For a future project I ordered a skeleton housing for my GoPro which I got today. First I’ll have to thank Adorama for getting my order straight, I accidentally selected the wide housing and placed the order. One call corrected everything. I’ve attached a couple of pictures of the product. This may be overkill to do these mini “reviews” but at least you’ll have more info about the product.
So basically this is the normal housing with both sides on the front piece cut out, so definitely not waterproof. It comes with a back for completeness, (#9) in my collection now, the non-waterproof one. I like that you get another base clip and hardware.
Pertinent Notes (at least for me;) for the GoPro
Recording time will vary according to the resolution setting used and the card capacity.
Here are the average recording storage times for a 32GB SD card:
WVGA (60 fps): 8h 09m [848×480 pixels (16:9)] For smaller file size
720p (30 fps): 8h 09m [1280×720 pixels (16:9)] HD, wide, less vertical
720p (60 fps): 4h 21m [1280×720 pixels (16:9)] As previous + slow motion
960p (30 fps): 5h 26m [1280×960 pixels (4:3)] HD w/most vertical
1080p (30 fps): 4h 21m [1920×1080 pixels (16:9)] Full HD/Highest Resolution*
*At 1080p you will have a 127 degree field of view, while at the other settings you will have a 170 degree field of view.
The camera captures 5 megapixel digital images which results in files that are approximately 2MB on the average (my figure). Can be set to take a still photo every 2/5/10/30 and 60 seconds. @10sec., 360 pics/hr or .72GB/hr or 7.2GB/10hr. @30sec. 120 pics/hr or .24GB/hr or 2.4GB/10hr.
The camera records in MPEG4 (.mp4) files using h.264 compression
You will get approximately 2.5 hours of continuous video recording time on one battery.
Compatible w/Class 4 and higher SD/SDHC in 2/4/8/16/32G capacities.
Believe it or not I didn’t buy the Battery BacPac to extend recording times, though it is a nice feature should I ever need it. I bought it more to use as a USB charger, for without it one could not use the camera and charge any extra batteries I might have at the same time. I’ll have to see how long it takes to charge. Battery gauge is a useful feature too. The thing I hate the most about this accessory is the connector sticking out the bottom, I know I’m going to bend it one of these days. Some sort of protector will definitely be project #2.
I now have a grand total of 8 alternate backs for the outer protective case. 2 from the camera kit itself, 4 from the LCD, and still 2 more from the Battery BacPak. The 2 from the camera you probably know about, waterproof and one non waterproof for better audio below 100mph. The Battery BacPac comes with both versions custom fitted for the battery. You hit the jackpot with the LCD. Again you get both, waterproof and non-waterproof but for whatever the reason, you get another pair for the wrist mount. I don’t have this but it might be worth getting one just to see the reasoning. I was sort of sad that one cannot use both BacPacs at the same time but then again, one might end up with still 6 more backs and possibly cause another oil shortage! I’ll have to get a picture. The clear packaging the product comes is somewhat reminicent to Apple’s iPod stuff, but not as elegant internally. One might discount all of this as unimportant, but one has to take it all them on a shoot or make the effort to make sure you have the right doors. Oh yes, one has to store this stuff somewhere.
Oh yes, one also ends up with yet another battery door.
If you go to Adorama.com, B&H, or other on-line retailer, you’ll see that this is not available yet. However, you can buy them from GoPro directly. Perhaps they don’t have full production going, but glad I was able to buy one! You might argue that the LCD screen should have been standard. Well, I’d agree with you but you know it’s not my call. The screen definitely adds a dimension to the ease of use. I feel the camera can be now used as a handheld (video and still), gives you instant feedback on camera angle and makes changing the camera settings slightly less criptic. It is slightly hard to see outdoors but all cameras have this to a degree, it’s average in this regard.
This isn’t a major mod, but one that was easy and makes one wonder why the GoPro people didn’t think of it. Rather than make excuses for needing a difficult to remove battery for operation under vibration, add a tape tab. I just used some Scotch Magic Tape from back to front and now removal is easy as pie!