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Using a Power Bank With a GoPro Fusion

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In this article, we go over all the steps and equipment needed to use a power bank with your GoPro Fusion. A power bank can be a very valuable tool in your camera bag. Not only to keep your cameras charged but also some drones and 360 cameras. This is especially true for the GoPro Fusion due to the fact that it is a brand new camera and there are currently no charging accessories available. This will change as the industry catches up but in the meantime, it is the best option for keeping your Fusion charged while on the go. For me here in Canada, I am unable to order spare batteries for the Fusion. Federal law prohibits GoPro from shipping single batteries over the border.

The fusion can record video while being charged from a power bank and can increase the record time of the camera significantly. This can come in really handy for long time-lapses that exceed several hours. In fact, you don’t even need a battery installed in your Fusion when it’s being powered from a power bank.

There are some accessories that you should consider when using a power bank to charge or power your Fusion. A 90-degree adapter allows the USB-C cord to hang nicely down the side. This has 2 benefits. First it helps keep the cord out of the 360 shot, and second, it helps prevent damage to the USB-C port. A cord that plugs right in and sticks out can put a lot of stress on the port and over time damage the port to the point it will no longer recognize a cable is plugged in. The second item is a long USB-C cable. A nice 6-foot cable allows you to mount your GoPro Fusion and have the power banks tucked safely in your backpack or pocket and will give you the reach you need.

GoPro Fusion: http://amzn.to/2EeE6D1
GoPro Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2GlMcu7
RAVPower Power Bank: http://amzn.to/2DR7Zve
6′ USB-C Cable: http://amzn.to/2DNuv8v
USB 90 Elbow: http://amzn.to/2GmevbO


This 6-foot USB-C cable gives you the length you need to store the power bank in your pocket or backpack while recording with the GoPro Fusion.

 

It is a good idea to remove the charging door from the GoPro fusion when using with a power bank. Leaving the door on could lead to losing the door if it falls off while in use.

 

A 90-degree elbow prevents stress on the USB-C port while charging or recording while using a power bank.

 

The 90-degree elbow allows the cable to sit flush against the camera helping to keep it out of your shot.


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What Is The Best Portable Travel Camera In 2019

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The last part of 2018 saw the release of many new small and portable cameras that are perfect for travel and adventuring, most notably the GoPro Hero 7 Black, the DJI Osmo Pocket and the Insta360 One X. These cameras are all quite different and take a different approach to capturing footage. I have used all 3 cameras extensively in my personal life and in reviews and testing for my YouTube channel. I think all 3 cameras are very impressive and can capture beautiful content, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. But if I had to make a recommendation to someone who was in the market to purchase just one of these cameras for capturing their travels the choice for me is pretty easy.

I recently was able to test all 3 cameras out in a travel situation as I took my family on holidays to the Dominican Republic to get some fun in the sun and a break from the harsh Canadian winter. I took all the 3 cameras with me in my Minimalist Camera Travel Kit and used them all to capture memories of our trip. To cut to the chase I would definitely recommend if you want to purchase one small camera to capture your holidays when traveling the GoPro Hero 7 Black is still your best choice and there are several reasons why.

The first reason is its waterproof capabilities right out of the box. The GoPro Hero 7 Black is waterproof up to 33 feet as is without any additional housing. For most of us, this is more than enough. If you are a diver you can purchase a waterproof casing that lets you go even deeper. Both the Insta360 One X and the DJI Osmo Pocket are not waterproof and require additional housing. This can add cost to your setup not to mention more time to set up as well as more gear to carry. With The Hero 7 Black it is quick and easy to use in the water, just power on and go. Paired with the GoPro floating hand grip you have a camera with a comfortable handle that can be used in or out of the water. The handle also has a built-in wrist strap which is also important if your doing activities and you don’t want to chance accidentally dropping your camera.

The second reason is durability, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is built like a tank. This can be very important when traveling. If you are adventurous you may be in situations where your camera may be in a questionable situation and taking a few knocks, with the Hero 7 Black you don’t have to worry about it, it is designed to take some abuse. The insta360 One X has protruding lenses that can be damaged very easily and you always have to take care. I will say the DJI Osmo Pocket is built well and durable to a point. It has a mechanical gimbal that can capture some really nice buttery smooth video, but due to being a mechanical gimbal it does make it a little more delicate. In many ways, the footage for the Osmo Pocket can be smoother than that of the Hero 7 Black that uses electronic image stabilization, even though it’s quite good, in low light situations you can still get some unstable footage. At the end of the day when out adventuring I prefer the durability than extra worry about breaking my camera.

When it comes to durability this can be important especially if you let your kids use your camera when on holidays. Sometimes when trying to capture family moments of your kids it can feel staged, so what I like to do is hand my GoPro to them and let them have fun, the videos captured are more natural and due to the rugged build of the GoPro you don’t have to worry about them breaking it. I would be nervous about handing over my Osmo Pocket to my 1o-year-old.

Now when comparing the DJI Osmo Pocket to the GoPro Hero 7 Black, another important thing to consider is batteries. The Osmo Pocket has a built-in battery and they can not be replaced, were as the Hero 7 Black has batteries that can be swapped out when they are getting low. This is super important when traveling. You need a camera that can capture what you need throughout the day without having to stop every few hours to recharge it.

Now the GoPro Hero 7 Black does have some disadvantages over the Osmo Pocket, first off your footage will have that GoPro look, meaning the photos and videos will have a slight fisheye look. This is due to the extremely wide angle lens of the GoPro. The wide angle is nice when capturing footage but if this can be an issue for some. The Osmo Pocket also has many intelligent shooting modes such as tracking a face detection. It also can shoot stunning panoramas which the Hero 7 Black is not capable of.

At the end of the day no matter which camera you choose you will be happy. All three cameras are excellent and well worth the money.  I just find the Hero 7 Black is a good and affordable all in one camera that can help you capture your memories with little effort or worry.

Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2H2M9qw
GoPro Floating Grip: https://amzn.to/2EzxTSx
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2EMx0rl
DJI Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
DJI Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2XDRI3R


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Insta360 One X Review and Thoughts

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It has been a couple of months since I made my “First Impressions” and unboxing video of insta360’s latest consumer 360 camera the Insta360 One X. This 360 camera is the succsesser to the original Insta360 One which, for the most part, was a pretty good camera for its price point. The folks at Insta360 have bumped up the spec’s and improved every aspect of this camera to make it one of my favorite 360 cameras now on the market. All these new improvements did come at a cost, the original 360 one retailed for $299 and the new One X now retails for $399. I guess price increases are inevitable in life.

I don’t want to make this article all about specs and numbers, but more about my user experience with this camera. I figure if your reading this you have already done your research about what the camera is capable of and are just looking for a review of its performance. I have been filming almost daily with this camera since I have purchased it and I must say I could not be happier. The quality of the new 5.7K video is pretty good, as are the 18MP photos. I must say however that I do find some of the videos a little soft sometimes but definitely a huge improvement over the original Insta360 one.  The new wireless capability is very handy. It makes controlling you 360 camera remotely quite easy, and being able to transfer your media to your smartphone wirelessly is way more convenient than having to plug the camera into a smartphone every time. The new higher frame rate is a nice touch as well, you are able to get a slow-motion video with decent quality.  Now slow motion is not something I do very often with my 360 camera, I usually save that for my GoPro, but it is nice to have it when needed.

One of the things I like best about the Insta360 One X is the software, the intuitive mobile app is what really brings out the power of 360 videos. Personally, I am not one to film in 360 to share as 360 spherical videos. I like to reframe and export tradition 16:9 aspect videos. The insta360 app for smartphone makes this as easy as can be and they offer several ways in which to do it depending on how you like to edit. The flowstate stabilization really is some kind of magic, its crazy to watch back the video and see just how smooth it is, even when you know just how much the camera was actually moving. This can make the Insta360 One X even better than a GoPro in some situations. GoPros are more durable but when you factor in you no longer need a gimbal to get a silky smooth shot definitely gives the Insta360 One X the edge. The new timeshift feature in the software is definitely a welcome addition. This new feature allows you to easily create beautiful hyperlapses and they even take it a step further by allowing you to add some speed ramping effects which takes your hyperlapse to a whole new level.

The Insta360 One X has a brand new look, it’s sleek and modern with a new LCD screen which you to change setting right on the camera without having to plug it into your phone. The ability to now swap out batteries is definitely a nice touch too, no more having to stop filming because the battery dies. All in all, this is definitely my favorite 360 camera going into 2019, I look forward to seeing what new software features will be introduced as we move forward, insta360 is always good at innovating and making an existing product even better with software updates.

If you are in the market for a  360 camera definitely take a look at the Insta360 One X!

Insta360 One X (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2PrKaMu
Insta360 One X (Website): http://bit.ly/2Ur9JRg

Watch my unboxing and first impressions video below.

 

 


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