UPDATED April 25, 2018
In a digital world where iPhones take 35mm quality photos and we’re compelled to instantly post every image we capture to Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Twitter or…all of the above, owning an actual camera almost seems like an afterthought. That’s until the groundbreaking GoPro Hero 3 came out and the world got a taste of what it can do. In the 10 years since his first GoPro prototype, creator Nick Woodman has gone from broke surfer to multibillionaire. The Hero 3 even won a 2013 Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for making it possible to capture footage and perspectives that were out of reach before.
So what’s the big deal? These little cameras are durable, waterproof and made for capturing action on-the-go. They’re easy enough for kids to use and high-quality enough for pros. As Mr. Woodman told 60 Minutes last year, “Before GoPro, if you wanted to have any footage of yourself doing anything, whether it’s video or photo, you not only needed a camera, you needed another human being. And if you wanted the footage to be good, you needed that other human being to have skill with the camera. The result was that most people never had any footage of themselves doing anything.” Just in time for the holidays, we’ve got 15 reasons why GoPro cameras are awesome.