and other than the occasional cool sighting ... it is pretty dull. having to compress that down to a 2-5 min video for a few people to watch doesn't seem all that fun after doing it a couple times. i would think all the trips would start to look similar.
i was just wondering if this is the case for those of you who own them? do they quickly loose their appeal or are they worth the investment?
Any Hobby can be fun if you enjoy doing them. Would I consider building a ship in a bottle fun ? No .. but there are countless spending more than countless hours doing it.
I'll tell you my story - I grew up with a camera in my hand (be it still or movie) as my father worked in the production side of the motion picture industry. I've always loved photography and feel I have a knack for it. When the first digital video camera came out using the MiniDV tapes (Sony DCR-PC1) I immediately bought one .. along with an underwater housing and lighting system as I had seriously gotten into Scuba diving at the time. All told, it was about $4,000 by the time I had the video capture card for my PC and editing software but times were good $$$ wise during the Dot.Com haydays in the late 90's
Over the course of the next 4 or 5 years I proceeded to wear out that video camera and another lugging them all over the world on Scuba trips shooting hundreds of hours of video ... As well as hours and hours of Car show / Drag Racing for my national car club every year. I'd lug more camera gear than Scuba gear on most trips ... I also did Wedding video's for my friends as we each got married - besides the pro's they had hired.
I'd come home from an event and spend even more time editing than I did shooting - nite after nite after nite transferring the material from tape to the PC (A step now tremendously shortened) then even more time reviewing the raw footage and culling from them the short clips that seperated the mundane from the exciting things that POP. Then meshing them all together with a theme .. and music .. and effects (which takes even more time rendering). I produced a 3-dvd set for my car club that sold over 400 copies. Many times I'd have a finished Wedding DVD for a friend ready and done for them by the time they got on the plane to go on their honeymoon.
Eventually I got burned out with it all. I'd still shoot video but began to lose interest once I'd viewed it. I'd post video's on websites like people do here, and get little response if any (like here) even though you can see that people watched them. Thats why I almost always thank people for posting video's here - I know what kind of effort it takes.
Now, obsolescense has taken over. My Camera no longer works .. I've got a library of hundreds of tapes I cant even play and even if I did its hours upon hours of coral reefs for a 5 second shot of a shark or cool colored fishie swimming by .. and its all low-res 480p. The software I used to use is out of date and on a PC i took out of service 7 years ago.
... But i too keep looking at the new GoPro etc. and will rise to it again. Soon, but not now. For now I use my high-end Still camera for video .. but not nearly as often as I used to.
My advice would be to get a decent waterproof camera that also shoots video - you shouldn't have to spend more than $100-$150. As others have said, 780p is fine. Use that for a season and whatever free or included software your PC has and play a little .. but always remember - the minute you purchase a camera the clock starts ticking until when it will be obsolete .. editing software too if you buy the better packages. Just like buying a PC or other tech device.
Having come from a background where "MovieMaking" involved shooting real film, having it developed .. having a work print made .. editing the work print .. negative matching the reels and reels of raw negative to the workprint by edge numbers .. splicing it together .. having an answer print made .. etc etc etc, it is simply amazing what technology has brought to the masses - that is the ability to express your creativity without the need for a post production house or more aptly, having the post-production house in your PC on your desktop or laptop. THAT is the amazement called YouTube
... whether it is a hobby for you to enjoy spending your free time is not for us to decide