I think it's funny that you are responding to my bitching about the GoPro's distortion by showing us the nice video you can get if you replace that lens with one without the distortion. Seems to me this guy had the same issues with the Go-Pro that I am having, n'est ce-pas?
Slaughter posted that clip -not me. I've already suggested you look at GoPro's website. KBob's clip better illustrates the point.
My comments about the "POV camera" pitch were meant in the interest of clarity and accuracy. Calling a camera a "POV camera" does not have anything to do with the technical specs, photo quality, or the fish eye, or the wide angle. When ANY camera is attached to a dog it becomes the camera that is taking the dog's POV. Sorry the concept seems to be so difficult to understand. A "POV" is a position in space, a perspective. A camera angle. It is NOT a specific type of hardware.
I understand about POV shots and yes you could use any camera with varying degrees of success depending on the subject.
However the photographic industry clearly recognises a specific type of camera as a POV. Walk in to any camera shop and ask for a POV camera. You will be shown GoPro's, Contours, Vio's, Drift's etc etc etc. It's a special class of camera unlike compacts, point and shoots, DSLR and so on.
A POV camera is very small, lightweight, able to be worn on the body and with a wide angle FOV that approximates the human FOV.
If you bought one of these POV cameras hoping to use it as a compact you would understandably be disappointed. That is not the POV camera manufacturers fault though.
The clip Bob (reconlon) posted clearly shows the difference between camera types. The GoPro footage shows the wakeboarders arms, utilizing the Hero HD's POV specs to full advantage.
And it doesn't matter HOW long I have been using it. It still distorts the view. I suspect that a month from now, it will still distort the view.
Of course it will always distort the view. It's a POV camera.
I was hoping with time you may work out how to get the best from your GoPro. The pole mount works well, as does a tripod mounted back near the rudder. My "Change of Pace" and "Broughton Island" clips were tripod mounted and filmed on R3 the best setting IMHO. R3 has less 'jello wobble', is smoother and has the added advantage of 60fps for slomo edits.
Thanks for the info regarding the balloons and aerial photography. Good stuff.