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55 winners in GoPro Million Dollar Challenge



This year’s GoPro Million Dollar Challenge received a record 42,446 videos which is a 66% increase in submissions year-over-year.

The video above is 100% user-generated video captured exclusively on the HERO11 Black and HERO11 Black Mini cameras. In the end, 55 creators from 21 countries were rewarded with $18,181.81 USD (27,539.90 AUD) each for their submission.

“The HERO11 Black and Mini Million Dollar Challenge video celebrates the creativity of our inspired customers,” said GoPro Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman.

“Congratulations to this year’s creators—your videos inspire millions of people around the world to pursue their own interests and passions.”


GoPro has awarded $5 million dollars to Million Dollar Challenge award recipients over the past five years. The HERO11 Black + Mini contest window ran for just under 10 weeks from 26 January through to 2nd April 2023.

GoPro added an additional first this year with voiceover narration.

Winners found out if they made the cut by watching the global premiere of the compilation video. I noticed a Qld Reds jersey in the clip so a shoutout to the Reds Rugby fans for picking up a nice mid-season bonus.

In fact, five Australians were selected as winners. Alex Kydd, Jayden Lawson, Max Homer, Alex Mioni, and Dylan DeHaas.

Reds Rugby jersey spotted in the winners video

Compete Winners List:

Alex KyddLuca Arici
Alex MioniStig Hoefnagel
Dylan deHaasGordon Schuecker
Jayden LawsonRodrigo Vicente
Max HomerÁlvaro Penadés
Aichi OnoLidia Ruiz
Hitomi KomatsuMartino Minen
星野 元希Roger Mas Bermejo
村本 紗耶花Victor de Valles Ibañez
Jungho Yoon (윤중호)Andresa Alves
Julius Caezar AquinoFrecia Leriana Coleto de Melo
Zack ZhaoEvan Macalister
David AndreevJolene Fargo
David RauchenbergerSteve Shannon
Theis MeckbachAndy Potts
Greg SlaterAron Harvey
Arnaud BlinBrandon Rieck
Aurélien ChicoColby Stevenson
Hensli SageNicholas Hilton
JC PieriPatrick Conroy
Luca FaninPierce Cameron
Vincent TupinShane Lotz
Gonzalo Gonzalez de Vega EstrellaVernon Shane Benton
Jannis HoffmannAditya Nayak
Robby WendrockLisa Kytosaho
Alex MelissLuke Bell
Nazar Doroshkevych

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GoPro Hero12 Black is Feature Packed



GoPro Hero12 Black

This is the GoPro Hero12 Black – none of rumours proved true – but that doesn’t matter – because GoPro made improvements that make more sense for punters and pros.

In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we covered off some of the key features which I reckon most people, pros or amateurs, will love.

Watch Djuro Sen explain the key features of the GoPro Hero12 Black to Tim Gilbert on Sky News Australia

Some key features:

70 minutes of continuous recording at 5.3K/60  

8x slo-mo in up to 2.7K resolution.

GoPro Hero12 Black has Wireless Audio Support

Wireless Audio for AirPods + Other Bluetooth Devices

GP-Log (for professional grading)

HyperSmooth 6.0

Timecode Sync an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras for easy multi-camera editing.

Enjoy multicam timecode sync by using a QR code

Simplified Camera Controls plus Pro

1/4-20 Mounting 

Wider field of view, even wider with Max Lens Mod 2.0 Accessory

GoPro Hero12 Black has several new wide angle options

Works at depths of 10m+

Auto-Upload to the Cloud, Auto Edits + Unlimited Backup

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GoPro Hero12 Black Goes More Pro



The Hero12 Black has been announced by GoPro and although it’s not what the rumours suggested – in some ways it’s actually better. And it will cost A$649.

Speculation of a larger sensor with 8K video did not eventuate but what we have is a GoPro camera with so many extra features it makes sense for pros and consumers at the same time.

Here’s a list of key product details:

Up to 2x Longer Runtimes: Dramatically improved power management system delivers 70 minutes of continuous recording at 5.3K60 (HERO12 Black’s highest performance setting), over 95 minutes at 5.3K30 and over 155 minutes of continuous recording at 1080p30, all with HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilisation on.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photo + Video: HDR delivers eye-popping high dynamic range photos and 5.3K+ 4K video.

Market-Leading 5.3K Resolution + 8x Slo-Mo: 5.3K video delivers 91% more resolution than 4K and an incredible 665% more than 1080p. Slow down to 8x slo-mo in up to 2.7K resolution. Or grab up to 24.7 megapixel frame grabs and 27 megapixel photos. Capture 4K video at up to 120 frames per second for 4x slo-mo.

GoPro Hero12 Black can function at depths of 10m+

Wide Angle Perspectives with Max Lens Mod 2.0 Accessory: 36% wider field of
view when capturing widescreen video and 48% taller field of view when capturing vertical
video. Now with 2x more scratch-resistant lens and a durable hydrophobic lens coating that
wicks water drops away.

GP-Log + available LUTs: GP-Log with available Look Up Tables (LUTs) allows professional users to have more control with post-production editing and colour grading.

Wireless Audio Support for Apple AirPods + Other Bluetooth Devices: Now you can record audio straight to HERO12 Black from Bluetooth devices such as Apple AirPods, earbuds, headphones and microphones—great for vlogging, scene narration and issuing voice commands to control your HERO12 Black from a distance.

Video Stabilization with 360° Horizon Lock: HyperSmooth 6.0 features next-generation AutoBoost that automatically boosts video stabilisation as needed, while
maintaining the smallest cropping margin possible with imperceptible transitions between crop levels. HyperSmooth 6.0 also enables horizon-levelling even with full 360° camera rotation in the Linear + Horizon Lock digital lens or in all lens settings when using the Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory.

8:7 Aspect Ratio: 1/1.9” sensor enables market-leading versatility with its extra-large
8:7 aspect ratio that can be cropped into vertical 9:16, widescreen 16:9, traditional 4:3 or
full-frame 8:7 aspect ratios. Now available across all video resolutions as well as TimeWarp, Time Lapse, Night Lapse and all Night Effects modes.

GoPro-Exclusive HyperView Ultra-Wide Angle Lens Setting: HERO12 Black’s HyperView digital lens sets a new bar for immersive, wide-angle video. Also available as an even wider Max HyperView perspective when using the optional Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory.

New GoPro Max Lens Mod 2.0

New Vertical Capture Mode: Capture vertical video with HERO12 Black mounted
horizontally—perfect for sharing straight to vertically-oriented social channels.

Simplified Camera Controls: Updated “Easy Controls” for users looking for maximum
convenience and streamlined “Pro Controls” for advanced users looking for maximum control and efficiency.

Night Effects with Still Images: Light Painting, Vehicle Light Trails and Star Trails enable pro-level capture with push-button ease.

New Power Tools: Interval Photo joins a suite of Power Tools designed to help you capture video and photos in unique ways. Interval Photo enables photo-capture at fixed intervals, from every 0.5 seconds all the way up to every 120 seconds.

Timecode Sync: Sync an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras for easy multi-camera editing. Works with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and other leading editing apps.

1/4-20 Mounting: HERO12 Black’s mounting fingers now feature 1/4-20 mounting threads, making HERO12 Black compatible with standard camera mounts and accessories.

Auto-Upload to the Cloud, Auto Edits + Unlimited Backup: Available for GoPro subscribers, HERO12 Black auto-uploads to your GoPro cloud account while the camera is charging, and you’ll receive an automatic highlight video after the upload is complete. There’s no limit to the amount of GoPro footage you can upload to your GoPro cloud account and all footage is stored at 100% source quality.

GoPro Hero12 Black is more ‘mountable’ than ever

Rugged: HERO12 Black is waterproof to 10 metres with no additional housing required and is built “GoPro Tough” to take a beating. GoPro subscribers enjoy “no questions asked” damaged camera replacement.

NEW Extension Pole + Waterproof Shutter Remote

GoPro is launching a new 1.2m extension pole to just 25cm and it’s designed to
work with HERO12 Black’s new 1/4-20 mounting threads. Mounting fingers are also included to ensure compatibility with all GoPro cameras. Included with the new extension pole is a detachable, wearable and waterproof Bluetooth shutter remote that makes it easy to control HERO12 Black’s shutter even when the pole is fully extended. The new remote will be compatible with: HERO12 Black, HERO11 Black, HERO11 Black Mini and
HERO10 Black.

Pricing and Availability

HERO12 Black (A$649.95) and Max Lens Mod 2.0 (A$169.95 or A$135.95 for GoPro
subscribers) are available for preorder on starting today. Both products will be available in stores globally on September 13, along with HERO12 Black Creator Edition for $949.95 AUD.

The all-new Extension Pole + Waterproof Shutter Remote will be available in October 2023.

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Image Matrix Tech on Sky News: Electric Air Taxis Closer to Reality



In Sunday’s segment on Sky News Australia (Weekend Edition with Tim Gilbert) we discussed how electric air taxis using eVTOL (Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicles) are getting closer to reality with more successful test flights being conducted around the world.

In recent weeks there has been a lot of approvals and test flights that have moved the air taxi timeline along. We could see commercial flights as early as 2024/25 in the United States.

Companies like Joby Aviation and Archer Aviation are well down the track with pilot controlled eVTOLs while Ehang are using autonomous drones.

The goal is to cut down on road traffic – especially on the way to the airport.


DJI’s latest OSMO Action 4 camera throws down a serious challenge to GoPro’s Hero 11 Black.  I was impressed by the larger sensor in the Action 4, colours and battery life. 


  • 1/1.3″ Sensor & Stunning Low-Light
  • 10-bit & D-Log M Color Performance
  • -20°C Freeze Resistant, 160 minutes* battery operation time
  • Deep-Freeze Resistant & Long-Lasting Battery operation time
  • Dual Full-Color Touchscreens
  • Featured functions
  • 4K/120fps & 155º Ultra-Wide FOV 
  • 360° HorizonSteady
  • Waterproof up to 18m without waterproof case, and 60m with waterproof case
  • Magnetic Quick Release & Native Vertical Video
  • *Measured at room temperature (25°C) and 1080p/24fps (16:9), with RockSteady on, Wi-Fi off and screen off.
  • SnapShot Button & Quick Switch Button offers immediate recording and instant mode switching.
  • Quick Switching Between Five Custom Modes allows users to save their frequently used custom settings and switch between modes on the fly with the Quick Switch button and voice prompts.
  • Voice Prompt informs users of current modes without needing to unmount the camera. 
  • Voice Control recognises voice commands with a high recognition rate to control the camera when hands are busy.
  • Upgraded InvisiStick recognises and digitally hides the selfie stick and eliminates the selfie stick from your shots in a wider range of scenarios.
  • Digital Zoom of up to 2x can be adjusted while recording for better image composition.
  • DJI Mic Compatibility via the Type-C port, and external mics via 3.5mm to Type-C cable.


The OPPO Reno10 5G is now available in Australia – with a local price of $749. That makes the Reno10 a direct competitor to the Google Pixel 7a – same price. 

This gives consumers a tough choice – but it’s great to see the competition at this price point. 

The Reno10 5G features a large 64MP 1/2-inch sensor on its Main Camera for even greater image clarity, and also a 32MP IMX709 Telephoto Portrait Camera for an enhanced portrait experience. 

With its 2X optical zoom, the camera can be used to take high-resolution photos at a professional 47mm portrait focal length, capturing natural and undistorted portraits with stunning realism. What’s more, the camera’s IMX709 RGBW sensor is capable of gathering more light information,.

Plus 8 MP, f/2.2, 112˚ (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm

The 6.7-inch large display features a 120Hz Ultra High Refresh Rate and support for 1 billion colours, creating a more responsive, detailed, and lifelike visual experience.

Featuring 67W SUPERVOOC™ Flash Charge, the Reno10 5G offers rapid charging with the ability to charge the large 5,000mAh battery to 100% in approximately 47 minutes. With the additional support from OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine, the effective battery lifespan of the Reno10 5G can be extended to as many as 1,600 charge and discharge cycles. 

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