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Google Glass verses the GoPro Camera: Which is Best?

Updated on August 14, 2014

Definitions of Google Glass and the GoPro Camera for those of you who are not up on the latest technological devices.

Google Glass: Google glass is a piece of eye-wear that you wear like glasses. It can video or take a pictures upon command and can post to YouTube all while never touching the glass.

GoPro is a camera that you can attach to a body part or some other inanimate object . It films and/or takes pictures from the perspective of that body part or object. It allows that perspective but also enables the user to be hands free to do other things.

Which is best?

I am considering purchasing one of these technological devices to film my YouTube videos. While reviewing the pros and cons of each devise I thought I would share my findings with the rest of you.

Google Glass Pros:

  • Hands Free voice command: You don't have to take out a phone, mount it or position it, focus it and then take the shot or film. The camera is always available and can be turned on with just a voice command. This would really come in handy when interviewing people or should an event come up suddenly. Most of the time we do not have our cameras ready to go at a moments notice, Google Glass enables you to take a picture or film right away. This could really come in handy.

  • They are easy to use.

  • They are kind of cool.

Google Glass Cons:

  • You have to wear it all the time to really benefit from the ability to catch sudden events on film.

  • People feel uncomfortable when you have them on since they don't know if they are being filmed.

  • I wonder what the long term effect would be of wearing chips so close to your brain all the time. I am specifically thinking of all the studies out there that suggest that cell phones held to the ear can cause brain cancer.

  • They are expensive, at the moment they cost $1,500 without any attachments.

  • They don't work well in bad lighting or if you want to take artistic photos or videos.

  • They are not waterproof. They can get splashed but not immersed in water.

  • If you are purchasing them to keep your hands free you have to speak to make it work and yelling out commands in public or in high winds might be awkward. Yes they have a manual capability but then that kind of defeats the point of wearing them.

  • You have to be careful not to break them, they are fragile when compared with GoPro cameras.

  • It would be dangerous to use Google Glass when doing some sports because of the impaired vision caused by wearing glasses.

GoPro Pros:

  • They are cheaper than Google Glass by a huge margin. You can get a GoPro starting at $200 on

  • GoPro's are waterproof.

  • They now have remotes so you don't have to manually adjust the camera.

  • It's solid and doesn't break easily and therefore lends itself to filming action videos like athletes who want to film their escapades first hand. GoPro cameras do much better filming mountain biking, skiing or surfing, Google Glass would not do well under those conditions; who would want to risk losing a $1,500 dollar devise should they go rafting and fall overboard?

  • You can get a better picture with GoPro than with Google Glass.

  • You can strap a GoPro to anything, like an animal or a moving object, it would not be feasible to put Google Glass on your cat or car!

GoPro Cons:

  • The are clunky and don't look cool or chic.

  • You have to mount them somewhere.

  • You cannot capture events that are spontaneous quickly with your GoPro camera.

From my limited research I feel that GoPro cameras are the better choice if you need a camera for high action stunts or first person POV athletic endeavors. The price is also a consideration as Google Glass is a lot more expensive than GoPro cameras. However, having said that Google Glass would be a lot more convenient when filming interviews or amateur documentaries to be put on a YouTube channel. Should the price come down (which is being discussed) Google Glass would become even more attractive. Nevertheless, should Google Glass show the least signs of causing the big C, cancer, as cell phones are reported to cause, then all bets are off.

Which one do you like better?

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      You're quite welcome. Let me know which one you choose.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this information. I am looking into choices on cameras and this will help me to make a good decision.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Oh man..just when I talked myself into the GoPro!

      Yeah, I hope it hasn't changed too much but I am afraid it has. The last time I was there was 30 years ago!

      Thanks for dropping by "foreignpress".

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      foreignpress 2 years ago

      Go for the quality and your specific application. Quality always wins. Cancer? Maybe. Who cares. Live for now especially if you're older. Enjoy Europe. It has really changed.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Yeah, all these new fangled devices! But, if you want to make YouTube videos they sure do come in handy. And..there is a lot of money in YouTube videos..soooo, that's why I'm looking into them. Thanks for stopping by Billy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      OMG, I am hopelessly behind in technology. I had no idea what the title meant on this hub. Well, thank you for the education.

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