PolarPro FiftyFifty Review – A New Way to Compose Your Watersport Shots

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Oct 162017

The PolarPro FiftyFifty is the latest gadget for the GoPro HERO 5: a dome for split shots over and underwater. Read on for sample footage and my impressions.

Having used GoPro gear for the last few years, I am constantly amazed by the evolution of the cameras and their accessories. I recently got my hands on the PolarPro FiftyFifty, a dome shaped-accessory that allows you to achieve shots above and below the water surface simultaneously.

Now you may ask, why would I need a dome? Couldn’t I just hold the GoPro half way over and under water? There are two reasons why this isn’t a good idea. First, the GoPro’s tiny lens makes it difficult to accurately hit that half/half position. Secondly, there’s the small detail of physics blurring your image: the surface tension of the water, in addition to the air and plastic front lens creates a contact angle with a water surface curvature, acting like an optical element. If this happens directly on your front lens, it blurs a lot of your recorded image. However, if this phenomenon happens further away – hence the dome – then it occupies only a small portion of the image, and you get a clear split shot.

The PolarPro FiftyFifty

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GoPro Hero 5 Photos and User Manual Leaked, Voice Commands Incoming

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Aug 212016


Some photos of and a user manual for the upcoming GoPro Hero 5 have allegedly leaked online, showing a camera that looks like a hybrid between the Hero 4 and Hero Session cameras, will focus heavily on GoPro’s upcoming cloud service ‘GoPro Plus,’ and may feature voice commands.

The images first appeared on (and were subsequently pulled from) the Japanese blog Nokishita, but before they could be removed the folks at Mirrorless Rumors snagged some screenshots. That’s how we come to share these real life photos and an alleged schematic for the unreleased action cam.



The photos show more of what we reported in the past.

The camera will probably be waterproof out of the box (although an external casing will, we assume, still be required to take the camera to serious depths) given the rounded edges and rubberized look, it will feature a touch screen display, and otherwise looks very similar to the aging Hero 4.

Here’s another look at the leaked video from a couple of weeks ago, showing GoPro’s touchscreen interface at work:

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SLICK stabilizer – A Motorized Camera Steadycam

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Mar 212016

Here is another example of a new water-resistant stabilizer for the GoPro camera:

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FAA may ease restrictions on drone flying

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Feb 292016

The FAA is mulling a change in proposed regulations for drones, and big tech will have its say.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday a committee to draft recommendations for rules that could ease restrictions on operating drones in crowded or public places. The FAA has invited mostly commercial stakeholders, including Alphabet‘s Google X, Intel and GoPro, to the group.

The committee will start working on recommendations next month and give a final report to the FAA by April 1, when the agency will review its findings and file a proposal. It comes as business interests have ramped up pressure on the FAA and Congress for wider drone use amid concerns about public safety and privacy.

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Facebook adds support for 360-degree videos

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Sep 252015


360-degree video has arrived on Facebook.

The social network is beginning to add the immersive videos to the News Feed, the company announced Wednesday. The videos will be viewable from the web and from Facebook’s iOS and Android apps.

The videos, first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, are filmed with a special camera setup that captures q full 360-degree view of the scene. Much like the 360-degree videos on YouTube, you can change your view of the video by dragging you finger (or cursor, if you’re on a browser) around the screen or holding your phone at a different angle.

The videos will be available on the web and Android app first and will roll out to the iOS app “in the coming months.”

Facebook is partnering with a select group of publishers on the videos — including Disney and Lucasfilm, GoPro, Vice and Saturday Night Live — to start but says it will open up the videos to more people “who are at the cutting edge of exploring this medium” in the next few days.


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New GoPro HERO+ LCD Brings Touch Screen To Popular Action Cam

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Jun 022015


GoPro has resisted for a long time, but has finally given in and introduced a model featuring an LCD screen – and a touch screen at that. The new GoPro HERO+ LCD announced earlier today will retail for $299.

GoPro HERO+ LCD Specs

  • Supports 1080p60 Video
  • Take 8 MP Still Photos
  • Built-In Touch Display + Speaker
  • Integrated 131′ Waterproof Housing
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Time Lapse and Burst Photos Up to 5 fps
  • App for Shot Preview / Camera Operation
  • Share Footage / Stills to Social Media
  • Includes Skeleton and Touch Backdoors
  • Includes Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts


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Apr 292015

This short subject is the best in terms of aerial drone photography that I have yet seen. Have a look!

“This movie was shot during our 20 days trip to Antarctica in December 2014 to January 2015.
We started from Ushuaia in Argentina and went to Port Williams in Chile, rounded Cape Horn and crossed the Drake Passage towards the Melchior Islands in Antarctica. We spent 16 days in the Antarctic and got to experience the most amazing scenery and wildlife before we returned back to Ushuaia.
Filmed with GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition and DJI Phantom 2, edited with Final Cut Pro X.”

Eruption at Bardabunga Volcano – Pilot & Editor: Eric Cheng

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Oct 032014

This is some truly impressive footage of the recent eruption of Bardabunga volcano in Iceland. Hot stuff! The footage was created by Eric Cheng using the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and a GoPro Hero camera. Thanks Eric for creating this spectacular footage!



DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter with Zenmuse H3-3D 3-Axis Gimbal and Transmitter, 20.7 ft/s (6 m/s) Speed, 2.4GHz Frequency, Up to 22 Minutes Flying Time, GPS Autopilot


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GoPro HERO3+ Black Motorsports Edition HD Action Camera, 12MP, 4K Video Resolutions, SuperView & Auto Low Light Modes, Mini USB, Wi-Fi, Waterproof


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Note: The new GoPro Hero 4 is due to be released October 5th. The big new feature is 4K video!

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Papua New Guinea Volcanic Eruption and Shockwave Captured on Camera from Nearby Boat

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Sep 092014

This video was captured by taxi driver Phil McNamara, who was on vacation with his wife Linda on August 29, out on a boat in Papua New Guinea, when Mt. Tavurvur decided to blow its top.

“It was a spur of the moment thing to head out and film the volcano,” McNamara told the Brisbane Times. “I thought I might as well try and capture something you rarely get to see.”

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Project Uses 360º GoPro Setup to Let You Climb Up a 13,000-Foot Peak in the Alps from Your Couch

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Aug 192014

Outdoor brand Mammut recently teamed up with avid climbers Dani Arnold and Stephan Siegrist to document and create an incredible interactive 360º climb up the side of Eiger: a 13,000-foot tall mountain in the Alps.

The interactive website, aptly titled Mammut Project360, was created using an impressive, custom-built 360º GoPro setup to capture images continuously as the two capable climbers made their way up the mountainside.

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CrumplePop HDR for GoPro®

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Nov 072012

I have been focusing more and more on motion work and though this Final Cut Pro X Plug-in is not true HDR it does look very useful. By the way the new GoPro 3 Black Edition is an amazing camera which is capable of higher than HD resolution!

GoPro Official Website: The World’s Most Versatile Camera

HDR for GoPro® is a quick and powerful way to give punch to your
GoPro® footage.  Just drag and drop HDR for GoPro® onto your HD HERO2
or HERO3 footage, adjust it to your liking in FCP X, and enjoy.  It
works especially well with GoPro®’s very cool (and free) new Protune


For the next week, HDR for GoPro® will be $39.  After that, the price
will move to $49.

Introducing HDR for GoPro

Here is the coupon code for the $39 price: