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    michael23
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    So while browsing YouTube I came across this thing called Black Hawk gopro mount… here is the video I first found: 

    I went to his channel saw his other videos sent him a pm to see if he could make me one… About week later I got this…

    Also just wanna add this was a fraction of the cost of the sideshot system and no need to change the gopro lens… yes it works with original gopro 7 that I already had… trick is an additional app you download to enlarge/reformat video or pictures you take. 

    Also I'm not affiliated with this guy in any way, I offered to pass on his channel here since he was so great with me… I'll be posting some videos this weekend when I have time to shoot more. But yeah it works great!

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    michael23
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    Another picture of pieces before I put them on my crown… 

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    PigeonMan
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    Quality is pretty good. Since it used the stock lens and not 12mm lens. When you record you get a small image correct? And you just use an app to enlarge the image?

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    michael23
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    Yeap that's all it is

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    michael23
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    Still playing with gopro settings … but yeah not bad for original lens…

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    kmd1984
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    Thanks for sharing. That said, I find the quality pretty bad, to be honest. May I ask what resolution you filmed with, and what software you used to make the image bigger? I am pretty good with video software and what not, maybe I can help!?

     

    Kmd

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    db
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    I am interested in more info on the Black Hawk camera side mount. Has it held up to reasonable use? What is the approxamate cost., where could it be bought from and comments as to how you like it in field use? Thanks, db

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    GiveEmLead
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    While the first video you found was perhaps better than the short clip you posted, it didn't look so bad to me.  I'd like to see more.  When you get a chance you might consider responding to @kmg1984, as his questions are good ones I have as well.  I'm really interested in finding a way to record my shooting in an affordable manner.  I'd love a sideshot or a Tactacam, but damn…

     

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    Hajimoto
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    Gents I would like to add to this conversation. I have been in the scope game for a very long time and during that time I developed and tried a lot of different methods and solutions all of which I shared freely in my videos on YouTube and in the public forums. I came to the conclusion that the GoPro action camera is the best capture device there is for scope camera footage. The main reason is its ability to capture at such high resolutions as well as frame rates as high as 480 frames per second (FPS)

    It is a known trade-off in the digital camera world that the higher the resolution you go means the lower the frame rate and we air gunners love the pellet in-flight video captures. As I have written several times in a multiple of articles, you really want 240 FPS to get a smooth pellet in-flight video. You can get away with 120 FPS. That said even an old Gopro Hero 3 Black can capture 240 FPS @ 720 resolution. The issue you have with software zoom and fisheye removal is they both come at a cost to the clarity of the final image. If you replace a lens to allow a larger image from optical zoom, you have a much clearer post-process image. If you have a clear small image that you enlarge through software, you enlarge and expose the graininess of the capture sensor but if you expose the capture sensor with a larger image the reverse happens.
     

    Most of us already own a GoPro of some sort, so the camera investment becomes moot. The stock lens on a go pro is 2.93mm fisheye so any flat optical zoom is going to make the scope image larger.

    • You can pick up a 12mm lens for the 2,3, or 4 for as little as $55 which is a great zoom for 4K, 2K or even 1080 but much too strong for 720. Another good choice is the 8.25mm.
    • If you want to capture at 720 with 240FPS you really want to be around 4.14mm minimum to 8.25mm maximum lens.
    • A Side-Shot for the GoPro 2,3 or 4 is $239 (revised 12/5/2019)

    When all is said and done, you will have a far superior image capturing setup with more versatility than a canned, preconfigured unit that forces you to accept its single fixed function. Remember when you want to shoot other videos, you still have a GoPro action camera that you can use (after refocusing) to do any fieldwork.

    There are my 2 cents.

     

    • This reply was modified 1 year ago by Hajimoto.
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    sonny
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    Haji, could you repost that video with the dragonfly. That would be a great example of some of your fine camera work.

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    Hajimoto
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    sonny

    Haji, could you repost that video with the dragonfly. That would be a great example of some of your fine camera work.

    Yessir, I can. Remember guys you are looking at a video share I published over 2 years ago which is 720 resolution at 240 frames per second using a Gopro Hero 4 Black with a 6.00mm f/1.6 60d HFOV 3MP lens.

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    sonny
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    DUDE! Thats such an awesome video .

    Thanks

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    Hajimoto
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    sonny

    DUDE! Thats such an awesome video .

    Thanks

    Thank you Sonny, that means a lot

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    ian1690
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    Can i ask how much was the  Black Hawk gopro mount and a link as to were to buy one from thanks 

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