Well, now things are getting exciting! Panasonic just quietly announced what looks to be the successor to the 1080P A100 at CES 2014! I have been eagerly awaiting this day for the last 3yrs! Wait.. Let me rewind.. 3yrs ago I started shooting a MOTORCYCLE VLOG on YouTube.. Basically I ride around Maui and offer silly commentary via my GoPro Hero 2, and Hero3.. Sad part of the story is I’ve never been quite satisfied with the finished quality of the image and always long for more.. I’ve always loved Panasonic’s commitment to the world of indy filmmaking and it appears the day is finally here! 4K on a helmet camera! Yes please!
The world of 4K is quickly approaching the hands of the everyday consumer such as myself and I am ecstatic to say the least. Not much has been released in terms of specs but I suspect it will shoot 30p and hopefully 24 as well. Bonus points if they throw some 120p 1080 into the mix!
Even though I’d shoot 4k for the purpose of final uploads being at 1080p, there are several reasons this Panasonic 4k wearable camera make me smile.
Shooting wide at 4k means I can punch into 1080 at anytime for a faux 2 camera shoot
Image stabilization is going to be fantastic, with lots of room to play
My audience will appreciate the higher perceived resolution when down rezzed to 1080 ( Maui is gorgeous in crisp 4k!)
I love the fact the actual unit is separate from the cam.. (lighter helmet!)
Aloha from the island of Maui. I have pretty much used the Zoom H4n exclusively since 2008. I just loved the simple ergonomics and ease of use. Well, that is till the Zoom H6 came out.. This recorder is superior to the H4n in pretty much every way. The analog levels dials are exactly what I’ve been desperately wanting in the Zoom H4n but just ended up living with..
The battery life is outstanding compared to the H4N which was a battery drinking monster. The H6 battery life is much better and in line with the amazing battery life of the Zoom H2n! (that thing lasts forever). I haven’t done extensive testing on the preamps as of yet but by ear, they seem to be much cleaner. (comparison viddy to follow).
-I’m not really into the micro sd, but whatever, it’s not all that bad.
-I wish the screen was adjustable as checking your levels when you have the H6 pointed at your face can be quite difficult. An app that allowed for realtime levels monitoring would be fantastic.
-The menu’s are even more intuitive and the gui is nice, bright and COLORFUL! (superficial bonuses)
-The removable mic capsules are fantastic but I’m curious as to how the contacts on the H6 itself will hold up over time.
-A small bonus but I love the dedicated case it comes with..
-I love the 0 to -20 manual pad switch for all channels!
-The dedicated line out is nice as well.
The Zoom H6 is a definite improvement over the Zoom H4n in just about every way and a warranted upgrade!
Here’s a little windscreen on Maui’s windy north shore shot with the Nikon D800 :
Zoom H6 on AMAZON. Zoom H6 Specs :
• Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
• Six-track simultaneous recording
• Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
• Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
• Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
• Large full-color LCD display, angled so it’s easy to read in all environments
• Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB
• Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
• Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you’ll never miss that perfect take
• Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
• Independent monitor and playback mixes
• Virtual VU meters
• Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
• Overdubbing, up to 99 takes
• Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
• Onboard MS decoding
• Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
• Chromatic tuner and metronome
• Loop Playback with user-defined start and stop points
• Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
• Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed
• USB port for data exchange to and from computer
• Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
• Camera strap mounts
• Mounts directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
• Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
• Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries
The second the Hero 3 was announced, I was IN!, then I was like “FBEEEEEEEEPK!”
Unfortunately my enthusiasm faded quickly as the GoPro Hero 3 quickly became my worst GoPro experience ever. The camera worked for the first week, then started freezing, lagging through menu input, not responding then finally failing all together. After a lengthy process with GoPro’s customer service desk, I finally got a replacement camera a month later. After hours and hours, and hours upon hours of trials and errors, I have discovered a set of best practices to keep this puppy reliably running.
-Before I type another word I will say, when this camera is WORKING, it is the best POV camera on the market by a substantial margin. I love 2.7k at 24p, 1080p at 60fps is fantastic and the camera shoots very pretty timelapse images with tasty levels of dynamic range.
The following tips are not scientifically proven but have allowed my GoPro Hero 3 Black to work flawlessly since.
Tips & Tricks to keep your GoPro primed for the show!
Trash that Sandisk Ultra card GoPro supports immediately. That card is spotty at best.. On the 1st GoPro I went through 5 cards that had varying levels of reliability.. This is boring to say the least.. Instead, I have opted for Samsungs fastest card without flaw to date. I like these odds so far.
Never take the card out! I don’t really consider MICRO SD to be very “pro”.. Removing the card over and over can only add probability for failure. Instead, turn your camera on, plug in your mini usb and let the camera mount as a hard drive as much as possible. Eject your camera before every disconnect even if the camera automatically disconnects via the manual.
Always format the card with the camera! For whatever reason, I have found this to work worlds better then formatting via your PC or MAC.
After formatting your card in-camera, take a single photo just to make sure the folder structure and database are in proper working order.
Keep her updated. I check the update page once a week. LINK.
And if all else fails and your GoPro FREEZES ON YOU…
**IT’S TIME FOR THE HARD RESET**
If your GoPro Hero 3 freezes, this technique has worked as a revival method.
Remove your Micro SD card and put to the side. If it’s the Sandisk Ultra, throw it in the nearest volcano and get the SAMSUNG!!!
With your Micro SD card removed, take out the battery.
With the battery removed, hold down the SHUTTER BUTTON. That’s the one on top.
With the shutter button held, replace the battery and push the power button.
If your Hero starts, it will read “no SD card”
Turn the camera OFF.
Insert your Micro SD card.
Power up normally.
Take one photo.
Set camera up as desired. (it will be back to factory defaults)
Start recording and enjoy! If it freezes again. Send it to me and I’ll see if it will blend!!
Good luck with your GoPro and if you found this information helpful, please punch that like button in the face. Book ; )