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Smatree 10000 mAh GoPro Power Bank for Hero 5/6 Black

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In this post we are taking a closer look at the GoPro Charger and power bank from Smatree. This unique power bank has 2 charging bays for the Hero 5 Black and Hero 6 Black batteries. On the other end it has a normal USB port that can be used as a more traditional power bank for charging your smart phone or even your GoPro Fusion. What I really like about the Smatree power bank is that it is an all in one solution. Normally if I was packing my backpack for a photo hiking trip I would pack a power bank and I would also have to pack some sort of GoPro charger with all the corresponding charging cables. With the Smatree GoPro power bank and charger, I need only pack one thing.

The Smatree GoPro power bank allows you to charge 2 Hero 5/6 batteries simultaneously in about 2 hours or under. This allows you to keep shooting longer without having to worry about running out of battery power. 10000 mAh allows you to charge your GoPro batteries about 7 to 8 times.

CONS: There are a few things that I don’t like about the Smatree GoPro Power Bank and they are pretty minor. The first issue is more cosmetic. It has a very shiny gloss finish and gets smudged and covered in finger prints very easily. Not a big issue, but I seem to be forever polishing the unit. The second issue I have found is the battery compartment door can be difficult to close and even more difficult to open when batteries are mounted inside, it’s a very tight fit for the batteries.

All in all its a handy little charger/power bank and it has earned a spot in my camera bag and made it to my list of top 5 must have GoPro accessories for 2018.

Smatree 10000 GoPro Charger: http://amzn.to/2DZSOge

 

Door opens on the unit to reveal 2 charging bays for Hero 5 Black or Hero 6 Black batteries.

 

The other end has a micro USB port for charging the unit and a traditional USB port for charge other devices such as smart phone or even a GoPro Fusion.

 

You can charge 2 GoPro Hero 5/6 Black batteries simultaneously in under 2 hours.

 

 

High gloss finish looks sharp but is prone to smudges and finger prints.

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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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