(Published in Blue Skies Magazine)
So you’ve racked up those first 200 jumps and you’re itching to throw a camera on your head…or it could be you’re looking to delve into video work to break up the monotony of tandem and AFF jumps…or maybe you’ve finally traded in that old camera setup from the ’70s, and you’re ready to try one of these new-fangled camera setups.
In any event, you decided you would just order the new cameras, helmet, box, quick-release, indicator lights, bite switch and the like and assemble it yourself. It can’t be that hard, right? A drill, a screwdriver, maybe some gaffer’s tape, and you’re ready to go.
Sony is making their entrance into the action camera market with the appropriately named "Sony Action Cam". My friends over at ChutingStar loaned me one to try out and see how it stacks up. The Sony Action Cam comes in two models, one that is WiFi enabled and one that is not. I got to play with the WiFi enabled version.
My first impression was that it's small and light with very few buttons. The bottom is curved so it will not stand up on it's own, you must put it in a case of some sort. In other words, you can't just set the camera on the table and press "record" because it will fall over. The clear plastic housing has a flat bottom with a standard camera screw mount, so it can be mounted onto any tripod or camera mount. Once inside the housing there is only one accessible button. Pressing that button turns the camera on and automatically starts recording, pressing it again will stop recording and the camera will automatically power off in 10 or 60 seconds depending on your settings. An attachment screws into the bottom of the housing which allows you to clip it into Sony's self adhesive mounts. This mounting system is a fixed angle system, so placement of the adhesive mounts is crucial. There is a tilt adapter that can be purchased separately that allows for angle adjustment though, and I think the Surfboard mount kit also comes with an angle adapter.
If you are having some issues with your new GoPro HERO3, the following steps below will have you back up and filming shortly! We have run into some of these issues and after extensive time on the phone with GoPro, have learned a few things that we would like to share before you jump to returning the camera. Even if you have done this before please try it again:
If you are unable to power on the LCD BacPac with your GoPro HD HERO2 and a fully charged battery, then unfortunately there could be a communication failure between the camera and BacPac. GoPro has recently discovered a fault in the camera's firmware that can cause this issue, and have released a firmware update to allow the camera to repair the LCD.
This latest firmware update will also enable 3D functionality with two HD HERO2 cameras and the 3D HERO system.
To repair your LCD BacPac, please follow the below procedure:
Is your GoPro HERO2 or HERO3 giving you fits at times? We've found that the majority of units work excellent right out of the box, but for some there are a few updates that are needed and/or a glitch that needs to be worked through. The good news is that once that's sorted out, we hear nothing but raves about the GoPro cameras!
So here are a few random issues below along with fixes to get your HERO3 camera working at it's best capacity.
GoPro has released a firmware update for all HD HERO cameras.
This update includes a one button record mode, upside down mode, live feed out, live feed on-screen display and additional PAL support.
The X-Shut camera mount can be installed on a flat or curved surface with a flush mount by using the Integration Kit. The video demonstrates how the installation is completed.
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