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This guy reveals what it’s really like to own a GoPro

A long-overdue reality check.


Rob Price

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 1, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 12:06 pm CDT

There’s few more powerful lifestyle brands than GoPro. The durable handheld camera manufacturer has been declared the best brand on YouTube, and no wonder: With video subject matter ranging from diving into active volcanoes to flying fighter jets, GoPro has successfully created an aspirational (and often awe-inspiring) product. But despite the insane footage frequently captured, the reality of owning a GoPro can be rather more mundane.

YouTuber Mike Fry has created a video which clearly spells out this disparity between the expectations that the myriad viral GoPro videos create—and the reality of actually owning one of the cameras.

It’s a welcome reminder that buying a shiny new camera won’t immediately transform your life into an adventure—but then I watch a video of a GoPro strapped to a falcon and I want one all over again. 

Screengrabs via Mike Fry / YouTube | Remix by Rob Price

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*First Published: Oct 1, 2014, 5:51 am CDT