The GoPro Linear mode firmware update
The GoPro Linear Mode for HERO4 Black/Silver and Hero 5 was released on October 21, 2016. It includes the brand new Linear FOV(Field Of View) and compatibility with the Karma drone. You’ll find all the details on this page.
So what’s different with this GoPro linear field of view?
Drone users were experiencing a fish eye look while recording precious footage, so GoPro came with this new mode to make things easier in post production. The Linear mode is still wider than the Medium FOV and it’s capable of maintaining straight horizon/lines during the shoot (check out the test I made below). This makes the things much easier now and you don’t have to eliminate the fish eye effect in post.
To enable this mode in live preview mode, enable your WiFi connection both on GoPro and your phone. If you don’t know how to set-up a wireless connection between your GoPro and your iPhone, check out this tutorial here.
GoPro Linear mode available resolutions
Of course, this option is not available for all resolutions and frame rates. Many users expected this option to be available on 4k but this is not possible. The Linear mode is delivering a cropped image to you from a bigger image. While 4k is the highest resolution on the HERO4 and HERO5, it can’t crop from a bigger sized image.
So here are the available options, at least on the HERO4:
1080p: 24fps, 30fps, 48fps, 60fps
2.7K: 24fps, 30fps
As a personal oppinion, I like this new field of view and I will definitely use it on my GoPro 4. Below is my test. I’ll appreciate it if you drop a like on YouTube. Feel free to subscribe to my channel for more videos like this.