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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 smartphone or computer can edit or even play 4K content.

One thing I found lacking is the options for creating a time-lapse 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 smartphone 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 in the smartphone. Most people have a 4K camera in their pocket at all times and with today’s phones, they can sometimes outperform even the high-end GoPro’s. It’s hard to get people to shell out more money for another camera. It’s 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 the 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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Hero 7 Black Beginners Guide | How To Get Started

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Every year when GoPro releases a new generation camera we always create a beginners guide to help those who are brand new and have or will be purchasing their very first GoPro. In September GoPro introduced the new GoPro Hero 7 Black and so we have created a newly updated beginners guide just for it. This beginners guide is created for those who have no experience and have never used a GoPro. In this beginners guide, we cover such topics including:

  • Unpacking your new GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • How to mount your GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • Install the battery in the Hero 7 Black.
  • How to charge the GoPro Hero 7 Black.
  • Best memory for the Hero 7 Black.
  • Powering on and setup of the Hero 7 Black.
  • Connecting the Hero 7 Black to the GoPro Quick app.
  • Shooting modes on the Hero 7 Black.
  • Menu tour of the Hero 7 Black.
  • Voice commands for the Hero 7 Black
  • How to use quick capture.
  • Essential gear for the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

This is part one in our beginners guide series for the Hero 7 Black. Part 2 will cover what to do next once you have filmed some great content. We will go over how to transfer your content to your smartphone or tablet so you can share it and even edit it for those who want to take their GoPro content a step further. We will also cover the GoPro app and GoPro Quik app in more detail.

Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2Djgyis
Best Memory: https://amzn.to/2qmyLmX

Other GoPro Hero 7 Black gear to consider.

GoPro Shorty: https://amzn.to/2JuD885
GoPro Charger: https://amzn.to/2PuDaT5
Floating Hand Grip: https://amzn.to/2PBkLnx
GoPro Case: https://amzn.to/2qnej5x
Silicone Sleeve: https://amzn.to/2yKAVBh
Power Bank: https://amzn.to/2SzgzDD
GoPro Backpack: https://amzn.to/2qmRVZP
Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2PxLtNL
Bike Mount: https://amzn.to/2EXcAxG

 


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GoPro Hero 7 Black | 30 Days In Review

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Before I make a review of a product like the new GoPro Hero 7 Black I like to have a good amount of time to use and test it in real-world scenarios before I make any kind of judgment. This turned out to be especially true for the Hero 7 Black because my opinion on it has changed quite a bit since those early first few days. If I had made a review too soon it would not accurately reflect my thoughts on this camera after a good amount of time using it. I would also like to point out that I purchased the GoPro Hero 7 Black myself, It was not sent to me as review gift from GoPro. I am not part of the “GoPro Family” or a GoPro influencer as some call it. This is important because I spent my hard earned money on it just like you did or will be doing. I expect good value for my money and this ensures a good honest, accurate and fair review.

Hero 7 Black (USA) https://amzn.to/2CEWTZg
Hero 7 Black (CAN) https://amzn.to/2yCRhvP

Early on in the Hero 7 release, there were reports of batteries not charging completely, GoPro freezing while charging and firmware update issues. I can’t really comment on those issues because I didn’t experience any of that with my unit. The only one time issue I had was during the initial firmware update via the GoPro app it did fail, however, it was successful on the second attempt. I must also say I have experience firmware update errors with every GoPro I have owned since the Hero 3 series.

Early on in the release of the GoPro Hero 7 Black I was not really sold on the value of upgrading on what essentially seemed to be just a firmware upgrade on a camera that for the most part was identical both inside and out except for the new black finish. The new features that GoPro was promoting seemed very interesting but was it worth spending $400 US or $529 Canadian. I spent the first week with my new GoPro testing out all the new features including HyperSmooth (Stabilization), TimeWarp (Hyperlapse), SuperPhoto (HDR Photography). I also spent time testing out the dynamic range and audio properties of the new Hero 7 Black and I must say it did not disappoint. To address the issue of the Hero 7 just being a firmware update, from what I have read the Hero 7 Black has an extra gig of ram and newly engineered microphones to help make these new features and changes possible.

So let’s break it down and go over all the new changes and what I think of them.

Form factor/Cosmetics: I am not a fan of the new black material they are using as the finish. I find it looks a little cheap and does not have the feel or look as a premium product should. I much preferred the finish on the Hero 5/6 Black. I have found it to scuff easy and because of it rubbery finish, it always has lint and debris stuck to it. I am not sure how the finish will hold up over time. Now really how a product performs is more important than cosmetics, but when you spend a lot of money on gear you want it to look good and stay looking good over time.

HyperSmooth Stabilization: GoPro is calling the Hero 7 Black a gimbal killer with its new HyperSmooth technology, now I don’t know if I would go as far as to say that but I definitely feel there is some merit to their statement. The stabilization on the Hero 7 Black is truly incredible, leaps and bounds ahead of the Hero 6 Black. There are those times when a stabilizer will do a better job, but for me, I can see that 80% of the time in scenarios where I would want a gimbal to film I really don’t need it anymore…it is that good. A gimbal will always give you a little more of a polished look, however not having to lug a bulky gimbal around and still able to get gimbal like footage is alright in my books. Gimbals are delicate and can be damaged easily, not to mention there are those situations where you just can’t use a gimbal. One big improvement of the HyperSmooth stabilization on the Hero 7 Black is the fact that you can now stabilize 4k 60FPS footage, this is huge for me as I primarily film in 4k60FPS. I am extremely pleased with the stabilization on the Hero 7 Black, so much that I feel this is well worth the upgrade cost alone. One downfall of the Hero 7 Black Hypersmooth is that it does not produce the best results in low light conditions.

TimeWarp/Hyperlapse: Another new feature of the Hero 7 Black is it can now create TimeWarp videos also known os hyperlapse videos. This is really is a useful and welcome feature of the Hero 7 Black. The TimeWarp feature works very well and can produce some visually stunning hyperlapses all with the push of a button. Not only does it work well, but it also is super easy to use the TimeWarp feature and that is very important, nobody wants to spend to much time trying to set up shots. With the Hero 7 Black, you just press the shutter button and go. In Past GoPro models to film a hyperlaspe was quite a time-consuming procedure, you had to have good editing skills and patience as well as it was not an easy task. Timewarp videos are a nice way to shoot interesting b-roll footage for your videos and is a very welcome addition.

SuperPhoto (HDR): To be honest I was a little disappointed with the SuperPhoto feature (also known as HDR) on the Hero 7 Black. When it was first rumored that the new Hero would be getting an HDR feature I was quite happy as I love to shoot HDR photography on my DSLR. Traditional HDR photography is when the camera shoots 3 photos with 3 different exposures, one overexposed, one underexposed and one normal this is called bracketed photos. The photos are then merged together in software into one photo and it leaves you with a nice evenly exposed photo with good detail in the highlights and lowlights. Most smartphones and even the Hero 6 Black had this feature. However they did not save the bracketed single photos, you are only left with the finished merged photo. I was hoping the Hero 7 Black would allow for the saving of the individual bracketed photos so the user can do their own HDR processing, but unfortunately, that is not the case and you are only left with the finished HDR image. I do hope this is changed down the road as I would love to edit the HDR photos myself. Now when it comes to the quality of the processed HDR or SuperPhotos I personally feel it needs some work. I find that there is something off about the SuperPhotos I can’t quite put my finger on it, I think there is not enough shadow and contrast. I find photos shot in regular mode look better. This is just my personal preference and others may feel differently. If you look at the example below you can see what I am referring too.

A comparison of the GoPro Hero 7 Black SuperPhoto versus a normal photo. Personally, I find the normal photo looks better. The SuperPhoto (hdr) lacks contrast and depth. No editing has been done to either photo.

A Final Thought On The GoPro Hero 7 Black

Some other things to note about the Hero 7 Black is the newly designed menus. I really like how GoPro set them up. It took a few days to get used to the new layout but I find they are simple to navigate and well organized. GoPro has finally added a photo timer to the Hero 7 Black. This is a long overdue feature and for the life of me, I can’t understand why it took so long for such a simple little feature. No more having to yell at your GoPro to take a photo when shooting a selfie, no more funny looks from people around you. GoPro has added live streaming. I am not going to get into that in this review as it really is not a feature that interests me. I did take a quick look at it and it seems easy enough to set up if you are interested in live streaming with your GoPro. One last feature I should mention is you can now easily shoot in portrait orientation. Its one of those things that you will not use every day but when filming for some social media platforms it definitely is handy to have.

This year’s launch of the GoPro Hero 7 series was a little lackluster compared to years past, no launch event with Nick Woodman enthusiastically showing off his latest cameras and gear, and no launch video which many look forward to watching. Not a lot of hype built up like in years past and I think was due to the fact only mildly interesting hardware was released this year, we didn’t even get any new GoPro accessories this launch!

With all that said I am quite happy with my Hero 7 Black purchase. If you have a Hero 5 Black its is definitely worth the price to upgrade, however, if you have a Hero 6 Black its not such an easy decision. Personally, I think it is worth the upgrade just for the stabilization alone. If you’re on the fence about purchasing the Hero 7 Black if you already own the Hero 6 Black. You could always sell you old GoPro online to help offset the cost of upgrading. You can watch our Hero 7 Black 30 days in review on YouTube. We include sample footage and talk about the new features. I hope you enjoyed my full in-depth and comprehensive review of the GoPro Hero 7 Black.

Hero 7 Black (USA) https://amzn.to/2CEWTZg
Hero 7 Black (CAN) https://amzn.to/2yCRhvP

 


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