingly strong adhesive mounts to suction cups and head straps. They come with waterproof cases and are really easy to operate, even with gloves on! A well thought out product that executes it’s job flawlessly. Extremely strong construction and GREAT picture. The only qualms we had with it was in regards to audio quality. With the waterproof back on the case, everything is muffled… but what can you expect when it’s waterproof?

So, with an HD camera as easily mountable as this, and completely waterproof, the next logical step would be to build… A BEER CAM! I swear, we have way too much fun sometimes.

Here are the specs:

Comparison Specifications

  • Capture system: 1/2.5″ HD CMOS
  • Interface: USB 2.0 / Component video / 2.5mm jack with stereo audio / composite video out
  • Shooting modes: 1920 x 1080 30fps / 1280 x 960 30fps / 1280 x 720 30/60 fps / 848 x 480 60fps (WVGA)
  • Light sensitivity: Super low-light sensitivity (> 1.4 V/lux-sec
  • Still images: 5 MP

Additional Specifications

  • Recording format: H.264 compression (.mp4)
  • Audio: Built-in mono with automatic gain control
  • Audio format: 48kHz, AAC audio compression
  • Still capture modes: Single / photo every 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds / 3 photo burst / self timer
  • Battery: Rechargeable 1100mAh lithium-ion / charging via USB (80% charge at 2 hours in computer USB port, 1 hour with optional power adapter)
  • Battery life: up to 2.5 hours
  • Waterproof camera housing: effective up to 180ft (60m) / polycarbonate and stainless steel construction, stainless steel hardware

Manufacturer Specifications

  • Lens type: fixed focus (2ft/6m – ∞)
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Angle of view: 170° (WVGA, 720p, 960p) / 127° (1080p)
  • Exposure control: Auto, user selectable center weighted average and spot metering settings
  • White balance: Auto
  • PC compatibility: Windows Vista, 7 / Mac OSX 10.4.11 and later
  • BUS expansion port for optional accessories

Dimensional Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.4″ W x 1.6″ H x 1.2″ D
  • Weight: 3.3oz (incl. battery) / 5.9oz (incl. housing)

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