GoPro HERO 5 Black vs Session vs YI 4K Review – (VIDEO)

This in my in-depth review and comparison of the new GoPro HERO 5 Black vs the HERO 5 Session vs the YI 4K action cameras.

Be sure you watch my video ALL THE WAY THROUGH until the end, as there are surprising results throughout all the tests.

If you’re looking for a TL;DR:
-In overview and conclusion, all cameras are pretty amazing! The features, resolution shooting specs, image quality and clarity; all are amazing! You can’t really go wrong with any of them.
-If BUDGET is important to you, looking for the cheapest option, then I’d recommend the YI 4K. It (currently) is the most affordable, plus has a great touchscreen, and shoots fantastic footage. (Even winning over the GoPro’s in low light tests and stabilization.)
-If you need the BEST OF THE BEST looking shots, packed with a TON of extra features (like Protune, flat shooting profile, built-in waterproof, GPS, HDMI port, exposure controls, RAW + HDR still photos, voice control, and a ton more), then definitely go with this new HERO5 BLACK – it’s amazing!
-If built-in durability, waterproof, and SUPER TINY/SMALL form factor is important, then go with the HERO5 SESSION.

1. I received ZERO dollars from YI and GoPro. This is an unbiased review.
2. It’s impossible for me to cover ALL topics and features that I wanted to, so be sure to leave any questions you have in the comments below.
3. All camera firmwares were updated at the time of filming this video

Icon Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87

Bill Cunningham, the legendary fashion photographer who shot street-style portraits for the New York Times for nearly 4 decades, died in New York on Saturday, just days after suffering a stroke. He was 87.

Cunningham, whose life and work were featured in the 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, documented fashion on the streets of New York City with his camera, blue jacket, and bicycle.

39th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show - August 31, 2014

His photos became a staple of the Times’ Sunday Styles section and made Cunningham incredibly influential in the world of fashion. He regularly rubbed shoulders with industry giants while remaining modest in his own personal life.

Icon Photographer Bill Cunningham Dies at 87

Cunningham is a fixture on the streets of New York; he’s been capturing great style for years. Yet it turns out that when the camera is flipped, the photos are equally as exciting. From that blue coat he’s been wearing for years to the precise way he’s able to get a shot, watching him can be just as — if not more — fun than watching what’s happening inside the tents.

photography will never be the same.”

Ways to Increase Battery Life on Your GoPro Hero 4 and 3

The Good With the Bad

The GoPro Hero 4 has a lot going for it, I know I’m not the first to admit it. 4k, 240 fps @ 720p, Time lapse, WiFi remote, a touch screen on the silver. It’s a lot to fit into a device that can nearly fit inside the mouth of the CEO of the company it spawned from. Then you have to go stick a battery inside it, which as far as I can see, takes up nearly half of its guts. When loaded the camera is nearly half battery.

A GoPro’s natural food source: Li-Ion

The problems start the moment you start to use the feisty beast. I’m talking about when you’ve been filming using your iPhone app as a remote, the camera set to a steaming 1080p @ 120 frames per second…(because GoPro) and using the Touch BacPac on the rear, and you get less than an hour of happy time with the included battery. The price you pay for having a processor twice as beefy as its predecessor is it drinks the juice like some lithium robbing bandit.

The Good News

Is there’s ways of satisfying this parasitic little bugger’s appetite for small black bricks. These solutions will allow your fun to last longer than the typical 1 hour or thereabouts that seems pretty typical with a fully stressed GoPro Hero. When shopping for batteries they are measured in mAH which stands for milliamp hours, the bigger the mAH number the longer the battery lasts.

GoPro Battery BacPac

GoPro’s in house solution is the Battery BacPac. In the same way ‘Apple works with Apple’ this is going to be your best bet as far as a manufacturers product matching the promise of what’s on the box, although there are still some limitations to deal with. Firstly for Hero 4 Silver user’s you’re not going to be able to see or use your touch screen while this is fitted, for Hero 4 Black users you’re not going to be able to attach the LCD Touch BacPac at all.

How much more battery life do you get? The standard battery is 1160 mAH. The BacPac comes with 1260 mAH giving you 108% more power than the standard Hero 4 battery. Once drained it can be recharged by the mini USB port on the side, it doesn’t charge using the GoPro’s charge port so you will have to charge the 2 units separately, it helps to have a charger with dual USB for this. The GoPro Hero 4 Battery BacPac comes with back door options so you can still make the unit water tight for more nautical expeditions.

With this setup we are using the GoPro Hero 4 Frame as a mounting platform that still gives us access to the USB port on the side of the camera to power it by. This won’t be suitable everywhere but where it shines is for taking long continuous footage longer than 1-2 hours (the life of an internal GoPro battery). This is typical when shooting a long Time Lapse or especially an 8hr Night Lapse.

Be aware the GoPro Frame offers no protection from the elements. If you require more protection I can recommend a skeleton case with side access, or check out the Switronix DVGP4USBC GoPro 4 Battery Eliminator below.

You can use any USB power supply for this setup, even plug into main power if you have the facility. Usually this is not the case when you’re shooting outdoors so I can recommend the Limefuel Rugged L150XR USB Battery Pack. Its water dust and shock resistant so perfect for taking nearly anywhere you would take your GoPro (except underwater). The 15000 mAH capacity means it has a whopping 1293% increase over a standard GoPro Hero 4 battery. It has 2 USB ports and will give out 2 amps from each port, capable of charging 2 iPads, at full speed, at once! Although a touch on the expensive side it’s (at time of writing) the only out there with the combination of battery life, water and dust resistance, dual 2 amp USB ports and 2 amp re-charging.

How to Photograph Water Splash – Photography 101

Dive into the world of high-speed photography as we show you how you can capture a fruity splash with your flash.

High-speed photography is a fantastic way to capture some spectacular effects. Freezing the moment an object breaks the water’s surface makes for stunning splash photography.

The setup may look complex, but all that’s required is a bit of preparation beforehand, some photography and flash know-how, and a great deal of patience! We used a macro lens but a standard zoom will do the job.

We’ll show you how to create your own tabletop studio and set up your camera and flash to capture some high-speed action. Our aim is to capture the cherry just after it’s broken the surface of the water, but before it sinks to the bottom of the container.

In order to freeze the action at the exact moment the cherry splashes into the water we’ll be using off-camera flash. By lighting the splash from the side we’ll get more depth and avoid capturing nasty looking shadows.

This isn’t an exact science, so getting the timing right is a bit of an experiment. So what are you waiting for? Grab some fruit and let’s get started.

1 Manual for full control
In manual mode, set shutter speed to the maximum flash sync speed (1/180-1/250 sec, depending on your EOS). Set a narrow aperture (eg f/8) for a good depth of field and set ISO low for noise-free shots.

2 Master flash
To set the pop-up flash as Master, go to Flash Control Settings and enable Flash Firing. Select Built-in Flash Func, scroll down to Wireless Func, press Set. Select the option to trigger the off-camera flash only.

3 Set the Slave
Set your flashgun to the Slave wireless setting and the same channel as camera. Select Manual flash power and you can adjust the output via the camera’s Flash Settings menu. We started off with 1/4 power.

4 Pre-focus
Grab a spoon and submerge it in the water, roughly where your subject will fall, and pre-focus, then switch your lens to MF to lock the focus. It may take a couple of attempts to achieve accurate results.

Final Tips

Diffuse the light
Clear surfaces, like glass, can be a challenge to shoot as they’re so reflective. If you fire a burst of flash in the direction of the glass container, you’ll capture lots of imperfections in the glass – and plenty of fingerprints and dust, despite cleaning it before you started. Position your reflector’s translucent diffuser panel between the setup and off-camera flash to soften the light.

Flash and exposure
To capture splash photography without motion blur we need to use flash as this can capture much faster movement than your camera’s fastest shutter speed. For best results you’ll need to shoot in a fairly dark room, so turn off the lights and close the curtains. Manually set your flashgun to 1/4 power, take some test shots, then fine-tune the exposure by adjusting the aperture to darken or brighten the image.