October 2nd, 2016
I was considering upgrading my Canon EOS 5D to the Mark III so that I could take videos. I then came across the GoPro system. I would like to know if anyone uses a Go Pro for videos, and any shortcomings, recommendations that other members might have.
I think you are right for considering other options than just upgrading to a Canon DSLR. New smaller cameras have video quality are improving rapidly. Here are some points to consider in this decision:
- You are going to need other gear like a stabilizer if you are going to do walk through video and/or a slider, etc. if you are going to shoot cinematic video.
- You might also consider the DJI OSMO it has a built-in stabilizer. We talked about this alternative several other times here and here on PFRE. Zoltan’s results in Rio illustrate that the OSMO is very useable for property video and it is quite similar in price and quality to the Hero 4.
- Learning to do property video is takes a substantial and investment in time and gear. Expect to get by with less than the best gear when you are starting out. It’s good to start out slow and small to make sure you really want to do video.
- Many property videographers are moving to cameras like Sony A7s Mark II and Panasonic GH3. If you become serious about property video this is a direction you should consider.
- Previous GoPros have had issues with barrel distortion (horizontals and verticals are curved) but this can be removed in post-processing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. From the video samples I’ve seen of the GoPro Hero 4 it still has this problem.
I’m sure others have plenty of advice in this area.
Update Oct 3: As a couple of commenters below pointed out below, just recently the GoPro Hero5 Karma system was announced that consists of the new Hero5 camera, a drone, and a Karma handheld stabilizer. It appears the camera, drone and stabilizer will be available Oct 23. I revisit this subject when the Karma system is released.