Even if you don’t already know what a GoPro is, it’s very likely that you will have watched a video shot by one. The company of the same name has reinvented the way we shoot video, making it accessible and easy for anyone to create, edit and upload videos to the internet.
And now BT Shop is making it easy to own one with up to 20% off across the GoPro range. Read on to find out more.
What is GoPro?
Russian drivers have been using similar dash cam devices for years to catch road incidents and to prevent any attempts at insurance fraud. Everyone has access to a camera on their phone these days, too. The difference with a GoPro camera is that they are strong, competitively priced and produce high-quality images.
In February 2018, the company announced that part of its insurance will include a device replacement if you break the camera when out on your adventures. However, GoPro Plus does stipulate you can't do it more than two times a year.
Founder Nick Woodman started the business back in 2002 where it began in a van and was sold to surfers desperate to capture every second of their water-based activities. Instead of paying for a professional to film their skills and using expensive equipment able to withstand water, the GoPro enabled them to do it all for themselves.
Who can use a GoPro?
Fast forward to today and people from all walks of life are using GoPro for that special first person perspective. Breath-taking videos of sky divers and skiers are incredibly popular online, as are those cycling or simply walking.
The possibilities are endless as GoPros are small, light, waterproof and designed to take extreme environments and conditions. People have attached a GoPro to a balloon where it filmed video from space, while another stuck one on a guitar played by an orangutan.
Cyclists often use them to capture evidence if they encounter a dangerous driver - and one man forgot he had his on during an attempted robbery at gunpoint.
As with anything, the more you pay the more you get. The basic GoPro Hero can shot HD video, go 40m beneath water and has a memory card slot to save footage on a microSD card. The pricier GoPro Hero6 captures even better quality video, as well as more frames per second, built-in wi-fi, Bluetooth and more. Choosing which model to buy really depends on what you will be using it for and how impressive you want the images to be.
Which GoPros are available?
From the main GoPro HERO range, you can currently get the GoPro HERO5, which allows you to capture action in 4K and hands-free. It's 15% off at BT Shop.