GoProHD Wifi Backpack & Remote Thoughts

If you have a goprohd, then you most likely have seen the Wifi Backpack and Remote kit that is out for use with the hero cameras. The combo kit comes in at $80 dollars which is kinda of expensive. If you have the extra money laying around and it’s burning a hole in your pocket, then purchase the kit. If you do not have the money and want another accessory then look or wait for something else. We recently purchased the hero 3 so we decided to get the wifi backpack and remote kit.

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Below is a picture of everything that comes with the Hero 2 and hero 3 Wifi backpack kit.

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goprohd Wifi backpack

If you are really into making videos and don’t want to have to touch the camera to start taking video or to snap a still photo then this may be for you.  The Wifi backpack kit is not only a connivence but it also can enhance your safety. You don’t wan’t to try and press the on button then the record button at the same time your bombing down a black diamond run at your favorite ski resort do you? I didn’t think so. Having the wifi remote strapped to your wrist is a heck of a lot more convenient.

Once of the cons about the goprohd wifi backpack is that it needs updated as soon as it’s opened. If you have done any research on this issue then you will see that there are many other hero 3 and hero 2 users that have had a lot of issues updating the camera. I just did the update several days ago and luckily for me it went smooth and I’m up to date now. Phew.

Another con is now instead of just one thing to charge you will have three. Now for some this might not be an issue. For me its a hug down fall and If I had thought about this it may have even been a purchasing factor. I didn’t even think about having to charge the camera, remote, and backpack, while I hurried down to the local tech store to buy the kit. Well I have it and after using it several times its a minor issue for the convenience of having the wifi kit on hand.

A pro is that this kit will enable you to start recording or you can take a still picture without having to touch the camera. If you use the goprohd to make videos this is kinda a big deal. Not touching the camera prevents any shaking which can cause the video to be shaky obviously but it will also cause the still picture to be distorted.I really like the connivence of the wifi backpack kit and would highly recommend getting it if you ate thinking about it. The pros far out weigh the cons with this particular accessory.

One issue I did find lacking is the remotes wireless distance. Especially if you are using the waterproof housing or dive housing. On several occasions I thought the camera was recording but to only find out later it never started. I wasn’t very happy needless to say and lost what I thought was some decent footage of some downhill mountain biking.  You would think from the handlebars to the camera on your head it wouldn’t be a big deal but in my case this has happened several times.

Would I recommend the goprohd wifi backpack kit? Personally if you have the extra cash laying around then yes. I like being able to get myself into a still picture if needs not suing the timed function and to also be able to use the camera to get only the video I want. Being able to turn the camera on when needed saves a lot of editing time and allows me to capture only the frames I want. So between the safety of being able to turn the gorprohd camera on without touching it and the extra battery life for me this is a hero 2 or her0 3 must.


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