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GoPro Hero 2018 Unboxing and Overview

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GoPro quietly released a new GoPro on March 29th 2018 simply called the GoPro Hero. This is a bare bones GoPro with minimal features at a very low price. The logic behind this release is to offer a low cost GoPro that will potentially attract new long term costumers who will continue to buy GoPro cameras in the future. Whether this tactic will work I guess only time will tell. Now if you already own a GoPro Hero 5 or Hero 6, you will definitely want to skip this camera as it will be a significant downgrade. Alternatively it may be a good value for those who want a second GoPro for B-Roll footage and different angles. From what I understand this new GoPro has replaced the GoPro Session as a $199 entry-level camera. The session is no longer listed on the GoPro website and looks like it may have been discontinued. Its kind of shame I really liked the session and was hoping to see a new generation of it later this year.  I wish GoPro had given the Hero 2018 a more unique name as there has been an older camera in the past that was also called the GoPro Hero and it could cause confusion for some.

GoPro Hero 2018 Specs

The New GoPro Hero 2018 can shoot at a resolution of 1080 or 1440 with 60 FPS. There is no linear field of view only narrow, medium and wide.  It offers 10 megapixel photos and allows you to capture time-lapse in both video and photo mode. When shooting a time-lapse it only allow you to capture at an interval of one frame every .5 seconds. The new GoPro also allows you to shoot bursts at 10 frames in 1 second. With this budget GoPro you can’t shoot HDR photos and ProTune is absent, however it does have the built-in stabilization. The camera does not have the GP1 chip so the stabilization is more equivalent to the Hero 5 Black. Other options that are not present is night lapses and night photos.

GoPro Hero 2018 Compatibility

According to GoPro documentation the new GoPro Hero 2018 is not compatible with the Karma system such as the Karma Drone and the Karma Grip. They also state that it will not work with the external microphone adapter, so no external microphone support. Now with that said, I was told the microphone adapter does indeed work. I have yet to test that but I plan to over the next few days as I work on doing a comparison video with the new GoPro Hero 2018 against the GoPro Hero 6 Black. Due to the new GoPro Hero 2018 having the exact same form factor as the Hero 5 and the Hero 6, many accessories will work with the new GoPro such as the SuperSuit, 3rd party housings, ND filters and lenses. The new GoPro also uses the exact same battery as the 5 and 6 series so all batteries are interchangeable and all chargers such as the GoPro Dual charge are fully compatible with the new GoPro Hero 2018.

Over the next week I plan on running many tests with the new GoPro to see what it is capable of, so keep an eye on my YouTube channel for demonstrations and a full review soon.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2Inb197
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2EdvU4j

If you’re looking for a more powerful feature rich GoPro I would stick with the Hero 6 Black.

GoPro Hero 6 Black (USA) https://amzn.to/2GRumSP
GoPro Hero 6 Black (CAN) https://amzn.to/2InekwZ

 


Some photos of the new GoPro Hero 2018

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started

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If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2HClpuq
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JL8PK8

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2vgdSiD
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HBPLxr

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2vdi3vz
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qyoF1U

GoPro Camera Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2ENLeVq
GoPro Camera Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IZ0DVF

GoPro Shorty (USA) https://amzn.to/2EN5NRW
GoPro Shorty (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vlGd7k

GoPro Floating Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2JKQHQI
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qztiZP

GoPro Dual Charger (USA) https://amzn.to/2GXeXkG
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vj8dbD

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2HAPfQ6
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HAhFd8

RAVPower Power Bank (USA) https://amzn.to/2qBbmxJ
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qz3A7B

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JNNvne
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vga8xB

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro

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If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame: https://amzn.to/2EI58kP

 


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.

 

You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.

 

Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.

 

Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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