I purchased two of these cameras to film my gigs. The very first thing you need to get for these are SD cards, they don't like cheap SD cards, they also need to be class 10. I have a class 4 cheap 16GB microSD for it, it don't behave right. I updated both the cameras with it but it freezes up all the time. There is no fix for that besides get a really expensive SD card, and for two cameras, that costs half a camera. I think it depends on the bundle you choose. The audio isn't the best in the waterproof case, thats why they made another door with ports on it, I never tried it out because I bought a professional audio interface for two studio mics that will give me a better stereo effect to guarantee good sound. It does not have a screen so you'll have to just aim it, unless you have the app, you can preview the camera over it's wifi, but its only to get the shot just right, the delay in the video feed is horrible, thats why they call it preview. It has a very, very wide shot that I don't think you can adjust, I have not had much time to toy with the settings. If you're just starting in video, I'd recommend that you get something that you can view what you're shooting at. You can buy a touch screen to go on the back, but that is around 80 dollars. I bought the gopro cameras because of the small size, plus they'll be my secondary cameras while I purchase a primary camera that is more for the professional side of recording. Basicly my intentions were to have both cameras on stage then have another camera with a screen so I can get good shots then when I go to position to get a different shot, I can edit some gopro footage in. I bought some mic stand adapters and they act as a tripod. One concern, you can't access the jacks through the case when mounted, unless you go buy a frame that allows that. You'd have to sacrifice the waterproof ability for that. Maybe the only reason you'd want to access the jacks while having the camera mounted is because you can connect a external microphone or a monitor. If you plan to do some podcasting, I'll leave the research up to you because I don't podcast, I know someone that does and he uses a video card on his computer to record HDMI in from the camera. I don't think you can have it plugged into a USB to charge and still use it. If you're a musician, this camera may be right for you, it all depends on how you're going to get your sound, whether that's from external microphones or directly from a soundboard, you decide. The camera is mounted to a plate that comes in the box, you can use that as a stand and put it on some equipment case, press record and leave it, I'd make sure you swap batteries a few times if your gig is long. If you're someone that films small skits, this will be fine for you, as long as you position the camera just right, I don't think that'll be a problem, it has such a wide angle. One problem, if you don't have a steady hand or a tripod, better find one or the other because it don't have a video stabilize feature, the picture is solid and moves with the camera. I've seen some competitor cameras around the same price but lacks the features gopro has, only difference is the video stabilize mode. I wouldn't hold the camera anyway because of my shaky arm and you hear everything that happens to the case, if you swap a grasp, you hear it. The waterproof case is somewhat hard to snap open, thats how you know its waterproof(up to 197 feet). Again you can swap the door for the one with the ports, by the looks of it, looks difficult. The camera does somewhat get warm and if you are using the camera in a dry climate, look up a guide to changing the back door because I don't know. This camera was really meant as a action camera, that is why its small, don't have a screen and has a universal mounting option. Its meant to mount to your helmet, bike, surfboard or just to your forehead... This is a very good starting point if you're just getting into filming. I'm happy with it for my use, its really simple, compact and it packs a punch for it's size. I have used it for quick snapshots to post online and the quality is good. There may be better options but that may leave your price range. The accessories are somewhat expensive. This review is long, there is much more I could cover, but I don't want a list of every use for this camera as long as the nile river. Do your research, I did mine for couple months, think it took way too long because I missed out on some good moments. Be prepared to buy a bunch of accessories costing about the same as the camera(if you want to be professional).
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