The GoPro HERO5 and HERO6 are the current flagship action cameras in the market. While there are many knockoffs in the market, GoPro continues to have a strong brand presence as the premier action cam.
For a quick overview of the similarities and differences, both cameras capture 4K and have nearly identical external construction. The devil is in the details though and the HERO6, of course, edges out the spec sheet of the HERO5.
Both cameras feature a 12MP sensor for capturing still images in JPG and RAW formats. The HERO6 adds a more capable HDR mode than the HERO5.
On the video side, the HERO6 gives you 4K/60p/50p capture in H.265 (HERO5 offers up to 4K/30p in H.264) and 1080/240p (compared to the HERO5 at 1080/120p).
While I use a GoPro for videos on occasion, I probably get more use out of the built-in timelapse functions – especially since GoPro started building the LCD into the cameras with the HERO4 Silver. Of course, both the HERO5 and HERO6 have a great touchscreen setup with more intuitive control.
I find the LCD to be critical for my use of setting up a timelapse shoot. For one, it’s on the camera and I don’t have to fiddle with connecting my phone wirelessly through the GoPro app. Additionally, I save battery life by being able to leave the WiFi turned off. The built-in LCD is a standard feature now and is even included on the most recent reissue of the basic GoPro HERO.
In-Camera Timelapse Options
There are a couple different ways to capture timelapse images with the GoPro HERO5 and HERO6: [Read more…]
DJI has announced its new Ronin-S gimbal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, which we first saw back at CES 2018, will be available on June 11 for $699. It’s a more compact gimbal than the larger Ronin models and is designed to handle the payload of a basic DSLR or mirrorless camera and lens (up to an 8 lbs. payload).
It features a single-hand design for the lighter packages and has an offset motor roll for better visibility of the camera’s rear display – and thus, further lightening the load with no need to use an external display. It also offers a number of controls and is compatible with several DJI accessories from prior Ronin models. The battery life is rated for 12 hours of use. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
B&H has the Lenovo 15.6″ Legion Y520 laptop computer for $779 (reg. $999). It’s a solid choice for photo or video editing on Windows with specs that include a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 processor, a 128GB SSD and 1TB hard drive a 1920 x 1080 anti-glare IPS display and a NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti 4GB graphics card. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
(UPDATE: This deal has expired.) B&H has the Samsung Galaxy S9 unlocked 64GB phone for $599 (reg. $779) as a Deal Zone deal for today only. It has a 12MP rear camera with a dual aperture f/1.5 and f/2.4 for low-light and daylight shooting. It also shoots 4K/60p video and slow motion video up to 960fps. Check it out here at B&H Photo.