Fall in Love with GoPro All over Again
GoPro Hero5 Tested to Photo Extreme
Recently put my GoPro Hero5 to the test doing some behind the scenes photography on a recent photoshoot with my friend Hiroshi Sato of the Japanese band The Monorals at his home studio in Kisarazu, Chiba, Japan.
GoPro Killing it on Instagram
GoPro is not typically the greatest in low light situations. That being said I have always found it to be one of the better sensors with decent dynamic range for cameras of this “action cam” type when there is good light available.
Historically it has not been a camera I go to for photography, which apparently has been my mistake. My interest in the GoPro line has always been for that extreme lightweight video capture potential.
I have seen some great images taken with GoPro appearing on Instagram, and I must admit I began to feel a little #fomo, “Fear of Missing Out.”
Love of GoPro Restored
I have to say though I was stoked to make this image of Hiroshi with the ease of a camera that fits in the smallest of pockets. The grain structure in this photo, to me, even resembles some of my old scanned negatives, which I appreciate a lot. It really achieved a decent image (considering “action cam” genre status) in a difficult photographic situation — totally backlit from the sole window in the room!
Manual ISO and Shutter Speeds
The mobile app and firmware have also improved tremendously in recent years, and I hope will continue to get even better. The option to choose manually the ISO sensitivity and choose from a useful selection of Manual shutter speeds has been a mind and game changer for me also.
GoPro Hero5 Summary
Not bad GoPro, not bad. Still hoping to someday soon see even better low-light performance for both photo and video.
GoPro Hero5 Postscript a bit of a Warning, Attention Potential Buyers
P.S. I have become aware of issues with the GoPro Hero5 and its audio capability when housed in the new GoPro frame. Many are complaining about the audio sounding like the camera is underwater because the new frame covers the top microphone entirely. I will have to do my own tests, but what I saw in other’s videos did not appear or rather NOT SOUND GOOD. I myself have noticed the audio is a problem with my favorite brand of gimbal for the GoPro, Feiyu. The GoPro Hero5 paired with the new Feiyu WG2 wearable gimbal shows a lot of gimbal noise in the audio. Apparently the original Feiyu WG was much quieter as I never had complaints with my Hero4 combined with that WG gimbal. Will have to weigh in on these issues when I have had time to more thoroughly examine my own results.
See the ``Real Camera`` Portraits
Link to some of the photographs produced on this shoot: http://erickgibson.com/portfolios/hiroshi-sato-monorals-studio-environmental-portrait