For Christmas this year, my FILs gave all three kids and their FIs each a Go Pro camera. The oldest and her DH got married on the 29th and took theirs on their honeymoon to Hawaii, where they were going to use it when they went snorkling. FI’s brother and his FI are pretty big outdoor people. They go mountain biking and whatnot. FI and I are not outdoor adventurers. And we’re going to Disneyworld for our honeymoon, so I don’t really see when we would ever use this. I know it’s a really expensive camera and it’s not that I’m ungrateful, I just feel like I’m missing the point of all the hype. FILs usually go on a family ski trip every year, so I guess we could use the Go Pro for these trips, but then what? What are we supposed to do with the videos we record? Maybe I’m just too practical or something, but I just don’t see FI and I really using this. FI mentioned getting the car mount for his sports car, but for what? Am I just incapable of “getting” this? Does anyone else have one? What do you use it for? FI said that FFIL was super excited to give one to each of us, and I don’t want to return it necessarily, I just want to know what we would use it for, because it doesn’t seem like something I personally would ever use….Can someone suggest otherwise?
@juliebean816: Sounds like your FI has a use for it – so why would you return it? Sounds like your FIL is a gadget-y person and you are not, just accept the gift as what it is, even if it’s not something you had asked for or would purchase for yourself.
@juliebean816: I’d say hand it over to be Fi’s responsibility. 🙂 He has a use for it, it seems. Otherwise, you can take the (*really amazing I’m oh so jealous* camera) as an incentive to add more physical/ outdoor activity to your life. Find a lake or a beach. Take a bike ride on a trail. Go on an adventurous vacation. (I think it works for Disney, as well. :P)
That camera is an excuse to find little and big moments to record for yourself. Make moments happen so that you make the most of it.
@mchitt329: I’m not planning on returning it, I just want to know if it has any use for the non-adventurer types. From what I’ve seen, it’s for cyclists or surfers to record their tricks or stunts. FI likes the idea of buying the car mount, but then what? His car isn’t an off-roading vehicle, and he doesn’t race or anything, so I don’t foresee him ACTUALLY using it….I hope this doesn’t sound ungrateful at all. I know this was an expesive gift, and I do appreciate the gesture, but I’m missing out on how we would use it in our life.
@Asia: That’s a great idea! FI and I could use some more adventure in our lives! I never would have thought of that….I was just trying to make this THING fit into our lives, instead of thinking about making our lives more fit to use it! A fellow bee used her GoPro for this, and, not gonna lie, I kinda love this idea!
I’m sure it will come in handy for holidays etc and for the ski trip. I think it’s anice gesture, obviously there was a lot of thought put into it. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a use for it – hope the bees on here can offer some really good advice and options – I’m not a techy girl so I know where you’re coming from!
We borrowed one and the car mount to take on our honeymoon – it was tons of fun! You can record all kinds of cool stuff! Driving on the Autobahn, driving a lap of Monaco, start of the Belgium F1 race. Husband found it fun to document just about every place we went. There are lots of hilarious pictures of his face trying to figure out how to turn the thing off, too. 🙂
I’m a little confused.. I’m not sure exactly what kind of camera this is, but it sounds like a pro camera. You use it to take pictures and record videos of special moments and everyday moments in your lives that you’ll want to look back on for many years to come. I’m confused because in my mind this type of gift has a lot of points and I think is very thoughtful.
GoPro is a teeny tiny little camera/video camera that takes video in super high res (HD). It’s used a lot by athletes, etc because it can take a beating and mount just about anywhere (they sell car mounts, chest mounts, helmet mounts, etc). Because its so high-res the refresh rate isn’t super high (at least on the Hero2, I haven’t looked into the Hero3), so it’s not perfect for family videos, but it does the job (also doesn’t have a viewfinder or screen, just a huge wide angle lens – point it in that direction and you’ll probably get it on video).
@juliebean816: I LOVE IT! nI am SO hoping you use it in your bouquet. 🙂 I’m not sure what our photography budget will be, so I was thinking of making camera bouts for Fi and our fathers and something similar for myself and our mothers. 😀
I hope to see an awesome video on that bad boy a month or two after your wedding!
sigh .. did you post this on that website where people got gifts they didn’t want? You think in the next few years, wedding, future kids…. family trips you can’t find a use for it. Sounds like they wanted to spend the same amount on everyone and be done with it
Thanks so much for all the responses, bees!! Y’all have given me some great ideas!
@HisIrishPrincess: I’m not sure what website you’re talking about….and it’s not that I DON’T want it, I just don’t know what to do with it! lol We don’t snowboard or surf or mountain bike (we live in Dallas, Texas). We have a FlipCam for birthdays and things like that, but this seems to be a very specific type of camera for a very specific group of people. And we’re not in that target group lol I’m not at all ungrateful and I definitely love and appreciate the gesture, but like I said, I’m just not sure we fit into the target market. Asia’s idea about BECOMING that target group was definitely genius and we’ll certainly start trying to do more adventurous, GoPro-worthy activities 🙂
@JaneyDcat: HAHAHA That’s the WORST part of my day! FI usually takes care of that one.
@star_dust: This isn’t the type of camera to use for everyday things. I already have a video camera for that stuff. These cameras are super HD and waterproof and good for athletes. There’s no viewfinder or screen, so you can’t see what you’re recording, and the resulting video is kind of fish-eye-looking. You can look up videos on youtube to see what most people use them for.
@almostmrsj: LOL! That sounds awesome! Maybe we’ll get the chest strap thing and record just walking around Disneyworld!
@rangersbride: I’m usually pretty tech-savvy, but I’d never heard of this until we opened it up! Clearly I’m not in the target market….I think there have been some clever ideas shared, though, and I’m sure we’ll be able to use it more and more as the years go by. I think I was just at a loss…like “When the heck would we ever use this?!” Haha
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