I've always said that if you want to buy a GoPro, you'd better have something good to use it for: there's no point filming yourself walking to the bus stop and sitting in your office all day eating chips. One solution: be a GoPro athlete, get paid to go and ski on sand dunes in Peru.
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Video: As YouTube's Sam and Niko discovered, mounting a small action camera, like a GoPro Hero5 Session, to an arrow isn't terribly difficult. The hard part is finding a way to stabilise the spinning footage it captures so that you end up with these hypnotic first-person views of an arrow in flight.
You might have to dodge the occasional pedestrian or taxi driver who didn't notice you next to their car. But even if you commute to work by bike in a big city, your ride will never be as thrilling as downhill urban mountain bike racing appears to be.
Video: Jumping out of an aeroplane with a parachute on your back has its own risks. But at least in the air there's nothing to crash into until you hit the ground. Speedflying, on the other hand, where athletes like Jamie Lee parachute down mountains just inches above massive rocks, is basically a non-stop life-risking thrill ride.
GoPro has some terrible news, and conveniently, it came as polling places around the US were starting to close. The company just announced it is recalling about 2500 units of its new drone — the Karma — after discovering that the units were losing power during operation. No injuries or property damage have been reported, according to a statement released by the company.
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.
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.
DJI has owned the Western drone market for a while, and for a dang good reason. DJI makes fantastic drones with some of the most advanced features on the market. With a little practice anyone can fly one and pull off the kind of photos and videos you used to need a film crew and helicopter to get. A week ago GoPro, the action camera king, announced its own drone and stole a bit of DJI's thunder.
GoPro's new flying camera system, Karma, looks surprisingly awesome. It's not your average quadcopter, thanks to a clever folding design and a removable stabilizer you can use on its own. But is it enough to dethrone the best-selling DJI Phantom 4? That totally depends on who's flying it.
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.
It's been over a year-and-a-half since the GoPro Hero4 Silver and Black were introduced, and we're finally getting our first look at the brand new Hero5. It's still a cute little cube that will record your adventures, so what exactly is new this time? Here's a clear breakdown of the latest action camera in the company's lineup.
Video: Scaling a sheer cliff face like climber Liu Yongbang does in China takes incredible strength, unparalleled determination, and the ability to completely block out thoughts of falling hundreds of feet to your demise. He may have the courage to tackle something like this, but odds are you're going to want to keep a clean pair of pants nearby before watching this terrifying footage.
Video: There's a lot of money in energy drinks. Red Bull pours a lot of that money back into its sponsorship of Formula 1 and extreme sports, though, and its latest enterprise in partnership with GoPro is The Fourth Phase, a snowboarding adventure documentary in the vein of the also excellent, also Red Bull-ish The Art Of Flight.