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    Default Go Pro camera for home inspections?

    My daughter wants to get me a Go Pro camera for Christmas to use for inspections. I am not really interested in video at this time but they do stills also. She is considering the Go Pro Hero 3+. My concerns are that I can find no reference to a built-in flash and they do not offer a flash as an accessory. All indications are it's meant for outdoor use. Secondly they tout an Ultra Wide angle lens. I am not sure this will let me home in on small defects. I do like the remote capability because I end up using a camera pole at times with a 10 sec timer. The remote ability and also the time lapse feature would improve on that. And of course it is durable and water proof.

    Does anybody use it as their main camera for inspections? Feedback?

    Last edited by Tom Cissell; 11-17-2014 at 06:27 PM.
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    Default Re: Go Pro camera for home inspections?

    They work well in low light or light from a flashlight but I would not try to use it in place of a real still camera.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN
    www.traceinspections.com

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    Default Re: Go Pro camera for home inspections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Patterson View Post
    They work well in low light or light from a flashlight but I would not try to use it in place of a real still camera.
    Thanks. That is what I thought.


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    Default Re: Go Pro camera for home inspections?

    I own a Go Pro and use it for recreation (non-inspector related) activities. It can be a great little video camera.

    It has an app for remote viewing or remote playback, and you can control the functions through the app (or on the device itself with cryptic beeps, flashes and chirps).

    The wide angle can be switched to regular in software. The images and video are very detailed and vivid.

    There are better, more robust choices for inspection cameras or video cameras. I have never used it on an inspection. If I need, I can mount my digital camera on an extension pole to shoot stills or even video.

    Dom.


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