GoPro Hero3 vs Hero2 – Side By Side

I had some time with the brand new GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition yesterday. I gave it a go against the older Hero2 too see if there is any major differences.

Settings Usws:
GoPro Hero 3: Silver Edition
No Housing
1080p 30fps
Wide
Auto WB
ProTune disabled
Latest firmware

GoPro Hero 2:
No Housing
1080p 30fps
Wide
Auto WB (Not possible to set WB on the Hero 2)
ProTune disabled
Latest firmware

As always, the white balance sometimes goes bananas. That’s why they look a little different.

Hero 3 lens is not as wide as the Hero 2. Still Good enough. The glass and the coating is better a lot better than the Hero2. Most noticeable when in contact with bright lights like in the first clip.

Verdict:
With the built in wifi, better lens, smaller and a better housing. The Silver edition is totally worth the extra money. Seems to do better with noise. Just slightly better image quality than the Hero 2.

If you already got a Hero 2, then i would go for the Hero 3: Black Edition. 4k, 2.7k etc..
for the extra bump in quality. It will hit stores November 20th, 2012.

Samples: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20

Sony just recently updated one of my favorite waterproof cameras, DSC-TX10. The DSC-TX20 looks and handles pretty much the same as the DSC-TX10.
And to me, this is pretty much the same camera with a new design. But thats specs, images and video shows a lot more. It handles quite well and its diffidently the ultimate beach and vacation camera. Just as all $150+ Cyber-shot cameras these days, focus is blazing fast. Would i pick the TX20 over the TX10 at the current price, no.

I took this puppy for a spin. These photos were straight from the camera on Auto.

I took some video as well:

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Sony Alpha 57 (A57) – Video & 12fps samples

It finally arrived today, the Sony Alpha A57. I was eager to try out the video mode, cant say I’m impressed. The HX9V delivers better than this. Come an, Sony.
The colors are washed out and looks like it barely has 720 lines.

The full clip is available here:

On the other hand, if you want an good DSLR for the family, this camera is a treat. It’s as easy as a point and shoot and does really deliver when it comes to photo quality.
Don’t forget their 12fps with continues focus, perfect for soccer mom’s to use at their kids sports events or the amateur wild life photographer.


Click the image to see 12fps continues auto-focus in action.

Quick review: Rollei Bullet 4S (AEE SD20)

Looks like Rollei has upped their game with this little piece of machinery from AEE. The design is pretty much a copy of the GoPro’s and delivers about 80% of the quality as well.
But its not all about quality here, its about what you get for the money. This camera comes with everything for price of around €279 (2790SEK). Thats a alot of good stuff.

Lets compare this to the GoPro HD Hero 2. If you want the same setup as the Rollei Bullet 4S, its going to cost you. Just the LCD-backpac + wifi remote combined is €200.
The total would come to about €529. A pretty sweet deal.

The Bullet 4S comes with some nifty features that the Hero 2 doesnt have, like the built in laser pointer that helps you frame your shot when the camera’s lcd monitor is out of reach.
But its not all good. The build quality isn’t as good, cheap plastic details. Doesn’t really concern me since its suppose to be in the well built case.

Pros:
* A lot of accessories included incl lcd and remote
* Laser pointer
* Normal camera tripod mount (both housing and camera itself)
* Price

Cons:
* Quality could be better if it had higher bitrates
*
Build quality
*
Lacks 1080p 170 degrees
* The manual seems to have been translated by “Google Translate” on drugs

To me this is a good alternative t
o the GoPro’s if you are on a tight budget and still want quality video.  Bare in mind, the software in the camera has a really simple and unpolished design.
This was my initial thoughts, it might change at a later time.

Now to something you might want to see. Watch in 1080p. More videos will follow.

 

Issue: Olympus OM-D – Discolored pixels? (Hot pixels)

Update: Turns out it was a DOA. New one works as it should.

I took the opportunity to try out Olympus OM-D at work today. I was excited to try out the 5-axis image stabilization but came across this odd issue.

Click here for full size image

Looks like hot pixels or similar, the odd thing is they show up randomly, even in video. Shown below here:

Watch in 1080p

I tried resetting the camera as well as changing lenses. Still the same thing. It doesn’t show on screen while recording.
Am i alone in this?

Feel free to comment if you’ve experienced this.

The missing piece