We originally purchased this long before we were considering traveling for the rest of our lives. We purchased it to take scuba diving in Cozumel so I (Laura) could focus on diving safely and edit everything later. It did not disappoint. I took this camera down to 85 feet and it performed beautifully. Yes, I was nervous, at that point I had never owned any video equipment this pricey. We opted for the Black because of the light controls and the 4k Video it can produce. If you want to see examples of what this thing can do check these out (these are videos I shot on my first trips in the ocean with it, and I had almost no experience with it). Also- They were my first editing of video period, so I am sorry about the errors, but for a first timer this camera was super slick.
Definitely check this camera out! for the truest beginner. The price is pretty amazing considering the technology, and it comes with the free editing platform called Go Pro Studios that makes it fairly simple to learn as well!