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GoPro Hero 2018 vs Hero 6 Black | Comparison and Review

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The new GoPro Hero (2018) has been out for a little over a week now and I have had a good amount of time to test it out to see just what it is capable of. If you’re not aware GoPro released a new low-cost budget camera simply called the GoPro Hero on March 29th, 2018. What GoPro hopes to achieve with this new camera is attract new first time owners of the Hero line of cameras in hopes that they upgrade down the road to more expensive models and also to retain them as long-term costumers. In this review I decided to put it head to head with GoPro’s most powerful flagship camera the Hero 6 Black. Now one is a $199 camera and the other is a $399 camera so it is obvious the Hero 6 Black will perform better. The reason I decided to compare these two particular models is to show you what you get for that extra $200. Watch our video below to see the GoPro Hero 2018 in action with photo and video samples.

GoPro Hero (2018): https://amzn.to/2Jrp2Ed

 


As you could see in the video, the stabilization on the GoPro Hero 2018 is closely matched to that of the Hero 5 Black. The stabilization on the Hero 6 black is far superior. I find this to be one of the most compelling reasons for a new customer who purchases the low-cost GoPro Hero 2018 to upgrade down the road.

One thing I really noticed with the Hero 2018 is there seems to be a brownish tinge to the photos and videos. If you watch the comparison video you will really notice it during the stabilization comparison and in some of the photo samples. I only noticed this after we had some snow and most of the scene was white. See photo sample below.

Photo comparison of the Hero 2018 and the Hero 6 Black

The photo on the Left was taken on the Hero 6 Black and the photo on the right was taken with the new GoPro Hero (2018). You can notice a slight brown tinge to the photo almost as if there has been a mild sepia filter applied to the photo.

The settings in the new Hero 2018 are very limited to what we are used to in most GoPro cameras. The lack of ProTune would be a deal breaker for many but for a new user who is just learning how to use a GoPro would probably not miss it too much. This new camera features a 10 megapixel camera, not great by today’s standards but enough to get the job done and still produce decent results. When filming on the Hero 2018 you have a choice to shoot at a resolution of 1440 or 1080 at 60 or 30 FPS. I think this is an acceptable resolution for an entry-level GoPro. 1080 is still a very popular resolution on social media sites such as YouTube and Facebook. At this resolution a brand new costumer does not have to worry about whether their smart phone or computer can edit or even play 4K content.

One thing I found lacking is the options for creating time-lapses more specifically the available interval settings. With the new GoPro Hero (2018) you are able to shoot time-lapse videos and time-lapse photo sequences. Missing is the ability to shoot night-lapses as found in GoPro’s higher end cameras. They have limited it to shooting .5 second intervals only. I think they could have done a little more here. I know it’s a budget camera but adding two shooting intervals would have been nice maybe add in a 2 second interval option. Even with its time-lapse limitations new users will be able to capture amazing time-lapses, one of my favorite things to do with a GoPro.

The dynamic range on the new GoPro Hero 2018 is very acceptable for the price. I would have to say it is a little better than the Hero 5 Black but definitely not on par with the Hero 6 Black. You will notice in the sample video it takes longer for the Hero (2018) to adjust to different light situations and many details get lost when shooting in unfavorable conditions. But generally I was quite pleased with the results of this budget GoPro.

Due to having the same form factor as the Hero 5/6 Black many existing accessories such as frames and housings are fully compatible. All grips, mounts and poles will work with the new GoPro Hero (2018). Lenses and ND filters will work with the new Hero 2018 as will existing chargers and batteries. The Hero 2018 uses the same battery as the Hero 5/6 Black so all batteries are interchangeable. There are some accessories that are not compatible such as the Karma Grip and Karma Drone. You are also not able to use the Smart Remote or the Remo Remote with the new GoPro Hero 2018. You can however use your smart phone and the GoPro app as a remote if needed as the GoPro app is fully compatible with the new Hero. GoPro documentation stated that the new Hero 2018 is not compatible with an external microphone and the GoPro Mic Adapter however this turned out to be false and you can indeed use the microphone adapter with the Hero (2018).

All in all I think it is a decent camera for $199. I like how GoPro is taking a proactive approach to try to attract new customers, unfortunately I feel this tactic may not produce the results they are hoping for. GoPro has been struggling in recent years due to advancements of the smart phone. Most people have a 4K camera in their pocket at all times and with today’s phones they can sometimes out perform even the high-end GoPro’s. It’s hard to get people to shell out more money for another camera. Its more gear they need to carry around and really not needed unless you are an extreme sports enthusiast and need durability…unfortunately there are not enough of these users to keep GoPro thriving. I think if GoPro is to survive in today’s market they need to drop to moniker of “Action Camera” now I don’t mean get out of the action camera market, but expand into new markets. GoPro needs to become an imaging company and offer new products that everyday people need and want. It worked for Apple. Apple would have been bankrupt long ago if they just continued to sell computers. Introducing the iPod and iPhone allowed the company to flourish and helped them to grow into one of the largest company’s on the planet.

Some photo samples from the new GoPro Hero (2018)

 

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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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