Our friends at Polar Pro continue to dominate the industry with their always evolving professional grade product line and innovative ideas. And with a recent appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank, their business has lept tremendously with a $1 million investment by Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec.
Our NAB 2015 coverage begins with some brand new GoPro accessories from Polar Pro. Back at PhotoPlus Expo 2014, Polar Pro impressed us with their line of high quality filters, the Pro View and Power Pole and they continue their innovation by introducing even more professional-grade GoPro accessories. We checked out the StrapMount, which is a quick release mount that attaches a GoPro to any strap or backpack; the ProGrip, which offers a waterproof housing for GoPro batteries that can mount with the Strap Mount; the NoShow Extension Pole, a selfie stick that has an adjustable-angle arm to show less pole and more action; and the soon to be released Power Vault, a GoPro gear case that has an embedded 5200mAH battery which provides power for up to six charges.
We spoke with Polar Pro VP, Austen Butler for more information.
Last month we tested the Polar Pro GoPro ND and Polarizer filters over the Paterson Great Falls during overcast weather. This time, we decided to fly at Half Moon Bay in San Francisco during bright and sunny conditions. Again we noticed better shutter speed and ISO performance with the ND filter and better color saturation and reduced glare over water with the Polarizer. These are definite must have accessories for the GoPro.
Back in October at the PhotoPlus Expo, we stopped by the Polar Pro booth to preview their latest Frame 2.0 Neutral Density and Polarizer Filters. We decided to test out these lightweight filters on the DJI Phantom Vision+ Quadcopter and GoPro HERO3+ with a flight over the historic Paterson Great Falls in Paterson New Jersey.
The Polar Pro Neutral Density Filter was very easy to install with a secure push-in design that fits over the bare GoPro lens like a glove. Although the filter is made of lightweight glass, you may require a counterbalance depending on your drone gimbal. As seen in the video above, the Polar Pro ND Filter slowed down the shutter speed for more natural motion blur and eliminated the annoying GoPro rolling shutter and wobble. Additionally the ISO seemed to bump up a little more to reveal a more detailed image.
According to our tests, the Polar Pro Polarizer immediately showed an improvement in color saturation and reduced some of the reflective glare over the water. There was also an improvement in overall sharpness and clarity which worked great for the overcast weather we were shooting in.
The guys at Polar Pro are making some of the best GoPro accessories out there and we look forward to testing out the new Polar Pro Power Pole (a battery powered monopod with dual USB ports) next. Stay tuned!
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 coverage continues with some very cool GoPro accessories by Polar Pro. We checked out the Power Pole, which is a battery powered monopod with dual USB ports, the Pro View which doubles as both a GoPro grip and LCD viewfinder, and a whole range of high quality filters which are perfect for both aerial and underwater videography. I’ll definitely be picking up the Polar Pro Polarizer and Neutral Density Filter to control the glare and shutter speed on the HERO4.
We spoke with Polar Pro founder, Jeff Overall for more information.
Our PhotoPlus Expo 2014 coverage begins with a look at Sony’s new Action Cam Mini, a sleek action sports camera designed to take a bite out of the dominating GoPro market. A couple of stand out features include a smaller and lighter design than previous models, a Carl Zeiss lens, image stabilization, live view remote watch, standard 1/4”-20 mount and with it’s aerodynamic design, you won’t look like a Teletubby.
We spoke to Van, Sony’s National Camera Trainer for an in depth demonstration.