I paddle a canoe, and I love a good river with Class II to Class IV rapids. I have paddled Cataract Canyon, the Grand Canyon, the entire Green River (Wy, CO, UT) several times… And Oh my, how I would love to bring what I have seen home. I own two GoPro 3;s and several hand held small Nikon and Panasonics (cheap, waterproof) The GoPros, helmet mounted or post on the canoe, all have the same result. Those , I assume, wide angle lens make the waves look like you are in a kiddie pool. I KNOW the standing wave at House Rock Rapid in the Grand Canyon at high water is about 15 feet tall. Been there, standing along side, paddled it, and the video makes that transit look like the standing wave is a three footer. Put a helmet cam on for Big Drop 3 or Lava Falls, and a 30 foot drop looks like a 2 foot drop. I paddle a 20 foot canoe solo, I know how big that wave was, I was on the upslope of the wave train and it was two canoe lengths to the top, and the camera view was that the bow rose about 3 feet.
Now I HAVE seen a video on YouTube, camera must have been mounted on a stick behind the rower on a raft, That IS the camera I want. It looked just like I saw in real life. But what camera was it? I have been unable to find out. Most action cameras , are GoPros, and most action cameras flatten the view. I don’t want that, so which cameras give a realistic view of the rapids coming at you.