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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 a 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 allows 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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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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