I have finally mastered a GoPro Hat Studio for metal detecting.
After looking at all the options for filming detecting, I’ve settled on a hat-mounted GoPro Hero 4 Black. To power it for hours I use a GoPro BacPac and a Novobeam USB Charger. For professional sound I use a Edutige Lav Mic with the GoPro Mic Adapter and Rode Minifur Wind Shield. Watch and comment!
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Someone recently asked me what my investment is in this setup so I’ll add this:
[QUOTE=OneStudPuppy;2537175]Looks pretty well set up, minus go pro cost
What’s the investment on it?[/QUOTE]
Sorry just saw this. Well the GoPro Hero 4 Black was $499 but it’s down to $429. ([url]http://amzn.to/1TLjofu[/url]) I think the Hero 4 Silver is a better way to go. Despite wanting 4k I’ve never shot in it and the touchscreen on the Silver is very nice and handy.
The Edutige lav mic is nice because it doesn’t require batteries . $73 ([url]http://amzn.to/1Tuxb7q[/url])
GoPro Mic adapter $20 ([url]http://amzn.to/1TLjqUB[/url])
GoPro Frame $22 ([url]http://amzn.to/1TuxoHS[/url])
2x Novobeam USB Charger $22 ([url]http://amzn.to/1WKIwFD[/url])
Rode Lav wind muff
Hat $12 lol
Hat $12 lol
So $603 total.
You could knock this down by getting a Hero 4 Silver, or even one of the Chinese made $100 knockoffs (they can be powered externally). I do strongly suggest either an external mic with wind muff, or glue some faux fur over the mic or back of open case. Wind noise sucks.
I’ve tried lots of configurations. I wanted a hat mounted camera that I could turn on and not touch for up to 6 hours. Changing batteries or starting and stopping the GoPro just introduces mud into the works. Even with the waterproof case, it’s a pain to have something else to think about. I wanted the GoPro remote to be a solution for saving battery life, but you have to have WIFI running and that drains just as much battery starting/stopping as leaving it on the whole time. Plus the battery of the remote doesn’t last.
GoPro is designed to film a base jump, not anything for a long period of time. I think I found the best solution, but I’m open for suggestions!