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6 Ways To Use GoPro Cameras That Don’t Involve Extreme Sports

Dave Parrack 13-11-2014

GoPro has established itself as the leading brand of personal video cameras. There are obviously other brands of action cams available, but GoPro is arguably to digital video cameras as Hoover is to vacuum cleaners and Biro is to ballpoint pens.


GoPro cameras are heavily associated with extreme sports and adventurous activities. This is, after all, the reason they were developed in the first place, with Nick Woodman deciding to create a camera system able to capture footage of his own surfing.

However, GoPro cameras can be used in plenty of ways 7 Videos That Will Make You Want a GoPro Camera [Stuff to Watch] Clever marketing goes beyond memorable advertising when it demonstrates exactly what you are missing out on by not owning a product. I'm not usually a sucker for advertising, preferring instead to make my own mind... Read More other than shooting extreme sports, six of which we’ll be exploring in this article.

Unusual Ideas For GoPro Pros

As mentioned above, GoPro is a brand closely associated with extreme sports. Whether you’re cycling down a rocky ravine, skiing off-piste, skateboarding on a public road (please don’t do this), or windsurfing in choppy waters, GoPro cameras will be able to shoot the action.

But we’ve seen enough extreme sports videos to last a lifetime, or at least until someone ups the ante yet again. It’s time for GoPro fans to explore other uses for these amazing gadgets. Uses such as those briefly explored below.

Use a GoPro to Record Dangerous Driving

More people than ever are installing cameras in their cars How to Choose the Right Dashcam for Your Car As you browse dashcams you may wonder why one would be desirable. What features do they offer? How are they different from a regular camera? Why not just use a smartphone? Read More . A GoPro can easily be used as a dashcam to record any dangerous driving you may witness, thus proving a useful tool should video evidence of any wrongdoing ever be required. Which we obviously hope it isn’t.


Use a GoPro to Demonstrate Musical Skills

You may be the best musician in the world, but what is the best way of showing off your talents to the wider world? You could play gigs at a local bar, or you could strap a GoPro to your instrument and get amazing video footage of your skills filmed from a unique perspective.

Use a GoPro to Understand Your Pet

Anyone who owns a pet would be interested to see the world through their eyes, if only for a few hours. A GoPro would allow you to do just that. By attaching the camera to your animal of choice (perhaps excluding goldfish) you could see what your pet sees during a typical day.

Use a GoPro to Shoot A Short Film

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Use a GoPro to Record Frivolous Fun

While extreme sports are fun for some people, many of us would rather do anything else other than jump off a cliff with a thin piece of fabric tied to our backs. Why not use a GoPro to capture those frivolously fun moments shared between you and your friends?


Use a GoPro to Be a Citizen Journalist

You may be unfortunate enough to live in a warzone, or be caught up in another newsworthy event. While the situation itself may be absolutely terrible, using a GoPro camera to capture the events unfolding before your eyes would allow you to become a citizen journalist Top 5 Online Resources for the Citizen Journalist Read More , and allow the world to share in the awfulness of it all.

Continue The Conversation

These are just a handful of suggestions for alternative ways of using a GoPro camera. There are sure to be plenty more, and we would love you to carry on the conversation in the comments section below.

Simply tell us how you would personally use a GoPro. It can be anything other than shooting extreme sports Extreme Sports Revealed With Amazing GoPro Videos GoPro cameras are designed to be worn or held while doing adventurous activities. They're tough and waterproof, meaning they can survive along with you (hopefully) whether you're jumping out of a plane, diving in the... Read More , which has already been done to death by every adrenaline junkie in the world. And we mean every single one. EVERY ONE!

A Debt Of Gratitude

In order to compile this list of unusual ideas for GoPro videos, we received a lot of great comments from the MakeUseOf readership. As ever, they proved to be an invaluable part of the site you’re reading right now.


These readers took the time to answer the question, What Would You Film Using A GoPro Camera?, and their responses helped us compile this article. Noteworthy comments include those from Macdillon, Katie F, Abdu Mad, and Dominic C.

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  1. Sonia Stafford
    April 21, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hi . I was hoping to use a GoPro to assist myself & my son through his life with Autism.
    My boy ( well,he is actually 23 ,but will always be my boy !!) is a handsome dude who loves music,football & cricket. I am lucky enough to have a few regular support workers to assist my son,however when you get a "newby" you like to know they are doing the right thing .A support worker wearing a Gopro would give me peace of mind that my son is doing the activities he should be doing & also mapping out his progress.
    He attends swimming ,gym & horse riding lessons regularly & work experience at
    "Bunnings" ( Gotta love Bunnings)
    With a GoPro I can show him the footage & he can get a big boost out of seeing himself "achieving". I can see where any changes need to be made in his program & also see what kind of support & encouragement the worker is giving him.
    Happiness & peace of mind all around ! Thats the plan !

  2. Anonymous
    July 10, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    SCIENCE! That's a fun use for a go pro! Use the slow motion feature or capture in 60fps to slow down at least a bit. I just ordered an SJ4000 (dont have the money for a GoPro) to capture some of the weird stuff I do with fire, astrophotography, and possibly some normal photography.

  3. steve
    March 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    that was fun at the cafe yaa cool

  4. steve
    March 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    yaa lets do it

  5. bill
    March 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    i know lets get together some time in new york the corner cafe place

  6. steve
    March 23, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    bill is correct this is fake

  7. bill
    March 23, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    this is dumb my other comment didn't work this is a scam

  8. bill
    March 23, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I like gopros

  9. Christmas.
    November 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I live in a wee town called Kaikoura in New Zealand, and I sometimes post the odd one or two around FaceBook.

    The Sheeps are there because NZ was voted one of the best places to get up close to them.

    • steve
      March 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      why are you talking about sheep "The Sheeps are there because NZ was voted one of the best places to get up close to them."

    • steve
      March 23, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      i don't like you mister I live in a wee town called Kaikoura in New Zealand, and I sometimes post the odd one or two around FaceBook.
      The Sheeps are there because NZ was voted one of the best places to get up close to them.

  10. Christmas.
    November 13, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I occasionally take one when I go for a walk. Bloody beautiful scenery to record (and the sheeps).

    • Dave Parrack
      November 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      I'll excuse the "sheeps" as I appreciate you commenting. ;)

      Where in the world do you live? And do you post these videos anywhere online for others to share in the beautiful scenery?

  11. Brian H.
    November 13, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Metal detector hobbyists use GoPro cameras for documenting their finds. It can be a very valuable tool to have to back up your claims of dug items - either where they were found or how they were found. Some places have dig restrictions so using a GoPro while detecting can save you from getting accused of being in a place that's illegal to hunt.

    • Dave Parrack
      November 13, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Oh, that's a good one. Even without the legal aspects, it would be cool to see video footage of an old relic being dug up from the ground.

      • Carl
        December 2, 2016 at 5:22 pm

        What about using the GoPro to capture all activity at an establishment, such as a bar or bistro!?