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A GoPro for kids… is there such a thing? There are several reasons why a GoPro camera makes an excellent family camera, but does it make a good kids camera?
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In this digital age, kids are very familiar with digital cameras, action cameras, and even your phone camera. That's a lot of pricey gadgets that we trust in our kids' hands! But I have two kids (11 and 6), and I often hand one of my GoPro cameras off to one or both of them to let them capture whatever they feel like. The GoPro is easy enough to use and they have fun with it, so why not?
There is no shortage of kids cameras and cameras designed specifically for children, but they look more like toys than an actual camera. So at a certain age, I think it's a fantastic idea to start teaching kids that cameras and tech gear are tools, not toys.
The rugged nature of GoPro cameras almost begged kids to take it for a spin. And although there is no specific GoPro for kids (yet?), here are 4 reasons why I love letting my kids use my GoPro Hero5 Black.
1. GoPro cameras are waterproof
This is one of the reasons I love a GoPro as a family camera! Water parks, sledding, swimming, baby slobber… there are TONS of wet and wild family adventures that you'd want to capture, and the GoPro is the ideal camera for the job.
Older GoPro models required a waterproof housing like this one (with a microphone attached) but the recent GoPro models don't need an extra housing.
The newest Hero6 Black, as well as the Hero5 and Hero Session cameras, are all waterproof without needing an extra case, so you're good to go there.
2. GoPro cameras are mountable
This is where GoPro cameras excel far beyond what your mobile phone, DSLR, or almost any other camera can do. Because of the size of the GoPro and the endless options for GoPro mounts and accessories, you can mount this camera to literally anything.
Bicycle handlebars, a snowboard, a skateboard helmet, even a baby walker… the perfect kids camera!
QuikCapture is a feature on the GoPro that enables you to start recording by pressing one button, which turns the camera on and starts recording all at once.
This is convenient for kids (or anyone!) because you can save your battery life by keeping the camera completely off, but you won't miss anything because when you're ready to hit record, you just hit it and let it roll!
4. Small and Light
The size of the GoPro cameras is ideal for small hands, and it's lightweight, so even little ones won't have trouble hoisting it around for fun video footage.
I usually have my Hero5 mounted on a GoPole Bobber so it's easy to handle.
While these 4 reasons prove why the GoPro for kids is a great idea, there are a couple things to keep in mind before you hand over your GoPro:
I love using voice commands on my GoPro, but the voice commands function doesn't work very well for my kids. It's like they just don't annunciate enough or something!
You might want to keep The Frame on the camera, even if it's not mounted. That will protect the corners from bumps, knicks, and scratches.
The lens cover on the Hero5 and Hero6 Black cameras are replaceable for relatively cheap, so don't worry too much about scratching the lens–it's just a cover.
You might get weird angles if you leave shooting up to your kids, who are amateur filmmakers at best 🙂
Bottom line though: your kids will have fun just using the camera. So even if the footage isn't spectacular (or even usable!), your kids will love the experience of getting to be the camera operator. Let them have some fun with it, you never know how it inspires them in the future.
So, I really don't think you need to have a “just for kids” toy that takes pictures. With a GoPro, you have a perfectly useful action camera that YOU can use as a family camera, and with proper accessories, can let you kids use to their heart's content.
Best GoPro for Kids
So which model GoPro cameras are best for a kids camera? I definitely recommend the Hero5 Black or Hero6 black, mostly because they have the screen on the back. Kids and adults alike appreciate being able to clearly see what they are capturing.
The Session cameras are smaller, but my kids (and even my parents) have trouble figuring out which way is which, so they don't always hold the camera in the direction they intended to.
GoPro Accessories for Kids
Ok on to the fun part, GoPro accessories and mounts! I do have a post explaining the top 5 accessories every GoPro newbie needs. You can hit play on the video below but I highly recommend you pick up some kind of handle of your kids if they'll be using the GoPro.
If your kids are the opposite of mine (hehe), they might do rugged outdoorsy stuff like skiing, snowboard, skateboarding, or play organized sports. You might want to grab a GoPro helmet mount to capture their point of view!
Should you Buy a GoPro for Kids?
Again, my opinion is that a GoPro is a perfect family camera. So instead of forcing a seemingly dumbed-down “toy” version of a kids camera, why not teach them how to use a camera properly? Buy a GoPro for your family, and let your kids have at it!
It never occurred to me to question whether my GoPro cameras would hold up to any possible destruction at the hands of my kids. When we are out and about as a family, it's nice to have a second and third perspective.
Personally, the GoPro Hero5 or Hero6 Black are the best options for an overall action camera, family camera, and kids camera. With a little help from mom and dad for settings changes, it's simple enough to use, for all ages.
GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone is what goes through my head anytime we leave the house to do something fun!
Although I ask myself “which camera should I take” every time we go do something fun as a family, this is also a question that comes up from my readers and viewers. I can never really give a definitive answer because I kinda just use what ever I feel like at the moment!
Recently, we went on a family trip to Dallas, TX and I had all 3 of my main cameras with me: my Canon 70D DSLR camera, which takes great still photos and is what I use for my YouTube videos, and I look my GoPro Hero 5 Black, and of course I had my phone with me which is an iPhone X.
GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone
If you're interested in the comparison of GoPro footage vs DSLR vs iPhone, be sure to watch my video on YouTube, or watch it tight here in this post.
There are really two sides to this topic: there’s the “which camera to use” question, and the “how am I going to carry the cameras and gear that I need” question. Honestly, I was hesitant to bring my DSLR with me because it is bigger and bulkier than the GoPro, and I probably could get by with my iPhone X.
So I feel like we could answer the GoPro vs DSLR vs iPhone debate with just a little bit of common sense and personal preference, but here’s my take based on taking all 3 cameras and using all three cameras while we were out of town.
Size Difference and Camera Features
There is an obvious size difference in all 3 cameras. The iPhone X fits in my pocket or purse, GoPro fits in my purse (you might even fit it in your pocket), and the DSLR fits in a backpack or hangs off of me using a camera strap. That can get pretty annoying (especially if you forget your camera strap!).
The GoPro is waterproof, but since we weren’t really doing anything in or near water, I didn’t really have to take that into consideration.
So you have to consider the physical weight and bulk of the cameras themselves, and the capabilities and features of the cameras to capture what you’ll be hoping to capture in the environment you’re in. For example, I don’t think I’d ever take a DSLR to an amusement park or anything like that because it's not necessary and not worth the extra weight.
The next thing to think about though is the image quality. These days I think iPhone 6, 7, 8, and X have really great cameras. So to bring a long another camera, I’d have to really think about whether that’s necessary for what I’m shooting.
Anything in like a stage or show setting of any kind in an auditorium – kids concert or dance recital for example – your iPhone is going to run circles around your GoPro, and I wouldn’t bother with a DSLR there personally either.
But while the GoPro and iPhone fit in a purse or pocket, and the DSLR is big and bulky, you just can’t substitute the depth of field and just beautiful image quality of the DSLR.
You'll have to watch the video to see the comparison of all three cameras and how the videos and photos look.
Of course my DSLR doesn’t shoot 4K, and it doesn’t shoot 60 frames per second unless I bring the resolution down to 720 so in that regard, its hard to compare it to a GoPro or even my iPhone.
Why I Like Using my DSLR
Besides the top notch image quality, another thing I really like about using the DSLR is I shoot in manual mode, and changing the ISO and shutter speed is super simple. I don’t even have to look at the camera itself to make those adjustments, I’ve used the camera along enough that it’s like muscle memory.
Why I like Using my iPhone
On the other hand… It's nice to have an iPhone that takes pretty great photos on full automatic mode. I don’t really change anything unless I want to focus on something different or change the exposure.
If you didn’t know, you can tap your screen to focus on something, and slide your finger up or down to adjust exposure. So there’s a little iPhone trick for ya. If you don’t use an iPhone, I don’t know. You’re on your own.
Why I like Using my GoPro
I go for the GoPro anytime we'll be near water (or snow!), anytime I want to be able to wear or mount a camera, and anytime I want to hand a camera to my kids and let them have at it. I've said this before – the GoPro makes a great family camera because it's just about life proof.
So basically, what camera you use depends on so many factors but it comes down to your own personal preference and what you’re trying to accomplish.
I know lots of GoPro users bring their GoPro everywhere and capture everything with it, and it's likely I’ll bring it if I think I’ll need it. I don’t take a TON of photos and videos with my phone unless I’m really trying to capture a lot of stuff.
I will admit though that I tend to leave my DSLR at home because of it’s bulk, but whenever I bring it and actually use it, I’m SO GLAD I DID.
So I think as a personal hack for myself, I should get a backpack that accommodates the DSLR, MacBook Pro, and GoPro stuff a little better, that way I think I’d be more inclined to bring it along more often.
I’m a big fan of using what you have and not getting too caught up in which camera is “best”. I mean honestly, if you’re going to worry about something, worry about learning how to actually USE the camera(s) you have, and focus on capturing the moments. But let me know about your camera habits, what do you carry with you, what do you leave behind? Let me know in the comments and subscribe to my channel before you go!
Kinda Related: If you notice my video footage and screenshots here in this post, they are from Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. We visited The Silos recently, and I wrote about our experience and posted TONS of photos over on my post about whether Magnolia Market lives up to the hype. Check it out right here.
There was a lot of GoPro news floating around last week: an announcement about the GoPro drone program, new pricing on the Hero6, and a news release on GoPro's latest “project”. So I’ve got good news and bad news…(more…)
There are some common traps that I see new beginners fall into–or at least trip over–quite often. This video and post are here to help you stay out of those traps, and get to creating your awesome videos ASAP!(more…)
I don't go crazy with special effects in my GoPro videos and family movies, and I keep effects to a minimum here in my YouTube channel. But I've been browsing some motion graphics and sound effects over on productioncrate.com… and this could be a little bit of a rabbit hole! So I want to give you some ideas for ways you can use the resources from ProductionCrate in your videos. Be sure to click play on the video below, or click here to view it on YouTube to see everything I talk about here in action! (more…)
I am not really bothered by handheld style footage for my GoPro videos, so I never really considered purchasing a gimbal for myself. Now. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have one personally and of course, I’d love to have the opportunity to try out different brands and models to provide reviews here for my audience.
There have been a few ALL new GoPro accessories to hit the shelves during 2017, some of them just in the last couple of months actually so you may have not even heard of them yet!
At the risk of making this video obsolete within the month or two, as black friday, cyber monday, and the new year roll around… look, the holidays are right around the corner, you want to know what's up with the new GoPros and maybe you like to have all the latest and greatest in GoPro accessories, so, let me fill me you in!
Let's say you need to buy a gift for someone you know and love and all they want is GoPro accessories and gear to use with their GoPro camera, or you own a GoPro camera and all you want is accessories and gear to use with your GoPro camera.
$170 for the Seeker backpack, $50 for a Jaws Clip, another $50 for a GoPro Power Pack, $200 for a Tenba… YIKES! It adds up quick.
I totally get it!!
But not every GoPro accessory requires you to sell a kidney, so if your family wants to know what to get you for your birthday or Christmas, or if you came here because you are shopping for a GoPro Enthusiast in your life, let me help you out with some really useful GoPro accessories and gifts that come in under 20 bucks. (more…)
Just before Christmas last year, GoPro sent me their Seeker backpack with some goodies inside and lots of folks in my audience have been curious how I like it. Now that I've had about a year to use it, and compare it to my Tenba 14L ActionPack, I put my thoughts together here in this review and of course, I also published a YouTube video with this GoPro Seeker review as well!
So, I'm not a travel blogger at all. Like, not even remotely (see what I did there? #haha). But when the folks over at Veedyou asked for my opinion on GoPro Tips for traveling, I said “SURE!” You can click on the infographic below to get the entire list of tips, but I'll give you a spoiler on my tip first off: learn how to use your GoPro before traveling with it!
They actually asked a bunch of people, so here's a snippet from Christian and the gang, plus and an infographic:
Shooting photos or videos with a GoPro is pretty straightforward apparently. The camera literally has just 2 physical buttons so how hard can it be? Well, even though the camera does a great job at using
the right settings most of the times, there are quite a few tips and tricks that will make your GoPro videos stand out from the crowd.
Over at Veedyou over half of the orders we handle are GoPro video editing services and me personally, I must have zapped through hundreds of hours of GoPro footage. I have come across amazing shoots, I’ll give you that, but most of the times we get really bad looking footage: it’s very shaky, the subject is not in the shoot or the lighting is really poor and the colors are off.
And the blunt truth is that the quality of the final video edit is going to depend a whole lot on the quality of the original footage. So no matter how skilled the video editor is, the end result will be mediocre, to say the least.
So, in an attempt to help everyone out there shoot better GoPro videos, we’ve reached out to some of the most passionate GoPro users and asked them two questions:
What are your top tips to get the most out of a GoPro camera?
Which GoPro accessories should I buy for traveling?