By: Jeff Poshkus
If you’re dedicated to digitally documenting your travels, the endless versatility of the GoPro and iON might make either of these cameras a great choice for you.
Both of these portable, powerful devices allow for 1080p HD capture of all your adventures along with a wide variety of mounts, WiFi capabilities, and free studio software to edit your clips. The seemingly endless amount of accessories to top quality capture make both of these cameras perfect your next trip.
GoPro versus iON
Weighing only 2.6 ounces with improved sharpness and a redesigned audio system, the GoPro HERO3 will make capturing your next action-filled adventure easier than ever.
While the resolutions and frames per second slightly vary in each edition of the camera, it holds an incredible feature that most others are not capable of: the HERO3 is completely WiFi and app compatible. This unique aspect lets the camera to be controlled by iOS smartphones and tablets running the GoPro App, allowing for full camera control and a live scene preview. While also coming with a completely waterproof case good for depths up to 60m, the versatility of this camera makes it one of the most powerful well-known devices available today.
With many similar features to that of the GoPro, the iON is another great option to take into consideration if you’re looking to digitally document your trip.
While the GoPro’s Wi-Fi feature allows for camera control and shot preview, the iON’s Wi-Fi capability allows users to upload their videos to social sites by using the camera’s application available for both iOS and android devices.
Although this camera is also waterproof, it’s only good up to depths of 30 meters. Just as versatile and powerful as the HERO3, the iON offers many great accessories and is capable of the highest quality capture for your next trip.
Helpful Tips to Stay Efficient and Organized
No matter what type of device you decide to head out with on your next trip, there are a few things to always keep in mind while digitally capturing your sights.
First off, making sure to take enough card space is critical, and this will vary depending on the duration of your stay. It’s very easy to underestimate the amount of storage you may need, so bringing more than enough is your best bet.
With a large amount of space comes the ability to capture a lot of footage. If the only way you have to remember your trip is by the digital content you bring back—or if you want to show your awesome sites to your friends back home—shoot everything. Recording more than you may think necessary is very important. It’s much easier to go through deleting and editing content rather than not having it there at all.
A large amount of files requires good organization. Digital files are just like paper: with a lot of different information, it’s very easy to lose track of what is what. A great way to prevent this is by naming the files you upload and filing them into appropriate folders. This will keep everything together and orderly making it easy to find clips you may be looking to later share or edit together.
The efficiency of being able to share digital media through uses of email and social networking today make taking a camera on your trip a vital part on your pre-departure checklist. While keeping a few of the helpful hints above in mind, you’ll surely return with the some of best footage to easily share with all of your friends and family.