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FeiyuTech G6 Review and Sample Footage

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FeiyuTech announced the new FeiyuTech G6 several weeks ago and over the past week they have finally been shipping out to customers. At first glance, you really notice the size of the new gimbal is quite a bit larger than its predecessor. It has larger more powerful motors and according to FeiyuTech these new motors with higher torque will produce smoother footage and cause less shake in certain situations. There are many new upgrades to the FeiyuTech G6 Such as:

  • Redesigned mounting/accessory options on the side and bottom.
  • 12 Hour battery time.
  • New FeiyuTech App with more features.
  • Support for GoPro Session.
  • OLED Screen.
  • Tilt wheel. Adjust horizon.
  • Support to use of a smartphone as a monitor.
  • Control GoPro with WiFi connection. Stop/Start recording, change modes, etc.
  • The new angle of motors to allow for a better view of the GoPro screen.
  • Larger motors for smoother footage/less shake.
  • Waterproof
  • Sliding arm to balance various cameras. No weights needed.

The G5 was listed as being splash proof, but the new Feiyutech G6 is listed as being waterproof. Personally, I will be treating mine as being splash-proof. This really is a welcome feature for those of us who like to film around water. Shooting in the rain should not be a problem as well. One of the most exciting new features is being able to control your GoPro via new buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 handle. To control your GoPro you must connect it first via WiFi through the FeiyuTech iPhone app. Once connected you can start/stop recording or take photos with a press of a button. You can change between photo, video and time-lapse mode. You can also change a few basic settings such as resolution and field of view.

I have used it a fair amount and I can say I really am pleased with its performance. Now I was a fan of the G5 as well and I don’t know if I could detect a huge difference between the FeiyuTech G5 and G6’s performance in keeping footage stable as the G5 did a great job as well. The new angle of the motor is also a welcome improvement as it makes viewing the GoPro screen a little easier when filming. Balancing the GoPro in the FeiyuTech G6 is quick and easy with the addition of the new sliding arm. You no longer have to attach weights when switching between smaller and larger cameras.

The FeiyuTech G6 now comes with a hard style case that can actually hold quite a bit of gear including a second GoPro and spare batteries. Now I was a fan of the sleeve that shipped with the old gimbal as it was super compact and would fit into a camera bag or backpack without taking up a lot of room. However, I did find that even though the G6 is larger than the G5 it will still fit into the old G5 sleeve (without GoPro attached).

All in all, I think FeiyuTech has done a great job with the newly upgraded gimbal. If you already own a G5 I don’t really know if its worth the money to upgrade unless you really like the idea of controlling your GoPro with the Gimbal. If you are looking to get your first stabilizer that I do think this is your best choice. The FeiyuTech G6 is probably the best GoPro gimbal on the market right now.

Watch our YouTube review, I go over setting up the new FeiyuTech G6 and provide some sample test footage.

FeiyuTech G6 (USA) https://amzn.to/2IlCiJo
FeiyuTech G6 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2rH2pV8

Extension Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2Iho14C
Extension Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2GhU3Yf


FeiyuTech G6 interior of the case. Can hold an extra GoPro, cables and extra batteries.

 

FeiyuTech G6 Hard Case.

 

You can keep your GoPro charged via the included charging cable. Charge via the FeiyuTech G6 battery.

 

GoPro session mount kit for the FeiyuTech G6.

 

GoPro Hero 5 Session mounted in the FeiyuTech G6.

 

New buttons on the FeiyuTech G6 allows you to control your GoPro.

 

New FeiyuTech G6.

 

FeiyuTech G6 contents in the box.

 

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When And Why To Use A Polarizing Filter With Your GoPro

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Ever wonder what a polarizing filter is and what it does? In this video, we are taking a look at a couple of polarization filters also knows as CPL’s for the GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black. These will also be compatible with the GoPro Hero 7 Black which will be released later this fall.

What Is A Polarizing Filter For Your GoPro

A polarizing filter is a filter that attaches to your GoPro and its purpose is to cut back reflections from shiny surfaces such as water, metallic surfaces, glass, even plants, and paved roads. When reflections are minimized your GoPro can capture deeper more true to life colors with more saturation and vibrancy. Filming on water is a perfect scenario. The glare from water can really desaturate the video or photo you take. By adding a polarizing filter the camera can record richer blues in the sky and the water itself. It can also in some situation make the water more transparent so you can film what lies beneath. Another good example is when filming yourself driving with your GoPro. If you have a GoPro mounted on a car on a bright day, the asphalt can be quite shiny. Using a CPL will cut back the glare on both the vehicle and the road leaving you with a beautiful video with deep vibrant colors. Myself I even use one when taking photos of my garden. Plant leaves can have a sheen on them. Using a CPL allows me to capture all the beautiful colors of the flowers easily.

TIP: In order to use a polarizing filter you must use it 90 degrees to the sun. So filming with the sun directly in front of you or behind you will have no polarization advantages when using a CPL with your GoPro.

What CPL Filter Is Right For You & Your GoPro

There are many CPL filters on the market for your GoPro, In this video a take a look at two. The first filter is by SandMarc which has a rotating dial that sets the polarization. The second one by Telesin has to be removed and rotated to set the desired polarization. I have used both extensively and I have found that both provide similar results with the quality of footage that is produced. The SandMarc filter is easier to use as you can just dial and rotate the filter to get the appropriate polarization, whereas the Telesin CPL must be removed and rotated manually. There is a large price difference between the two the SandMarc CPL runs about $39 and the Telesin comes in at $12. Even though its cheaper the Telesin polarizer filter also includes a lens cap to help protect the lens for smudges and scratches. One other nice feature the Telesin brand has is the ability to lock the lens on the GoPro via an Allen key and screw. This is important as the large lenses have been known to fly off when being used at high rates of speed, the wind velocity can work the lens off. There is no way to tighten the SandMarc polarizer filter. Just keep in mind over tightening the screw can leave marks on the GoPros finish.

Watch our demonstration video where we show you how to use and install these polarizing filters on your GoPro. We also include some sample footage showing you the difference of using a polarizing filter and not using one.

Currently, the Sandmarc CPLS are on Backorder I will add a link to it when it’s available.

Telesin CPL for Hero 5/6 Black: https://amzn.to/2xsAf2j

 

SandMarc CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

Telesin CPL polarizing filter for your GoPro Hero 5/6 Black.

 

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Affordable YouTube Studio Lighting | FalconEyes SO-48TD Review

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If you are in the market for affordable lighting for you home YouTube studio you may just want to take a look at the FalconEyes SO-48TD, a high-quality light without a big price tag. If you are just starting out with creating YouTube content one of the most important thing besides your camera is lighting. If your filming outside this is not so much of an issue, but if your creating an indoor studio lighting is a crucial part of your setup.

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to lighting, some really cheap options, and some really expensive ones as well. If you’re just starting out you may want to choose some on the cheaper side, especially if you are just doing YouTube as a hobby and don’t want to invest a lot of money. I strongly recommend the FalconEyes SO-48TD. They can produce stunning results without breaking the bank. This series of lights come in 3 output sizes, a 28 watts, 48 watts and 68wattst. Anyone of these light would do the trick. There are many ways to set up the lights. Traditionally you would want at least one main key light and a second light for accenting.

The FalconEyes SO-48TD lights can be connected to one another wirelessly if you so choose. The benefits of this are allowing you to adjust all your lighting together. You can make an adjustment of color temperature or brightness on one and all connected lights will be adjusted automatically. The lights can be powered by both batteries and a wall socket. This makes the light very versatile if you would like to take it to a location where it can not be plugged into a wall. The unit has a nice touchscreen for controlling the brightness and temperature. The temperature range is from 3000K to 5600K and the brightness can be adjusted in 1% increments.

Another key feature of this light is that it replicates the use of a softbox and provides nice even soft lighting. This is achieved by a ring of LED lights around the outside of the fixture that point inward. The light is then reflected back out through a diffuser providing nice soft light without the bulk of big light boxes.

I think this is a great light for anyone looking to set up a YouTube studio in their home. The kit includes a nice travel case, however, you will need to purchase some light stands as they are not included in the package. I will include some links to the ones I use. They are good and solid and at an affordable price as well.

Three sizes of lights to choose from
FalconEyes SO-28TD: https://amzn.to/2Myhctr
FalconEyes SO-48TD: https://amzn.to/2vuzW6P
FalconEyes SO-68TD: https://amzn.to/2AY23QR

Neewer Light Stands: https://amzn.to/2OZSjsn

Batteries (2 different styles)
NP-F750/970: https://amzn.to/2vFx3jJ
or you can use the Sony V Mount style without an adapter
https://amzn.to/2ntBUQA

 


FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The removable wireless antenna of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

V-Mount adapter of the FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The touchscreen of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

Removable battery adapter for the FalconEyes SO-48TD. When removed it reveals a V-Mount connector that can be used with Sony V-Mount batteries as well.

 

Back view of the FalconEyes SO-48TD.

 

FalconEyes SO-48TD

 

The FalconEyes SO-48TD comes with a nice carrying case.

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