This year has been tough on GoPro. Shortly after they had to recall their Karma drones, GoPro is shrinking. They recently announced that they are about to cut 15% of their overall workforce in order to cut operational costs. The company’s been operating at a loss and they decided to take radical measures to get back on track. A few days after this announcement, GoPro launched a new product for HERO5 and HERO4 users.
If you’re a GoPro customer who purchased and received the Karma, you’ve probably already heard about the recall. You might, however, be hesitant to return yours if you’ve not yet had it fall out of the sky. Indeed, it may fly perfectly for you, and never show any issues. You might be happy just keeping your Karma and not bothering to get your money back.
I get the feeling that GoPro aren’t seeing as many returns as they’d hoped for. So, they are are sweetening the deal a little now. Everybody who ordered their Karma from the USA who returns their Karma to GoPro will also be getting a free GoPro Hero5 Black. Yes, that’s right, free, gratis, and for nothing.
GoPro haven’t been having a great time of things lately. Share prices are down, sales are down, the Hero4 Black was practically usurped by a competitor at half the cost. The Karma’s been recalled, and the Hero5 Black wasn’t as impressive or as revolutionary as customers might’ve hoped for. But now, GoPro have surprised us with something that’s pretty cool.
Users were initially underwhelmed by the GoPro’s long awaited built in GPS features in the Hero5. Pretty much all it did was tag where our photos and videos were shot. Well, every cellphone can do that. All that changes, today, though. GoPro are taking every single bit of data logged by the camera to let your produce a real-time on-screen video overlay to represent different aspects of your journey.
When GoPro announced the long awaited Karma drone, their plan was to take on DJI and beat them at their own game. Well, play has been halted completely today. Due to issues with Karma drones randomly losing power, GoPro have now issued a recall. Approximately 2,500 Karma units sold since October 23rd (basically, all of the Karmas currently out there) are affected.
GoPro do say that the power loss only happened “in a very small number of cases”, and there have been no reports of injuries or property damage as a result. But, it’s still a pretty significant risk. The last thing you want is to be flying over a mountain or lake, and suddenly have your drone drop out of the sky with no warning.
[editor’s note: we got this letter from our reader Jeffrey George. It resonates true. If you look at the reviews on the apple store or the play store, you’ll find quite a few disappointed customers. I am bringing this letters as is]
I love how GoPro continues to promote their cameras being used in theses beautiful and remote places. GoPro updated their remote app for controlling the camera with a new app called Capture. GoPro requires a login that they claim only needs entered every 30 days, but if the app updates in the background or you logout, you can’t use the App. Forget to login before your trip, you won’t be able to use the App. There is no bypass when there is no internet. I specifically bought my GoPro to use my smart phone as a controller, worked until the new app update.
This requirement to use the internet to use their product is so contrary to why I bought a GoPro. I expected to use their products everywhere. Why would they disable a working feature?
Every year whenever fireworks go on sale in our respective corners of the globe, we’re warned that they’re dangerous. That they could potentially ignite and explode at any moment. Not to store them in large quantities in vehicles. To store them in metal or other non-flammable containers. But what happens if we don’t? Are manufacturers simply being paranoid? What happens if we put a whole stack of fireworks in the back of a van and they go off?
That’s what lovable lunatic Colin Furze wanted to answer after viewers confronted him over a previous YouTube video showing two vans packed full of fireworks. In his newest video, we get to see exactly what happens. With an array of GoPro and other action cameras spread around and inside the van, we get to see it from all angles. Amazingly, all of the action cameras survived.
A lot has been said about the new GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session cameras since their recent release. The new touchscreen LCD has received a lot of praise, as has the fact that you can finally use it underwater without an external housing. But the resolutions and frame rates haven’t changed since the Hero4 Black. So how does it compare?
We posted our own GoPro Hero4 Black vs YI 4K comparison video not too long ago, and the YI 4K pretty much smoked it in almost every aspect. Have GoPro done enough with the Hero5 to make up ground? What about the Hero5 Session? In this review video from Ben Schmanke, we get to find out.
Drones have become the go-to method for getting you GoPro up in the air. But in more and more locations, new regulations limit where we can fly. But what other options do we have? Well, you could gaffer tape it to a coat hanger and swing it around your head on a piece of string. Or, you could stuff it into the front of a giant Nerf football and just throw it.
The latter is the option taken by Aer co-founder Mark de Boer and his friends. Sort of. It’s not an actual Nerf football, but the design of the Aer is very similar in appearance. You will notice, though, that this has much larger fins. These should help to keep it level and not spin wildly through the air as it travels, making for cleaner, steadier footage.
This might sound like a click-baity title, but this is essentially what will happen if the current “Prototype regulations” go through. It’s difficult to know just where to begin when trying to describe how ludicrous some of these regulations are. They would essentially outlaw almost every drone currently on the market. The European Aviation Safety Authority also can’t seem to figure out the difference between drones and “model aircraft”, so they’re being pulled in as well.
In the UK and throughout Europe, right now, we have some fairly healthy drone rules which allow hobbyists a lot of freedom to pursue their hobby. The new regulations would place very impractical if not virtually impossible limitations on what and how you can fly. This video from First Person View goes through the basics of these regulations, and what they mean.
GoPro just announced their new line of cameras (along with the Karma drone) and frankly I am not that excited. The new line from GoPro is called Hero5 (no big surprises there) and it features only two cameras: a more advanced GoPro Hero5 Black and a smaller GoPro Hero5 session. That, I think, is a good sign that GoPro are getting some of their focus back and not spreading too thin on their camera range.
The question of whether these cameras (and drone, and gimbal) are enough to catch up with competition is a different one.