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Ambarella Leak
Apr 22, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by fringe
The stonewall is beginning to crack and details of the Hero 4 are starting to seep out to the eager beavers. There was an unconfirmed leak just at the end of March, however this time around we have a semi legitimate source, chip maker Ambarella.

Ambarella just released details on their latest System On Chip, the A9. Considering Ambarella has exclusively supplied GoPro with SOCs we should be able to understand the Hero 4 through proxy. The A9 is capable of supporting 4K Ultra HD recording at 30 fps, 1080p full HD recording at 120 fps and 720p HD recording at 240 fps. I believe all formats make use of H.264 codec. However the Hero3+ already shoots 4K so developments seem to be evolutionary as opposed to revolutionary.

Specs for the A9 also show 1 GHz dual core SoC A9 features multi exposure HDR, WDR tone mapping, electric image stabilisation, FPU and NEON extensions, plus Wi-Fi of course.

Most of these specs are known from Ambrellas leak back in September, however whats new and being bandied about currently is the Hero4 should have the ability to shoot 13MP stills and a brand new lens for shooting in the dark.

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GO PRO Video Of the Month April 2014 ENTRIES
Apr 02, 2014 - 4:14 PM - by Ifti

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Simply paste the web address to your video into your post for the video to be automatically embed into your post (when using YouTube, please remove the 's' after 'http' if required!)

April 2014 entries will close on 20th April.

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User tagging!
Mar 31, 2014 - 5:12 PM - by Ifti
Hi all,
Just a quick notice to inform you all of a newly added feature to the forum - user tagging!

If you wish to pull someone into a thread, simply place a '@' symbol before the username of that said person.

For example, if I create a thread and am sure the user 'fishycomics' could have some valuable information, or could help, I can simply call that person to the post by adding @fishycomics

What this does is sends a notification to that user, who will be directed towards the post where he/she has been mentioned.

A simple, yet very useful, feature!
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Will smartphone cameras make the GoPro obsolete?
Mar 14, 2014 - 4:28 PM - by Slurm!
It seems that smartphones are becoming more and more capable. They can take pictures of higher and higher quality. You can download apps to do photo and video editing right on your phone, and all this is doable from an item that most people have in their pocket every minute of the day. With smartphone technology continuing to advance every year, will the GoPro have a place at the table in the not so distant future?

Currently the action camera market is still growing. Last year sales grew by 37 percent to a total of 1.3 million units sold in 2013. Is this a trend that is poised to slow down, or will the growth continue?

One of the things that sets the GoPro apart from smartphone cameras are the wealth of accessories that are compatible with it. Mounts for your head, chest, the end of a pole, and even underwater are all available. These give users the ability to film themselves doing more intense action oriented tasks than a handheld smartphone. One has to wonder when these types of accessories will be available for smartphones though.

Already there are accessories like the iPhone SLR Mount which allows you to fix Canon EOS or Nikon SLR lenses to your iPhone 5. Another accessory, the Zgrip iPhone Jr, lets would-be photographers stabilize their smartphone too. I haven't found many accessories that are particularly geared towards action sports and activities though.

This seems to be the one area that puts the GoPro ahead of its smartphone competitors (for now?) Those people who are skydiving, scuba diving, and doing other extreme sports need more than a tri-pod and a lens. They need something that can stand up to harsh conditions and still get amazing footage. The Go Pro delivers on this.

How long until similar accessories come out for the iPhone though? How long until iPhones are made to be waterproof, and with stronger screens that won't break when they fall on the sidewalk? Those advances must not be too far in the future, and when they do come along, where will that leave the GoPro?

I think that it is inevitable that smartphones will be able to do as much and more than the GoPro eventually. How can GoPro grow and adapt when that day arrives?
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