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Aluminium Frame for GoPro Hero 5 Black

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Here is a really interesting accessory for your new GoPro Hero 5 Black. It’s an aluminium frame with a built in cold shoe that can be used to mount a microphone or small LED light on your Hero 5. These frames have existed for previous generation of the GoPro Hero and they are finally now available for GoPro’s newest flagship camera.

The Positives

Some of the features this aluminium frame offers over the stock frame that comes with the GoPro is: Cold shoe mount for accessories. This cold shoe mount can be removed if not needed or it can be mounted at the side or bottom of the frame. It has a very durable feel and rugged design which will offer greater protection for your GoPro if dropped or happens to get a hard knock. It does happen unfortunately! This frame also comes with a wrist lanyard that can be used if desired. The standard GoPro mount on the bottom will connect to the large ecosystem of GoPro mounts, grips and poles, but it can also be removed to reveal a standard tripod thread allowing you to mount it to your tripod without any other adaptors. Another nice feature is the lens cap! it comes with a UV filter pre-installed but can be removed if not wanted and the lens cap with still connect. You can install your own standard 52mm Camera filters with no issues. The manufacturer also includes a cloth bag to store your new Hero 5 aluminium frame.

This is a really sharp looking frame and I love how it looks, I opted to go with the red aluminium as it matches my tripod perfectly. It comes in a variety of colors to suit any taste and mood.

The negatives

The frame is quite a bit heavier than the stock frame so that could be an issue for some. When filming in super wide view mode you may get some slight vignetting in the photo or video. I tested this thoroughly and didn’t really notice anything worth noting but just thought I would mention it. For myself I rarely if ever shoot in superview mode so for me its a non issue. Forget about attaching a floaty to the back or using a floating grip. Due to the extra weight I do believe it would sink like a stone due to it weight however I have not tested that theory!

Aluminium Frame Weight 143g  –  Standard Hero 5 Frame Weight: 26g

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All in all I am quite happy with this aluminium frame, for me the most important feature and why I purchased it was for the built in cold shoe that allows me to easily connect an external microphone. Please feel free to comment if you have any question. You can head over to my YouTube page to watch a video of me unboxing this unit and going over all the features.

Have a great day!!!

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  1. Dave A.

    April 11, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Your GoPro YouTube videos are fantastic. I’m excited that you have a website for product reviews & feature-rich content that’s one stop shopping.

    • The GoPro Guy

      April 12, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Thank You 🙂

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FeiyuTech G5 vs FeiyuTech G6 vs GoPro Karma Grip | Which Gimbal Has The Best Stabilization

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In this head to head comparison video we compare the quality of stabilization of the Karma Grip, FeiyuTech G5 and the new FeiyuTech G6 to see which GoPro gimbal can provide the smoothest footage. Now I would like to point out that this is not a scientific test as there are many factors that can affect the results, but it can give us a good general idea of the stabilization performance of each gimbal. To keep things fair in this comparison video I tried to keep things similar for every pass. I walked the same path, same speed in a normal way I would walk when filming with a gimbal. In the video I play all the footage side by side to get a visual feel of which one is smoothest. I then play the footage side by side again but this time I speed up the content by 600%. Speeding up the footage exaggerates the jitter and imperfections and can help identify the smoothest GoPro gimbal.

FeiyuTech G6: https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
FeiyuTech G5: https://amzn.to/2J7cAZE
Karma Grip: https://amzn.to/2LRX4CP
GoPro Hero 6 Black: https://amzn.to/2LchoOX

 

 

Now after going over the footage numerous times I would have to say when it comes to the gimbal that has the best stabilization they are all pretty close. If I had to pick one I would say the G6 is a slight bit smoother. Now when it comes to features that is a whole different story. The FeiyuTech gimbals are much better suited to my needs when it comes to features and usability.

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Litra Torch Light Versus Lume Cube | Which Do I Prefer

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If you are in the market for a small portable light for your GoPro, watch this video as I compare the Litra Torch Light against the Lume Cube to see which one I think is best. Now I would like to say that both are excellent lights and no matter which one you choose you will be very happy with your purchase. Both lights come as a single light purchase or as a kit geared to GoPro and other action cameras or for your smart phone. The base light price is the exact same for both at $79.99. What comes with the lights is quite different. The Lume Cube ships with a charging cable and instruction manual while the Litra Torch Light comes with a silicon light diffuser, silicon housing, GoPro mount, charging cable, mounting clip and manual. With all the extra gear the Litra Torch is a better value.

Now when it comes to mounting, the Lume Cube has a single 1/4 tripod mount located on the bottom. You will need to purchase a GoPro adapter if you wish to mount it via a GoPro mount. The Litra Torch has 2 1/4 tripod mounts, one on the bottom and one on the back. In addition there is a built-in magnet on the back which allows you to easily mount the light to any metal object. When you factor in the included GoPro adapter and clip the Litra Torch Light is quite a bit more versatile when it comes to mounting. Both lights are water proof and have a built-in rechargeable battery. Both lights also offer an optional gel and diffuse kits.

Brightness and Battery Life

The Lume Cube has a max output of 1500 lumens while the Litra Torch only comes in at a max of 800 lumens. I do not own the equipment to test these measurements to verify if they are indeed correct. However if you look at the sample photos below, there does not seem to be much difference between the two lights when at the brightest setting. When you look close the Litra Torch seems to be a slight bit brighter and shows more detail in the ground. In this test both lights are mounted side by side with a GoPro Hero 6 Black in the middle.

When it comes to battery life these are the ratings provided by the manufactures ( I have not tested these numbers).

Litra Torch Light Battery Rating

  • Brightest – 35 Minutes
  • Medium – 70 Minutes
  • Lowest – 4 Hours

Lume Cube Battery Rating

  • Brightest – 20 – 30 Minutes
  • Medium – 2 Hours

One major feature that the Lume Cube has that is absent from the Litra torch is its Bluetooth connectivity. You can slave many Lume Cubes together and have them fire off at the same time when using them as a flash for photography with your smart phone and the Lume Cube companion app. If this is an important feature for you then the Lume Cubes may be the best fit for your needs. Myself however I only use the lights for filming so its more of a bonus feature.

So all thing considered they are both well designed and function superbly. When it comes to my preference and the ones I tend to use on a regular basis is the Litra Torch Lights. I always have them packed in my camera backpack when I am out hiking and adventuring. The reason being is I like its simple one button usage design and I really like the versatility I have when  I need to mount the lights. Like I stated, no mater which light kit you choose you will be supper happy with your purchase.

Single Litra Torch: https://amzn.to/2KXzPWu
Single Lume Cube: https://amzn.to/2KYfOPw

Litra Torch GoPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2KZwM0i
Lume Cube GoPro Mount: https://amzn.to/2J5Lmpt

Litra Torch Gel/Diffusion Kit: https://amzn.to/2IRqxPy
Lume Cube Gel/Diffusion Kit: https://amzn.to/2IQOMco

Watch our YouTube video were we compare the Lume Cube against the Litra Torch, sample footage included.


The optional gel and diffuse kit for the Litra Torch Light.

 

This is everything you get when you purchase the single Litra Torch Light.

 

Both Litra Torch and Lume Cube have an optional GoPro accessory that allows you to mount a GoPro and two lights.

 

Litra Torch Versus Lume Cube. Which one is best.

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