How do you know what gear is worth spending money on and what's completely unnecessary? Simple; ask yourself - will this give me more options on shoot day? Can I make this do more than what it says it can do on the box? Speed lights, modifiers, software, these are just a few examples of gear that give you versatility, rarely can another camera give you more options. Not the case with GoPro's HD Hero lineup. These little beasts are nearly indestructible. A friend of mine who works for a well-known production company in New York told me she even watched one get blown up once - aside from a few scratches, it just kept on rolling. Small, lightweight, relatively cheap and built like a tank, the GoPro HD Hero cameras are designed with extreme sports in mind but can find all sorts of uses on your shoots. From duct-taping one to the front of a motorcycle to screwing it onto a GorillaPod and slapping it onto a remote-controlled car or AR drone, the HD Hero goes where other cameras don't and gets shots that would otherwise be impossible.
I recently got turned onto them by a friend of mine and I'm going to be shooting with one around the gritty streets of NYC in a few weeks. I'll be coming back with a full report on my impressions. In the meantime, have a look at this kick ass video cut together from owner submitted shots and tell me what YOU think?
Are small cameras the future? It sure looks like it.
Shoot first, - Clint