I’m not gonna lie. I was a little annoyed with all the GoPro advertising showing athletes and daredevils jumping out of planes, climbing mountains and such. I mean, sure that’s adventurous and everything but it’s not as hardcore as this parenting gig is. Seriously, if there’s any group on earth that needs to keep their hands free while capturing all the action, it’s parents. If you want to really give the GoPro a whirl, strap it onto the head of a toddler just learning to walk…I kid, I kid. Okay, not really. If I had owned a GoPro when my kids were learning to walk, chances are I would have tried that. Talk about heart-stopping action.
I’m not kidding though when I say the GoPro is the perfect family camera for travel. It’s easy to use, extremely portable and can be strapped on to anyone or anything. It’s ideal for capturing memories while skiing, biking, water skiing, snorkeling, windsurfing, parasailing, and skating. Sound like anything your family participates in? You simply can’t drag a bulky camera around with you for these types of activities, which is what makes the GoPro so ideal. Place the GoPro around your head, on a helmet, on your chest, on your wrist, mounted to bike handles, suctioned to a dashboard, held on a tripod, and stuck to a surfboard and you focus on the fun.
I love mine so much I even trust my kids with it. Normally I’m rather skittish about letting my children play with technology. They’re sticky and careless which makes me nervous when they want to snap pictures with my expensive professional camera. With the GoPro however, I have no fear at all. Consider this:
Frankly, if a GoPro can survive a fall from a camera and live in a Pigsty for 8 months, it can survive my children.
I’ve become rather attached to my GoPro for other reasons though. Aside from the fact that it’s tough as nails, it also takes absolutely amazing pictures and videos. I use mine for a lot of the non-extreme events in life too, like taking video of my daughters at their cheer competitions and of them being goofy. I love the ultra wide-angle aspsherical lens on it. It gives photos and video a unique look.
I included the GoPro on my Gifts For Your Globetrotter list this year because I truly believe it’s one of the best travel companions you can have. Light, portable and takes outstanding video and photos. I also put it there though because I think every family should have one, not just the young daredevils.
You can find the GoPro Hero at Future Shop stores across Canada and online here.