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GoPro Hero 6 Black Review

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Before I review a major product like the GoPro Hero 6 Black I like to spend a lot of time using it how I would normally use it in real world situations. I think a review sooner than that would only be a “First Impressions” review. So the Hero 6 Black had been out for 30 days when we created our YouTube review and in short I love it. I think even though they introduced more major new features with the Hero 5, the Hero 6 Black was more exciting. Here is our YouTube Review.

Hero 6 Black (USA) http://amzn.to/2AJNOvp

Hero 6 Black (CAN) http://amzn.to/2BTkguz

 

 

So almost another 2 months has passed since I made my initial review of the hero 6 Black and my love of the new GoPro has grown even stronger. It is very funny however how there seems to be so many mixed opinions on the Hero 6 Black, more than I can recall for any other GoPro that has been released.

There were some initial firmware issues that were causing some cameras to not function correctly ,but most of those issues have been cleared up in recent firmware updates. I personally have had no issues with my cameras and I currently own 2. One of the updates corrected the over saturation of color in some instances that some had complained about.

Personally I don’t feel the video is over-saturated. I think it is perfect for capturing great video that is ready to share without having to do a lot of color correcting, for those that do not like the current color profile, can easily set the color to flat in pro-tune and do their own post-work editing to suit their specific taste. The quality of video output is fantastic, crisp and vivid video, beautiful photos all in a tiny little camera. The addition of true HDR photos is a very welcome feature. With HDR enabled you can get beautiful Dynamic range in all of your photos. Speaking of dynamic range, as you can see in my video samples, the capabilities of the dynamic range on the Hero 6 Black is leaps ahead of the Hero 5 Black.

The stabilization is next level! Although not in all situations, the Hero 6 Black can almost mimic being mounted on a gimbal. Software stabilization will never replace the look of a gimbal but with the Hero 6 Black it is pretty close. The new stabilization opens up so many possibilities, there are just some instances where you can not use a gimbal but now that is no longer an issue. You can have beautifully stabilized footage in the water and doing activities that you just can not use a gimbal.

My one major dislike with the Hero 6 black is the inability to stream all formats and frame rates via the GoPro app. Now when you are filming the GoPro app will not give you a live feed for all resolutions, this is a real annoyance for those who need to use a smart phone or tablet as a monitor. I don’t know if that can be updated later on or if it’s just a limitation of smart phone capabilities and the new file formats.

Personally between the new stabilization and dynamic range those two features alone makes it worth the upgrade. Now of course I am not to happy of the $100 price jump and I really think it was unnecessary. Hopefully this does not become a new trend or it wont be long before GoPro prices themselves out of the market. Who wants to spend that kind of money on an action camera when most smart phones do an amazing job with videos and photos and are only getting better year after year.

Hero 6 Black (USA) http://amzn.to/2AJNOvp

Hero 6 Black (CAN) http://amzn.to/2BTkguz

 

 

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iSteady Pro Gimbal Review | Budget GoPro Gimbal For Under $100

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In this review we are taking a closer look at the iSteady Pro, a budget GoPro gimbal that you can pick up for under $100. Before I even get into the review of this new gimbal by Hohem, I want to point out how nice it is to see more competition of GoPro gimbals popping up on the market. Competition fuels innovation and improvements and not to mention forces more competitive pricing. We seen this happen with smart phone gimbals. A few years back DJI release the Osmo Mobile with a price tag of $299. Soon afterwards we seen third-party gimbals launching with prices as low as $99. This caused DJI to lower its price when they launched the Osmo Mobile 2 earlier this year to $129.99.

The Hohem iSteady pro is a simplistic GoPro gimbal that comes packaged in a nice case and even includes a mini tripod for those times when you want your gimbal resting on a suitable surface to create time-lapses. Also included with the kit is a micro USB cable for charging up the unit. I found the gimbal to be very comfortable to hold with its molded hand grip. It is a nice compact gimbal and very light to hold. First impression are good, it is a little plasticky but what do you expect from a $99 gimbal. All in all it does look to be well constructed and even includes a joystick for nice smooth movements.

The Good: The handle features a full-sized USB slot that can act as a power bank to charge any device that can be charged via USB. It also has a micro USB port near the camera mount that can be used to charge your GoPro while using the gimbal. Now this only works for cameras that you mount where the battery door is not blocked by the motor. I found the footage I shot with the iSteady Pro to be quite smooth and was pleasantly surprised. Like all gimbals there is some slight motor vibration noise, however I did find it to be of an acceptable level. Hohem has a nice little app for the iSteady pro that allows you to control the gimbal remotely and make some adjustments to how the gimbal behaves when in use. A very basic app but a nice touch for the price.

The Bad: I did find the gimbal handle would knock the camera on occasion when doing extreme moves/angles, so you have to pay attention to the angle at all times. I also found the horizon a little tilted when doing fast panning, it would correct it self but could be annoying to some film makers while other may like the fluid more natural motion.

All in all I found this to be a nice little gimbal for the price. If you’re looking for a low-cost gimbal you might just want take a look at the Hohem iSteady pro, I am sure you will be satisfied with the purchase. Watch our full in-depth review on YouTube.

iSteady Pro (USA) https://amzn.to/2L5wclP
iSteady Pro (CAN) https://amzn.to/2NUUIUN

 

 

Hohem iSteady Pro packaging.

Hohem iSteady Pro includes a nice case for transporting and protecting your gimbal.

 

The Hohem iSteady Pro includes a micro USB cable for charging and a small mini tripod.

 

Hohem iSteady Pro.

 

The iSteady Pro has nice simple controls including a joystick.

 

Hohem has a nice app to allow you to control and adjust settings of the iSteady Pro.

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New Updated GoPro Seeker Backpack

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A few weeks ago GoPro quietly updated the GoPro seeker backpack with a few small changes. The first change is they have made the back pack slightly larger and increased its capacity from a 16 liters to a 18 liters. Upon visual inspection this did not significantly increase the overall size of the backpack. When doing a side by side comparison it’s very difficult to see any size changes. The other feature that have added is a new laptop sleeve located in the back compartment beside the water bladder compartment that is now capable of holding a 15″ laptop. This was one complaint that many had with the original GoPro seeker and has now been addressed.

Another nice thing is that GoPro has dropped the price of the seeker backpack. For a long time the seeker backpack retailed at $169.99 U.S however the new price of the updated GoPro seeker backpack is $149 U.S. You can still purchase the original seeker backpack on amazon for under $120. The big question is … is it worth the upgrade if you already own the original GoPro Seeker Backpack. Personally I would have to say no, to me the changes are not significant enough to justify the cost. However if you are looking to get a new backpack, now is the time with the new low-cost and updated model. The seeker is a high quality GoPro backpack that is super comfortable to wear for long periods of time and can hold of ton of gear. I highly recommend it.

Updated Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2L8Z9cA
Old Seeker Backpack: https://amzn.to/2NLJrWO

 

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