My New Favorite Gadget: GoPro HERO4

Something I’ve had on my list of things to learn for years now is photography. I know the basics, and maybe even a little bit beyond that, but that’s about it. Moving up here, being surrounded by nature and having photograph opportunities right in my backyard made it move up to the top of my list. 

Although that doesn’t exactly tie in with what I’m about to talk about, it made me realize how much I love experiencing things and having visual representations of the things I’ve done. There’s only so much my brain can hold so I’m a photograph enthusiast when we’re out exploring. I don’t know how many times I’ve gotten tangled up with one of our dogs or had to ask Nathan to stop so I could snap a photo real quick. And there have been countless times where I’ve snapped photos in sports mode because the video wasn’t the best quality on our camera.


It’s SO tiny! Cannot wait to test this out before we use it in Mexico when we go ziplining! #gopro

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And then my problems were solved by GoPro. (By the way, this post isn’t sponsored in any way – I just love it so much I had to share. And if you’re looking for a technical review of it, you’re in the wrong place. CNET does a better job reviewing the HERO4 than I ever would.)

This is one of those gadgets that I wasn’t sure I even wanted until I read about it and then I knew I needed it. I spent hours upon hours researching it, dreaming of the ways we’d use it (like no more getting yelled at on roller coasters when we take photos because this thing is SO small!) and it quickly made it to the top of our “must-buy” list for Black Friday. Even though I’d settled on the HERO3+ because of the price difference, we ended up finding an awesome deal and went with the HERO4 instead.

I was blown away by how small it is. I don’t know how I got it in my head, but I imagined it was probably 5x larger. But no. It’s palm size.

I’m also really glad that we went with the HERO4 over the HERO3+ as it has the LCD screen built in instead of an attachment. I’m all for packing lightly and having one less thing to forget is huge for me. I can’t compare the video quality vs the old ones, but I love the quality of the HERO4. One of these days, I’ll have to upload a few of the videos I got of our dogs (I needed an excuse to use it!) so the world can see how crazy they are.

But my favorite thing about the HERO4? I LOVE that it can be used hands-free. It actually allows me to focus on enjoying the moment, not on figuring out the camera. 

We have SO many uses planned for this thing next year already:

  • Zip-lining
  • Kayaking
  • Rafting
  • ATV rides
  • Snorkeling
  • Pet videos (because why not?)

what adventures would you use this on?

do you use photographs/videos to capture your favorite moments?