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Ok, I know GoPro has been discussed at length here but I find myself in a weird situation. We had a ton of OBC on our last cruise, planned to use a lot of it on specialty dining packages but that did not work out so by the last night of our trip I was still looking for a way to get rid of it, short of giving it back. So, I bought a Hero 6 in Black.  That was 10 days ago and I still have not even unpacked it.  Usually new camera gear calls my name very loudly but this time. I look at it, I look at my little grandchildren and opt to play with them.  So, anyone have any suggestions to get me going with this toy?

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I am the worst person to give advice with my video history (nearly zero) but a good start would be to Google "GoPro cruise video" or something like that and see if there is any style, effect, time-lapse or excursion footage that inspires you to give it a try.

 

Oh, unpacking it will give you better footage to work with. 😉

 

Dave

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I have a Hero 5 that I purchased for our river cruise this year.  It did a very good job capturing 4K video of the places we visited,  I used it last week at my nieces wedding.  It's not as good in the dark as in daylight but according to my brother the quality was better than video people sent him from their phone.  Since it is wide angle it might not be the best choice for grandchildren video.

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Thanks for the ideas...now that things are settling down a bit I think I will get a chance to unpack it and play with some in the next week or so. I am really much more of a still person but maybe that will change with this toy. Oh, did I mention my grandchildren LOVE to stick their faces right into my lens?  

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I am a still person also.  However, in planning for a river cruise it looked like there were things that the still camera wouldn't do justice to.  I was correct.

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Let your grandchildren help you "learn" how to use it. The time will be well spent for both you and them. And let's be honest, if they are over the age of 2, they probably know more about it than you do 🙂 Kids are really good at figuring out how electronics work, and it will give you a chance to look at the features before you cruise!

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One of the things I have done is gotten a waterproof case (I still use a Hero 2) and a gorillapod and set it up on the balcony rail going into and out of ports, usually on time lapse.  Need a large memory card and usually a battery pack if you set it up night prior and not always a great video. but it takes up almost no room to bring.

 

Basically I find it useful for any activity I want to capture duration or timelapse.  See if it lets me upload the one from the Panama Canal

 

 

 

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I seem to get carried away with the time-lapse video's, too. There is a lengthy story about setting up on forward facing deck two hours early and then dealing with some pushy lady who showed up mid-transit, but that's not for here.  I don't use the GoPro enough, but it does a very good job when I finally get it out

 

.Panama Canal Video

 

 

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13 hours ago, Re-tired said:

I seem to get carried away with the time-lapse video's, too. There is a lengthy story about setting up on forward facing deck two hours early and then dealing with some pushy lady who showed up mid-transit, but that's not for here.  I don't use the GoPro enough, but it does a very good job when I finally get it out

 

.Panama Canal Video

 

 

Thats why I like the gorillapod method.  I can set it up somewhere that's out of people's view.  I've had staff even help me mount it in places not normally accessible.

 

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10 hours ago, Loonbeam said:

Thats why I like the gorillapod method.  I can set it up somewhere that's out of people's view.  I've had staff even help me mount it in places not normally accessible.

 

I did use a clamp but my life experience just won't let me leave gear where some malcontent can take it.  If it's going to leave my sight it pretty much has to be disposable.  Maybe I need therapy...

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14 hours ago, Re-tired said:

I did use a clamp but my life experience just won't let me leave gear where some malcontent can take it.  If it's going to leave my sight it pretty much has to be disposable.  Maybe I need therapy...

Which is why I use my balcony more often than not or ask permission to put it somewhere out of easy reach (like a railing in a non-public area - I have surprisingly good luck with that request if not always the best positioning if they do it).  If I have it in public areas I tend to stay near it and use my regular camera at the same time.

 

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8 hours ago, Loonbeam said:

Which is why I use my balcony more often than not or ask permission to put it somewhere out of easy reach (like a railing in a non-public area - I have surprisingly good luck with that request if not always the best positioning if they do it).  If I have it in public areas I tend to stay near it and use my regular camera at the same time.

 

Wow, thanks for the idea.  We are heading out in March and May so I will try your method.  If it gets swiped I will lobby for the new Hero7...

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19 hours ago, Re-tired said:

Wow, thanks for the idea.  We are heading out in March and May so I will try your method.  If it gets swiped I will lobby for the new Hero7...

Worth noting - mine are a Hero1 and Hero2.  If they get swiped I can probably replace $20 used on Ebay, so risk factor is much lower.

 

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