Slow motion. We all love it. Slowing down a clip can make a special moment more beautiful, high energy action more comprehendible, and the mundane appear interesting. It’s just really fun to do.
As you know, the higher the frame rate, the slower and smoother the slow-mo. The highest frame rate available on the GoPro HERO4 Session is 100fps at 720p. I wanted to test out the slow motion with a series of in-the-field and staged tests.
Overall, I think the camera performed well. The slow motion is smooth and clear – the wine proved to by my favorite example. With better lighting (we shot on gray rainy days) and more compelling content, I think the slow-mo will look even better. Also, if you want to keep your HERO4 Session at 1080p, you can still get smooth slow motion at 60fps.
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I had the pleasure of shooting a mini-movie for Rocky Mountain National Park with Dave Dugdale of LearningVideo.com. Dave is a talented filmer and photographer that produces great tutorial videos. The purpose of creating this mock commercial was to test two different gimbal setups. When I wasn’t walking through wildlife, I was documenting some of the behind the scenes.
If you’d like to see Dave’s gimbal review, click here.
The awesome folks at GoPro sent me an early release of the HERO4 Session to better acquaint myself with the tiny camera and share my musings with the internets. Here’s my unboxing and first impressions video.
Overall, the camera is really convenient. It’s super compact, very stealthy, and really lightweight. I think it’s going to be a great addition to my arsenal of GoPros, especially for things like snowboarding and water sports because of its portability and innate waterproof design. That’s right – the camera itself is waterproof. No special case needed.
The camera turns on and starts recording with one click of the top bottom. It stops and turns off with another click. For photos, just hold the power button down. It’ll start snapping WAY more pictures than you’ll ever need at .5 seconds per photo, but it’s convenient for capturing movement and time lapses.
I really like the wrist mount and I think this will come in handy while road biking, snowboarding, etc. I’ve even attached it to a doorknob and a tree branch in a pinch.
The camera syncs up easily with your GoPro App, which I’m in LOVE with. The functionality and ease you get within that app is remarkable. Once you open up that door, you won’t go back to the on-camera button navigation.
Welp, that about sums it up. Hope you liked the video and if you have any questions, leave a comment or hit me up on twitter @halleyobrien.