I bought a GoPro Hero4 Session; here's what I think
I grew up skating and snowboarding, I longboard, I just purchased a BMX bike, and I've been cycling since my senior year in high school. I also do less "extreme" activities such as hiking and backpacking and spend the majority of winters playing pond hockey. Given my background, I'm surprised it took me this long to purchase a GoPro.
Initially, I purchased the GoPro Hero, which is the most inexpensive model at around $130. I wasn't sure how much I'd use it, so I didn't want to drop a large amount of money on something i might use once and forget about. While at the store, I completely forgot the Hero's case is integrated, as oppose to the Hero4 which can be removed from its case. I was quickly reminded of this once I got home and began fiddling with the camera. I spent the next day and a half relentlessly worrying about the case/lens getting scratched, and since the case isn't replaceable, I'd have to purchase a whole new camera. I tried convincing myself that the case getting scratched was unlikely, and that I could just replace the camera if it happened.
I failed to convince myself, so on Sunday I went and returned the Hero for a GoPro Hero4 Session (which has a replaceable cover over the lens). Here are my initial thoughts on the Session.
Here are the advantages the Session has over the Hero that I've noticed so far:
Some of the cons of the Session that I've noticed are:
Based on the reviews I read, the Session wasn't worth the $400 GoPro was initially asking. Compared to the equally priced Hero4, the image quality wasn't as good, and the Session's settings could only be changed from either a smartphone or the wireless remote (both of which were incredibly inconvenient). Every review I read seemed to scream, "Don't get the Session!" However, most of the reviews I had read were before GoPro dropped the price by $100, and then released a firmware update allowing some settings to be changed without a remote or smartphone, then dropped the price by another $100. I would agree that this isn't a $400 camera. However, for $200, I definitely feel it was worth the extra $70 compared to the Hero.
If you're interested to see some of the footage I've capture with the GoPro, you can check out my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/. I don't have a ton of stuff up yet, and the only thing I've really had time to do is attach the GoPro to Malin's collar. I'm hoping to have some better stuff up soon.
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Dan Pomykalski (PAWM-I-KALS-kee) is a portrait photographer based in Madison, WI. Dan works with both individual clients and larger organizations, such as the Wisconsin Alumni Foundation, the Janesville Jets, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and the University of Wisconsin-Rock County. Dan was also the photo editor for the student-run newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the Royal Purple, for the 2013 Spring and 2013 Fall semesters. Although Dan's clients are mostly from the Dane County area, he is more than happy to travel wherever necessary.
Although Dan is primarily a portrait photographer, he has ample amounts of experience in other types of photography such as weddings, events, product photography, real estate, and sport photography.
In 2016, expertise.com ranked Dan Pomykalski Photography the 2nd best portrait photographer in Madison, WI out of 204 others in the area.
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