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Old 07-02-2018, 03:31 PM   #1
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I have always taken my dslr to all our WDW trips but I am considering taking my Gopro for our next trip. Have any of you used a Gopro in the parks and if so how would you rate the still pics on it?
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Why would you want the GoPro vs DSLR?
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Because it is smaller and easy to carry. I am not 100% sold on taking it instead of my DSLR just wanting to see if anyone has and if the pictures were any good. I have used it at Yellowstone, Zion, and the Grand Canyon but I only used it for video I used my DSLR too for stills.
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I'd use my phone for stills before a GoPro.

My nephew took his GoPro a couple of trips ago. Said it made for some "interesting" perspectives. Problem for him was gauging what he was shooting at.
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I'd use my phone for stills before a GoPro.

My nephew took his GoPro a couple of trips ago. Said it made for some "interesting" perspectives. Problem for him was gauging what he was shooting at.
Being able to gauge what I am shooting was one reason I wanted to see what others had experienced.
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Being able to gauge what I am shooting was one reason I wanted to see what others had experienced.
He said it made it difficult and had to discard a lot.
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Because it is smaller and easy to carry. I am not 100% sold on taking it instead of my DSLR just wanting to see if anyone has and if the pictures were any good. I have used it at Yellowstone, Zion, and the Grand Canyon but I only used it for video I used my DSLR too for stills.
That's what I'm asking. Are you primarily looking to take stills or video? Depending on your DSLR, it may take video at a much better quality than the GoPro, with an added benefit of the interchangable glass. GoPros definitely have their purpose, video where portability and durability are paramount. I don't know that it's a suitable DSLR replacement, particularly for stills.

i get the size and weight issue. But if that's your main concern, look into a Sony a6xxx mirrorless system. They're relatively inexpensive and have pretty good image quality, both stills and video (even more so for video). I think your cell phone might take as good stills as that GoPro, and possibly even video, in all honesty.
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That's what I'm asking. Are you primarily looking to take stills or video? Depending on your DSLR, it may take video at a much better quality than the GoPro, with an added benefit of the interchangable glass. GoPros definitely have their purpose, video where portability and durability are paramount. I don't know that it's a suitable DSLR replacement, particularly for stills.

i get the size and weight issue. But if that's your main concern, look into a Sony a6xxx mirrorless system. They're relatively inexpensive and have pretty good image quality, both stills and video (even more so for video). I think your cell phone might take as good stills as that GoPro, and possibly even video, in all honesty.
Thank you for the suggestion! I will definitely check the Sony out. My DSLR does amazing videos but when we are hiking it stays safely in my pack, the quality is better than my Gopro but the durability is the main reason I use it for videos hiking.
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i get the size and weight issue. But if that's your main concern, look into a Sony a6xxx mirrorless system. They're relatively inexpensive and have pretty good image quality, both stills and video (even more so for video). I think your cell phone might take as good stills as that GoPro, and possibly even video, in all honesty.
I will definitely check out the Sony!
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Because it is smaller and easy to carry. I am not 100% sold on taking it instead of my DSLR just wanting to see if anyone has and if the pictures were any good. I have used it at Yellowstone, Zion, and the Grand Canyon but I only used it for video I used my DSLR too for stills.
Another thought if you don't want to ditch the camera, think about what lenses you want for the day and take only 1 on the camera and maybe 1 extra as you go into the parks.

For instance, I generally use my 24-105 equivalent as a walk-around in all parks plus my 70-300 equivalent into AK for animal shots. That way, I'm not constantly changing lenses and my gear is lighter.

Other days, I decide I'll shoot wide-angle exclusively (especially at Epcot or DHS) and then also use it for creative and unique portraits with family members.

The nice thing about reducing your gear by limiting yourself to one lens is that it lets you see the same scenes you've shot dozens of times at Disney in new ways, which makes everything feel fresh and new all over again.

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