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GoPro launches $199 Hero POV camera


New budget friendly POV camera features waterproof housing, LCD touch screen display, user voice control, and image stabilization.

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Skydio R1 self-flying drone first look


Skydio R1 aims to break the mold of failed follow-me drones that capture your rad mountain biking shred-fests.

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  • Christopher says:

    Hmm, last time I rode down a mountain I hit speeds over 50 MPH – I guess this drone is ready for following people doing tough climbs, but not not much else (at least bike related).

    I mean, any serious cyclist will reach speeds over 25MPH either on road or off, right?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      Getting video footage of a person going 50mph downhill on a fire road is not the most interesting content.

      Most of the interesting footage happens in slower, technical, tighter trails.

    • jim says:

      Christopher, yes agreed downhill can be a speed thing, but also think about straight line vs up and down a hilly downhill. Id be happy with the jump trails, and technical steep down hill types. BUTTTTT only 15min of flight time, is short. that would be like 1 run.

  • Alex says:

    But for slower technical riding it could awesome. A lot of riding in Southern BC is slow and techy so it could be a great option here. I’d be more concerned about collision avoidance in denser forest. And then there’s that price tag to consider.

  • myke says:

    this is not what needs promoting in cycling world.

  • Michael says:

    I’m excited for the day a real product comes out that lives up to the claims here. Maybe Skydio is the one, but I’ll be waiting for reviews.

  • Abe says:

    Tried it! If your near trees and the trail in not straight, then this generation drone is not the one.
    ** you always have to look over your shoulder to make sure the drone is following. It looses its subject very quickly if your riding at bike speed.
    ** drone makes super wide turns, thus if your in an area with lots of trees, you need to slow down to a CRAWL.
    It does great in open area where there are no trees. But 15min. of a rider down a dirt road or trail……….. is probably not the best 15min. of a youtube segment.
    ** its about 12×18″ which is big to carry around for 15min. of footage
    Its an expensive toy $2500 for what it films. This is silicon valley and plenty of early adapters with $ burning in their pockets.
    Maybe the next generation will fit the bill?

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Top 5 reasons why GoPro is exiting the drone business


Entering the drone market in Sept of 2016, GoPro abruptly announced that it was abandoning the effort as of Jan, 2018. Here’s why we think it happened.

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  • Oleksii says:

    Who gives a s…t about some drone…

  • Cameron says:

    I traveling back in 2012 and bought a GoPro while overseas. I was stoked to finally have the camera everyone raved about. What was originally excitement turned to disappointment as experience after experience I failed to capture due to malfunction of the batteries and the camera itself.

    GoPro was never and still is not a camera company. They took some BS Chinese made camera that was not fit for purpose and which they charged a fortune for. All but the very latest (I’m going by their marketing material) model had extremely poor low light performance, overheated, destroyed memory cards or discharged the battery even while switched off. In their defence they made some decent cases but their major factor for their success was the marketing material which their users provided for free. On that topic, I call bulls##t on the early crystal clear underwater footage used in their videos. If those videos were taken with a GoPro, I’m a monkey’s uncle!

    GoPro is the epitome of everything that’s wrong with marketing driven companies who don’t place enough importance in engineering. I had this argument so many times with people who seemed to believe that marketing was the most important thing. It’s not and it shouldn’t be. Producing a great product with great support should be front and foremost. Instead GoPro’s gift to early adopters was to ignore the existing problems and move on to the next absurdly expensive replacement which had many of the same problems.

    Yeah, you fool people for a time, but eventually it’ll go full circle and people will start calling you on your BS and unfortunately people will lose their jobs and investors will lose their capital. I thought I was going mad back when no one could see GoPro for what they were – a bunch of camera charlatans.

  • Cholla says:

    Wellsaid Cameron, totally agree with your statement…

  • Sean says:

    Well written, Cameron, I too was always underwhelmed by the product returned from a VERY expensive kids movie camera with NO preview screen (or at least a laser that pointed to the center of the frame.) Gotta change with the times, GoPro, you kind of rode your initial success too long I think.

  • Lou says:

    Why are you NOT BANKRUPT ALREADY LOL LOL JUNK JUNK JUNK

  • Lou says:

    Just like at their 6.00 share stock a JOKE GOPRO finally had people catch on to them
    as a JOKE OF A COMPANY HEY GOPRO Ill be there when you sell all you junk for scrap LMAO

  • Jim says:

    Since you guys are bashing the GoPro….what do you recommend instead?

  • John Mathew says:

    gopro karma was the worst drone I ever got, since DJI and parrot are in the market. gopro karma is nothing but waste of money. You could get a lot of better drones is same price with better camera and flight time.

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10 best GoPro hacks


GoPros are expensive little devices that don’t do much unless you play and experiment with them for your application. Luckily, others have spent hundreds of hours experimenting so let’s learn from them.

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Garmin VIRB 360 POV cam goes to 5.7K


Garmin’s new VIRB 360 POV camera offers a dizzying array of features. At the heart of the device is a spherical lens designed to capture 360-degree images. It’s also capable of shooting 5.7K at 30FPS.

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  • yakkoTDI says:

    The feature I would like to see added to cameras is battery life. My GoPro Hero 3+ only get 4 hours if I use the extended battery. I would love to get a whole ride in without turning the camera on and off.

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GoPro Karma Grip mounting tips for mountain bikers


Learn how to get buttery smooth GoPro riding footage with this short video tutorial.

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  • p brig says:

    I have a $50 Chinese GoPro knockoff that has built in image stabilization. No bulky, stab-you-in-the-nuts, $300 gimbal required.

    • Ian says:

      Can you tell me the name of the knock off please

    • Ned says:

      Yes I’ve heard this is what Steven Spielberg used in the making of Jurassic Park. He decided to ditch his high end cameras for a $50 Chinese GoPro knockoff cause its so good.

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GoPro Karma drone back on sale


The GoPro Karma was recalled three months ago due to a power failure problem. After a redesign and extensive testing, the highly anticipated drone is back on the market.

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Interbike Preview Highlights: G-Form, GoPro, Abus, Polar and Now helmets


A few product highlights from Interbike’s Media Preview event featuring G-Form, GoPro, ABUS, Polar and Now helmets.

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GoPro Karma drone takes flight


Rumored for a couple years now, the GoPro drone is finally here. It is late to market but it looks like a true, purpose-built video capture device that is competitively priced.

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New GoPro HERO5 cameras unveiled


Branching out beyond POV and action sports, GoPro has released a suite of products to capture one’s adventures. Here is the centerpiece of the line-up, the new Hero5 cameras.

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Sony brings optical stabilization to sports cams


POV cameras have improved immeasurably since the first GoPro hit the market, but new technologies like optical image stabilization are about to shake things up.

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  • bob says:

    there are other youtube videos if you look for AS300, mainly from japaneses that already have the camera.
    the AS300 and its bigger model both do a noticeably better job at stabilization on their videos.
    definitely much better than the AS100V. it looks almost like its on a 500USD gimbal.

    the tests i found that I cannot link are on a bicycle, walking, train and motorbike.all made by regular people (not reviewers or sony)

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Review: MindShift Gear rotation180° Trail 16L camera bag


Sometimes, only a real SLR camera will do for capturing great mountain biking images. But camera bags are often cumbersome, heavy and difficult to access. This pack from Mindshift gear allows you to carry your bike gear and an SLR while allowing quick, swivel access to your camera.

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  • Ted says:

    This backpack is available on REI.com and in a few select stores. There’s a slightly larger version called the Panorama too. Would be great for hiking or nordic skiing.

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Intel Drone follows biker radness through trees


Follow-me drone technology has been incredibly catchy to mountain bikers but it’s never been a reality due to the nature of our obstacle-strewn sport. But this new technology looks promising indeed.

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  • Allmountaineer says:

    Nice, this is what I’ve been waiting for…!

  • J. Random Psycho says:

    So much potential for abuse there it’s dystopian whatever way I think of it. o_O

  • Chris says:

    Don’t knock it for 12 mph. This is the beginning of a very novel technology that will have application to many fields. This is a big breakthrough that will only be refined. It will only be matter of time before these will scream at 60 mph through forests hopefully doing something as innocuous as filming people having fun.

  • cruz5280 says:

    My initial thought is this would appeal to self absorbed riders that want to show off their moves via Social Media….BUT this also has more practical application. I’m not hatin, just sayin.

  • Roger says:

    we have enough issues with the horses on the trail, this would spook the horses.

    I’ve been mtn biking and snowboarding for over 30 yrs now and I really hate that everything has to some sort of a camera, computer, screen etc etc. I recently seen two pair of snowboard goggles over $600 (more then my board), they have a little screen in the lower corner so you can see how fast you’re going, how many runs you’ve done, see if you have a text/email etc etc (accident waiting to happen). I guess I’ll never understand (I dont even Facebook), my idea of riding (either) is peace and quite, explore and maybe just maybe the occasional picture with a camera. In the 30 years of riding I bet I dont even have 20 pictures, all of my memories are in my head, heart and buddies memories

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Nikon enters action camera market with KeyMission 360


Premiere camera manufacturer Nikon introduces the first camera in its new series of action cameras slated for release later this year.

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Bell unveils Super 2R Helmet with integrated 4k camera


Bell’s new Super2r prototype features an integrated 4k camera capable of capturing 360 degree-panoramas. What else can it do?

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  • jacksonl says:

    chin guard
    360 camera
    nightlight

    I’m getting one! I just bought the new Super 2R a month ago too.

    Wish list:
    1. Make it lighter, the Super 2R is heavier than the competition
    2. Make it vent a little bit better
    3. Make this camera sync to the Garmin Edge and Strava somehow to upload still pictures taken during a ride in real time.
    4. Integrate a headset for your handsfree phone via bluetooth and make available weather warnings, status (mileage and time), alarms to remind you to eat or drink, training alerts/motivation, strava segments, text messages, phone calls, low battery indicator, etc..
    5. How about voice command for dropper and gears. Will really clean up the cockpit.
    6. Interchangeable shells to change colors or did what Giro did and use a cloth liner back in the late 80’s

  • Julian says:

    New helmets every 6 months, but i am waiting for my super 2R pads for 5 months and Bell says there will not be in stock till march. Bye bye Bell.

  • Chris says:

    Great innovation. I keep wanting to buy the Super but the fit is boxy around my head and too tight in the face. I was hoping for a padding kit from Bell to fix it. I am totally onboard. Also one can 3d print whatever mount to interface with the helmet to carry lights or go pro.

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BRG launching helmets with built-in 360-degree video tech


The days of clunky POV camera mounts cluttering our MTB helmets could be numbered. BRG Sports, parent company of Giro and Bell, has announced a partnership with 360-degree camera innovators 360fly, with plans to develop a line of new helmets featuring 360fly’s single-lens 4K 360-degree video capture technology.

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8 Best POV camera gifts


The holidays can be awkward enough without being subjected to crappy POV footage of your family’s outdoor adventures. Help stop the creation of bad video by giving the budding Scorsese in your life one of these great gifts.

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GoPro releases more affordable POV camera options


The new HERO+ brings the best usability features of GoPro’s high end models to a more friendly price point.

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First Look: GoPro HERO4 Session


In an effort to make their POV cameras more a part of heoric and mundane activities, GoPro has shrunk the HERO4 to the size of an ice cube. The form factor is much smaller now as most settings and control are handed off to a smart phone.

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  • Jeff says:

    Built in battery?

    • Francis Cebedo says:

      The battery is indeed built-in and cannot be swapped or replaced. One possibility for longer life is to connect an external battery via USB port as this charges the battery while in use. We do this with our Hero 4 and can leave it recording for hours.

  • Mike in Cave Creek says:

    I like my $100 Mobius HD. Same battery life and with a 32GB card, the storage will outlast the battery. Admittedly, the video footage isn’t quite as steady but definitely serviceable. $400 for the GoPro, no thanks.

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Lily follow-me camera drone flies itself


The Lily drone is the coolest POV drone to be announced to date. And it seems to have some mountain bike applications in open spaces.

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News: GoPro unlocks the HERO4 camera with key software update


Often, firmware updates just fix bugs on previous versions. This new GoPro Hero4 update unlocks some of the hidden power of the Hero4 with features like Time-Lapse video and Burst Mode photos. Frame rates are improved as well on the Hero 4 Black.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Best in test winners revealed


Find out about testing protocol and which cameras were tops in the test.

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  • Singletrackmack says:

    I like the multi camera helmet mount contraption, but that trail he took the cameras out to test them didn’t have much for us to see. There was like two colors, brown and brownish-green. He didn’t ride through any trees or by any grassy fields or colorful bushes, there were no rocks on the ground, no moss, no stream crossing so we could see how they handle glare, no blue water… nothing, just brown.

    Would be nice to see how these cameras handle some colors and high speed through some trees. Can’t get a good idea of the definition and detail from that trail. Need more differnces in exposure as well. That tunnel test kind of showed us how they handle light changes, but taking them in and out through some trees on a sunny day would give us much more info on the camera’s abilities to handle light that changes back and forth quickly. Also, what about some chunk so we can see how they handle some bumps?

    Great idea with the helmet and quality cameras, but testing them on that trail is like testing the handling and speed of sports cars on a straight road in a school zone.

  • d says:

    I don’t even have a TV.no need for pov

  • Sean says:

    Living in the Pacific Northwest, which is the best for rapid alternating between sun and shade?
    I have to say, on my computer monitor they all look about the same.

  • dave says:

    this is just a waste of time. DUH. of course GoPro is the best by a wide margin

  • Shred says:

    Contour+2. Where was it in the test? Rotating lense, laser pointer/view finder, GPS, 1 function on/off record button, etc.

  • Patrick says:

    There are many out there.. but I”m surprised the Contour was not a part of the test.

  • Jay Cutler says:

    Great article, very informative, nice work!! So many other small companies trying to get in the market, JVC has been to Interbike and failed, and this last year another company came to I.B. with what they claimed was absolutely better in every way than Go Pro. Won’t mention any names, obviously they weren’t even enough of a contender to be in the shootout. So much for R.O.I. for that show… All in all, it sounds like the Sony is the best bet to elevate the marketplace here, and when they win, we all win!

    • Skroon says:

      Good to see some real competition to the GoPro. I figured Sony was just going to do what they normally do(introduce a subpar product to the segment, and sell units based on their brand reputation alone), but sounds like a real competitor.

      • Photo-John says:

        When it comes to cameras, Sony isn’t messing around. That goes for their POV cameras, their camcorders, their P&S cameras, and their interchangeable lens cameras. They have a great camera team and I’m really happy with how well the Action Cam Mini performed in this test.

  • djcrossmax@live.com says:

    This is not an apples to apples comparison. The Sony used in this test is the mini with lower specs than the HDR-AS100V. In terms of functionality the Sony HDR-AS100V blows the GoPro out of the water.

  • diylighter says:

    Why not include the JVC this year? Is it old tech now compared to the others? In previous tests, it came up close to the GoPro.

    • Photo-John says:

      That’s not really accurate. In the last POV shootout we did, I said the JVC was the easiest camera to use. But the video quality was actually pretty poor compared to the other cameras in the test.

  • Dub says:

    Great article. I have an early IonPro and was rooting for it to win, but after being objective with what I saw in this article, I think my money will be going somewhere else for my next sports camera. I love the quality of the GoPro, and I know it is the one to beat, but I just don’t want the big box on my helmet – the round cylinder is the better design from a purely object based perspective. I do think the competition is producing some great advances and I love it!

  • timcardoza@gmail.com says:

    Should have tested the JVC Addixxion 2. So easy to use and great quality, smokes everything you tested except gopro.

  • bvader says:

    Was the sony in Pro Mode on the trail or not? Seems a bit soft…as noted.

  • nmc says:

    So much effort and you failed on the most important point: has any of these a *frame* buffer, rather than the usual toyish line buffer?

  • Christian says:

    Great little review, I would have liked to have seen how the GoPro Black compared, especially on the dark to light. Did have a laugh too, we started off in 2004 and ended up in 2014, all for 2015 review 😀

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Sony Action Cam Mini


Sony’s budget-priced camera delivers high-end performance in a compact, aerodynamic and affordable package.

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Shimano Sport Camera


Shimano’s first POV camera offering is small, lightweight and simple to operate, but how will its video and sound quality stand up against the other cameras in this test?

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  • axel höglund says:

    Check out my videos filmed with the shimano sport camerahttp://m.youtube.com/channel/UCDDvj3N3w_pM4ICq-9LLj2Q

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2015 POV Camera Shootout: Drift Ghost-S


Heavier camera makes up for bulk with ease of use and the best battery life in the test.

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  • Marko says:

    You are not mentioning the rotatable lens which is a huge plus in mounting options and the High Bit rate recording mode which captures twice as much data as most POV cameras.

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