Virtual reality can take you to places you otherwise couldn’t see, and there’s still plenty of room for improving and experimenting with VR technology. In a recent blog post, Google has announced that they’re experimenting with light field photography to create more realistic VR experience. To make this possible, the company is using a solution that seems pretty simple and clever: a rig made of 16 rotating GoPro cameras.
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.
Do you remember the first GoPro ever? It wasn’t a tiny digital camera that shoots both 12MP photos and 4K videos. It was a 35mm film camera and it was a size of an average disposable camera. Derald of Thirty Five Studio bought one in perfectly good condition and he took it for a test ride. So, how do the photos from the first GoPro ever look today?
Today sees GoPro release their fourth quarter 2017 report, and it’s not looking all that great for the GoPro Karma. In the midst of reporting an $80 million loss for the quarter, GoPro has announced that they’re getting out of the drone business. There’s little mention of the 300 staff they recently laid off, but the Karma will be both the first and last drone the company produce.
After a seemingly good start in 2017, GoPro seems to be struggling again. As the sources close to the company claim, GoPro is laying off 200 to 300 employees this week. Reportedly, the layoffs are concentrated mainly on the company’s aerial division, which could have an impact on their drone production.
Action cameras have become part of many a filmmaker and photographer arsenal. Even if they’re not our primary camera, they’re great for grabbing behind the scenes clips or putting in higher risk situations. And then, sometimes, they are the primary camera, capturing the action. But most of them come with a pretty severe fisheye effect.
Some can deal with this natively in-camera, but often you get the best results in post. But how can you deal with it effectively? In this super short 20 second video from YouTuber Aidin Robbins, we see just how easy it is to fix. Aidin uses Hitfilm Express for this video, but the principle is the same in other editing applications.
It looks like GoPro might actually be experiencing something of a turnaround in their fortune. They’ve just released the Third Quarter 2017 financial report. After a pretty disastrous couple of years, their most recent quarter turned a profit, its first quarter to do so since Q3 2015.
In an attempt to turn the company around, they’ve been laying off employees, several times, recalling products, had a terrible relaunch for the aforementioned recalled product, and released the Hero 6. But, it’s worked, in the most recent quarter, they generated $329.81m in revenue with a profit of $14.66m.
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.