November 2nd, 2016
I tested the GoPro 5 that was just introduced 2 Oct that I had to buy for a completely different type of job on a property I was covering with stills.
I wanted to test the GoPro first “RAW” with no content editing and then with some fine tuning in iMovie. I like to stay as simple as possible before getting more sophisticated being a rather unsophisticated bloke.
The reason I am interested in using or testing a piece of equipment designed for action sports and drone work is that in my market which is very small, agents are interested in video but mostly can’t afford the more costly video productions. So my thinking goes that if I can offer video at far less by using simple equipment that cuts down shooting time, that is responsive to auto exposure, color balance and even possibly built in stabilization so that my editing and shooting time can be cut at least in half but that looks professional if shorter, simpler and less fancy than a higher end production, I could satisfy a market. Everyone is the winner. But only if the GoPro 5 actually can do the job.
Here is Peter’s series of tests that he shot with his GoPro Hero5. He did three tests:
- With no internal GoPro Hero5 Stabilization
- With GoPro Hero5 internal Stabilization turned on
- With 2 above plus iMovie stabilization activated at 50% + filmed with mono-pod at half extension to keep the camera from any jerky movements.
All filmed on the lens “Linear” setting to minimize “fish eye” lens distortion effect.
Here are Peter’s conclusions:
Even without a motorized stabilizer, the GoPro could be used for a certain amount of “moving camera” shots. But to be better and for better control for up/down pans, an electric motor gimbal stabilizer would be necessary. GoPro is coming out with their own but there are others on the market I have seen even on Amazon that could do the job.
It is fairly steady for left/right pans and for up/down pans even hand held. But I would prefer to use a mono-pod for smoother pans. Used with a slider, it could be very effective for certain shots. With stabilization you can even walk sideways for a similar effect – without tripping over a stool or chair. And it can be used for limited walking but I would use the mono-pod for additional steadiness.
Can the GoPro 5 be considered good enough for professional “lower level expectation” videos for RE? I think so. Certainly not to take the place of proper pro productions, but instead to fill that first level vacuum of agents and realtors who want some video that is more than their own cell phones will produce but not at the deal killer price of the larger pro productions.
So for entry level clients to video, I think a decent video can be produced from a photographer who can use work arounds, can understand the strengths and weaknesses of the camera, does not try to do some of the camera work of high end video cameras and production teams and is open to some of the new possibilities for interesting visuals made possible with a very small, water proof camera. Actually for certain shots, it can be integrated into the gadget bag of even higher end video productions much as the smaller drones can do. I would grade the visual quality level as superior to the DJI Phantoms I have shot with.