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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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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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