Earlier this year, GoPro launched GoPro Hero, a $220 simplified action camera. But according to some reports, it’s actually nothing else but a Hero 5 with crippled firmware. And allegedly, you can tweak the cheap GoPro Hero to load the Hero 5’s firmware.
Starting 31 January, GoPro’s Plus subscription service has been improved. From now on, if your GoPro camera gets smashed, the company will replace it for you, no questions asked. Also, they’ve added a few more benefits for the Plus subscribers which will be launched soon.
The GoPro Hero 6 is here. It’s new, it’s shiny, and it’s $100 more expensive than the old one. But is it worth the upgrade? The GoPro Hero 5 was something of a disappointment for many. Sure, it had built in waterproofing and touchscreen. But beyond those, it did really seem to offer all that much over the GoPro Hero 4 Black.
So how does the GoPro Hero 6 compare? This video, from the folks over at Vistek, puts the new Hero 6 head-to-head with its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 5 to see if it’s really worth upgrading.
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.
We are keeping a close eye on YI. initially dubbed as the GoPro killer, YI has been growing. They have a gimbal out, a drone in the planning and a mirrorless camera. I thought it would be very interesting to speak with YI CEO, Mr. Sean Da, about the past, present and future of YI.
It is clear that YI is very technology focused. When we talked with, Mr. Sean Da, he was not telling a lifestyle story about mountain climbing, surfing or parachuting. He was simply saying, we have the best camera in the market. This is a really interesting approach to the market, but I think it is also one of the companies weak spots. A lot of the market is not being sold on tech, it is being sold on stories and I think that YI will have to pivot that was if they want to conquer the market.
When you were a kid, you may have toyed around with taking things apart. Then, putting them back together again. For me, more often than not, the put-back-together part ended with some spare parts. The lack of which did not seem to impact the assembled piece though.
Watch the GoPro Hero 5 undergoing the same procedure. JerryRigEverything takes a brand new GoPro Hero 5 apart. Usually, those videos are made so you can learn how to replace damaged parts, but sadly, GoPro does not sell spare parts for the Hero5. You’d need another dead Hero 5 for savaging the parts. Who knows, maybe GoPro will end up selling parts, or you can Frankenstein 2 dead GoPros into a live one.
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.
We were (semi) excited about the GoPro hero5 Black announcement. And while the footage wuality is yet to be seen, we were still left with some questions about how the camera actually feels and operates.
Questions like how does the camera mount to a stick (or any other accessory for that matter)? How does it feel in your hands? Is the LCD any good?
Luckily we met the gopro team on the floor and they just happened to have a gopro hero5 black with them. We asked to play with it for a few minutes and got some info to share.
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.