GoPro Helmet cam Wide vs Standard

Discussion in 'Paddling Photography' started by Comoxpaddler, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Comoxpaddler

    Comoxpaddler Paddler

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    On a thread in Trip Reports THR suggests that when I buy a GoPro I should get the Wide.

    I have been wondering about this. I don't much like the Wide's fisheye distortion (weird looking paddleshaft, curved horizon and everything looking unnaturally far away) but will computer-manipulated image stabilisation make the Standard picture watchable enough (the direct comparison below shows the difference between the two) and does the viewer have too little peripheral stuff in view to allow a sense of being with the paddler?

    YouTube has some interesting vids, the first showing a direct mountainbike-borne comparison.

    What do people think? Anyone with experience of both?

    Direct comparison
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w1-3kU9 ... re=related

    Wide
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij1c779CTQI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYCphWDtJeE
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bao02_ixHvw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xncXCsfTBn8

    Standard (some taken on non-GoPro cameras)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nqGkC9ebf8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfYv3JAFoJA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mDmJLI33yQ
    http://www.youtube.com/user/rangertommy ... g-3zVA5z6E
     
  2. gnarlydog

    gnarlydog Paddler

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    wide angle is great if you know how to use it.
    So often I see still photographers having a wide angle lens and produce mediocre results.
    The biggest problem is that the human eye is not wide angle (not talking about peripheral view, just perception) and when a wide lens is used on the camera things appear so distant.
    If you plan to capture videos of close up subjects (like yourself on the kayak paddling) then wide could be good.
    If you plan to capture your buddies paddling (or wildlife or scenery) then wide angle is probably not so good: all your subjects will be pretty small.
    I love wide angle but I am fully aware that my subjects must be close to get a decent image (subject in full frame).
    Samples of kayaking images taken with wide angle (old school 28 mm) at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gnarlydog/ ... 524255302/
     
  3. greg0rn

    greg0rn Paddler

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    Man, you really know what to do with that wide angle lens. Beautiful photos!