If you are looking to record video and images on the move, one of the best options is the GoPro cameras. These are small, compact, and exceptionally robust, with the ability to function under extreme conditions. In particular, they can withstand impact damage, shock, rain, and temperature changes. The GoPro cameras come in a wide variety, each with its own unique features. Understanding what each camera offers will help
enhance your overall experience.
Image quality is an essential feature, as you are probably aware. The higher the pixel count, the clearer your image will be. A high number of megapixels, like 12 (as in the GoPro Hero 3+), offers crispier images and allows more manipulation and resizing before visible distortion becomes apparent.
Video quality is just as significant as image quality – that is, if you want to make the most out of your GoPro camera. The video recording process involves converting multiple, continuous frames into seamless video, with each frame representing an imaged filled with megapixels. The number of pixels available in each frame is what you call the video resolution. The higher the resolution, the better the quality of the video.
Some GoPro cameras, for instance the GoPro Hero 3 White, come with 3 different resolutions, with 1080p (1920×1080 pixel ratio) being the highest. The freedom to choose your own resolution allows you to record a video, even when you’re running out of storage memory. GoPro HD versions capture high definition video images, delivering higher quality playback.
Maximum frame rate per second
If you are looking to capture action shots with your GoPro, then the maximum number of frames per second (or fps) will come into play. Different GoPro cameras come with different maximum frame rates: The GoPro Hero 3 Black offers 30fps, GoPro Hero 2 functions at 10fps, while the GoPro Hero 3 White delivers 3fps. The maximum frame rate per second is simply the most number of stills your GoPro camera can take
in one second, with a high rate allowing you to capture up to thirty different still images per second. This is very useful in action shots, including wildlife and sports photography. But the higher frame rate tends to increase the aperture time as well. Aperture time is simply the amount of time the shutter takes to close and capture an image, and is directly related to the amount of light penetrating the lens. It is therefore ideal to stick to a high frame rate in high light conditions only, because it takes a longer aperture time to
capture stills under low light conditions.