Asked by: Ivanna Tenza
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What is the purpose of a GoPro camera?

Last Updated: 19th March, 2020

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At its core, a GoPro is a small camera the takes the best qualities of point-and-shoots and camcorders and packs them into a rugged frame that's smaller, waterproof, and virtually indestructible.

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In this way, is it worth buying a GoPro?

If it's your first GoPro or you're upgrading from an inferior action cam, then yes. You won't find better video quality, ease of use, and value from the competition. The answer isn't as clear-cut if you already own a GoPro.

Likewise, is GoPro better than iPhone? The GoPro is not a great camera for what I would consider "conventional" photography. The iPhone has a fairly respectable camera, is more versatile, can capture still and video, and recent versions can record 4K video and slow motion video. Overall, I'd suggest is a much better camera for general use.

Keeping this in view, can I use my GoPro as a security camera?

In order to turn the GoPro into a security camera, you will need to establish a live streaming link with the computer. It may require some fiddling, but the results will justify the effort. First, enable Wi-Fi for the GoPro app, then connect to the GoPro's network with the computer.

Is GoPro good for photography?

GoPros are best known for video, but they can also be used to shoot still photos. All GoPros can take pictures as JPGs; some can shoot RAW as well. And many models have several different picture modes, such as burst mode and time lapse photo mode. The answer is yes, they most certainly can take still photos.

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