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GoPro Photo Time-Lapse Now Supports RAW and WDR with 2.0 Firmware Update

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On April 5, 2017 GoPro released a firmware update for the GoPro Hero 5 Black ver 2.0 and introduced several new shooting improvements and features include RAW and WDR support when shooting time-lapses in photo mode. This has been a long sought after feature for those who like to capture time-lapse with their Hero 5 Black. RAW and WDR formats was introduced with the Hero 5 last October but until now has only be available when shooting single photos. With the firmware 2.0 update users can now shoot raw photos when capturing time-lapses and both in photo mode and in night-lapse photo mode. In addition the update allows for shooting raw in the standard night photography mode. WDR mode is only available when shooting photo time-lapses and not available in night-lapse mode.

Benefits Of Shooting RAW (GPR) Time Lapses

The main benefit of shooting a time-lapse with GPR (raw mode) enabled is it opens up more possibilities when editing and post possessing your photo time-lapse in software such as Adobe LightRoom. The files tend to be much larger which in turn means there is less compression as would be the case if shot in JPG. There is more data available in the file for fine tuning the images in post prepossessing when color correcting and adjust settings like exposure. In addition you can achieve far superior results when sharpening and de-noising photos that are shot in RAW.

A quick example of GoPro raw (gpr) vs. jpg photos. Lightly edited in LightRoom

 

How To Shoot RAW Time-Lapses on a GoPro

To capture RAW (GPR) time-lapses on your GoPro simple move to Time-Lapse photo mode. Swipe from the right of the screen to bring up the photo options. Swipe until you reach the raw settings page and enable it. NOTE: Raw will only work when shooting time-lapses with an interval of 5 seconds or higher. This is due to the large amount of data that needs to be written to the memory card and the camera needs time in between shots to save the file. RAW format can be enabled in both photo time-lapse mode and night-lapse photo mode.

 

GoPro Introduces Wide Dynamic Range in Photo Time-Lapses

In addition to RAW, GoPro has added the ability to shoot WDR photo time-lapses with the 2.0 firmware update. WDR or wide dynamic range is similar to HDR photos were the camera can capture more detail in dark and bright areas of your photo. This can really enhance the way a photo looks and can really improve the overall look of your timelapse. Until now WDR photos were only available when shooting single photos. WDR photos are saved to your gopro in JPG format. Please Note: You can not shoot WDR and RAW time-lapses at the same time. Your GoPro will only allow you to have one of the options enabled at once.

Here is a side by side comparison of a normal photo and one with WDR enabled. You can see much more detail in the dark areas of the photo.

 

 

 

 

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New GoPro Hero (2018) Being Released March 29th 2018

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GoPro is releasing a new low cost GoPro on March 29th. Nick Woodman commented at CES 2018 this year that GoPro would introduce a new low cost camera this spring in hopes of attracting new customers with its lower price tag. The idea is that they will love the camera and in-turn upgrade to the more expensive flagship camera (Hero 6 Black). We have a lot of information and specs about the camera thanks to an online retailer that accidentally publish the camera too early (has since been removed). It is believed the new camera will cost $199 US dollars.

UPDATE: The new 2018 GoPro Hero has now been released and available on the GoPro website and Amazon.

GoPro Hero (2018) https://amzn.to/2J5qOKP

Specs of the new GoPro Hero (2018)

Meet HERO. With a touch screen and durable waterproof design, it’s easy to score awesome shots of any adventure. Or use it to capture everyday things from creative new perspectives. Your moments move right to the GoPro app and transform into amazing videos, automatically­.1 Wherever life takes you, capture and share your story with HERO.

Features + Benefits

  • 2-Inch Touch Screen: Quickly switch between modes, frame the perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2-inch touch screen.
  • Waterproof + Durable: Built tough and waterproof down to 33ft (10m), HERO goes where your smartphone can’t to capture every adventure with no worries.
  • Voice Control : Control your HERO hands-free with simple voice commands like “GoPro, start recording” and “GoPro, take a photo.”
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth® : Connect to the GoPro app to control your camera remotely, check out your shots and share your favorites on the spot.
  • Auto Offload to Your Phone: Your photos and videos move to the GoPro app automatically so you can share the moment, in the moment.2
  • QuikStories Enabled: HERO automatically sends your footage to the GoPro app where it transforms into a beautifully edited video with music and effects.1
  • Auto Cloud Backup: With a GoPro Plus subscription, you can automatically back up unlimited photos and up to 35 hours of video to the cloud.3
  • Full HD Video + High-Quality Photos: HERO captures stunning 1440p and 1080p video plus 10MP photos of all your adventures.
  • Video Stabilization: HERO records smooth, stabilized video whether you’re shooting by hand or using a GoPro mount.
  • Simple One-Button Control: Never miss an awesome moment. A single press of the shutter button powers on your HERO and starts recording automatically.
  • Compatible With GoPro Accessories: Wear it. Mount it. Love it. With 30+ accessories available, you can get unique perspectives and capture your life in a creative new way.4
  • Fast-Charging Ready: With the Supercharger power adapter (sold separately), you can charge up fast and get back out there.

Key Specs + Features

  • Video: 1440p60 / 1080p60 / 0.5 sec Time Lapse Video
  • Photo: 10MP / 10 fps Burst / 0.5 sec Time Lapse Photo
  • 2-inch touch screen
  • Waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Voice control
  • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth® technology
  • Auto offload to your phone2
  • QuikStories enabled1
  • Auto cloud backup with GoPro Plus3
  • One-button control
  • Auto Low Light
  • HiLight Tag
  • 3 microphones with wind noise suppression
  • HDMI out
  • Rechargeable battery

What’s Included

  • HERO Camera
  • The Frame
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Mounting Buckle
  • USB-C Cable

Footnotes

  1. QuikStories requires the GoPro and Quik mobile apps, available free for iOS® and Android™. To create a QuikStory, your HERO must be connected to the GoPro app.
  2. Auto offload to your phone requires your HERO to be connected to the GoPro app.
  3. GoPro Plus is a subscription service available in select territories. Cancel anytime. To back up photos and videos to the cloud, your HERO must be connected to the GoPro app.
  4. Not compatible with Karma Drone, Karma Grip, Remo (Waterproof Voice Activated Remote), Smart Remote or Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter.

I’ll add new information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: Some more photos have surfaced supposedly from a Best Buy in Texas that had stocked the new GoPro Hero early on shelves. I’m still confused on the (Smokey) tag that the online shop that originally posted the product.  It appears the new GoPro will just be called “GoPro Hero”

UPDATE 2: This new camera has indeed been released today and now available for purchase

GoPro Hero (2018) https://amzn.to/2J5qOKP

 

 

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Photo Of The Mavic Pro 2 Leaked? (Fake)

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For those who have been patiently waiting for more news of the Mavic Pro II may have gotten their first glimpse of what the new drone may look like today. Over the past year we have gotten many hints and leaks from a twitter user that goes by OsitaLV and for the most part is were all the YouTube channels and blogs have been getting their information from about the Mavic Pro 2 that is slated to be released this spring. Today OsitaLV shared a photo hinting that this is a leaked photo of the DJI Mavic Pro 2. Now there is no way for sure to verify if this is indeed legitimate but it sure does feed the excitement of those waiting to get their hands on one of DJI most anticipated drones.

Once announced official information of the Mavic Pro 2 can be found here: DJI Mavic Pro II

 

Mavic Pro II Release Date

Officially there is no word when The Mavic Pro 2 will be announced or released from DJI, the consensus seems to be Spring 2018. OsitaLV first stated that it could be announced on March 22, 2018. In one of his tweets he mentioned that beta testing of the Mavic Pro 2 is complete and it has entered mass productions as of early February. In a later tweet he mention it might be delayed until late spring. There are many who believe that the Mavic Pro 2 will now official be unveiled at the NAB Show 2018 that runs from April 7 -12. I guess time will tell.

Leaked Specs Of The Mavic Pro 2

OsitaLV Has provided many hints on what specs and features will be included with the Mavic Pro II

  • Similar style remote as original Mavic Pro but some new enhancements and removable sticks.
  • 1′ inch sensor.
  • New gimbal design.
  • The Mavic Pro 2 will be larger than the original Mavic Pro and will out perform the current Phantom 4 Pro.
  • Obstacle avoidance on Front, back and bottom. Better obstacle avoidance in the dark.
  • Larger more powerful motors.
  • Larger battery with a flight time of 33 minutes
  • Base package to cost 1299.99 and fly more combo 1699.99 (Ouch) quite a bit more than the original Mavic Pro
  • Will have the APAS system as found in the Mavic Air

That is all we know so far and really non of these specs are confirmed and should only be considers as rumor not fact until DJI officially announces the new Mavic Pro 2.

UPDATE: This leaked image has indeed been proved to be a hoax. However rumored specs still seem to be legitimate. I will post more information as it becomes available. Anything you read online about the Mavic Pro 2 take with a grain of salt until officially announced by DJI.

 

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