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Field of view (FOV). I have found that between 80 and a 100 degree field of view (FOV) is the best for all around use. More than 120 degrees is really wide and less than 70 is pretty narrow depending on your particular application. The GoPro cams are on both sides of my preferred FOV, but one will undoubtedly work well enough for a given application.
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FOV being different.
There are a few things that a narrow or wide FOV will do (or not do) for you. For example the wider the FOV, the more light the sensor can theoretically collect and should do better in lower light. A wider FOV will show a more stable image, a narrow FOV is like holding a telephoto lens and trying to hold it still.
Standard FOV - pro's:
Standard FOV - con's:
Wide FOV - pro's:
Wide FOV - con's:
The bottom line:
My preference after reviewing the video is definitely the wide. The narrow std FOV really makes it hard to keep the subject in view unless they are 20-30 feet away and the image seems much more unstable compared to the wide. Also, the sense of speed is really lost since you do not have much of a sense of the surrounding environment.
The wide however is really wide. The subject can disappear very quickly. It is great for close quarters and to show speed and the surroundings, but this 170 degree wide is a bit too wide. I consider a wide in the 120 degree range.
I now use the GoPro wide exclusively for my rear facing cam. (With instructions to my subject to stay within 15 feet). The shape and mounts of the GoPro lend it's self nicely to this task.
In my perfect world, the GoPro standard would be about 90 degrees and the "wide" about 120 degrees. Currently, if you have even a question, I'd go with the wide :-)