Well, I finally joined the GoPro crowd. Resisted them for years, being stubborn, and already invested in other types of helmet cams (a VIO POV-1 and an old school lipstick cam using a Canon camcorder to name a few). Honestly, the POV-1 served me well for what its purpose was. A helmet cam for ATV racing. At the time, the original GoPro’s were a bit more bulky, and when you’re ducking tree branches in the woods, a big camera was not what you wanted. The POV-1 and lipstick cam both fit snugly on the goggle strap and out of the way, while a GoPro was awkwardly mounted to the top of side of your helmet, just waiting to be ripped off by a random branch in the middle of an intense battle in the woods, never to be seen again.
Now that the GoPro line has been thru several updates and changes, cameras are getting smaller, with better resolution and higher frame rates. Since I was no longer racing ATV’s, I didn’t need to be as concerned with losing it in a race, but I still wanted a waterproof action camera that could be mounted in a variety of ways. After some research between the models, I opted for the Hero 4 Silver, as I didn’t feel the need for the features of the Black edition for an extra $100. Stock out of the box, this camera is capable of going as deep as I will go on any dives in Cozumel, and with a few extra batteries and memory cards, this camera will easily last an entire day and give me great photos and videos both above AND below the water.