Against my better judgment, I've become a bit of a kook for cameras. I've taken photographs for a long time - even back in the Dark Ages of print film - but didn't get my first digital camera until 2004. Like many addictions, things took a while to ramp up and for the first several years I was content with one camera.
Then, I felt it was time for an upgrade, and that's where the trouble often starts. From whatever it was that I first had, it was on to a Panasonic FZ-30 in 2005 or 2006. Then it was the improved Panasonic FZ-50 (which I still have and regularly use - fabulous camera!). Somewhere along the line I added a small rectangular Canon Powershot, to have something that would slip in a pocket.
The lens-lust steadily increased, with the upshot that I've now also got a Nikon Coolpix P510, which is an unbelievable point & shoot with a 42x zoom that actually holds up. You'd be stunned at the quality of the distant bird shots that thing can manage. Joining it is a Nikon D7000 SLR and a smattering of accompanying lenses, and the recent acquisition of a Canon T3i Rebel SLR, which looks to be an amazing camera and I can't wait to work with that some more.
Camera technology is growing better by leaps and bounds, and even the smart phone cameras/video are capable of stunning quality. I've got a Droid X, and it'll almost always come through in a pinch for both stills or video. But one of the coolest cameras out there follows...
GoPros also come with a thoroughly waterproof case, and can be used at depths of up to at least 100 feet. The waterproof case is on the camera, above, and can be mounted in seconds. Its ability to function superbly both above and below water made the GoPro irresistible to me.
Well, one awesome aspect of the GoPro camera is that it mounts firmly onto steeds such as this bike. You can see it on its tank mount, just aft of the gas cap. It could be mounted on the back fender, too, or the front fender, on your helmet - almost anywhere. This allows for some cool footage.
The above video was compressed significantly for ease of uploading to the blog; it looks even better uncompressed. And GoPro didn't give me the camera or ask for any sort of endorsement. I just think it is a very cool and versatile piece of technology that can go where most cameras can't.