Go Pro Hero 5
I just got my new action camera yesterday and super excited! It was expressed shipped for free so it arrived in 1 day. I’m hoping to use it for my travels and make really cool videos for everyone and myself. It will actually be the very first action camera!
The top 3 things I like about the camera is the water resistance without a case, good video quality, and the compact size. I can take it in the water and not worry about cases up to 10 meters. It will make it a lot easier to vlog on the spot and not having to worry about audio quality with the 3 microphones embedded with the camera. It’s also quite a small camera so I could just slip it in my pocket!
Vlogging will probably be a new hobby of mine and hoping to do the 30-day vlog challenge too. I’ve always made videos for fun before but never really felt inclined to do vlogs. I’m hoping to bring it to Ecuador and California soon and capture some really great footage during my adventures.
I found some really good reviews while I was researching about GP5.
Here are some helpful links if you’re deciding to get one:
- For a good review of Hero 5: Watch Alex Chacon, Taylor Jackson, RizKnows, DC Rainmaker.
- For comparing old versions of Go Pro with the Hero 5: Watch Brent Rose.
- For comparison of Hero 5 versus VIRB 30: Watch DC Rainmaker.
- For one of the coolest drones in my opinion: Check out the FotoKite.
Memory Card Selection
As far as memory cards go, there wasn’t an official recommended card list from Go Pro but I gathered some data about what would best suit my needs. My main decision came down to a 64GB (~$30) versus 128GB (~$70) for storage. For the price point, 64GB is a lot easier on the pockets and will adequately capture all footage with the short lifespan of the Go Pro 5 (~2 hours).
I also found that to capture 4K footage, you need an adequate write speed so all the video gets captured. It’s all right if you’re getting lower resolutions like 2700, 1440, or 1080. But with 4K, you’re going to need at least a write speed of 40 MB/sec or faster.
The extreme part of the equation is important to help the card remain durable during “challenging environmental conditions.” This can be anything from snowboarding, surfing, or ATVing.
Read speed is important to help copy the video footage onto the computer but I don’t think I’m going to be making movies or anything so I think this would be more a luxury.
My card of choice was the SanDisk Extreme 64GB microSDXC UHS-I Card with Adapter (SDSQXVF-064G-GN6MA). It fits my needs and budget at only $30 bucks. I’ll just upgrade to the 128GM in the future if the need arises.
I picked up all the information I needed from David Coleman Photography’s post on recommended memory cards.
As far as accessories go, I did not purchase and of the bulk packages of mounts/accessories. The cheap, shoddy components will just end up leaving me wanting more quality parts. I opted just to buy big items like a selfie stick, head mount, or chest mount separately.
I chose the Luxebell Selfie Stick with Telescoping Pole with Tripod Stand Mount to start with. It fits my needs to came videos and vlogs and allow me to do extreme sports without water. When I decide to go scuba-diving or kayaking in the future, I’ll purchase more water resistant accessories. Grabbing this $20 stick would probably last me for a little while until I need something else.
I also grabbed a Belkin Surge Outlet to charge up all my items too. It’s a way to make friends real quick if they need charging too.