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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 touchscreen 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 touchscreen.
  • 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 touchscreen
  • 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 by 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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DJI Spark Propeller Cage

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@OsitaLV recently shared an image of what looks to be a new accessory for the DJI Spark. It is a completely enclosed propeller cage but has yet to appear on the DJI Website. This does look interesting and I am sure there are many who would like it. What is not clear if this is a new accessory that will be coming soon or perhaps it is an old prototype that was scrapped. The spark is almost 2 years old so it is strange for them to be developing new gear for it. There are hopes that a Spark 2 or Spark Pro will be introduced in the near future. You would think if that is the case DJI would be busy developing new products for an updated Spark. I’ll update this post if any new information surfaces about the DJI Spark propeller cage.

New DJI releases will be listed here:
https://click.dji.com/ABNnFZsmEkxev9F9RpvZmQ?pm=custom


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New Leaks Of The DJI Phantom 5

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Some new leaked photos of the forthcoming Phantom 5 from DJI surfaced this week. In these leaks, it once again shows a removable camera and shell that is of a black finish. One curious observation is that there seem to be no upward facing sensors. The Mavic 2 Series launched 3 weeks ago and even they had an upward facing sensor. This could very well be just a prototype for testing purposes. Now the big question is when will we see the DJI Phantom 5 released. Personally myself I don’t think it will be until spring 2019 but many believe we will see it this year before the holiday season. I also feel this will be the last Phantom series we will see before DJI retires it permanently. With the Mavic 2 Pro and its powerful new camera, it could easily fill the spot with a version 3 release, plus have the benefit of folding up for travel.


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