I've got a question for the masses. I know we have all seen the hunting videos filmed with gopros where it looks like all the shots were taken at 40+ yards. The problem is they are just such a dang good design! I have been thinking about getting one or two for the up coming season and wanted to see what pointers y'all had. Ideally I would have one strapped to my head and one propped in front of the shooters.
How is the battery life? In my limited experience being around them in the field it seems there is a trend of short battery life in cold climates.
Is there a setting on the camera that will eliminate that fish eye lense view?
Do the remotes really work? I've also heard they drain battery life because they use wifi. Would be nice to be able to set one out in the decoys and turn it off when birds aren't working.
Where is the best place to mount/wear them? Seems like the head mount is the best/most widely used.
Are there any accessories that you deem as requirements?
I have fooled around with them. The MAIN problem is that they don't zoom and so birds always look a lot further than they truly are.
You can get the battery extension packs, and they will typically last (for me ) 4-5 hours depending on the amount of filming, # times turned on/off, etc. Cold weather definitely drains the batteries quicker if they are just sitting there.
I tried different position with the go pro. On your head works good, because you can move it to wherever you're looking. But, I also attached it to a pole and moved it around the set to get different views (just have to remember where so you dont shoot it).
I haven't tried an actual remote, but have connected via wifi on my phone to turn on/ off (turkey hunting). Works well, but then you get into a lot of electronics near water for duck hunting....
As for accessories- the waterproof/ floating case, as many attachments as possible. never know where you'll want to attach it to. I especially like tripods/ flexible legged camera tripods that you can wrap around a branch/ set on uneven ground.
Overall- the quality of the videos isnt the best due to not being able to zoom directly in. good luck.