January 16, 2017
You may recall that a year or two ago Toyota was promoting one of their vehicles as "GoPro ready" because they had simply built in a standard GoPro attachment point somewhere. Pffft! Now Jaguar has come up with a car that really is "GoPro ready." You attach your smartphone to the car via USB (they skip over the part about how iPhone users will handle this) and attach the phone to your camera via Wi-Fi, and then let your camera record your driving. While that goes on, the Jaguar is recording all sorts of details about what the car is doing (speed, RPM, which gear, etc) which is then synched perfectly to the GoPro video. This will be excellent for professional drivers or those who just like to race illegally. Also, you could use it to monitor a teenager.
October 31, 2016
You're Not Going To Want A GoPro Karma
October 6, 2016
Yet Another Mavic Pro Review
October 4, 2016
Another Mavic Pro Review
An entertaining review of the Mavic Pro which is also very informative. Also, lots of L.A. scenes.
September 29, 2016
Phantom 4 vs. Mavic Pro vs. Hero5 Session - image quality
Spoiler: the Phantom 4 produces the clearest, sharpest images, the Mavic Pro's image is a bit soft, the Hero5 Session has better image quality than the Mavic Pro.
Hero5 Session Is Good!
September 27, 2016
DJI Smacks Down GoPro
Just a week after GoPro announced their first drone, Karma, DJI (longtime sales leader in drones) has come out with something much better called Mavic Pro. The Mavic Pro appears to fold down smaller than the Karma; it can go 40 MPH (somebody's going to lose an eye!); and it has tracking ability. It's also cheaper than the Karma. The Karma is $800. Add a Hero5 and the total is about $1,200. The Mavic Pro is $999 and includes a camera. You can also exclude DJI's new remote controller and save $250, dropping the price to $749. You can skip the remote controller and operate the Mavic Pro from your smartphone. DJI says the Mavic Pro can hover so steadily and its gimbal is so fantastic that you can use shutter speeds as long as 2 seconds on their camera! I am gobsmacked!
Here's a video which is nicely lower key than a GoPro video.
The only way this is going to be a bad deal is if the camera is crappy...so wait for some reviews first.
UPDATE: A Mavic Pro test video.
It looks like image quality is very good, but a narrower angle than GoPro, which has its pluses and minuses.
September 20, 2016
Lower Tech Than A Drone
GoPro Karma & Gimbal Test
A pretty good test of the gimbal and image stabilization in the Hero5 (conducted by someone not connected to GoPro) begins at 6:50 in this video. After that he shows what he can do with it without reading or receiving any instruction at all. And then he proceeds to test it over the Hudson River!
September 19, 2016
I was watching this video about the GoPro Hero5 Session when I realized I recognized Chris Farro who shows up at about 27 seconds into the video.