GoPro Hero 5 Black Broken USB Door

Recently I purchased a Hero 5 Black (Amazon) because of some of the excellent features available, including voice control and stabilization. I look forward to working with it more and seeing those features in action. I’m hopeful that it will turn out to be an excellent camera.

Broken Hero 5 Black USB door

Initially though, I’m not impressed.

After being thrilled with my Hero 3, and Hero 4 Session (my review), the mechanical build of the Hero 5 black seems almost unfinished in comparison. Both of those cameras are nicely sealed, but the Hero 5 Black doesn’t seem quite as mechanically sound. It’s tough to put my finger on, exactly, but the Hero 5 almost seems like a collection of parts, where the previous Heroes that I’ve used were distinctly one unit.

Not terrible, just not quite up to the standard that I’m used to from GoPro.

Edit: 1/5/2017 – GoPro decided to send  me a new door, so thanks for that.

What really annoyed me though was the design of the USB door, and to a lesser extent the door for the battery and micro SD card. After charging it, I couldn’t get the door to come open, eventually using a metal ruler to help nudge it out. Compare this to the Hero 4 Session, Continue reading

Your Zoom Lens isn’t Broken, Just Clean the Glass Out!

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Surprisingly, this lens was not broken!

Recently, I dropped my Tamron zoom lens.  As far as camera lenses go, it wasn’t that expensive, but being a DSLR lens, it still cost close to $200.  Basically, I picked up my excellent camera sling (Amazon) without the door zipped shut.  Apparently having the door closed is required for proper equipment retention.

After picking the lens up, I could feel loose glass shaking around, and see it when the cap was taken off.  The lens quickly went in the trash.  After all, I don’t want glass spewing all over my garage.  For what it’s worth, I had my GoPro running on time-lapse, so I was able to produce a crude video of it happening, which can be seen later in this post.

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After initially throwing it away, Continue reading