I posted the question, with a deliberately provocative title
To be real, I use "Hero" mode the most, it is excellent quality and stability and even full horizon levelling if wanted, nowadays (well, 6-7-8-9-10-11 since GoPro 6 and forward when no casing), has never ever stopped recording, and they can take some beating too, and the remote controls are making them excellent
My point with this thread, was to share with those NOT having a 360 cam, that there are big advantages.
If you use it as a helmet or chestcam, you can edit and get a shot of the kite you are reviewing, it can be kept in focus so we can see how it behaves, without distortion.
And you can also pan around to show the water or others or you or the board or whatever.
Can give a lot better video, than the (huge) number of videos where a cam can not see the board, can not see the rider, and only in short glimpses will the kite fly through the view.
THAT was my point, sometimes it can work, but most often not good.
Then you can have other scenarioes like wingfoil when mounted at the wingtip, where you can actually solely use a 360 cam, because the view angle changes so much when you jibe or when you surf with the wing flagged.
At other times it can be used as a linecam, to get an exiting different angle, and view the rider, or the kite, or even both (but WITH distortion in the last case of course)
So my reason for posting was to share the advantages with 360 cams, regarding keeping the object in focus at all times
I am actually not dissing the Hero cams at all, they are excellent - but for some purposes they are rubbish IMO.
Having both, and using them for specific purposes, is great.