I'm getting this quality with a Gopro 5. Can a Gopro 6 improve on it?

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I'd like to see your videos with that paralenz. That color correction sounds pretty cool, but usually digital retouching like that is not as good as an actual filter.

Most experts I know think it is better. For one thing, all filters reduce the amount of light reaching the sensor. And the more light the better. Second, red is the first but not the only wavelength to diminish with depth. You can't just bump up the reds to get true color (digitally or with filters), you have to proportionally bump up all colors. Third, the colors lost is proportional to depth. The amount of reds lost at 50' is different than at 80' Digitally, you can vary the adjustments based on depth. Filters can't. If your filter is just right foir 50', it's not for 80'. And vice versa. Backscatter tries to help by offering filters for three depth ranges (0-20, 20-50, 50>) and for most that gets it "close enough" but is not optimal. However, it wouldn't be very practical to carry 10 filters and change them out every 10 feet. But digitally you can carry 100 "filters" and change them out every 1 foot. I have long pined for a camera that integrated depth.

In post, I have a bunch of luts targeted for different depths. Of course, depth is not the only factor. Ambient light matters, and at a given depth you'll have more in clear water than silty water, more on a sunny day than a cloudy day. I would hope the paralenz also has a light meter and adjusts based on amount of light and depth, not just depth. Water can also have a color cast. Paralenz recognized this and offers a "blue water" mode and a "green water" mode. Still, waters can have other casts as well. Ideally, paralenz would capture the raw video and apply the adjustments on a separate track for playback. Then you wouldn't have to preselect the right mode and could play it back with different adjustments.
 

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That seems to make good sense. I had repeatedly read that filters were the best way to go, and don't remember the basis for that. I guess I'll have to re-evaluate what I'm doing.
 

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That seems to make good sense. I had repeatedly read that filters were the best way to go, and don't remember the basis for that. I guess I'll have to re-evaluate what I'm doing.

Well they have the advantage that you can record and play decent video right out of the camera without overloading the camera processor. And it's relatively recent that camera processors were powerful enough to handle complex color adjustments and image stabilization.

You can do more with postprocessing but most people just want to record a video, upload it, and view it. Not spend hours and hours color adjusting it later. Taking video is fun. Editing video is work.
 

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I'm curious. In that video are you using lights, red filter, what depth?

For these 2 videos below, I'm using a Red Filter on a GoPro Hero 5. No camera lights, only natural light with the exception of using the dive light to highlight an aquatic creature. Depth is 14 - 18 meters (60 feet).



However, for most of my other videos (see playlist link below), I not using any filters (unless stated in the description). You can see the difference between having a filter and no filter. Like and subscribe to my YT channel. I'll be posting more videos. Thanks!

https://bit.ly/2EQRhbL
 

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For these 2 videos below, I'm using a Red Filter on a GoPro Hero 5. No camera lights, only natural light with the exception of using the dive light to highlight an aquatic creature. Depth is 14 - 18 meters (60 feet).



However, for most of my other videos (see playlist link below), I not using any filters (unless stated in the description). You can see the difference between having a filter and no filter. Like and subscribe to my YT channel. I'll be posting more videos. Thanks!

https://bit.ly/2EQRhbL
I'm curious as to what your Hero 5 settings are. Your video look very good in color and clarity. I'm borrowing a Hero 5 and haven't used a GoPro since the Hero 3.

What resolution you shoot in and any Protune settings you might be using? Thx
 

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I'm currently using a GoPro Hero 5 for my underwater shots. But I'm constantly looking to improve overall output and quality. Lots of talk that a GoPro Hero6 is better. Below is a video I shot recently with a Hero 5. Can a Hero 6 improve on it?

I didn't need to watch your video mate, I have the 6 and my buddy has the 5. The 6 actually craps over the 5, especially in low light...ie under water. This is my first gopro so it was a no brainer to get the latest and greatest but if I had a 5 I'd have to think long and hard to find justification to upgrade tho. If you're hanging to get a new toy though, go for it! :)
 

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I'm currently using a GoPro Hero 5 for my underwater shots. But I'm constantly looking to improve overall output and quality. Lots of talk that a GoPro Hero6 is better. Below is a video I shot recently with a Hero 5. Can a Hero 6 improve on it?
GoPro quality generally sucks donkey cojones. If you were to compare a GoPro to a stills camera, pick a camera with some of the cheapest optics available and an even cheaper sensor.

Basically, you have two choices:
1. Stick with a GoPro (whichever version), but don't expect more than snapshot quality on your videos.
2. Spring for a more serious camera, but expect to invest a bunch of $$$ and time to get proper quality on your videos. And to p*** off your buddy (unless they're of the extremely patient type).
 

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GoPro quality generally sucks donkey cojones. If you were to compare a GoPro to a stills camera, pick a camera with some of the cheapest optics available and an even cheaper sensor.

Basically, you have two choices:
1. Stick with a GoPro (whichever version), but don't expect more than snapshot quality on your videos.
2. Spring for a more serious camera, but expect to invest a bunch of $$$ and time to get proper quality on your videos. And to p*** off your buddy (unless they're of the extremely patient type).
Is there something about the same price than a GoPro but better than a GoPro ?
 

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Is there something about the same price than a GoPro but better than a GoPro ?
Nope...for bang for the buck, GoPro is the way to go! If your serious about the macro stuff, then a more advanced camera is in order.

I’ve been using a GoPro for diving, flying and motorcycle riding for years with great results.
 
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