raztec: Lack of a built in screen is an absolute deal breaker in the GoPros. Not so much for playback as for setting up the right point of view.
Too bad GoPro doesn't get that one simple fact.
jorg14 - why wouldn't you just check the camera's view on the phone app? And you can play back the videos from the GoPro on your phone too. You don't even need to take off your helmet.
Why is a wi-fi app on a smart phone a problem? Just press the button on the side of the GoPro case to turn on wi-fi and then fire up the GoPro app on your phone. What'st the problem? If you're worried about weatherproofness, there are plenty of waterproof phone cases.
ssam: I know these action cams pack a lot into a small space, but the image quality that comes out is not amazing. When choosing one for recording my bike commute I could not find any decent comparison between different models.
I ended up having to base my choice on youtube comparisons (that had suffered from youtube high compression). I was mostly interested in ability to resolve detail even in low light, for example number plates. The Sony cams did seem slightly better, so I went with a HDR-AS15 (I don't need wifi, but the AS10 is harder to find).
But would love to see DPrev do a detailed review of several different models.
Being able to capture readable license plate numbers during your commute is actually very important.
I doubt the Sony camera will resolve those better than the 4K GoPro, though.
Zigmont: Interesting that most of the photos here except one are of the camera without its housing. The GoPro is basically useless without its housing and with it, it's bulky and difficult to mount. I have 3 different GoPros along with other action cameras that we use quite frequently. Although the Hero 3 series takes good video for an action cam, remember that with the housing, special GoPro mounts and a suction cup mount to hold it, this sucker is big and heavy compared to some other action cams.
Huh? A GoPro is difficult to mount? That would be news to anyone who has ever used one. There are tons of mounts available and many different ways to mount it. Its ease of mounting is a major reason for the GoPro's success.
RayManFOTO: - already have a Hero2, and I'm happy with it. Seems like GoPro is competing with Nikon for the position of "King Of The Up-Sell".
There is a HUGE difference in image quality between the Hero2 and the Hero 3+. A friend of mine has the 2, I recently got the 3+. We both used our cameras while skiing, and the difference is remarkable.
Francis Carver: Wow, one thousand dollars for THIS 8-bit color fidelity little display? Wacom seems to be in denial, not wanting to recognize products from Apple and the host of tablets and touchscreen maker offerings. Predatory pricing in this product segment is over once and for all, I believe.
I don't think you understand what this "little display" is. It's a digitizer tablet that you can draw on with a Wacom pen. In other words, a major upgrade from a typical digitizer tablet that you can draw on and doesn't have display. This is not even in the same ballpark as the iPad or any of the other tablets you're thinking about, and used for a very different purpose. It's a tool for professional artists, not a toy for you 6-year-old like the iPad. $999 is a great price. Normally these cost about $3,000 (though they're typically larger).
zato: Tape5: "Ok, I rephrase that. A tablet that can run all the high demand 64b software that is currently running on your PC or Mac."
I see. And Tablet versions or all this "high demand" software is being written as we speak, right? And the magical high powered 64 bit tablet that can run this "high demand" software will run for how long on a full charge?
Actually, you CAN run almost everything you'd run on your Windows PC, on the iPad. Check out the OnLive Desktop app. It lets you run Windows applications, on the iPad.
Drue Mc Laughlin: Since many people in this forum use the ipad in some way related to their photography, and since the new retina display will make this device even more popular,it would be nice for Dpreview to review the ipad3, in respect to its photo apps and synchronization to external devices such as camera's and sd cards etc
"Retina display" is not defined (and cannot be defined) as a specific dpi. This is because you look at different size screens from different distances. "Retina display" means sufficient dpi that your eye can't see individual pixels - when you look at the screen at the typical distance you'd work with the screen.
The iPhone screen is smaller and you look at it from closer up, so the dpi for the iPhone is 300dpi. The iPad screen is larger and you look at it from a bit further away, so the dpi can be a bit lower, and you still won't see individual pixels.
I hope this makes sense. Ultimately it's about the angular resolution your eye can distinguish - which is affected by distance - not about a linear dpi.