No Go with GoPro

 

GoPro is a good 2nd camera. GoPro is a GREAT POV camera!

The GoPro is arguably one of the most popular camcorders in recent history but it is not the right choice for filming hunts. It is designed to capture all the action. The size and weight makes it the perfect choice for surfers, mountain bikers, offroaders, snorkeling and deer hunters.

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GoPro HERO10 Black- E-Commerce Packaging - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD & Touch Rear Screens, 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video
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GoPro HERO10 Black- E-Commerce Packaging - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD & Touch Rear Screens, 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video
  • REVOLUTIONARY PROCESSOR: Faster. Smoother. Better. The powerful new GP2 engine changes the game—snappy performance, responsive touch controls and double the frame rate for amazingly smooth footage. Designed specifically for the demanding nature of the GoPro, the GP2 “system on a chip” is by far our fastest ever.
  • HIGH-RES PHOTOS + VIDEOS, HIGH FRAM RATE: Step up to the sharpest-shooting GoPro ever. Upgraded to incredible 23MP photos and 5.3K video resolution at 60fps, HERO10 offers double the frame rate for amazingly smooth motion. Plus, there’s 8x slo-mo at 2.7K and you can pause videos and grab 15.8MP still photos from 5.3K video that look amazing.
  • UNBELIEVABLE IMAGE QUALITY: Capture jaw-dropping 5.3K video with 91% more resolution than 4K and an incredible 665% more than 1080p. HERO10 Black captures finer detail, more realistic textures and better contrast than any HERO camera before it—even in low light. A new water-shedding hydrophobic lens cover that repels water and helps eliminate lens flare and other artifacts makes your photos and videos even more stunning.
  • HYPERSMOOTH 4.0: HyperSmooth has never been smoother, and it’s easy to dial in the best stabilization at all times. Plus, get even better low-light performance and horizon leveling with a higher tilt limit, so your footage looks perfectly straight when you want it.
  • FAST, RELIABLE CONNECTIVITY: Super easy, super fast. Transferring photos and videos from your cloud-connected GoPro to your phone is simple and versatile, with your choice of effortless wireless upload via the Quik app or a lightning-fast wired connection via USB. There’s also unlimited cloud storage with hassle-free auto upload. Just plug in your camera when connected to your home Wi-Fi and the camera does the rest.

Is GoPro Good For Deer Hunting?

Not Really…Limited focal length is the main problem with the GoPro. It is not capable of zooming in your target. Any attempt to film a hunt leaves a lot to desired. Anything beyond 10 yards will lack detail and focus.

 

Below is just one example video from a GoPro. The camcorder is mounted on the deer hunters head and the deer is approximately 40 yards away. I was unable to see the doe until after the shot. The video is clear and the quality is fine but the problem is the zoom.

The video is set to start at 1:30 which is about 20 seconds before the shot.  Can you see the deer??

The audio also lacks the strength of a more conventional deer hunting camcorder like the Canon HF G10. It does a great job picking up sounds in the treestand but that is where it stops.

GoPro Mounts for Hunting

The GoPro has a ton of cool mounts. These mounts make it very easy to hook the camera on the deer stand, bow holder, compound bow or even the gun.

GoPro is Perfect for POV

With a wide angle view, short focus and variety of mounts the GoPro is perfect for being a POV camera. The POV(point of view) is the perfect addition to a larger camcorder. Video from the POV can be used in the final editing process to show what the hunter is doing before and during the shot. It can really make for an exciting deer hunting video.

Here are some ideas for the GoPro POV camera

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GoPro HERO10 Black- E-Commerce Packaging - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD & Touch Rear Screens, 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video
210 Reviews
GoPro HERO10 Black- E-Commerce Packaging - Waterproof Action Camera with Front LCD & Touch Rear Screens, 5.3K60 Ultra HD Video
  • REVOLUTIONARY PROCESSOR: Faster. Smoother. Better. The powerful new GP2 engine changes the game—snappy performance, responsive touch controls and double the frame rate for amazingly smooth footage. Designed specifically for the demanding nature of the GoPro, the GP2 “system on a chip” is by far our fastest ever.
  • HIGH-RES PHOTOS + VIDEOS, HIGH FRAM RATE: Step up to the sharpest-shooting GoPro ever. Upgraded to incredible 23MP photos and 5.3K video resolution at 60fps, HERO10 offers double the frame rate for amazingly smooth motion. Plus, there’s 8x slo-mo at 2.7K and you can pause videos and grab 15.8MP still photos from 5.3K video that look amazing.
  • UNBELIEVABLE IMAGE QUALITY: Capture jaw-dropping 5.3K video with 91% more resolution than 4K and an incredible 665% more than 1080p. HERO10 Black captures finer detail, more realistic textures and better contrast than any HERO camera before it—even in low light. A new water-shedding hydrophobic lens cover that repels water and helps eliminate lens flare and other artifacts makes your photos and videos even more stunning.
  • HYPERSMOOTH 4.0: HyperSmooth has never been smoother, and it’s easy to dial in the best stabilization at all times. Plus, get even better low-light performance and horizon leveling with a higher tilt limit, so your footage looks perfectly straight when you want it.
  • FAST, RELIABLE CONNECTIVITY: Super easy, super fast. Transferring photos and videos from your cloud-connected GoPro to your phone is simple and versatile, with your choice of effortless wireless upload via the Quik app or a lightning-fast wired connection via USB. There’s also unlimited cloud storage with hassle-free auto upload. Just plug in your camera when connected to your home Wi-Fi and the camera does the rest.
  • Mount on the bow facing the target
  • Mount on the bow facing the hunter
  • Mount on the scope facing the deer
  • Mount on a limb above the stand to film the hunter
  • Mount on a scrape to film a close up of the deer

So if you already have a GoPro please put it to use. If you are thinking about buying one be sure you already have a main hunting camcorder. Several models and vintages are available and there are really some good deals on the GoPro available.

GoPro Feedback

Do you have a cool way to use the GoPro?  Please leave it in the comments below.

Have you recorded a deer hunt with your GoPro?  Leave a link in the comments below

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  1. Gopro Hero 4 has 4 k video capability which in post editing you can zoom in without pixelation. I agree that for the most part they should be used as second angle cameras.

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