by Fabian Chaundy | 11th April 2017
The GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable and El Grande pole will allow you to capture even more extreme perspectives, while updates to the HERO5 family will improve performance. GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable The GoPro Karma Grip Extension Cable for their handheld stabiliser allows you to separate the gimbal and camera section from the control handle. This means you can mount your GoPro and gimbal combination to a helmet, chest bracket, bike handlebars or any number of other positions, while keeping the remote control handy and out of the way. This way you don’t have to reach for the camera if you want to change settings in between shots. The coiled cable offers a total length of up to 89cm, which should be sufficient for most setups. It will be available from April 9th for $99. El Grande GoPro have also announced the El Grande selfie stick — or “collapsible pole” if you want to use the official name. With a total length of 97cm, it will allow you to get wider selfie shots, just be careful not to get it in the shot! It also offers a swivel head with 360 degrees of rotation to get the angle just right. When collapsed, it packs down to 38cm for portability. The El Grande pole will be available from April 9th for $59.99. Just… you know, make sure you’re not compensating for other… shortcomings. HERO5 Firmware Updates On the software side of things, GoPro has also announced firmware updates for their HERO5 generation of action cams. Performance improvements on the HERO5 Black include the ability to extract a photo from a multi-shot series and further photo mode shutter settings in Protune. The update for the HERO5 Session, on the other hand, unlocks 4K/24p video resolution, as well as enabling all fields of view in the 1080/48p setting. Both HERO5 cameras will now also feature voice-control in Russian, Korean and Portuguese. For more information, head over the GoPro’s news page HERE. What do you think of these news from GoPro? Let us know in the comments section below.Read more
by Olaf von Voss | 20th September 2016
GoPro has just announced their new action camera, the GoPro Hero5 Black. Although not totally revolutionary, there are a lot of very nice improvements, such as a waterproof construction, a touch display, voice control and GPS. The GoPro HERO5 Black Being the original action cam brand, GoPro has managed to improve this new model in terms of usability and ruggedness. It features a new waterproof construction (up to 33′ or 10m) which makes the optional housing of previous models obsolete. You will need some sort of cage in order to mount the camera, though. GoPro Hero5 Black without the need of a waterproof housing! The sensor seems to be the same as in the previous model, the Hero4 Black. So all in all, it’s more of an evolution than a revolution we’re witnessing here. It has not one but three microphones built-in in order to be more efficient at reducing wind noise, as it automatically selects the best audio stream by switching between the three microphones. A big step up in terms of usability is the new voice control capability of the GoPro Hero5 Black camera. It enables the user to remotely control the camera through a wide range of voice commands such as ‘GoPro, record!’ or ‘GoPro, switch on!’. You’ll need a special remote control for that, though, which is then connected to the camera wirelessly. If you’re not into voice control, maybe you’ll like the new one-button control system, which seems to makes controlling the camera super easy, without getting confused about which button does what. Even though the older models just had two buttons, I was getting confused all the time… Another nice feature is the newly-introduced image stabilization, although it’s not optical but software driven. Alongside the launch of the GoPro Hero5 Black, there is a whole new software ecosystem of GoPro services and cloud-enabled storage. The goal is to make it very easy for users to capture, edit and upload their footage right off their phone while being in the field. The GoPro Hero5 Black will be available on October 2nd and it will be $399.99 and the also new GoPro Hero5 Session is set to $299.99.Read more
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