Getting to Know Your GoPro: Charging Your GoPro & Battery Life

When I bought my GoPro I went ahead and bought an extra battery from Best Buy for $19.99.  I think it would be a great idea if you plan to use your GoPro quite a bit to always have an extra battery handy.  In order to charge your battery you have to take your GoPro out of the case, on the side there is a battery compartment, take the cover off of that and you plug in the USB cable then put the other end in your computer or you can use an adapter like you might for your smartphone and plug it in to an electrical socket. This will charge your battery and the light will flash red until it is fully charged.  To charge your extra battery open the battery compartment, take the original battery out, put your extra battery in and close the compartment. Plug it back into your computer or adapter and charge that battery.

When I first purchased my GoPro I had planned to take videos of my kids playing lazer tag at my oldest son’s birthday party so I got it all charged up and ready to go.  I spent some time getting the GoPro app downloaded onto my phone and connected to the camera via WiFi so I could see on my phone what was being video taped while we were running around playing lazer tag.

Well sadly I messed up and didn’t get the lazer tag video because I hadn’t used the camera yet, I had let it sit on my desk for two days before the birthday party, I didn’t bring the extra battery that I had charged and although I turned off the WiFi app on the phone I did not turn off the WiFi on the camera.  The camera battery is supposed to last about two hours according to the GoPro website’s comparison chart or an hour and a half if it’s on WiFi and you’re using the app.  It probably lasted on my desk for about that hour and a half and by the time we got to the skating rink to play lazer tag it was dead and I hadn’t brought the extra battery. Like most things I learn the hard way, that won’t happen to me again, I will always bring the extra battery and I will be checking to be sure it is charged before I leave the house!

Check out my YouTube channel for more GoPro videos on how to remove your GoPro from the packaging and how to get the best deal on GoPro accessories.

Getting to Know Your GoPro: Getting the Best Deal on Accessories

When I bought my GoPro I thought it would be a great test drive to try it out at my oldest son’s birthday party last weekend.  We were going to play lazer tag at our local skating rink, so I was trying to figure out what would be the best way for me to wear the GoPro while the kids are playing lazer tag and I was planning to play also.  My first thought was, there is no way that I’m wearing this thing strapped to my head.  I thought maybe a chest harness would work so I looked into that, then I realized that I would have a harness on while playing lazer tag so I couldn’t do the chest harness.

Then I found a clip, there is a quick clip that you can get and I thought that would be perfect so I bought a set at Best Buy that has a head strap and a quick clip in the package. I thought I could use the quick clip to attach the camera to my lazer tag harness. Well, I bought the set for $19.99 and I also bought a floating handle grip for the kids to use since they’re at the pool a lot and it will keep the GoPro from sinking. The Handler was $29.99, then when I got home from the store I realized that I’d probably need a case, something to protect the camera while we’re carrying it around and going places.

I found an accessory kit and case on Amazon for $45.99 and it came with 38 pieces inside. It came with a smaller case inside, a floater like the handler I bought, maybe not as pretty but it does the same job.  It also has a monopod or selfie stick, whatever you want to call it, it’s got a tripod and tripod adapter because the GoPro will not screw right onto a standard tripod so whatever kind of tripod you want to use you’ll also need an adapter. It came with a bicycle clamp, a suction cup mount to attach to the dashboard of your car, an extender piece to make any mount taller, it also came with the clip that I was wanting, a wrist strap, a chest harness and a head strap. It also included a whole bunch of other mounts, adhesive mounts, replacement parts, other straps, and anti fog strips. This kid for $45.99 was $4 cheaper than the two other accessories that I bought so I think I’m taking the first two back and keeping the accessory kit that I bought. It was a much better deal, gives me many more options, and it came with the case and the clip I originally wanted as well.

I’m thrilled with my purchase of the GoPro Accessory Kit, I’m sad that I have to go back to the store to return the other two things, but I’ll get more money back for those than I spent on the two original accessories that I purchased. Most stores have options like Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee where they will match the prices, including online prices at places like Amazon, for an identical item, but I found that even though Amazon’s prices for the two accessories I originally bought were cheaper than at the store, it was cheaper still to buy aftermarket accessories than to get the name brand and I’m very pleased with the quality of the items that came in this accessory kit.

Be sure to watch my next video on GoPro batteries and battery life and you’ll see how I messed up my video of the kids playing lazer tag. You can also check out my post and video on the purchase of the GoPro and the problems I had just getting it out of the package.

 

Getting to Know Your GoPro: Purchase & Removing from Packaging

I just recently purchased a GoPro and I did a bunch of research online to figure out which was the best one for my family’s needs. The online deal at Best Buy was $399 for a GoPro Hero 4 Silver edition, plus you’d get a $50 gift card back when you buy one. When I got to the store to check it out in person it was on sale for $379 but no gift card. I mentioned the online deal and was told that this was a better deal because if I bundled some accessories with my purchase I’d get 15% off the accessories. Well the accessories were cheaper at Amazon so I asked about their Price Match Guarantee and ended up getting the GoPro for $349 and the accessories for a better deal than if I had bundled them and got the discount.

I’m kind of late getting on the GoPro bandwagon because I have plenty of things to take videos with.  I used my iPhone a lot for videos, I have a Canon DSLR camera that I use for videos and I have an old Flip video camera that still takes excellent videos so I didn’t think that I needed a GoPro but I recently talked myself into getting one because I thought it would be the best way to action videos of the kids, especially in moist environments like the pool, the water park and at the beach.  So I went to Best Buy and I bought a GoPro Hero 4 and it’s the coolest little thing!

I got it home and I really just wanted to take it out of the box and play with it but I learned that just getting it out of the box was a challenge.  I have a Masters Degree in eBusiness and Technology, I have an IT job that I love and I consider myself to be technically savvy, but just getting the GoPro off the packaging was difficult.

It comes with an outer sleeve that you have to take off, then you can get the top clear part off and you’ll see that it’s attached to the top of the inner box.  I could not for the life of me figure out how to get the GoPro off the box.  Now inside the box there are instructions, not a very big instruction manual, but they encourage you to go to their website for the rest of the details that you might need.  I read the instructions three or four times and nowhere in here does it tell you how to get the camera off the box.

I didn’t want to break the plastic part on top of the box because I thought it would be a great way to store it maybe, or the mount might be good for something else.  Eventually I figured out that there are two tabs in the front, you squeeze the two tabs together and then the camera will slide right off.  Once I got it all apart and took the inner box out of the inner box I saw the removal diagram right on the back, of course I was in too big of a hurry to play with it to even see that!

Check out my YouTube channel for more GoPro videos on how to get the best deal on GoPro accessories and how I learned the hard way about battery life.

 

Capture Precious Holiday Memories with a Great Camera

Disclosure – This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Do you have any idea what you’re getting for Christmas? Well this is the “hinting season” and if you already know what you’d like to receive it’s probably a good idea to let your significant other, friends and family members know what you might like to see under the tree this year. I always like when people who have me on their gift list ask me what I want for Christmas and I try to have a few gift ideas in mind that I can share to hopefully make their shopping easier, like one of these fabulous cameras from Best Buy. I am constantly taking pictures of the kids and I think that precious holiday memories are some of the most important ones to record. I would love to upgrade my camera in time for all the many holiday photo opportunities!

These three cameras from Nikon, Sony and Samsung all have built-in WiFi so sharing the amazing photos you take is easier than ever! The Nikon D5300 DSLR with 18-55mm VR Lens shown above is a great choice for sharp photos and video footage and it has optical image stabilization to prevent blurring and ensure image clarity.

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 shown above is a great compact digital camera that allows you to shoot, share and use Android apps. It has a 16.3 megapixel, 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor to capture sharp images and high-definition video footage. It also has built-in WiFi and a 4.8″ touch screen to simplify operation.

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The Sony a6000 Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera is a compact system camera with the “World’s Fastest Autofocus”. It features a 24.3-megapixel, Exmor APS-C CMOS sensor that makes it easy to shoot scenes in stunning clarity, plus it has built-in WiFi that lets you share stored content across devices. Which of these awesome cameras would you like to see under your tree this year? Whichever one you prefer you’ll sure to get some outstanding pictures of holiday memories that you can enjoy for years to come.

Hot! Canon EOS Rebel T2i Bundle for Just $649 After Rebate

This is a super hot deal if you’re in the market for a great digital SLR camera!  Get a Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera $400 Mail-in Rebate Bundle! Includes an 18-55mm lens and a Pro 9000 Mark II Large Format Color Printer for $649 at Buy.com (after mail-in rebate), a $700 Savings!  The deal also includes a carrying case, 8 GB memory card, and cleaning supplies PLUS an 18-55mm lens and a Pro 9000 Mark II Large Format color printer, and it comes with free shipping.  This offer is valid through December 17th.

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Pocket Video Camera Only $21 Shipped!

My six-year-old son really enjoys taking pictures with the hand-me-down digital camera that we’ve given him, so I’m sure he’ll LOVE getting this pocket video camera for Christmas!  The Sylvania Pocket Video Camera has a 2″ screen, an SD card expansion slot, and will take videos and still pictures.  This model retails for $99.99 but is on deal of the day today at Daily Checkout for only $15.99 plus $4.99 shipping.  At this price I think it makes a great gift for a child or for a gift exchange, and would be perfect for travelling.