7 Ways to Use a GoPro

The GoPro has been marketed toward action adventure enthusiasts but its compact and durable design makes it useful in a wide variety of situations.

Additionally, newer models of the GoPro come with built in Wi-Fi, enabling you to tether the GoPro to compatible Apple or Android devices via the GoPro app. The app allows you to control the camera remotely. But most importantly, it allows you to have a live preview of what the camera is viewing. This is highly useful because the GoPro does not have a preview screen on the camera itself.

With that said, below are 7 ways to use a GoPro:

1. As a spy camera/ nanny cam.

By ROTFLOLEB (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By ROTFLOLEB (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Suspicious that someone may be stealing from you or something fishy may be going on in your house? With dimensions of about 1.6” x 2.4” x 1.2” (42mm x 60mm x 30mm), GoPros can be inconspicuously hidden in any nook, cranny, stuffed teddy bear, you name it.

2. As an additional camera for event videography.

Mick Lobb [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Mick Lobb [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Similarly, event videographers can use the GoPro as an additional camera to capture b-roll footage. Being so small, the GoPro can capture video where a DSLR or traditional video camera could not be placed. How about a birdseye view of a wedding ceremony by placing the GoPro on the church’s rafters? And if you’re afraid of the pastor yelling at you for being a disruption during a wedding, the GoPro is small and silent so the pastor would be unaware it’s even filming.

3. To capture aerial footage.

You can capture aerial footage with a GoPro by mounting it to a hot air balloon or kite. You can also make like the guy in the video above and put the GoPro on a balloon and shoot fireworks at it.

One popular trend is to mount the GoPro on a quadcopter, such as the remote controlled DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro. While it’s not yet legal to use these drones for commercial work, more and more video users are using their GoPro and DJI Phantom, because the Phantom is fairly affordable and has a lower learning curve than traditional drones. It is even programmed to automatically fly back to its starting position should the controller not be able to do so manually.

4. Mount it to an animal

Mount your GoPro to your pet and see what he or she does while you’re gone for the day. You may even find out that they have a secret adventurous life of their own.

And if you’re worried about the animal damaging the camera, watch the GoPro survive being chewed on by a grizzly bear and getting a lift from a seagull.

5. Mount it to equipment.

Mounting the camera to your sports equipment can provide interesting point of view shots. In the video above, the GoPro was stuck on to the tip of a sword for amazing footage.

Another great example is the GoPro stuck onto a pogo stick which produced some of the spectacular shots that are seen in the below video:

You can even mount the GoPro to your musical equipment. Another viral video shows the GoPro on the end of a trombone.

6. Capture household chores in a new way.

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be a sock twirling and swirling round and round in a washing machine? Well, if you watched the above video of a GoPro in a washing machine, you’re as good as being the sock. Another video shows the GoPro inside a dishwasher. To you it may just be the boring chore of doing laundry and dishes but from the point of view of a muddy sock or dirty dish, it’s a whole different story.

7. As a very expensive message in a bottle.

Stories such as the above have emerged with people losing their GoPros in oceans and lakes only to have it found months later or miles away. Something to think about if you’re ever lost at sea with just a GoPro.

Have another creative way to use a GoPro? Let me know in the comments below. Or if you’re interested in purchasing one, head over to Amazon.com.

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