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I thought we had a thread for this?..... I don't see it though... might as well make one.

 

In this thread we talk about:

 

 

source - http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/04/gopro-hero5-confirmed/

 

 

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Right now, the GoPro line-up includes three "Hero" models, the Hero, Hero+ and Hero+ LCD. These cameras were meant as cheaper options for those looking to get a GoPro without the premium cost. For some, it made choosing the right camera confusing. In particular when the Hero4 Session launched, as it cost the same as the Hero4 Silver ($399), but with a much more limited feature set. GoPro would later slash the price of the Session to $199 (half the original asking price). Now it will replace the Hero line as the entry-level model.

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So the Session models will become the entry level GoPro now. Hero5 coming later this year.

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source - http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2016/05/lg-introduces-active-lifestyle-camera-with-live-streaming-over-4g/

LG Action CAM

Price?
OIS?
Mount adapter for gopro mounts?

Still some details needed to determine how much of a competitor it is to gopro. I feel like the competition in general is heating up but there seems to always be at least one feature or aspect that people keep missing each time to reach full feature parity with gopro.

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not that I'd buy one (im not really outdoorsy type) but how good of a value (price/performance) are gopros?

 

I always hear that they're the best but are they good value or just the best you can buy?

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I'd consider GoPro to be the leader in the space. Their products are solidly made and generally have decent optics, they also have a very large market share which makes finding mounts/addons much easier since they act as a sort of standard. That being said I think they're somewhat overpriced, you can see that with multiple competitors getting into the space with very similar products that cost substantially less.

I think they're going to see some of the market share they've built up erode over time as better competition enters the market at lower price points.

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honestly i think go pro is not that great.

good marketing

durable

thats about it.

 

but in terms of like performance, image quality, price, technology and this annual updates are pretty meh.

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source - http://www.wired.com/2016/08/review-garmin-virb-ultra-30/

Garmin Virb Ultra 30

4k @ 30fps
1080p @ 120fps
built-in touchscreen (can be used with case on)
waterproof 133ft
voice control
GPS (info can be overlayed on video)
built-in wi-fi, bluetooth
waterproof case fits all gopro mounts
digital image stabilization (not optical/mechanical)
$500

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One of the reasons why GoPro is a shit choice for a public company is that their brand power is just about the only thing they have going for them. I heard about a year ago that Garmin was going to try and muscle in to their market and look what happened. That thing is a beast. If they can fix the battery life it will be a serious contender for GoPro to deal with.

 

For reference when GoPro went public in July 2014 they came out at $40 per share, their peak in October '14 was $86 per share and now they're trading today at $14 per share. I expect that other hardware companies will start to put them out of business in short order.

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source - https://shop.gopro.com/cameras

GoPro Hero5 Black

  • 2" display
  • 12 mp photos
  • built-in GPS
  • voice control
  • waterproof without housing to 33 feet (10 meters)
  • EIS (So no more OIS or in addition to...?)
  • 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 120 fps, 1440 @ 80fps
  • removable battery
  • $399

GoPro Hero5 Session

  • 10mp photos
  • No display
  • No GPS
  • OIS? EIS? "Advanced Video Stabilization" on both product pages
  • Built-in battery not that much smaller than stock Black (1000 mAh vs 1220 mAh)
  • 4K @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 90 fps, 1440p @ 60fps
  • $299

If extended/repeated sessions is not an issue (replace spent battery with fresh quickly) and you either don't really care about having a display or have a smartphone nearby (to use with app to act as display) then it seems like the Session model this gen is pretty comparable to the Black. The smaller size is nice.

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There's also electronic image stabilization, which is a first for the Hero line.

https://www.engadget.com/2016/09/19/gopro-hero5-black-session/

 

Ugh, I'm not a fan of EIS. I wish they had gone with OIS.

 

https://shop.gopro.com/karma

Also their new quadcopter drone system comes with a removable gimble. Engadget says the gimbal is not waterproof (sounds right) but it's a nice little addition. The drone price is about in line with some of the top end drones. I'm curious how much flight time it has.

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On 9/20/2018 at 9:48 AM, T1no said:

HMMMMMmmmm. I read the fine print. A HERO7 Black for $299.99 if I send in my Hero1. That hypersmooth feature (from the youtube video) looks pretty awesome. Gopro's Black Friday deal last year was not even that good. I will have to think about this.

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Since I got positive feedback from the experimental beach bike video from group chat, these were the settings I used.

GoPro 7 settings:

  • protune: on
    • white balance: 5500k (but I will use 6500k if it's overcast in the future)
    • color: flat
    • shaprness: low
    • evcomp: -1.0


Shotcut settings:

  • sharpen
    • amount 50%
    • size 70%
  • contrast
    • 55%
  • saturation
    • 130%
  • color grading
    • shadows -10%

I think next time, I will probably bump the brightness up a little bit.

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article - https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/15/gopro-leak-hero-8-max-360-camera/

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A series of leaked photos shared by Photo Rumors shows the upcoming GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max 360 cameras. According to the site, the GoPro Hero 8 could be announced as soon as September. It looks like it's designed to work with new accessories, including an external microphone, LED light and additional screen.

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New-ish form factor add-on body thing. I'm not entirely surprised by the revamped mic. A lot of people seemed to not like the mic on the GoPro7.

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....already posted in group chat but....

https://gopro.com/en/us/shop/cameras/hero8-black/CHDHX-801-master.html

I feel like it's a nice update all around but nothing revolutionary when you consider how must people use their gopros.

  • HyperSmooth 2.0 and it's available at all resolutions and framerates
  • "Boost" stabalization mode (HyperSmooth 3.0 ?)
  • "mod" accessories (mic, front screen, light)
  • bottom mounting bracket now integrated
  • lower resolutions deleted, 1080p now lowest res (why?)

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