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All Things GoPro
GoPro cameras have quickly become the world’s favorite action cam, but believe me: the new GoPro cameras are so much more than that!
GoPro Cameras are perfect as a family camera, a vlogging camera, or a regular point-and-shoot for any hobby!
If you’re a new GoPro owner, I highly recommend starting out with this Beginner’s Guide to GoPro. If you’re more of a GoPro Enthusiast than a beginner, check out my GoPro tips and tricks, GoPro accessory reviews, and Video Editing for Beginners.
On this page, you’ll find more of my best resources for learning to use your GoPro camera, as well as recent articles and videos that I think will be of value to you.
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It looks like the new GoPro Hero 2018 camera is a budget-friendly action camera with some of the same capabilities as the Hero5 and Hero6 models. But is it too good to be true?
I'll be honest with you: the release of the new GoPro Hero 2018 a couple of weeks ago caught me totally off guard! Once upon a time, GoPro sent new camera models to their GoPro family members so we could check them out and spread the word ahead of time in a review, but, not this time.
Unfortunately, I don't have a personal GoPro Hero 2018 review for you, but I do have the details and I can tell you what I think about the new GoPro. There are plenty of GoPro Hero 2018 Review videos on YouTube and it's more than enough for me to form an opinion on whether GoPro's new budget action camera is worth the buy.
I know I'm not the only one who has been curious about what GoPro is up to in 2018, after slashing prices on the Hero6 Black early in the year and retiring their drone program. I don't stay on top of GoPro news as much as I used to, so it was a post in my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group that tipped me off on this one (thanks for the tip-off, Celine!). (Some links in this post are affiliate links, and VidProMom will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking these links.)
The new GoPro camera for 2018 is a more budget-friendly action camera than previous models, priced at $199. That $199 GoPro pricetag was formerly held by the Hero5 Session, but the Session models (both the Hero Session and Hero5 Session) appear to no longer be offered on gopro.com.
I don't know if they have confirmed it, but it looks like the Hero 2018 camera has replaced the Session lineup. While the Session models are not available on gopro.com, you can still grab the Hero5 Session on Amazon.
New GoPro 2018 – My Thoughts
I will get into the details of the new GoPro Hero later in this post, but I want to give you my thoughts right off the bat.
There has been quite a bit of discussion in my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group about whether the new GoPro Hero 2018 is a decent camera and whether the $200 price tag is worth it.
Of course, it depends, but here are my thoughts:
My guess is that GoPro wants to capture new customers who are not familiar with creating videos and who never seriously considered buying a GoPro camera. Someone who is new to video entirely, perhaps who is familiar with the GoPro brand, but was never quite sold on the idea of a $400 or $500 gadget that they never thought they needed.
There is a trade-off for everything. This should not be a surprise.
Does the GoPro Hero 2018 have all the latest, greatest features? No. But it's half the price of the GoPro model that does have all the latest, greatest features.
Does it have $200 worth of action camera features, compared to other brands? Possibly not. But it's a rugged, waterproof action camera from the world's leading manufacturer of action cameras.
To me, this feels like the best budget-friendly, entry-level GoPro camera that GoPro has ever created. Not saying it's the best camera on the market (it's not), but if we're talking budget cameras, then heck yeah.
It's not perfect, it's not top of the line, and it's not for everyone. But it's a good start for:
- someone who wants to start creating videos but doesn't have a bunch of money to spend on cameras and gear
- someone who wants to let their kids have a field day with a GoPro but doesn't trust them to keep track of a $400 camera
- someone who wants to buy into the GoPro brand but has no idea what they're doing with video or cameras
The GoPro Hero 2018 is better than nothing. If it's the only model GoPro you can afford, then by all means, snag the new GoPro (or wait until the Holidays when it will probably be priced at $150).
I think the bottom line is that it really is a personal decision. If you're looking for a top of the line action camera that shoots 4K, has super high frame rates, all the Protune options you could ever ask for, and tons of other brilliant features, the Hero6 Black is your best bet.
If you can't afford the Hero6 black for $400, consider the Hero5 Black for $300. It's almost as good as the Hero6 Black.
If $300 is still out of your price range and you really want to own a GoPro camera, then the GoPro Hero 2018 will be your new BFF. But please consider the pros, cons, and comparisons in this post before you make a buying decision.
GoPro Hero 2018 Features & Specs
Similar to the Hero5 and Hero6 models, the new GoPro Hero for 2018 has the following classic GoPro features:
- waterproof without a case
- voice control
- touch display
- compatible with QuikStories
- WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, connect to GoPro app
- mountable, wearable, and rugged
- removable battery
While the new GoPro Hero 2018 looks identical to the Hero5 and Hero6 Black models, the tech on the inside is a bit different.
The new Hero can record in two resolutions: 1440p (1920×1440) and 1080p (1920×1080, the 16:9 aspect ratio). You have two frame rates available as well: 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second.
It does have video stabilization but does not use the same technology as the Hero6 Black's stabilization, so it's important to differentiate there. See the comparison videos below.
GoPro Hero 2018 Review – Pros
The rugged, waterproof case is a pro on the new GoPro models. The other action cameras I have used have a clunky “cheap plastic” feel and don't seem nearly as durable as the actual camera body of the GoPro Hero (including the 5 and 6 models).
Compared to past entry-level GoPro models, the new Hero for 2018 is a huge improvement. The fact that it has the same great user-friendly features like the touch display, voice commands, and waterproof-ness as the more expensive models is a win for budget-minded consumers.
It's half the price of the Hero6 Black, so in comparison to other GoPro models, the price is a pro here. Especially considering the Hero5 Session is/was $200, and that doesn't have a touchscreen or removable battery.
GoPro Hero 2018 Review – Cons
Lack of 4K is seen as a huge negative by many, but not by me. I don't shoot in 4K and not everyone needs to. I don't think the average consumer looking to spend $200 on a camera is looking for 4K capabilities.
Although I don't usually utilize high frame rates, I could see merit in include at least up to 120fps for smooth slow-motion footage. You can do slow-motion at 60, but 120 would create a better result. Even for the average budget-minded consumer, slow-motion action cam footage is a given, in my opinion. For a really great comparison of slow motion at 60fps vs 240fps, check out Ben's review on the Authentech YouTube channel.
Limited Fields of View available. This is perhaps the biggest bummer of the new Hero 2018 for me: there is no Linear Field of View. You have Wide, Medium, and Narrow, but no Linear and no SuperView. Linear field of view gives you a more “flat” look, like what you'd expect to see out of a DSLR, iPhone, or any non-action camera. Fish-eye distortion is common in action cameras which have a wide angle lens. The Hero 5 and Hero 6 cameras have the ability to shoot at a higher resolution, and then automatically remove the lens distortion while you're shooting, creating that Linear Field of View. Since the new Hero doesn't shoot at a high-enough resolution, I'm guessing that's the reason Linear FOV is not an option.
There is no Protune available on the new Hero. This is the single most obvious clue as to the type of consumer GoPro is after with this camera (hint: not the pro market, or even the enthusiast market). If you aren't familiar, Protune is like putting your camera in Manual mode, allowing you to control settings like ISO, exposure, color, white balance, etc. In order to use Protune, you would need to know how to edit and color correct your video footage. The average consumer is likely not interested in this. So while the lack of Protune is definitely a con, to me it is totally expected. Protune is a confusing word for consumers anyway, so removing it might help GoPro newbies avoid confusion.
GoPro.com states that the new Hero 2018 is not Karma compatible, and it shows an image of the Karma drone. It's not clear whether the compatibility notation refers to the drone only, or if it's also not compatible with the Karma grip as well.
GoPro Hero Quality Comparison
Features aside, it's really important to know whether the results from a camera are up to your own standards and expectations. Right off the bat, after browsing GoPro Hero 2018 review videos, I can see that the new Hero is on par with what you'd expect from the Hero5 Session. Not the best, but not horrible. Since I don't own the new Hero, or a Hero6 Black (my newest model is the Hero5 Black), I can't compare the models myself. So, allow me to rely on other trusted YouTubers for quality comparisons.
Here are three thorough comparison videos of the GoPro Hero 2018 vs. GoPro Hero6 Black. It's a really great idea to view the comparisons in these videos before you make a decision to buy the new GoPro, so I've embedded them below.
The Everyday Dad
I really liked this comparison from Gary at The Everyday Dad channel because he uses a split screen but doesn't reveal which side is which camera until the end, so you can see image quality differences without being swayed one way or the other.
Another great review comparing the Hero with the Hero 6 Black, Ben from the AuthenTech channel is shooting in 4K on the Hero6, so it's not exactly comparing apples to apples. This is a much watch if you want to be able to utilize buttery smooth slow motion and stabilization without a gimbal.
Another excellent comparison between the Hero and Hero 6 Black from Shawn over at the Air Photography channel. Includes a battery test!
At the end of the day, I'm always going to say that making a buying decision is a personal decision, and I can't make it for you. If you want a GoPro, buy a GoPro! Buy the best GoPro you can afford! If $200 is all you have to spend on an action camera, then give the GoPro Hero 2018 a try.
A GoPro accessories kit is usually a tempting purchase for any new GoPro owner, but which ones are the most popular and how do they stack up?
Yes yes, I know, we all love GoPro accessories. Us GoPro enthusiasts can quickly spend more than the cost of the GoPro camera itself without realizing it! I have purchased quite a few accessories and mounts myself, but do you know what I've never purchased? A GoPro Accessories Kit. Crazy, I know. I explained my thoughts behind accessory kits in my video on the top 5 accessories every GoPro newbie needs, but I recently took a look through the fascinating report of what purchases the VidProMom audience has made through my Amazon affiliate links. Don't freak out–the report doesn't tell me who bought what, so no, I don't who bought a 3-pack of tighty whiteys or what kitty litter your cat prefers. But I do know what the most popular GoPro accessories kits are based on my audience. So let's break it down!
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There have been a few ALL new GoPro accessories to hit the shelves during 2017, some of them just in the last couple of months actually so you may have not even heard of them yet!
At the risk of making this video obsolete within the month or two, as black friday, cyber monday, and the new year roll around… look, the holidays are right around the corner, you want to know what's up with the new GoPros and maybe you like to have all the latest and greatest in GoPro accessories, so, let me fill me you in!
Let's say you need to buy a gift for someone you know and love and all they want is GoPro accessories and gear to use with their GoPro camera, or you own a GoPro camera and all you want is accessories and gear to use with your GoPro camera.
$170 for the Seeker backpack, $50 for a Jaws Clip, another $50 for a GoPro Power Pack, $200 for a Tenba… YIKES! It adds up quick.
I totally get it!!
But not every GoPro accessory requires you to sell a kidney, so if your family wants to know what to get you for your birthday or Christmas, or if you came here because you are shopping for a GoPro Enthusiast in your life, let me help you out with some really useful GoPro accessories and gifts that come in under 20 bucks. (more…)
Just before Christmas last year, GoPro sent me their Seeker backpack with some goodies inside and lots of folks in my audience have been curious how I like it. Now that I've had about a year to use it, and compare it to my Tenba 14L ActionPack, I put my thoughts together here in this review and of course, I also published a YouTube video with this GoPro Seeker review as well!
So, I'm not a travel blogger at all. Like, not even remotely (see what I did there? #haha). But when the folks over at Veedyou asked for my opinion on GoPro Tips for traveling, I said “SURE!” You can click on the infographic below to get the entire list of tips, but I'll give you a spoiler on my tip first off: learn how to use your GoPro before traveling with it!
If I were to add just one more, it's making sure you have the 5 basic GoPro accessories EVERY GoPro user needs (especially if you're new to this!).
They actually asked a bunch of people, so here's a snippet from Christian and the gang, plus and an infographic:
Shooting photos or videos with a GoPro is pretty straightforward apparently. The camera literally has just 2 physical buttons so how hard can it be? Well, even though the camera does a great job at using
the right settings most of the times, there are quite a few tips and tricks that will make your GoPro videos stand out from the crowd.
Over at Veedyou over half of the orders we handle are GoPro video editing services and me personally, I must have zapped through hundreds of hours of GoPro footage. I have come across amazing shoots, I’ll give you that, but most of the times we get really bad looking footage: it’s very shaky, the subject is not in the shoot or the lighting is really poor and the colors are off.
And the blunt truth is that the quality of the final video edit is going to depend a whole lot on the quality of the original footage. So no matter how skilled the video editor is, the end result will be mediocre, to say the least.
So, in an attempt to help everyone out there shoot better GoPro videos, we’ve reached out to some of the most passionate GoPro users and asked them two questions:
- What are your top tips to get the most out of a GoPro camera?
- Which GoPro accessories should I buy for traveling?
Here’s what we got back.
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I saw a question in my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group earlier this month from Megan, who wrote, “Just bought my first GoPro5! It came with a Floaty, Supercharger, and The Strap. Any recommendations on must-have accessories…”
Well, Megan, and anyone else wondering the exact same thing, it does depend a lot on what you plan to do with your GoPro but there are a few basics that you want to be sure and pick up if you're a brand new GoPro owner, no matter WHAT you plan on shooting.
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Have you ever wondered how to get the perfect “half underwater” shot with your GoPro camera? The answer is a GoPro dome port! The dome port is a large (usually 6″), dome-shaped lens cover that covers your GoPro's lens, allowing a perfect over/under split shot. It makes for a really unique photo or video!
There are lots of dome port options on the market, but some are made by more reputable brands than others. I tend not to “cheap out” on GoPro accessories and instead buy from trusted brands, if not from GoPro themselves.
(The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking our links. Read my disclosure policy here.)
GoPro makes a lot of good quality accessories, but unfortunately, they don't make their own brand dome port. Here are the top-rated brands for GoPro dome ports, based on my own experience, as well as online reviews.
PolarPro FiftyFifty (for Hero5 Black)
This is the one that I own for my Hero5 Black, and PolarPro graciously provided me with. I've used it in the pool with my kids, and it's very easy to assemble. I had no problems with leakage at all. In fact, the kids love to use it! It comes with a cover to protect it while it's not in use, and I pack and carry it right in the original packaging. It doesn't really fit well into my GoPro Seeker or Tenba 14L, and since it's glass, I don't want to just toss it in the beach bag.
I think the best feature of PolarPro's dome port is that it's easy to assemble. You don't have to remove the Hero5 Lens cover, and you don't need an additional waterproof housing. You literally just pop the Hero5 Lens cover into the opening on the back of the dome, secure it, and you're good to go.
The PolarPro FiftyFifty comes with the dome port itself, a floating grip, a protective cover, a wrist lanyard, and there was also some an anti-water drop wipe in the box too. I haven't used the wipe, so I'm curious to see how that turns out because my footage definitely has waterdrops–though nowhere NEAR as annoying as water drops without the dome.
The PolarPro runs around $50 and works with the Hero5 Black. It's available online via polarprofilters.com, Best Buy, or amazon.com. You can also check availability at a store near you. They do ship internationally!
I will post a full review on my YouTube channel in the coming months, so you can see it in action. Until then, check out these cool shots I got with this dome port!
GoPole Dome H4 (for Hero4 and Hero3+) and Dome H5 (for Hero5 Black)
GoPole makes two dome ports: the Dome H4 is compatible with the Hero4 Black & Silver and the Hero3/3+, while the Dome H5 is compatible with the Hero5 Black. Included with each model is the dome itself, a thumb screw, a waterproof housing, and a soft travel back. Not included is any kind of hand grip, but it's compatible with the GoPole Bobber or any other GoPro-compatible handgrip.
I think this is a fairly new product for GoPole, so I'm not sure what users feedback has been. GoPole has a good reputation though and is one of my favorite GoPro accessory brands. You can pick up the H4 Dome on Amazon for $60 and the H5 Dome on Amazon for $65.
SHOOT (for Hero 3+/4 and Hero 5)
The SHOOT dome port (for Hero5) on Amazon has a 4-star rating and from what I have read, is a quality product coming in at around $66. The upgrade version comes with a lens hood to reduce lens flare, and also comes with a handle and a soft bag. There is also a Hero 3+/4 version on Amazon for $60.
Knekt (for Hero 3+/4 and Hero 5)
The Knekt brand dome ports are a little different and are compatible with some neat accessories as well. The KSD6ss is compatible with the Hero5 and runs about $230 on amazon.com, while the KSD6 is compatible with the 3+/4 and also runs about $230. I have heard great things about the Knekt dome port, but I've never used one by Knekt, so I'm really not sure why it costs so much more than other domes made by reputable brands!
DIY GoPro Dome Port Alternative
A common and quick DIY dome port can be created when you use the clear plastic packaging from when you purchased your GoPro! Check out this tutorial from instructibles.com for a quick GoPro dome port DIY project!
Have you used a GoPro dome port? Let me know in the comments what brand it is and how it's been working for you… help me keep this post up to date by posting a review of your dome port in the comments!