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Essential GoPro Time-Lapse Gear

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If you are new to creating time-lapses with your GoPro and are not quite sure what gear you should get, I have put together a list of essential GoPro time-lapse gear and accessories to help you capture stunning time-lapse with your GoPro Hero 5 Black or previous generations. Some of the items listed are more important that others so you can prioritize what is needed and get thing bit by bit when you are able. The GoPro is an amazing camera for capturing time-lapses all by itself, so really all that is needed to start out is your GoPro and a way to mount it in a stable position.

My List Of Must Have GoPro Time-Lapse Accessories

Item 1 – GoPro Hero 5 Black: The first thing you will need is your GoPro. If you are looking to purchase your first GoPro I recommend going with the Hero 5 Black but really the Hero 4’s are just as good and can still produce incredible results as well.

U.S – Hero 5 Black: http://amzn.to/2m8cs1v

Canadian – Hero 5 Black: http://amzn.to/2mT3Vzq

GoPro Hero 5 Black.

 

Item 2 – MeFoto Tripod: Probably the most important piece of equipment you will be using when creating GoPro time-lapse is a tripod. I use the MeFoto “RoadTrip” tripod and am very happy with it. It’s light, durable and stable. You have to bonus option of converting it to a mono-pod if needed. Now you don’t have to go with an expensive tripod if you are just starting out. The are plenty of decent value tripods that will work just fine, after all the GoPro is not that heavy of a unit.

U.S – MeFoto Tripod: http://amzn.to/2mGNae2

Canadian – MeFoto Tripod: http://amzn.to/2m7ZDEr

MeFoto RoadTrip Tripod.

 

Item 3 – Anker Power Bank: I always recommend bringing along a power bank while out capturing time-lapses. There is nothing worse than running low on battery power when you are still recording. This is especially a must have item when creating long night-lapses. Night lapses are general shot longer than day time-lapses and far exceed the Hero 5 Black battery capacity. Plugging into an external charger allows for long overnight time lapses. Anker is my brand of choice when it comes to charging my GoPro. They have several sizes to choose from and charge fast and reliably. Their 10000 mAh power bank is a nice mix of portability and power.

U.S. – Anker Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2m87amv

Canadian – Anker Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2n295ID

 

Anker 10000 mAh Powercore Power Bank.

 

Item 4 – GoPro Jaws Clamp: When ever I head out to film a time-lapse with my GoPro I always pack the GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount. This mount can be clamped to many things and it is strong and secure. I find that the GoPro Jaws Clamp can be more practical in many situations. If you are going to create a time-lapse of a busy street using a tripod you run the risk of someone bumping it and ruining the entire shot. With the Jaws Clamp you can mount your GoPro on posts or street signs up high or low but always out of the way. For this reason it makes it to my list of must have accessories for creating GoPro time-lapses.

U.S. – GoPro Jaws Clamp: http://amzn.to/2m89VEp

 

GoPro Jaws Clamp Mount

 

Item 5 – GoPro Tripod Mount: This little item is inexpensive but is a must have item in order to mount your GoPro to your tripod. However before purchasing one, check the gear you already own. Many GoPro poles and selfie sticks already have one attached to the end that can be unscrewed and mounted to your tripod. Got to save money when you can!

U.S. GoPro Tripod Adaptor: http://amzn.to/2mTqDHC

Canadian – GoPro Tripod Adaptor: http://amzn.to/2mTaemr

 

GoPro Tripod Adaptor.

 

Item 6 – VidPro Motorized Pan Head: The VidPro motorized pan head helps you create dynamic movement in your GoPro time-lapse. This pan head rotates a full 360 degrees but unlike traditional egg timer style pan heads it gives you a lot more options. With this pan head you can set the direction, angle and speed. This comes in handy if you only want to do a 30 degree pan motion time-lapses but still want to record for an hour. It has a built in rechargeable battery that gives you plenty of recording time. This unit also comes with a GoPro adaptor and a smart phone adaptor.

U.S. – VidPro Motorized Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2m85PMn

Canadian –  VidPro Motorized Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2mTmwv6

 

VidPro Motorized GoPro Pan Head.

 

Item 7 – Flow Mow Pan Head: This is simple egg timer style 360 degree rotating pan head for GoPro’s. This is their 120 minute version. So it take 120 minutes to do a full 360 degree rotation. They also have a 60 minute version as well. I like the 120 minute version as it moves slower and still allows you to capture enough data even of only doing a 30 or 90 degree time-lapse. This pan head is well-built and affordably priced.

U.S – Flow Mow Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2lsQ8CI

Canadian – Flow Mow Pan Head: http://amzn.to/2mTmCD9

 

Flow Mow Pan Head for GoPro.

 

Item 8 – Aluminium Frame for Hero 5 Black: Now this is more of optional accessory. It does not affect the outcome of your time-lapse at all. I just like using it while shooting time-lapses with my GoPro as added protection. The rigid aluminium design helps protect against bumps and drops, plus as an added bonus it looks cool.

U.S. Aluminium Frame: http://amzn.to/2mq72Bd

Canadian: Aluminium Frame: http://amzn.to/2mHnIox

 

Aluminium Frame for Hero 5 Black

 

Item 9 – GoPro Suction Cup Mount: This item is more of an optional item. It’s not my go to mounting solution for most time lapses but can come in handy sometimes. If doing a drive-lapse then this is your best choice for mounting your GoPro to your car’s windshield or exterior. I sometime use the GoPro suction cup mount when doing tradition time-lapse in Hotels from the balcony or a window. It’s an easy way to get a nice time-lapse of the city.

U.S. – GoPro Suction Cup Mount: http://amzn.to/2lt8C5X

 

GoPro Suction Cup Mount.

 

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iSteady Pro Gimbal Review | Budget GoPro Gimbal For Under $100

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In this review we are taking a closer look at the iSteady Pro, a budget GoPro gimbal that you can pick up for under $100. Before I even get into the review of this new gimbal by Hohem, I want to point out how nice it is to see more competition of GoPro gimbals popping up on the market. Competition fuels innovation and improvements and not to mention forces more competitive pricing. We seen this happen with smart phone gimbals. A few years back DJI release the Osmo Mobile with a price tag of $299. Soon afterwards we seen third-party gimbals launching with prices as low as $99. This caused DJI to lower its price when they launched the Osmo Mobile 2 earlier this year to $129.99.

The Hohem iSteady pro is a simplistic GoPro gimbal that comes packaged in a nice case and even includes a mini tripod for those times when you want your gimbal resting on a suitable surface to create time-lapses. Also included with the kit is a micro USB cable for charging up the unit. I found the gimbal to be very comfortable to hold with its molded hand grip. It is a nice compact gimbal and very light to hold. First impression are good, it is a little plasticky but what do you expect from a $99 gimbal. All in all it does look to be well constructed and even includes a joystick for nice smooth movements.

The Good: The handle features a full-sized USB slot that can act as a power bank to charge any device that can be charged via USB. It also has a micro USB port near the camera mount that can be used to charge your GoPro while using the gimbal. Now this only works for cameras that you mount where the battery door is not blocked by the motor. I found the footage I shot with the iSteady Pro to be quite smooth and was pleasantly surprised. Like all gimbals there is some slight motor vibration noise, however I did find it to be of an acceptable level. Hohem has a nice little app for the iSteady pro that allows you to control the gimbal remotely and make some adjustments to how the gimbal behaves when in use. A very basic app but a nice touch for the price.

The Bad: I did find the gimbal handle would knock the camera on occasion when doing extreme moves/angles, so you have to pay attention to the angle at all times. I also found the horizon a little tilted when doing fast panning, it would correct it self but could be annoying to some film makers while other may like the fluid more natural motion.

All in all I found this to be a nice little gimbal for the price. If you’re looking for a low-cost gimbal you might just want take a look at the Hohem iSteady pro, I am sure you will be satisfied with the purchase. Watch our full in-depth review on YouTube.

iSteady Pro (USA) https://amzn.to/2L5wclP
iSteady Pro (CAN) https://amzn.to/2NUUIUN

 

 

Hohem iSteady Pro packaging.

Hohem iSteady Pro includes a nice case for transporting and protecting your gimbal.

 

The Hohem iSteady Pro includes a micro USB cable for charging and a small mini tripod.

 

Hohem iSteady Pro.

 

The iSteady Pro has nice simple controls including a joystick.

 

Hohem has a nice app to allow you to control and adjust settings of the iSteady Pro.

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New Updated GoPro Seeker Backpack

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A few weeks ago GoPro quietly updated the GoPro seeker backpack with a few small changes. The first change is they have made the back pack slightly larger and increased its capacity from a 16 liters to a 18 liters. Upon visual inspection this did not significantly increase the overall size of the backpack. When doing a side by side comparison it’s very difficult to see any size changes. The other feature that have added is a new laptop sleeve located in the back compartment beside the water bladder compartment that is now capable of holding a 15″ laptop. This was one complaint that many had with the original GoPro seeker and has now been addressed.

Another nice thing is that GoPro has dropped the price of the seeker backpack. For a long time the seeker backpack retailed at $169.99 U.S however the new price of the updated GoPro seeker backpack is $149 U.S. You can still purchase the original seeker backpack on amazon for under $120. The big question is … is it worth the upgrade if you already own the original GoPro Seeker Backpack. Personally I would have to say no, to me the changes are not significant enough to justify the cost. However if you are looking to get a new backpack, now is the time with the new low-cost and updated model. The seeker is a high quality GoPro backpack that is super comfortable to wear for long periods of time and can hold of ton of gear. I highly recommend it.

Updated Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2L8Z9cA
Old Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2NLJrWO

 

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