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GoPro delivers extreme resolution for sports

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For about two years now, GoPro has been the go-to brand where a rugged, high-resolution camera is required and a cumbersome, shoulder mounted camera or delicate DSLR just won’t work. Exactly what was needed when high-performance rally driver, Ken Block, took his 2.0 litre, 600bhp Ford Fiesta out onto the streets of San Francisco, strafing between buildings and drifting around corners at eye-watering speeds. Scores of GoPros, dotted around the car recorded the impeccably stylish run which left more than a few jaws on the floor.

If you haven’t already seen the action – check out YouTube for “Ken Block Gymkhana Five”. Ken isn’t the only extreme sports enthusiast to pick up on the remarkable little GoPro.  In October 2012 those of you who watched Felix Baumgartner’s fall from the edge of space in the Red Bull Stratos might have noticed the GoPro strapped to his chest recording high-resolution footage of his record-breaking jump. Countless other extreme sports professionals can also be spotted using the GoPro to document their adventures, but the best part is that you don’t need to have a Red-Bull endorsement budget to afford a GoPro HD Hero. This has of course contributed to its immense success – the price tag is very fair considering what this unassuming little unit can achieve.

To hold a GoPro Hero 3 in your hand, one could be forgiven for grossly underestimating the potential stored inside its 42mm X 60mm x 30mm frame. Previous iterations of the celebrated GoPro series could record a maximum of 1080p video at 30fps whereas the GoPro HD Hero 3 Black Edition can crank out a whopping 4K (4096x2160) at 12fps. If the 4K frame rate is too choppy for high-motion footage, there’s always 2.7K (2704x1524) at 30fps, which is a triumph over the standard 1080p recording capabilities of the older GoPro cameras. For the epic side in all of us, GoPro kindly provide high frame rates in WVGA (SD), 720p, 960p and 1080p for ultra slow-motion shots - flowing water never looked so good!

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But resolution isn’t the only thing the GoPro does well, because when it comes to attaining the perfect shot, GoPro have you covered with more attachments and accessories than you can even imagine! Fully waterproof housing, an elasticated wrist mount, a chest harness, a Wi-Fi transmitter for remote recording, a helmet mount, adhesive mounts for your dashboard and even a case which allows the GoPro to float on the surface of the water are just some of the accessories available for use with the GoPro series of cameras.

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Setting up the GoPro before embarking on your journey is a cinch. The LCD display embedded in the GoPro provides feedback on the resolution, frame rate and mode of shooting (stills or video). So next time you plan to climb Lovers Leap, you’ll be guided by the GoPro’s interface to make sure you nail the perfect settings so you can show off to your friends, family or blogging community.             

For a full range of GoPro cameras and accessories visit www.tyrellstore.com

Date: 12-04-2013

 
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