While there are plenty of aerial drones that show us our surroundings
from up in the air, there are far fewer remote-control devices that let
us see what's lurking beneath the surface of the water. Although the Aquabotix Hydroview
is one, at around US$3,000 it certainly isn't cheap. While still not
inexpensive, the newest version of the TTRobotix Seawolf is considerably
less pricey – partly because it incorporates the user's existing GoPro
As anyone who has ever used an action camera will know, they have a nasty tendency of chewing through batteries just when you're in the worst possible situation to recharge them, whether that's halfway up a mountain or at the beach. Polar Pro is attempting to address this issue with the launch of the PowerVault, a GoPro carrying case which can charge a GoPro battery five times thanks to its own built-in battery.
SpaceX has released stunning footage from a GoPro camera tumbling back to Earth following a recent Falcon 9 launch. The device, fitted in a section of composite fairing that separated from the launch vehicle soon after lift-off, recorded breathtaking views of our planet.
GoPro has updated its entry-level line of Hero action cameras with the Hero+ LCD, a new more budget-friendly touchscreen-toting offering. As with the previous GoPro Hero camera, the Hero+ LCD is built directly into its waterproof housing, but this time offers a rear LCD touchscreen, video recording up to 1080p 60 fps, and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman has confirmed long-swirling rumors that his company will tap into the fast-growing drone market, outlining plans to launch its own quadcopter in 2016. Making the announcement at the Code Conference in California on Wednesday, Woodman also spoke of a spherical six-camera array that could capture content for virtual reality applications.
Motorized actioncam stabilizing rigs are becoming increasingly common, although most of them are hand-held affairs
. The GoPro-specific StabCam is a little different, however, in that it can be attached to any existing GoPro mount. As an added bonus, it can automatically track a moving subject.
Footage from live events could soon become more immersive and extreme after GoPro announced the launch of its HeroCast micro transmitter. The new system will make it easier for broadcasters to incorporate GoPro footage into live productions, enabling them to offer viewers unique perspectives of that death-defying stunt or bone-crunching tackle as it happens.
It's certainly no secret that consumer drones are proving to be extremely popular for shooting aerial videos. That said, the things still aren't perfect – you can't fly them for more than about 25 minutes per battery charge, pre-flight procedures such as calibrating their compass can be tricky, they're noisy, and
they can fall out of the sky and hurt people. Allsopp's Action Cam Skyshot Helikite, however, is claimed to have none of these problems. It's basically just a GoPro-carrying kytoon – a kite/balloon hybrid.
As wearable cameras get smaller, lighter and more powerful, so their potential increases, and the new deal that GoPro
has inked with the National Hockey League is proof of that. Some of the players in last weekend's 2015 All-Stars Skills Competition and 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game were kitted out with head-mounted GoPro cameras to capture all the action as it happened and give viewers a unique angle on the play.
For all the things that it's able to do, the GoPro Hero still isn't much better than other video cameras when it comes to shooting in the dark. That's why Knog introduced its made-for-GoPro Qudos
camera light last year. Now, not surprisingly, the Qudos has a competitor – in the form of the Sidekick.