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#5762777 - 05/27/15 09:32 PM GoPro for Duck Hunting
hunt91 Offline
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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.

Questions:
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?

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#5762973 - 05/28/15 06:12 AM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
wal1809 Offline
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I would like to aid in the discussion but can't. The video quality with go.lros suck so bad I don't use them.
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#5763140 - 05/28/15 09:02 AM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
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Registered: 01/09/12
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Originally Posted By: hunt91
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.

Questions:
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.

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#5763167 - 05/28/15 09:16 AM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: Duck Buster]
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"The MAIN problem is that they don't zoom and so birds always look a lot further than they truly are."

My son has one and the shots he got on film were within 25 yards and looked like Hail Mary shots. Also, I got enough stuff to worry about during the hunt, this only adds complications. grin However, I do enjoy watching them. up

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#5763225 - 05/28/15 09:47 AM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
garrett Offline
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be a hero, go pro
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#5763229 - 05/28/15 09:50 AM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: garrett]
Gdogg Offline
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I tried putting one on Dixie's head, she wouldn't have it.

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#5763435 - 05/28/15 12:30 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: wal1809]
huck18 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/10
Posts: 1724
Loc: Ft. Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I would like to aid in the discussion but can't. The video quality with go.lros suck so bad I don't use them.


Completely false. The gopro is 1080p hi definition. That's as good as it gets.

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#5763440 - 05/28/15 12:34 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: huck18]
garrett Offline
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Originally Posted By: huck18
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I would like to aid in the discussion but can't. The video quality with go.lros suck so bad I don't use them.


Completely false. The gopro is 1080p hi definition. That's as good as it gets.


you think that maybe he is lumping in the fish eye perspective and making close shoots look like 85 yard shots in the "sucky video quality"? You sound like a pre-teen kid splitting hairs and trying to make everything literal.
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#5763468 - 05/28/15 01:01 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: huck18]
wal1809 Offline
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Registered: 08/26/05
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: huck18
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I would like to aid in the discussion but can't. The video quality with go.lros suck so bad I don't use them.


Completely false. The gopro is 1080p hi definition. That's as good as it gets.


I haven't seen any of the footage from one. If they are good they are good. Post up your videos and let us be the judge of "As good as it gets". All the go pro footage I ahve ever seen is fisheye and fstop deficient.
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#5763470 - 05/28/15 01:01 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: huck18]
Gdogg Offline
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Originally Posted By: huck18
Originally Posted By: wal1809
I would like to aid in the discussion but can't. The video quality with go.lros suck so bad I don't use them.


Completely false. The gopro is 1080p hi definition. That's as good as it gets.



It's more of a farsighted 1080 HD, or is it nearsighted? That always screws me up. confused2

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#5763541 - 05/28/15 01:43 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
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Registered: 05/27/13
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I tried it as well. No problem with video quality, they're just designed for closer action than 30-40 yds. Also tried the remote, my remote decided to go swimming about half way into the morning.

Charlie

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#5763588 - 05/28/15 02:13 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
huck18 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/10
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Loc: Ft. Worth, Texas
Here's the deal. The new models have a fish eye only lense. The older models do not and they have excellent video quality they also have focus to infinity. The new ones do not. So if your wanting one for hunting get the older model not the new "plus models".

And yes 1080p is the best video quality available.

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#5763589 - 05/28/15 02:15 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
huck18 Offline
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Registered: 03/04/10
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Loc: Ft. Worth, Texas
http://youtu.be/CzW_5x1M4Uc

Video quality looks great to me. I'm not sure what your talking about.

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#5763595 - 05/28/15 02:20 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: hunt91]
garrett Offline
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marketing tool on the go pro channel, of course its gonna look good...chicks sky diving in bikinis
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#5763596 - 05/28/15 02:20 PM Re: GoPro for Duck Hunting [Re: huck18]
Gdogg Offline
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I agree with you regarding the video quality. Your saying the older models do a better job with distances, say a duck 20 yards out than the new ones?

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