What we know:

GoPro has been pretty hush hush about their new consumer drone called “Karma” that is supposedly coming out early 2016. Well, we are a month into this new year, and what have we learned? Not a whole lot.

We get that they want to keep their features a secret, but what gives?
There have been multiple rumors about possible features for the Karma including the Hero 5 and or a possible 360 view camera, but still no hard facts. Everything you have read has been pure speculation. But with stock price falling like a dead drone…we want some answers.

Today around noon, GoPro sent subscribers their latest video about the karma. Although it doesn’t give away much, it does have some hints.

Take a look:

It looks like autonomous flight is going to be a feature, but is that really worth such secrecy?
Sounds like a must, just to enter the game, but one thing looks kind of neat…

This guy appears to be holding the drone in his hands while skiing, then he almost projects it into the air. The camera remains stable and continues its rise in altitude whilst filming the subjects.

Is this a hint of what a feature might be? Possibly a hybrid of land and air? You can film by hand, then quickly transition to flight? Maybe. It would be a nice feature. Not having to lug around two cameras on trips would be a plus.

The video going down the hill, is clearly at least a two camera shoot. The guy in the back has a camera and the guy in the front has the “drone”, unfortunately you cant see the device from the rear camera. The drone is heavily cropped out in the reflection of his goggles.
So still no reveal of how it will look.

Anyhoo, more speculation of course. These could just be fancy marketing video tricks.
Who knows?
Will the Karma drone change the game again, like their early action cameras did? or is this going to be another drone to saturate the market?

As we said, so many questions. Only time will tell, hopefully sooner than later. After all, GoPro is taking on water.


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Introducing the Karma Drone and potential financial benefits to GoPro

While CES featured a number of consumer drones and even one designed to take a single passenger at over 60 mph to a distance of over two miles on a charge, GoPro’s Karma was not ready to show at this year’s CES. GoPro has released a video of the drones aerial photography but doesn’t feature an image of the Karma.

It did, somewhat cryptically say in the video, “What if you could fly? That would be magic.”

What would be magic for GoPro would be to release a drone that could capture a significant portion of the drone market. DJI is the leader in consumer drones at present but if GoPro could effectively bundle the two it could really help drone and camera sales. DJI, and primarily its Phantom line had roughly 70% of the consumer market in the beginning of 2015.

DJI sold over $500 million in drones in 2014, had over $1 billion sales last year and future growth is nearly inevitable in an industry that is estimated to grow by $4 billion by 2021.

GoPro will likely continue to sell its cameras to drone users no matter the brand, but taking a healthy chunk of this growth and existing sales could effectively double the company’s revenue stream.

Greed(?) from GoPro certainly hurt the company with the Session given the low margins that it enjoys with each camera. The successful pairing of the Hero 5 and the Karma would certainly help the company become something less than a one-trick pony, though it’s a really good trick, while building a product ecosystem for itself and investors alike.

Again GoPro is far from broken

Broken, no. Would I be happy if I jumped on the action camera maker’s band wagon in 2015 and bought its stock? Absolutely not. But again, those burned were presumably people buying far too late. It’s IPO was something nowhere short of incredible. We don’t push stocks here, or I certainly don’t, but many believe that the shares that you could have purchased at $98 in January 2015 are now trading around $11-13 this month.

That may make the stock worth a look, however that comes with a major caveat in the eyes of one Morgan Stanley analysis just recently said, “Apple, Google, or other industry giants enter the space and simplify video editing and authoring, making the hardware a commodity.”

That said, it’s also a strong possibility before those company’s got involved they might consider an acquisition of GoPro rather than starting from scratch. Scratch being a poorly chosen word as I’m sure both companies have already begun work on prototypes and experimenting with entering the market.

"The Hero 5 is equipped with an 8K-video recording ability at full HD, which means the device will be able to capture high resolution footage, almost twice the resolution seen on Hero 4 Black," the tech news portal went on. "The Hero 5 is also expected to surpass the previous 30 framer per seconds (fps) seen on previous models, and will be capable of capturing 4k videos at 60 fps."
If this information is indeed spot on, fans can't be faulted for clamoring for an October 2015 release.
Considering such specs, the Hero 5 understandably won't be cheaper than the Hero4.
"Latest reports now indicate that the Hero 5 will have a price of $550 when it comes out by next year, contrary to rumors that it shall be priced $450," Master Herald relayed. "The GoPro Hero 4 is currently being retailed for around $500."
In addition, Gazette Review said the upcoming model may enable 3D video recording due to the unit's dual lens.
"To top it off, the GoPro Hero 5 will probably come with a longer battery life. The 2,800 mAh battery will provide two hours of video recording when fully charged. The Bluetooth feature will also be improved so that the upload speeds are faster than previous versions," it also added.
Looks like there is much to look forward to in the first quarter of next year, if that's the case.






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BestableCam has just released SteadyGim3 RIDER 3 3-axis GoPro Stabilizer System recently.



What do you think?


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Published on Sep 29, 2014

Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black takes Emmy award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and high frame rate 1080p 120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world.

Features + Benefits:
• 2x the Performance - With improved image quality, a 2x more powerful processor and 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever.
• Professional Video up to 4K30 - Records ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video.
• Fast, Powerful Photo Capture - Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps.
• Built-In Wi-Fi + Bluetooth - Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote.
• Protune —Now for Video + Photos - Cinema-quality capture and manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more.
• Night Photo + Night Lapse - Customizable exposure settings up to 30 seconds for single and Time Lapse photos.
• HiLight Tag - Mark key moments while recording for easy playback, editing and sharing.
• QuikCapture - Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button.
• SuperView - Captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle field of view.
• Auto Low Light - Automatically adjusts frame rates for optimal low-light performance.
• High-Performance Audio - New audio system captures clean, high fidelity sound and nearly 2x the dynamic range.
• Improved Camera Control - New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever.
• Ultra Wide-Angle Glass Lens - Enables engaging, immersive footage of you and your world.
• Selectable FOV - Three FOV settings—Ultra Wide, Medium and Narrow—allow for a broad range of perspectives.
• Durable + Waterproof to 131’ (40m) - Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions.
• Wearable + Mountable - Enables immersive self-capture during your favorite activities.
• Compatible with all GoPro Mounts - 60+ mounts and accessories—and counting—for capturing a wide variety of perspectives and activities.
• GoPro App + Software - Control your camera remotely. View and share your content. Easily create gorgeous, GoPro-style videos.

What's Included:
• HERO4 Black Camera
• Standard Housing 131’ (40m)
• Skeleton Backdoor
• Rechargeable Battery
• Curved Adhesive Mount
• Flat Adhesive Mount
• Quick Release Buckles
• 3-Way Pivot Arm
• USB Cable

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The rumor mill is abuzz with speculation, but we have the first full scoop on the GoPro HERO4.

As many have reported, the two big features that are appearing are 4K video recording at 30FPS and a built-in touch display.

Unfortunately, these two features won’t be appearing in the same camera. Instead, there will be two models: the HERO4 Black (shown above) and the HERO4 Silver (shown below).



Hero 4 Black

The HERO4 Black is a powerhouse action camera that doubles the performance of the previous GoPro (yet again). Touted as “the most advanced GoPro ever,” it has improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor.

The Black will capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, up from the 15fps of previous GoPros, allowing for extremely high-quality footage that’s much more usable for a wide variety of applications.

Here are the available resolutions and frame rates: 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, and 720p at 120fps. It appears these cameras are no longer capable of 240fps.

For still images, you’ll be able to capture 12 megapixel photos at 30 frames per second.



Audio capture is also improved, with the new system capturing 2x the dynamic range.

On the front of the camera is an ultra-wide angle glass lens, and the camera can be set to three different field-of-view settings: Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow.

There will be new manual settings for both photography and videography — controls such as color, ISO limit, exposure, and more.

The camera is waterproof down to 131 feet (40m). Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, exposure settings for nighttime shooting, a “HiLight Tag” feature for marking key moments in footage, a QuikCapture feature for powering up and recording with one button press, and auto low light features.

Regarding the issue of backward compatibility, the Black and Silver will both be compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories.


Hero 4 Silver

The HERO4 Silver doesn’t offer 4K video recording, but it’s the first GoPro to offer a convenient built-in touch display.

Users will be able to control the camera, frame shots, and review content simply by tapping and swiping the screen.



On the video side, the Silver will be able to capture 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p at 120fps.

For still photography, the Silver will match the Black with 12 megapixel photos at 30 frames per second.

The other features (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HiLight Tag, QuikCapture, waterproofing) are pretty much the same as the HERO4 Black.

Other Accessories

Other accessories to be announced alongside the HERO4 include: a blackout housing that gives your camera a matte black finish for stealthy and low-glare shooting, a removable battery pack that gives your GoPro more juice, a dual battery charger for juicing two packs simultaneously, a wearable waterproof remote, and a grip that keeps your camera afloat.

Pricing and Availability

We haven’t heard anything in terms of pricing and availability, but our source tells us that the official announcement date for the GoPro HERO4 cameras will most likely be October 8th, 2014.

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Michael Kintner CEO/Founder and Inventor of 360Heros Video and Photo Gear has offered a $5000.00 reward.  Watch the amazing video below as a historic 360 video shoot sunk (literally) thanks to one hungry shark. This incident occurred when a shark attacked some 360Heros Scuba Gear during a dive for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week. The shark's attempt to consume the camera gear has led to 360Heros offering a $5,000 reward for its return along with the historic footage it contains.As you can see in the video screen shot below, the 360Heros camera gear sank to the bottom of the ocean floor, taking with it what would have been the first 360 degree shark footage ever filmed. The lost equipment was one thing, but the loss of this video footage was a major blow to 360Heros' ambitions as trailblazers in the world of spherical video.  Rather than sweeping this failure under the rug, 360Heros CEO Michael Kintner told the story of this regrettable incident and used it to convey the message behind 360Heros and its products. When he speaks about this attack, he doesn’t dwell on the loss of equipment and resources, he wonders at the beauty of the 360 shot it nearly produced.



The diver you see in the video is ABC4FILMSAndy Casagrande IV, the man who was tasked with serving as this young company’s first “hero” in the 360 Video scuba field. Casagrande was the famous cinematographer with the big-time network who was going to take 360Heros and its product to new heights (or in this case, depths).




As you can our filters were lost to!



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The 55 mm URPRO Cyan (CY) filter utilizes URPRO's patented color-correcting technology. This filter is ideally suited for tropical blue salt water or clear fresh water at depths of 12 ft to 70 ft. We recommend the URPRO CY filter to divers traveling to a tropical island (i.e. Belize, Cozumel, Caribbean, Maldives, Bora Bora, etc.). All URPRO filters sold by SRP feature an ultra low-profile filter ring in order to limit mechanical vignetting.  You may purchase SRP products here


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Less Distortion: As users of the camera are well aware, the GoPro features an extremely wide angle lens to try and accommodate most action sports scenarios.  When filming, especially at the higher resolutions, this leaves the resulting image with an obvious ‘fish-eye’ distortion that can be undesirable to filmmakers.  With the option to change lenses any filmmaker can get the look they want for their shots without being restricted.

Depth of Field and Manual Focus:  The GoPro has a fixed focus lens, meaning everything is in focus from near to far.  To achieve a more cinematic look many filmmakers wish to use a more shallow depth of field, creating a ‘bokeh’ or blurred background and foreground.  By adding different lenses to the GoPro the user can now manually control the focus and F-stop to create the ideal look.

Zoom:  The GoPro Hero3 and 3+ have no option to zoom, especially during filming.  With a manual zoom or telephoto lens attached you can achieve sharp detail from a great distance, and perform zooming during filming.

Night Vision:  The Ribcage mod kit removes the IR cut filter from the GoPro, allowing the user the option of filming with or without the filter.  The benefit of this is, with the addition of an IR light source such as a battery powered IR LED panel, you get instant night vision!  All you ghost hunters out there can film in complete darkness and still control multiple cameras with the WiFi remote!

Use Your Old SLR Lenses:  How many of us have that old camera bag in the closet gathering dust? The optics and manual controls on most older SLR film camera lenses are excellent!  Why not breathe new life into them by using them on your GoPro Hero3?  With the proper adapter ring you can attach almost any popular brand of manual lens to our mod, including Canon, Nikon, Pentax and more!





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This year we did not have a booth, but were welcomed by the Manta Bay Resort, I have known Michael Kitner for almost a year, the developer of the 360 Hero system.  We were met by the lovely Scuba Diver Girls Margo & Stephanie, look out for there upcoming review on SRP products.  These are truly great people, Rich and the lovely Janice to.



Then my good friends from Shark Diver Magazine, Eli, Paul, and Martiza, also beautiful people and strong supporters of the SRP Product line.



Here is a sample video of the 360 Hero system created by Micheal, with the colour correction filters from SRP.

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Limba is Canada oldest elephant, thanks to MTKS & 5 Rivers Studio. A liitle taste of what these guys will be featuring in April of 2014. All aerial footage was taken by XproHeli XP2 quadcopter, XPG Gimbal & Colour Correction Marumi ND8 Filters from SRP. We are a unique aerial photography service firm looking to take on new clients. We specialize in low-altitude high definition video using a cutting edge remote controlled aerial platform. This allows us to offer breathtaking images of properties from unique angles that are sure to impress your clients. Immerse your clients in a full high-definition experience of your property, and a creative competitive advantage for your business.
For inquiries and RFQ's please contact us at 416-898-9400


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