“Are you sure you want to do this? – said me thinking about what wild adventure I’ll be on with the GoPro family. It will be a full day with other amazing content creators in their element capturing great footage.
Why did I ask that question? Well, I personally haven’t used a GoPro before as I thought it was really meant for people who enjoy adventure sports. Like skydiving, diving, surfing and the likes of.
I was totally wrong and here’s why.
8am breakfast briefing at Hacienda Bar where we got to chat with the GoPro experts. Here, we got to learn about all the key features of the GoPro HERO8 Black and GoPro MAX. The tiny device comes with a punch, but most of all, it’s about how user-friendly it is.
First off, download the latest GoPro App. What’s new? Quik app is now built right into the GoPro app, also supports both GoPro and phone content in edits. Which allows filters to be applied to single clips as well as multi-clip edits and now streams live at full 1080p resolution on both HERO8 Black and MAX.
The app’s auto-generated video edit feature also has four new themes inspired by iconic GoPro edits from the company’s in-house media team. Choose between Adrenaline Seeker, Adventure Travel, Cinematic and Memory Curator and share directly to social media or store within the app as an editable draft to revisit.
We head down to Thunder Jet Boat Sydney for an extreme adrenaline ride on the harbour. We be sliding, gliding and the spontaneous Thunder Twist. Let’s say … about the seventh 360 twists, I was ready to go overboard haha (with AC/DC in the background). It was a funny sight with all the GoPro’s up in the air taking in all the action. The GoPro MAX camera is so versatile, it’s like having three cameras in one, perfect for this activity. Waterproof to 16 feet, the GoPro MAX can be used as a single lens max stabilised HERO camera and as dual-lens 360 camera. It has this next-level Max HyperSmooth, that delivers unbreakable stabilisation and in-camera horizon levelling, say goodbye to that gimbal you were thinking of buying.
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From the harbour to the skies, we check-in at Sydney Seaplanes for an epic scenic seaplane flight to Palm Beach, soaring over the famous harbour and coastline. A lot of “firsts” today and the plane is tiny (fits about eight people)! What an incredible view.
We arrive at Palm Beach and prepare for a hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse to take in the stunning 360 ocean views. Switching on the GoPro HERO8 Black, I’d recommend using one of their mounts + accessories. Whether it be a chest strap or head strap + quickclip so that it keeps your hands free, as the hand + wrist strap (note, you could try a DIY and attach it to your backpack strap near your shoulder)
Set the scene using the features on the GoPro HERO8 Black, using the all-new capture presets. The ‘activity’ preset is best suited for fast-paced shots as it ups the resolution and uses Superview and the ‘cinematic’ preset eliminates the wide-angle fisheye effect. Perhaps the TimeWarp 2.0 to capture and super stablize a time-lapse video whilst hiking up the hill. The TimeWarp can even auto-adjust speeds base on your motion and lighting condition.
Barrenjoey Lighthouse (built in 1881) stands at Barrenjoey Head on Sydney’s northern beaches. There are two routes to the top, the more genteel Access Trail or the short but steeper walk, Smugglers Track. About 15-20mins each way (or 45mins for me haha), the extraordinary views of Palm Beach to the left, and Broken Bay to the right.
The group was getting a little hungry with all this adventuring (ok, maybe I was). We head for lunch and spend a relaxing afternoon at an incredible luxury floating villa Lilypad. The GoPro team and I hop on a little boat (tinny) to an amazing welcome from the Lilypad team.
Lilypad is perfect for overnight stays and intimate events. A sustainable escape that captures a sense of real connection to the surrounding water environment. With an array of beverages on arrival and a gourmet seasoned BBQ, accompanied with sides, salads and desserts. Some of us took time to catch some rays and enjoy the view, I tried to look back at my footage from the day and try out the editing, and others went for a swim and used the stand-up paddleboard/kayak.
Back to the editing, by using the GoPro App on your phone, you’ll be amazed with what you can do. The Media Library icon allows you to view your media, trim videos into shorter clips and grab a still photo from your video. Other editing features allows you to add transitions, effects, customize your story with text, filters and even sync music.
The flagship camera will also support a range of accessories that will deck the unit up with professional-grade audio (Media Mod: AUD$139.95), a front-facing display (Display Mod: AUD$139.95) and enhanced lighting (Light Mod: AUD$84.95) – allowing users to transform their camera into a production powerhouse. These Mods will be available to preorder from GoPro.com in December.