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Unless you've dropped tens of thousands of dollars on a Hollywood-calibre drone that can hoist full-sized cameras, the carrying capacity of your hobby quadcopter is probably limited. So instead of designing a thermal imaging accessory that works alongside a GoPro, FLIR just created its own action camera that can also capture Predator-like thermal imagery from the skies.
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.
Whether a beginner, a serious aviation enthusiast, or just a fan of gadgets, many of you will have received drones as Christmas gifts. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have surged in popularity and affordability in recent years, and there’s no doubt that recreational drone use is on the rise as a result.
After successfully launching a GoPro through the air using a bow and arrow, YouTube's Sam and Niko have taken that experiment to new heights, and new speeds, by instead blasting the tiny action camera out of a compressed air cannon.
Here's a neat behind the scenes video showcasing how trials cyclist Danny MacAskill pulled off a wild stunt: riding down a very short ramp so he could jump off right next to someone's house on a cliff, and front flip straight into the damn ocean. It's fun to see how he tries to figure out where the best place to jump off of is, because a lot of the planning process is just him throwing rocks off the edge to see where they end up falling.
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.
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.