GoPro cameras totally changed the POV game because they're ultra light, ultra portable and ultra durable yet still deliver hi-def footage and sound, making them the ultimate way to shoot POV footage no matter how extreme the sport.
To illustrate how durable these mini-cams really are let's take a look at a GoPro owned by Erik Storm, owner and lead guide of Kilauea EcoGuides in Hawaii.
Erik took his GoPro with him everywhere he went until about 16 months ago when he set it in a crack to film lava flows- and the lava engulfed the camera:
“I was telling a story when the molten lava completely engulfed my GoPro (with housing on) and it caught on fire,” Storm tells PetaPixel. “I used a geology rock hammer to pull it out of the lava and thought it was a total loss.
After getting back home, Storm hammered the cooled rock off the GoPro housing. He suddenly noticed that the Wi-Fi light on the camera within was still blinking.
When he pulled the SD card out of the camera, he found that the footage was still intact. The last video on it shows the camera getting engulfed by lava and flames bursting into view.
“The camera even still worked although not a well as it did before,” Storm says. “Truly amazing it survived!”