Two mounting locations for a variety of perspectives
GoPro users have used their devices to film from all sorts of places, including inside washing machines and in a pan while poaching eggs. Now, they can find out what the world looks like from the perspective of their dog. The company has released the Fetch, a camera harness for man's best friend.
There are other camera mounts for dogs available, but the Fetch is the first offered by GoPro itself.
The camera mounts built into the harness are compatible with GoPro Hero cameras and hardware for mounting is supplied with the harness. A tether is also supplied to ensure a user's camera remains tied to the harness should the mounting kit fail or be broken by a dog's rough and tumble.
GoPro says the Fetch can be used in mud, snow, water and wooded conditions and that the mount is designed for durability. It can be machine or hand-washed if (or more likely when) the need arises.
GoPro Manager about the product
The company was inspired to take on the project by users' do-it-yourself attempts to attach GoPro cameras to their pets.
"As long as I've been here, this has been one of the products people have really been asking for," says Josh Druker, senior manager for advanced mounts at GoPro.
Druker says this is the result of extensive testing on a range of dog breeds.
"It's not just size testing that you're looking for. It's kind of the skeletal structure underneath," says Druker. "Dobermans are very angular and narrow, whereas you take something like a Newfoundland, and it's very broad and hairy."
Easy to use
The first steps to seeing what a dog sees are to set the recording quality (1080P HD uses storage faster than 720P HD, obviously, though both look pristine) and pair the camera with the smartphone app. You can change these settings at any point through the app, when you’re connected to the camera. Other options include time-lapse recording and stills. The camera transmits the image to the smartphone app, but it’s streaming images not downloading them – the footage is saved to the camera’s memory card.
Then attach dog to harness. Once you’ve adjusted the camera for the optimum viewpoint, you press the record button on the app and leave the dog to get on with it. Note that it’s worth turning the wi-fi off at this point as the connection, which works at distances of up to 100 metres, drains the camera’s battery.
Afterwards, dedicated software makes editing and saving footage to a PC or Mac a breeze, with filters, titles and other features simple to add.
Which is also where you get to see what a dog sees. The forced perspective is remarkable, consisting of big, fat legs and a tiny head. If your dog doesn’t always read your facial expressions accurately, give them a break, your head’s a long way off.
The footage is often jumpy, especially when the dog is running, of course, and it’s worth tightening the harness so it rocks less. But the jumpiness is also part of the charm.
Compatible with all GoPro models that use the standard three-prong, thumbscrew-tightened interface. These: HERO4, HERO3+, HERO3, HERO, HD HERO2, and Original HD HERO.
This Dog Harness is warranted for one year from the date of purchase against manufacturing defects. Although this Dog Harness will work well in all the conditions, it is NOT warranted against breakages caused during crash or fall situations. No such guarantee is given or should be perceived.
|Pack Content||GoPro Fetch Dog Harness
|Functions||Mount to the dog to capture the world from his point of view|
|Compatible with||HERO4, HERO3+, HERO3, HERO, HD HERO2, and Original HD HERO|
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