GoPro Shows Off the First Footage Shot with Their New Quadcopter

We've got some of the very first footage from the new GoPro drone set to come out next year:

Earlier this year, GoPro announced plans to release a quadcopter in the first half of 2016. The featured video was captured with a developmental prototype of GoPro's quadcopter and stabilization system. No post-production stabilization was implemented; this is an example of the incredible image quality we are already able to capture at this advanced prototype stage.

Though it would have been nice to see 24fps as that's what many of us are working with, it looks like they are off to a great start in terms of getting a smooth and stable result (the conditions in the video weren't necessarily the most challenging, however). The opening of the video seems to indicate that this was shot with the HERO4 (or at least using parts from the HERO4), so it's not totally clear yet whether they will release a quadcopter with its own built-in camera or whether their new drone will require one of their cameras (or if there will be models for both).

GoPro is playing a little bit of catch-up here, as DJI has been phasing out any third-party camera support in their drones for some time now. It's in DJI's favor to make everything in-house as the drones can be built smaller and sleeker, and they don't have to rely on third-parties for the best image quality. It remains to be seen though whether GoPro will be able to come up with the same kind of advancements in technology that DJI has recently enabled, as their drones can essentially fly themselves

The true test will be on price. GoPro has sheer volume of cameras going for them, so if they can make it affordable enough, it won't be a stretch for many current owners of their cameras to jump on-board and get a drone. We'll find out early next year what GoPro has in store.      

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You'd think they would start by getting rid of the fisheye lens.

Since I've been flying the DJI quadcopter I can't even watch GoPro fisheye footage anymore.

Hopefully the GoPro5 will finally produce a flat image or hopefully DJI will release an action cam.

October 30, 2015 at 9:34PM

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I've called the GoPro tech department three times to request they make a second line of cameras that doesn't have the fish eye (barrel distortion) lens. Each techie I talked to didn't seem much enthused about the idea. They already have other goals they are reaching for, like higher K's. What they are doing now is working very, very well. But, one of them did say that if enough people did call with that request they would probably do it.

October 31, 2015 at 4:19AM

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Gene Nemetz
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Theres a third party fix to replace the lens on any gopro

October 31, 2015 at 8:58AM

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jacob
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Barrel distortion corrector does a descent job of cleaning it up or you can get a third party lens that is flat. Check Rage Cams website. I have one and it works great!

November 5, 2015 at 9:17AM

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Justin Miller
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DJI looks better the distortion on the GoPro camera still looks bad better but still bad.

October 30, 2015 at 9:34PM

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The compression seems too high to handle all the leaves and brush. Also appears to have very poor dynamic range.

October 30, 2015 at 11:20PM, Edited October 30, 11:20PM

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J Robbins
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You are not really judging compression of footage in a YouTube (!!) video?!

Easy conditions, true, but rock steady camera paths. Not bad! It makes sense not to alter the demo footage in any way, but the fisheye is truly annoying, not very cinematic. IMHO it belongs to "sports action" only..

October 31, 2015 at 3:11AM

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Steffen Hacker
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Indeed very poor dynamic range, the highlight roll off is one of the worst, not sure if this is hero 4, hopefully not.

October 31, 2015 at 5:05AM

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Very steady image. Not even a hint of jello whatsoever. Excellent!

October 31, 2015 at 4:07AM

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Gene Nemetz
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The shot where the quad drives looks so video gamey not quality wise, but the way it looks. Good to see competition, drives prices down, good for us.

October 31, 2015 at 4:47AM

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well too bad they dont have a camera that can shoot raw. the footage is stabilized but the video quality is horrible.Dji's cameras look way better.

November 1, 2015 at 4:06PM

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maybe you can buy the quadcopter for cheap and use a dii camera. that would be ideal

November 1, 2015 at 4:07PM, Edited November 1, 4:07PM

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looks so stable!

November 4, 2015 at 7:41PM

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