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I was formerly a pro photographer, with a 40 year history using video as well, and part of my daily work is in computer graphics. So what you could post won't be new to me at any level.
But what you're saying here is that you have a thing against Gopro and you want a zoom. So be it. It's your choice.
All I said was that Gopro works (or Canon), depending upon your prefered mode of use. I didn't run down the Canon, while you do seem to run down the Gopro.
And as for having a small camera on your head, I have the original Gopro, which is twice the size of the 3, and add the wifi back as well, and it mounts easily to a headstrap, which you forget you have on in a few minutes.
BTW, when I travel and want a simple point and shoot zoomer that fits in my hand or pocket, I do take a Canon Digital Elph of a certain vintage. I also take along an older larger Canon videocam that fits in my shorts pocket. But having tried to outfit both, as well as other cameras, for work around water or in outdoor sports, I find the Gopro far superior for kayaking, hiking, biking, etc. The Gopro is elegant for its intended uses, though not perfect.
I'll skip the opportunity to make a smarmy pun about Canon.