First things first, this was a total surprise to me but really couldn’t be anymore pumped about it. I have had a Hero7 for a while, but the Max really takes it to the next level. With all the travels and off-road trips I have planned for this Spring and Summer, this new GoPro is going to come in real handy. I’ve had the chance to play around with the new camera for about a week now and here’s some of things I’ve found.
- Being able to use both “Hero” Mode and 360 Capture is clutch.
Since the GoPro Max was a surprise to me, I really didn’t know all the ins and outs. I knew it had 360 capture, but I thought that was it. Being able to easily toggle between the two makes it the perfect little camera accessory for pretty much everything. Just a simple touch on the touch screen and you can go back and forth between the two modes. As much as I love my Hero7, I really don’t need it anymore.
The quality of the pictures did not disappoint, obviously. I was able to walk around this awesome abandoned U.S. Navy Air Field and take some shots in both Hero mode and 360 mode. I was still getting used to camera placement and how to hold my mount to capture everything best, so bare with me and some of these rookie shots.
- Shout Out to GoPro for keeping all the mounts the same!
So I have had the Hero7 for some time and, in typical Tina fashion, bought every accessory possible. Seriously, every last one – All the mounts for the car, helmet (not like I wear one), chest mount, the floatie one, and so many more. Granted, I probably only used 2 but guess what? I can use them all for the GoPro Max!
Finally a company *cough Apple cough* that doesn’t change something necessary every project launch to make you have to buy all new things. I’m looking right at you Tim Cook with all 15 of my iPhone charge cords from over the years.
The only thing to be careful here is that not all of the mounts/tripods were made with the Max in mind. If using 360 Capture sometimes the mount gets in the way of the picture, leaving an awkward figure in the screen. But with creativity and holding of the mount at a certain angle, you get hide the unwanted mount. I’ve found that the Max Grip TriPod is the best for capturing in Hero and 360 Capture Mode.
- 360 degree video is a game changer.
This is a given.
Being able to capture 360 is pretty sick. I think I’m most excited about being able to take this out on the trails with the Jeep. Figuring out where to mount the camera has been a recurring debate in my head, but I have a few ideas I want to try. Since I haven’t made it off road in a bit, I took the Max to a private lacrosse training.
Check this video out – I placed the Max and tripod in between myself and the goalie I was training, with the 360 I was able to get both sides in a really cool perspective.
- Editing is so easy.
As an extremely non-professional photographer, editing is a daunting task. But not with the GoPro apps. Getting the raw footage from camera to iPhone or to the computer are so simple. Once it’s there the native GoPro apps make it so easy to trim, rotate, and edit.
Having the 360 capture lets you get different angles and views, but sometimes you can’t view everything from the same screen, You are able to save multiple versions of the footage by rotating the picture and transitioning between angles. It’s pretty neat that you can get so many different finished videos, that are all unique, from one shot of raw footage. Just by rotating and saving the new view in the app gets you a brand new view!
I guess what I’m saying is I recommend the GoPro Max 10/10. Its a well known fact that GoPro makes one of, if not the best, action camera. Looking on Instagram and Youtube, even TikTok, it’s easy to find extreme content that was filmed on a GoPro. From Drifting to back country skiing, to cliff jumping and go-karting, this little camera has proved to be tough. That same sentiment is true for the GoPro Max. Stay tuned for some awesome footage of the Jeep!