We use a lot of GoPros here at Gizmodo. We use them to shoot timelapse battery tests for phones and 360 degree videos of multibillion dollar transit hubs and test runs of quarter million dollar cars on a dirt track. So a new GoPro action camera with a lower price tag and badass features has us pumped. We'd love for this to be the camera we choose to update our own fleet of GoPros — more on that in a second — but the Hero5 is definitely the one we'd recommend to a bike nut friend who wants to get into the action cam game.
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The GoPro brand is synonymous with the action cameras. Whether you use it daily or occasionally, many of you probably have one model or another sitting around the house. Even though GoPro's point-and-shoot simplicity makes it easy to use, there are plenty of extra tricks you can learn to take your filmmaking to the next level.
If you get outside into the great outdoors, then you know GoPro. You probably also know about drones. You might even already have one. If you don't, then get ready to knock out two birds with one stone; GoPro has a drone. And new Hero action cameras to fit that drone, too. It'll be barely a month before you can get your hands on GoPro's brand new Karma drone, and two new Hero5 action cameras will be out even sooner.
Leica cameras have a reputation for their gorgeous optics and the kinds of prices only the Trump-set can afford. Their durability, however, has never been notable. If anything, Leica cameras are considered downright delicate compared to other cameras. The new Leica X-U might not change Leica's reputation as a the purveyor of cameras for rich people, but you can drop it off the side of the boat and not lose all your pictures.
The Hero4 Session is GoPro's smallest camera. It's a little, unibody cube that's waterproof on its own and is even more versatile in the ways it can be mounted thanks to its lightness, its shape, and its size. We liked it a lot when we tested it, but there was a problem: At $580 it was the same price as the Hero4 Silver, which had a higher-quality image sensor and was simply a much better camera.
GoPros have fundamentally altered the way we think about video — we've never been closer to the action. The audio for the extreme footage we're capturing, however, has yet to catch up to the action footage. Roland's new Wearpro Mic is a step towards making the videos sound as intense as they look.
Back in July GoPro announced a way for you to get paid for the videos you shoot via a licensing portal, but now it's upping the ante. With GoPro Awards, an ongoing contest pays you for the photos and videos you shoot. $US500 for a photo, $US1,000 for a raw video clip, and $US5,000 for a video edit. Not bad.
GoPro's got itself quite a stable of little cameras these days. We already had (from high end to low end) the Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, Hero4 Session, Hero+LCD, and the straight up Hero. Now, squeezing in between those bottom two, comes the Hero+. It's a $299.95 version of the Hero, but it has Wi-Fi and has significantly upgraded shooting modes.
If you do something rad, but you don't share a video of it instantly on at least three social media channels, it probably didn't happen. Thankfully, the world's leading purveyor of radness-capturing cameras has just made the whole process a lot easier.
Do you have an action-packed lifestyle? Do you spend every waking hour doing something so extreme that you just have to share it all with your friends? Then you need an action camera. There are a bunch of different action cameras out there that do a lot of different things, but they all capture video and make it easy to share. Here are the five best action cameras we've tested as of July 24, 2015.
Action cameras are all the rage right now — and the little HTC Re proved that you don't have to have a huge video-recording heritage to make a miniature camcorder that is fun to use. Along those lines, Panasonic's little bullet-shaped HX-A1 action camera is cheap and cheerful, and can even record in the dead of night.
The Garmin Virb Elite was one of our favourite action cams a year ago, which was a big surprise from a company known more for navigation and sports watches. It had some unique features and impressively sharp optics. It was big and bulky, though, and it topped out at 1080p/30fps, so it couldn't hang with the big boys. Well the second generation of this camera is coming, and we're pretty excited about it.
This is seriously pretty cool. The latest version of Sony's Action Cam comes with an advanced image-stabiliser that was especially designed for use with RC drones. The result is silky-smooth aerial shots instead of the ugly juddering that drone footage is infamous for. Check out this side-by-side comparison video for a taste of the results.