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post #1 of 5 Old 02-08-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie questions about mounts and accessories

Hello everybody!

I am quite new to the GoPro however experienced with photo and video industry.
As I don't live in the USA, local retailers have basic knowledge about the product, and honestly the GoPro site doesn't provide enough information IMHO. Just simple figures which says nothing for newbies.

So here is a list of questions I have, hope to get some help from you guys!

1 - I understand (hopefully) the curve and flat adhesive mounts, but can anyone explain me in practical way for what I need: QR Buckle and J-Hook Buckle?
2 - The same question about 3-way pivot?
3 - What kind of tape should I buy in replace of the origin one after used it?
4 - Should I use anti-fog inserts every time while using underwater / surfing? I borrowed GoPro2 from a friend while traveling in Indonesia in rain season and the cover was fogged from time to time during a rain or while surfing. Not sure about the reason. But the GoPro looked heavily used.
5 - How long can I approximately record a video at [email protected]? 1 hour?
6 - How long it takes to charge a battery by using USB port in laptop?
7 - How long it takes to charge a battery by using AC?
8 - Can I use car charger and record video in the same time?
9 - What is minimum/maximum power for charging batteries? Asking for third party chargers to use...
10 - I would like to use the GoPro while riding on bike, apart from helmet mounting, which mounts do you recommend for ride biking? I'm seeing 2 quite similar: handlebar/seatpost pole mount and rollbar mount. What is a difference?
11 - For car I believe curve and flat adhesive mounts are useful. Any other recommendations?
12 - GoPro sales Surf Edition for the same price as a regular one, however some mounts are exchanged. Anyway at BH I'm seeing like for the same price all mounts from the regular version + mounts from Surf edition are included. Am I right? Looks like a good deal!
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...on_Camera.html


Ok, this is everything for now. I hope to hear from you with a helpful answers.
I'm preparing for a trip in 3 weeks and have to order everything. Unfortunately shops in my locations sell only regular GoPro and everything else is only for special order


All the best,
Bart
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-08-2013, 01:46 PM
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I'll try

1) The QR buckle and the J-Hook Buckle hold the camera and are used to attach it to the flat and curved mounts. The two buckles allow for a range of angles.

2) The three way pivot allows a 90 degree change in orientation, among other things.

4) I always use the anti-fog when doing water sports

5) Battery life is the first limit you will run into on recording time, most probably.

6) I don't connect the camera to the computer except for the initial update. I transfer files from the memory to the computer hard drive. I reformat the memory afterwards in the camera. This simple process, I feel, has helped me avoid the majority of the issues one reads about.

7) I have never timed it - less than 3 hours, I think, on a well-used battery.

8) Yes, if you have a mount that allows access to the usb port on the camera.

9) I am happy with the Wasabi charger and batteries available in the USA.

10) I like the chest mount for the bike. The bike and roll bar mounts have different sizes of tube that they attach to. I found a helmet mount is too far away from the action for good bike video, although it is the perfect height for kayaking video in rough waters.

11) A suction cup and a magnetic mount seem to be used in vehicles. A permanent sticky mount is useful on a magnet, but I'd not put one on my current vehicles.
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Thank you for all the

Thank you for all the answers. They are more than helpful! It helped me with almost 90% of my doubts. However there are still few just to clarify

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5) Battery life is the first limit you will run into on recording time, most probably.
Actually, I wasn't enough specific. I wanted to ask about battery life. How long footage can be recorded on 1 cycle of battery?

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9) I am happy with the Wasabi charger and batteries available in the USA.
Are you talking about this?
http://www.amazon.com/Wasabi-Power-Battery-AHDBT-201-AHDBT-301/dp/B00AAIPT76/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360354741&sr=8-1
If so, it looks more than perfect! EU/US/car plug + 2 batteries for $30. Definitely worth to purchase! Hope the battery life is no shorter than the original one.

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10) I like the chest mount for the bike. The bike and roll bar mounts have different sizes of tube that they attach to. I found a helmet mount is too far away from the action for good bike video, although it is the perfect height for kayaking video in rough waters.
I will go with Handlebar/Seatpost Pole Mount as I'm seeing it fits my needs the best. I will add the chest mount later I guess.

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11) A suction cup and a magnetic mount seem to be used in vehicles. A permanent sticky mount is useful on a magnet, but I'd not put one on my current vehicles.
Suction cup! This is what I was looking for. 150mph and no damage for lacquer.



So, I think I should order the following at the beginning:

- GoPro Hero3 Black
- Wasabi Power Battery (2-Pack) and Charger
- AntiFog inserts
- Suction Cup
- Handlebar/Seatpost Pole Mount
- Tripod Mount

This should be enough to cover general/bike/car footage.

Few more questions...

13 - Is the surf mount 1 time use? I mean, you can't reuse it on a different board?
14 - Any practical usage of flat and curved adhesive mounts? I'm seeing it can be used for anything but in fact for everything you can find better solutions...
15 - If answer for the 14 is as I'm thinking, then what is a reason for the "Grab Bag of Mounts"? It contains the adhesive mounts + other parts which are included by default. Or this is only useful when you lost something?
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I have run batteries down a couple times during use, however, I was using wifi and recording intermittently. I also never kept track of the total length of recorded time in those cases. On-line I have seen numerous YouTube video's and writeups where people tested battery life and recording time. I am guessing somewhere in the 1.5 hour to close to 2 hour time, maximum.

I did buy the Wasabi batteries via AMAZON and I sometimes carry an extra charged battery along, if the activity will allow me to swap batteries during the day if needed, easy enough during biking, less conveniently kayaking.

The stick-on mounts plus the additional tethers I have attached on kayak helmets, and I eventually will add mounts to various kayaks. I also have used the stick-on mounts with a magnet that I use on the car hood, and onto a piece of aluminum that I drilled and tapped to use on a tripod.

The surf mounts include stick on mounts and tether mounts in white color, with the mounting surface area being a bit larger than the usual black stick on mount, probably to deal with the extra kinetic forcess you'd ee it a double-overhead wipeout. They also have a mount that goes into an accessory plug hole, I forget what those are called. With the exception of the mount in the accessory hole, you don't remove the surf mounts.

I guess the value of the grab bag depends upon what sort of applications you come up with for the camera. I originally envisioned using it for biking and kayaking, but I am also using it for bird and squirrels at the feeders, and time lapses of driving and certain natural activities, like tidal changes, sunsets and rises, clouds moving by, and so on. There's a lot of fun things one can do that I discovered after I owned it.

You also may find you need to learn a lot about editing software as well as certain computer hardware specifications. The smartphone app is also very useful, for setting the proper camera angle as you install it, as well as for controlling the camera when you aren't in a position to touch the camera control buttons. I hope you have as much fun with the camera as I have been having.
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Once again thanks for

Once again thanks for answering.

I think everything is clear for me now.
I checked the price for the magnet mount and I am still up for the Suction Cup - cheaper ;-)

Have a nice time with your GoPro!
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