GoPro Hero 3+ – Capturing Family Fun

A few months ago we shared a video showing how adventurous we were as a family. If you’ve watched it, you may be aware we filmed the whole thing on a GoPro Hero 3+. We thought we better share what we thought of this awesome little piece of tech.

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We were sent a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition, an adult and junior chesty, a goose neck mount, suction mount and a roll bar mount.

Let’s get the tech bit out the way first. The GoPro Hero 3+ produces High-resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 footage and also 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 that is pretty much movie quality. We preferred to film with 1080p60, this produced fantastic footage which displayed really well on several different viewing devices of various sizes. It takes

We really enjoyed using the GoPro Hero 3+ as a stills camera. Many people will just be familiar with all the fab adventurous videos on YouTube of snowboarders on half pipes or surfers catching a gnarly wave. But the GoPro also allows you to create static memories of your family adventures.

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The Hero 3+ Black Edition allowed us to capture some gorgeous 12MP stills and operates at up to 30 frames per second which is great to capture fast-action family fun. I was especially impressed with the shots I captured whilst we climbed Snowdon. I was able to edit the images straight on my phone by using the handy free GoPro app on my iPhone. I then pulled them into one of my favourite editing apps and was able to upload them straight to social media without ever plugging the GoPo into the laptop.

Whilst we were in Wales I used the Time Lapse mode to automatically capture at different intervals including 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 seconds. You can also shoot Continuous photos for full-resolution stills at 3, 5 or 10 frames per second. I suggest trying the Time Lapse mode on an area with movement, like clouds or the sun setting. I didn’t catch much motion between my shots as I attempting to capture shots on quite a still day of a serene landscape.

You do get left with a fish eye view of your images. But I actually quite like it and the field of view is very wide!

 

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We found the GoPro really easy to use once we watched some of the handy GoPro YouTube tutorials. You use three buttons to operate the GoPro. One turns it on and off and allows you to select your mode, one turns the WiFi on and off and the final button operates the shutter.

It’s also easy to edit your footage using the free GoPro editing software. So there are no worries about having to buy additional editing software to create your masterpieces. We found the editing software really easy to use but found it operated best when editing in small sections, rather than one big batch of footage. We crashed the software a few times when attempting to edit one whole video in one go, but we think this could also be due to the memory space on our laptop.

The camera package comes with basics like a battery, waterproof case, charging cables and a wifi remote. We found the app to suit us better than the remote, but we liked having the option of both. The waterproof case is fantastic and allowed us to capture underwater footage in a private pool, waves in the sea and caught footage of us climbing Snowdon during a rain storm. The sound does get muffled when using the waterproof case, but they provide a skeleton case with gaps in to use if you wish to capture better sound quality, but this removes the waterproof ability.

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The mounts available to help you capture action from different angles are fantastic. I already have a list of additional mounts I want to purchase. Both Chesty harnesses have been put to good use capturing both our views and M’s Being able to pop the camera onto M and let him run off into the woods is fascinating. There is just something so amazing about being able to see the world almost through your childs eyes.

 

suction cup gopro

The suction cup was one of the most fun mounts to use. We were able to attach the camera to the outside of our car and film some gorgeous footage of the country roads in Wales and Dorset. It was also the mount which gave us the most fear. There is something crazy about attaching such an expensive item to the outside of your car via something that looks like the suckers that attach sun visors to the inside of your car. But we put our trust in the mount and we’re glad we did.

The goose neck is probably one of our most used mounts. It is so versatile and can bend around and attach to poles via its huge clamp. We managed to capture fab footage on roundabouts, swings and many other pieces of playground equipment. It can also be used without the clamp to allow you to hold the camera in a selfie style manner.

The roll bar mount was very handy at capturing scooter footage, we also can’t wait to use it to capture M’s first balance bike at Christmas. We’ve also decided to use it to log our cycle next year for Raising For Grayson (once we buy bikes lol).  It’s a handy mount for families that cycle or scoot quite a bit.

gopro coat

So can you tell that we really really loved the GoPro? We have so many ideas for future videos and take it on almost every family outing. We’ve already purchased extra batteries, memory cards and a nice little case to house it all. We also sense the purchase of an additional camera in the future to capture alternate angles of our adventures.

We were part of a team of bloggers who took part in some GoPro challenges, you can see how they got on here Thinly SpreadLittle Stuff, A Mother’s Ramblings and Geek Mummy.

*We were sent the GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition and a selection of mounts and cases for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are our own.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Donna Wishart Reply

    I have loved watching your Go Pro adventures and hope to keep seeing more of your Go Pro footage x

  2. Alison Perry Reply

    Loved reading this. You can tell how passionate you are about it. I’d love to get my hands on one to try it out before deciding whether to splash out on one. I’m still getting to grips with my dslr so I should probably master that before I tackle one of these 😉

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  5. Em Rathbone Reply

    I think I’m going to ask for a GoPro for my birthday, your videos helped me make up my mind, thanks x

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