Movie Monday 23 April 2018

Movie Monday 23 April 2018

Welcome to Movie Monday 23 April 2018 at Unsponsored.

Movie Monday 23 April 2018

We have a stack of great whitewater edits from around the globe to check out this week.

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Since the first launch of the GoPro camera a few years ago it is very rare to see a group of…

Since the first launch of the GoPro camera a few years ago it is very rare to see a group of paddlers at your local whitewater run or play park and not have at least one paddler wearing one.

GoPro Hero5 Session - Review

At Unsponsored HQ we have used the GoPro range since the first HD version hit UK shores. After a pause in updates GoPro have launched the new Hero5 range of cameras. The Hero5 Black edition (£349) takes on the similar cuboid form factor of previous versions but has dispensed with the housing. The Hero5 Session (£249) takes the Hero Session (now £179) cube form factor and packs a bigger punch.

GoPro Hero5 Session - Review

For last year or so I have owned two cameras, the Hero Session and the Hero4 Black Edition. If we took a camera out it tended to be the Session. So the increase in features in the same small package really appeals.

The camera is supplied with two sticky mounts, a Frame system to hold camera and a USB-C lead. The only access door on the camera is for the USB-C connection and Micro SD card. There is no way of replacing or swapping out the battery

Like the Session the Hero5 Session does not require a waterproof housing as it is already water proof to 10m. To utilise the GoPro quick release system the camera utilises a frame mount which is supplied in the box. Interestingly the frame includes a facility to attach a tether which is a great feature and one that I have needed to use in anger a couple times already when the camera was knocked during a ad hock boater cross race.

Not having a waterproof case and therefore additional lens protection may be of a worry. Some potential users may be concerned that the glass may get damaged, yes in theory it could, but replacements can be purchased direct from GoPro and are relatively cheap. I am not overly concerned about that at all. At the end of the day it’s been purchased to get hammered.

A small but very bright white text on black LCD screen keeps you up to date on the cameras settings, although a small button is present on the back for minor setting changes the vast majority of setting changes need to be carried out via the App or GoPro Remote (not included). Setting the camera this way is far easier anyway.

The single button on the top of the camera activates video recording (one quick press) and takes stills (one press held for a few seconds). To stop recording and switch the camera off the button is pressed again. If you are used to the older GoPro models having only one main button does take a short while to get used to.

GoPro Hero5 Session - Review

Where the Hero5 Session really starts to differ from the Session is the additional capabilities that are hidden within the unit.

Just like the bigger Hero5 Black Edition the Hero5 Session has hands free control through the use voice commands, which may be useful when mounted on longer boats where reach is an issue. I have tested this a great deal and the system can handle my North East England accent without issue, even in noisy whitewater environments.

Commands:

GoPro Start Recording
GoPro HiLight
GoPro Take a Photo
GoPro Stop Recording
GoPro Shoot Burst
GoPro Start Timelapse
GoPro Stop Timelapse
GoPro Video Mode
GoPro Photo Mode
GoPro Timelapse Mode
GoPro Burst Mode
GoPro Turn Off

Now to the media. The big thing is that this small package is capable of shooting in 4K and can take 10MP images. It also wraps some image stabilisation in there as well, which is missing from the Hero 4 Session. From a couple of mountain bike trips with the camera I can definitely say that the image stabilisation is a great improvement and instantly makes the video footage far more useable.

Since 4k shots are now possible the camera will happily accept a Class 10/U3 micro SD card with a capacity of up to 128GB.

There is a clear difference in the performance of the two Session cameras. The video and still images are much crisper on the Hero5 Session and it can handle difficult lighting situations much better despite only having a prosumer grade lens. It’s a very capable package that produces media that is much closer to that produced by the Hero 4 Black edition.

GoPro Hero5 Session - Review

All in all, the Hero5 Session packs a powerful punch but yet is extremely easy to operate. It is super light and is hardly noticeable when sat on top of your paddling lid. Editing the video is also much easier with a number of new GoPro apps that allow you to quickly create that next sick edit.

At present I don’t think there is much out there than can actually beat it.

GoPro Hero5 Session – Review

Since the first launch of the GoPro camera a few years ago it is very rare to see a group of paddlers at your local whitewater run or play park and not have at least one paddler wearing one.

Gopro Hero 5 Black Edition Hands On Review (UK)

Gopro Hero 5 Black Edition Hands On Review (UK)

Friend of Unsponsored Dale Mears has put together a neat little walkthrough review of the new GoPro Hero 5 black edition.

Here is my Gopro Hero 5 Black edition hands on review. Features a walk through of the cameras features and some stills taken whilst whitewater kayaking and some raw footage.
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We have both the GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session here at Unsponsored HQ for review. Since the…

We have both the GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session here at Unsponsored HQ for review. Since the release of the Session we haven’t used the Unsponsored Hero4 Black edition so I was interested to see how the the new Hero5 compares.

GoPro Hero5 Black

Firstly the Hero5 takes on some of the features of the Session. This includes the lack of case and the use of the frame, one button video/photo and improved sound capabilities. The footage capability of the Hero5 is not that much different to the Hero4, it does have a better sensor and is supposed to be much better in lowlight. The biggest improvement has been with image stabilisation and we are looking forwarding to checking that out.

The one thing I have noticed over the years is that as we have moved through different iterations of the GoPro camera the number of accessories (bits &bobs) that come supplied with the camera in the box seem to be reducing.

With the Hero5 Black you receive two mounts (one curved and one flat), a USB-C lead, the frame case and a battery.

GoPro Hero5 Black

Thankfully all other GoPro mount accessories are compatible with the Hero5.

The camera takes on a very similar form factor to the Hero4 and Hero3/3+ series. However the overall look is more of a murdered out grey/black with rounded edges and subtle branding.

The front button has been removed form the camera but the small mono-chrome display is still present. The on/off routine can be initiated with the mode button located on the side of the camera. Holding this button in will switch the camera off. However the Hero5 can be put into action using a single press of the top button. A quick press will start video capture and a slightly longer press will start image capture.

GoPro Hero5 Black

The Hero5 Black has a fully integrated LCD display. Previously this was only found on the Hero4 Silver rather than the higher spec Hero4 Black. All of the menus, settings are easily accessible. It’s also possible to view what you have recorded or use the screen live to help capture the right angles.

The camera does not need a case to be waterproof and the camera will be quite happy to 10 metres. If you did wish to dive further there is a case available as an accessory. With the use of the frame only the lens of the camera is quite vunderable. The protective outer shell for the lens pops off with a little pull and can be easily and cheaply replaced.

The biggest innovation to be added to the Hero5 and Hero5 Session is probably the voice command feature.

GoPro have twelve commands and has been programmed to handle US, UK and Australian accents.

Voice Commands:

GoPro Start Recording
GoPro HiLight
GoPro Take a Photo
GoPro Stop Recording
GoPro Shoot Burst
GoPro Start Timelapse
GoPro Stop Timelapse
GoPro Video Mode
GoPro Photo Mode
GoPro Timelapse Mode
GoPro Burst Mode
GoPro Turn Off

The Hero5 Black also offers built-in stereo sound and wind noise reduction, capture 12MP images (in RAW if required) and GPS location tagging.

The Hero5 Black adds a new field-of-view called Linear Mode. This mode is in addition to the SuperView, Wide, Medium and Narrow field-of-views that were available on older models. Linear Mode does exactly what it suggests – it gives a much more normal/natural perspective that is often hard to capture when using a lens with a 180 degree field of view.

GoPro Hero5 Black

The Hero5 Black has two doors. One on the side for SD card and cable access and one on the bottom for the battery. The battery on the Hero5 Black does have more capacity than the Hero4 but the batteries are not compatible with different models of cameras. If you have spare Hero4 ones like I have you cannot use them in the Hero5. The bonus of the new battery and the new USB-C connection is that it can be charged much faster than the Hero4. I have been through a few charging cycles and it’s taking around 40-45 minutes to charge fully from flat.

we’ll be giving this camera a good hammering over the next few months and will be trying it out in a range of different settings. Is this the GoPro that we always wanted?

GoPro Hero5 Black – First Look

We have both the GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session here at Unsponsored HQ for review. Since the release of the Session we haven’t used the Unsponsored Hero4 Black edition so I was interested to see how the the new Hero5 compares.

Which Memory Card For The GoPro Hero5?

Which Memory Card For The GoPro Hero5?

One of the biggest areas that is overlooked when getting a video/camera setup for trips out is the speed of the your SD or Micro SD card. Now this doesn’t matter if your camera is a GoPro, Contour, Garmin, Sony or whatever because without a good memory card you may struggle to capture the video footage you want. As cameras have become more capable the need for faster cards with greater capacity…

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