Interesting that they move away from just sports in that video. I know broadcasters have been using it for ages (since HD 1), but they’re obviously targeting more than just the Red Bull audience now.
I still think their videos are bordering on false advertising though – they must post-process sooooo much.Posted 4 years ago
Looks like GoPro have launched a new camera shipping today.
The cynical part of me assumes that they couldn’t fix the problems with the previous model so they’ve released new hardware.
Other than that it seems to follow the usual thread of improvements:
Smaller/lighter/sharper, although I guess the 30% battery life improvement is significant.
– 20% smaller and lighter than Hero 3Posted 4 years ago
– High resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes. 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture.
– 12MP stills at up to 30fps, plus time lapse and photo burst modes
– New Superview wide mode
– New auto low light mode
– New sharper lens
– Improved audio and wind noise reduction
– 30% longer battery life
– faster (up to 4x) wifi connection to the GoPro app
– Social media sharingsimonbownsSubscriber
One thing that amazed us last year (with the Hero 3 launch) was just how many different people were buying them. We’d assumed a real bike focus, especially with it being distributed by a bike distributor, but we were selling to other sports people, a film company, motorsports etc too.Posted 4 years ago
They colour grade(correct) all videos. This can take a long time on its own. Not to mention, sharpening, getting rid of fisheye, crushing blacks n whites (they do that on a lot of their vids) and probably a lot more things too. Possibly use plugins like Twixtor for the slow-mo stuff.Posted 4 years agotheroadwarriorMember
*Full disclosure; I own the Gopro3-Black and an original HD.
While product development/improvement is great, Gopro are a right pain- they bring out endless products, which while great have so many annoying bugs (Cameras freezing, picture artefacts, usability problems etc etc) which NEVER get fixed, it’s just onto the newest greatest product with a new set of problems.
If I’d realised just how bad the battery life on the black was I’d have never purchased it, I was just getting bored of corrupted videos from the HD1 despite the latest FW and no end of different SD cards (All of which Gopro themselves had recommended at some point).Posted 4 years ago
Its about a year, my H3B has been pretty problem free since new, couple of freezing issues initially but only occasionally, the firmware updates addressed pretty much everything. Battery life hasn’t been that bad and looks like we can get a bit more out of the new batteries. Might buy a new case as the actual camera is the same size.Posted 4 years ago
Have you worked out what superview is yet?
I mean – does it offer a choice of viewing angles for 720p for example?
I thought the most interesting thing was the fact they’ve called it the 3+ – that made me think they’ve got a bigger improvement in the works for a ‘4’ 🙂Posted 4 years agobacondoublecheeMember
Superview does indeed take a 4:3 video (using all the pixels on the sensor) and turns it into a 16:9 output. It captures the same view width ways, but extra pixels on the height.
This actually seems a very good feature to me for MTB use as you will capture more of the trail, rather than a choice of front tyre view or upcoming trail view.Posted 4 years agoxanboyMember
Ok this is how superview was explained to me, 4:3 is a square and gets in full height but has the sides missing(black lines on your tv) 16:9 gets full width but is missing the height. If you put the two pictures on top of each other you get a large screen with the corners missing, fill in the corners and this is the superview screen.Posted 4 years ago
The default setting for 720 and 1080 is 16:9 and these are the 2 resolutions using superview as an option. 960 and 1440 are 4:3, the superview option drops the frame rate options
cubemeup – Member
can someone please explain to me what protune does please??
Even though I haven’t seen it described in this way, my take on it was that it’s a bit like shooting RAW on a still camera (but not quite as flexible).
It basically records more info (more than double the data rate afaics) so that in post processing you get more leeway to do things like:
Pull out shadow detail
Pull out highlight detail (which would otherwise look blown)
Match colour profiles from other cameras (they specifically mention RED, Canon, etc.)
However, without using post processing grading, the footage doesn’t look quite as punchy as normal (flatter).
I think it may also have been the first time you could record in 24p too – which is the frame rate most feature films are shot at and very commonly used on DSLR video, etc.Posted 4 years ago
This is the blog by one of the team responsible for protune – blogging at the launch:Posted 4 years ago
Reading the article from rs above, it looks like Superview basically captures 4:3 then stretches the sides out to a 16:9 ratio.
So a bit like the stretch mode on many 16:9 TVs for showing 4:3 content. The centre is left relatively unchanged.
This will be ok for some types of scene, but the distortion will be pretty obvious if you have people at the sides.Posted 4 years ago
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