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Offline Calnefoxile

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Action Cameras
« on: May 02, 2018, 11:36:08 PM »

Dear collective,

My daughter is off to South Africa for a months work experience on a Animal Reserve, and for her 21st Birthday sheís requested an Action Camea.

Now obviously sheís asked for the most expensive one, a GoPro 6 Black which is out of our price range, therefore Iím hoping that the great Collective that is the NGF members, can advise me of a decent, cheaper option  :D :D

We could probably stretch to about £200, but that will have to include any.  Extras we need to buy, like spare batteries, memory cards etc.

Hope you can help me out.



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Re: Action Cameras
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2018, 06:14:38 AM »
I did 5 weeks "volunteering" on two game reserves in South Africa last year (Welgevonden & Panzi Bush Camp) and my daughter is going this coming summer.

Firstly - what a fantastic experience it will be, I hope your daughter has a great time.
Secondly - I would honestly recommend a DSLR camera with a long lens (300mm min) rather than a Go-pro or similar. There's an awful lot of bush out there and picking the animals out with a video camera can be tricky from a bouncy jeep. Unless she is in a very prolific area like the main part of Kruger, I think a video will show a lot of grass! Also, a DSLR will be far superior for long shots, birds in particular. I suggest a good think about what she wants from image capture before spending. For the occasional need for video, I just used my phone.
Thirdly - I recommend buying or borrowing a good pair of binoculars. Photos are great, but the experience of just peering and watching is unimaginable and will stay in the memory for years afterwards.
Finally - If she has the money (or a good library) I recommend a pre-visit read of "The Bushveld: A South African Field Guide" by Lee Gutteridge.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2018, 06:24:54 AM by DaveGlew »
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Re: Action Cameras
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2018, 07:43:00 AM »
While a DSLR is ideal for actual photography an action camera is a lot better for, well, action. The point being you can wear it and forget about it, capturing everything. You also donít have to worry about it getting wet or knocked and if sheís there doing work experience it may be a lot more practical.

In terms of which action camera I can heartily recommmend the GoPros. Theyíre absolutely bomb proof. They are expensive but they will survive almost anything. The only worry is if itís likely to be stolen of course. (Travel insurance!).

There are much cheaper action cameras on the market but itís always a gamble whether theyíll survive accidental or deliberate action. 7DayShop for instance are usually a good source. Another option might be to buy an older GoPro model 2nd hand.

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Re: Action Cameras
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2018, 08:14:56 AM »
Go Pro do have a bit of a monopoly, perhaps a NOS or second hand older one? This Hero 3 Black is good value, shoots up to 4k, includes a spare battery (got another one) and a few mounts. There are dozens on there, NOS and second hand.

Iíve got a Hero 2 and a cheap (£40) Chinese one; an Eken H9R. The Chinese one is actually far better, but itís now quite a dated GoPro, no WiFi, no screen, so thatís no surprise. The battery life is rubbish, so get lots!


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