Can't Wait to Test My GoPro Hero 9 Tomorrow! [Sort Of Unboxing]

in Geek Zone2 years ago

I have been manifesting since the start of the year that I can have a GoPro for my travels. Even before, I have been dreaming of having an action cam because there are places where I couldn't bring my camera. You know that I've always wanted to document my adventures and share them with you. In my list of goals this year, the top of my list is GoPro. I've already shared in my post before about how Hive made everything possible for me like how I was able to buy a laptop and fund my travels. Add this one to the list.

It's finally here!

Most of the things in my list of goals this year are related to Hive and my content. I want to buy the things that would help me create content. I don't want to focus on one particular content and I want diversity. I believe that having a GoPro will add diversity to my content especially now that I am really into freediving. All the photos and videos in my previous posts that I shared regarding my freediving my experience were from @patsitivity and @indayclara. So, to have this new camera is a dream come true!

I never thought I could acquire this at this time, but I guess if you just put your heart into the things that you want, everything will just fall into place.

I have been weighing on what version of GoPro should I buy because you know, money is the biggest factor. But last Sunday, when we were at the store in Ayala, I got convinced by the saleslady to buy the latest version: GoPro Hero 9. This is still on an installment basis because although I can buy using cash upfront, I don't want to touch my savings. I also want to idea that I can pay for the camera using the rewards from the content it produces.

The camera with the USB cable and the accessories for helmet mounting together with the manual that one reads. Kidding. I read the manual because I'm that nerd.

I've searched some reviews online and many noted that GoPro Hero 8 is better in terms of best value, I was convinced to buy the latest model because of its features and functionality. The greatest difference in features that the saleslady told me was in Stabilization and that GoPro Hero 9 is already HyperSmooth 3.0 while GoPro Hero 8 is still HyperSmooth 2.0 which means GoPro Hero 9 has much better stabilization than the previous models.

Another difference is on the front display in which GoPro Hero 9 has a selfie live preview for framing and vlog-style recording. They said that this is the reason why GoPro Hero 9 is a little bit bigger than Hero 8. While I'm not yet planning to do vlogging, this is great in case I'll do one in the future. The battery of Hero 9 is also bigger than Hero 8 which offers about 30% more battery life.

I had to buy the battery charging box together with the extra batteries and the memory card because they're not part of the camera set. The saleslady told me to buy these to prevent using the camera during charging which might cause overheating when used immediately after charging. I think that's necessary to be always on the go. No need to charge the whole unit. I'll just change the battery and charge the other batteries. No more excuses on why I wasn't able to take a video or photo because of the low battery.

They say that the accessories added on GoPro Hero 9 are more than Hero 8, but I still bought a lot of accessories, which will be an additional cost for me next month. I probably won't regret it though so, it's fine.

I also bought the extension pole and silicone frame case. Although they could be bought later, I decided to have them now. I haven't bought the underwater case and dome yet because they ran out of stock. I'll definitely need them soon, maybe when I'll reach more than 10 meters in freediving.

We will have a freediving tomorrow in Catmon, Cebu. Many said that it's one of the best freediving sites here, but I haven't been there yet. Because we'll go back to lockdown on August 1 due to the surging of COVID cases and fears of the delta variant, tomorrow might be my last travel until further notice. It's sad, but life goes on. I might spend most of the lockdown doing Hive and editing my photos. I might also spend that time focusing on this account because I feel I didn't post enough.

I guess that's all for this post. I am sharing this because I'm always thankful to Hive for making all these happen to me. I am able to spend on the things that really make me happy. Some of you might say that material things make happiness fleeting, but for me, these things are all related to my content. I just can't wait to share the first shots from this action cam!

As always, I appreciate all types of support! Peace out!

Kim Ybañez

Welcome to Kim's small corner in Hive. He is a chemical engineer by profession, but a blogger by passion. He is a wanderlust and an adventure seeker. Join his quests as he visits secluded destinations, climbs mountains, tries new and exotic dishes, and explores his country (The Philippines). He's also a trying hard photographer so stay tuned as he shares his photos and his thought process while creating them.

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Arguably my favorite accessory.

I've used the helmet cam which is good depending what you're doing however for most footage it's slightly too high. Chest mount is convenient also except the downfall is chest height. So every time you do something with your hands, you're blocking the lens.

I tried each of them for you already, don't waste your time. 👊🏼

Woah! I wanna buy!

Wow! perfect kay ni for underwater filming, up to 10 meter underwater without case kaya ra kaayo, ug and pinaka best ani is iya stabilization. congrats sa new toy sir.

Thank you! Can't wait to share the first shots.

Wow... cool, I hope you get slme very cool videos soon 😋👌👌

Yesss! Can't wait to share

Good, I try soon be more back then 😋👌

Woooww! Test na dayon ni ugma. Nice! :D

Yasss! Tudlui ko Pat. Okay ra man wala ni underwater case no? Salig rako sa 10m limit. 😂

Nyay! Congratzzzz. Looking forward sa imong more underwater shotzss Kim!🧜🏻‍♂️🧞‍♂️untitled.gif

HAHAHA! Thanks! Nakuyawan ko sa gif abi nako kinsa ang nigawas. 😅

Lovin the GIF here sa PeakD . Lol 😁🤣😂 Uban me ninyo sunod. Sa mabaw lang me mo dive 🤣😂😂😂🤣.

Sige ba! Akoy bahala sa pictures

Wow, that's great and congrats. I borrowed a go pro 9 from my friend once last year and it was super cool. I'm sure you will love it.

Thank you, @trangbaby! I'm excited to test this one! I still don't know how to use it, but I guess they're user friendly so I'll just tinker around.

ikaw ay magiging propesyonal pagkatapos ng 1-oras na paggamit. Hindi makapaghintay upang suriin ang iyong mga video at larawan sa lalong madaling panahon :)

😮 Your Tagalog is so good! I think you're probably better than me. 😄

Thank you for your kind words Kim. 🥰 I actually know 2 words Salamat Po 🙂

Super cool that is also on my get list in the near future , I will be curious in seeing the quality as you get more professional with it, have fun with your new toy @ybanezkim26 :)

Thanks, @tinman88! Manifesting that you'll get yours soon! I already tried and I was really impressed!

Thanks @ybanezkim26 am working on getting one real soon :)

Wow that's exciting!

Hopefully we can still push through sa ato scheduled trip sa last week of August. Kaguol baya.

Lagi ghorl! Naworry nako ba. Pero hopefully dili maextend.

Yay! Congrats Kim! 😍 you are such an inspiration! I would love to own one too😊 This is a super nice review, Im totally putting it on my wish list. Enjoy your travel tomorrow and would love to read it soon here on hive. It's really sad to be back in square one here in Cebu but let's just pray and hope for everything to go back to normal. 😊 enjoy mo! 😊

Thank you so much, @sassycebuana! Just got home from Catmon and I was really impressed by the photos and videos! Can't wait to share them soon!

Yay! Can't wait to see those awesome pics! Sana all oie naka laag Jud last gun at before mecq😁

I love it, it is difficult to decide when buying technology, there are so many models, different prices, that in particular it takes me some time to decide. I love that you decided for this version, stability is very important when recording videos, if you plan to do scuba diving or eco-adventure. When you have used it enough, you have to tell us how good you found the GoPro Hero 9 and if you would recommend it to others. I hope you enjoy it, congratulations on your new acquisition.

Hi! Thank you so much! I just got home from our dive and I would say I'm impressed by how beautiful the photos turned out. This is very recommendable!

Wow! Nice Tool for traveller's like @ybanezkim26.😊

True! Had so much fun from our freedive in Catmon.

Nice, Kim! Congratulations! More travel videos for you now 👏❤️

Thank you, Gil! More travel videos soon! MECQ for now. 😂

yay.. to more free diving.. nischool ka anang free diving kim?

Intro lang Ma'am Jean then line trainings. Mao ra jud.

oh.. i see... nice nice

i wish i had a camera like that hehe

Congratulations. Check out if you have mic popping sound. I think it may be more issue in cold weather.
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