GoPro Karma Drone Anamorphic Capability With Letus Adapter Lens

February 14th, 2017
GoPro Karma Drone Anamorphic Capability With Letus Adapter Lens

PeauProductions have tested out the GoPro Karma anamorphic capabilities successfully, thanks to the use of the Letus AnamorphX-GP adapter. The result? Low distortion, 2.39:1 aspect ratio aerial footage in 4K.

Featured image © Peau Productions.

The use of anamorphic lenses for aerial filming has been limited to high-end productions that have the budget for the lenses, or DSLR lens-type anamorphic adapters like those from SLR Magic. As the lenses and adapters are generally quite large, downscaling them to the size of a GoPro for drone filming hasn’t been seen before. Until now.

Using an adapted GoPro Hero 4 Black with a rectilinear 3.37mm f/2.8 82d HFOV 16MP (No Distortion) lens, PeauPro have been able to attach the Letus AnamorphX-GP 1.33x adapter to the housing mounted onto the GoPro Karma. The resulting footage in the GoPro Karma anamorphic video above is captured in the ‘cinematic’ aspect ratio of 2.39:1 in 4K with low distortion, although PeauPro comments that due to the wide angle 3.37mm lens used there is some stretching towards the edges.

There still isn’t any sample footage of the AnamorphX-GP being used on a standard ‘out of the box’ GoPro on a DJI Phantom drone, but as the lens can be fitted over the lens both with or without the waterproof housing, it could certainly be possible.

The adapter itself converts the native GoPro 16:9 ratio to 2.39:1 without cropping, which can then be de-squeezed in post production using the GoPro Studio software.

However, what about the recent recall of the GoPro Karma Drone after them literally falling out of the air? The drone is now shipping again and heading for the shelves, hopefully with a new lease of life and solidly fixed problems. Could this anamorphic adapter offering a cinematic perspective be a good reason for drone pilots and aerial cinematographers to choose the Karma over the industry leader DJI?

Is the Letus AnamorphX-GP an adapter you would use for your aerial filming? Would you be inclined to use it on the GoPro Karma Drone or wait to see whether it’s possible to mount the adapter on a DJI Phantom with a GoPro camera?

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 Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw
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February 15th, 2017

Not to beat a dead horse but as a question what is are the legal vulnerabilities of a crashed drone over a public heavily traveled road, over a private business building, cars pedestrians etc. Permission to shoot, insurances etc. Posting this is a legal record of the action. I am just concerned for them.

Oscar M
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February 15th, 2017

@ 5:20 – don´t stand below a karma :)

 Chris Hu
Chris Hu
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February 15th, 2017

what about M4/3 anamorphic lens that can fit on the DJI Inspire
because the RAW capability of DJI Inspire and M4/3 sensor size, you can do a lot in the post, if you really serious about anamorphic video

 Chris Hu
Chris Hu
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February 15th, 2017
Reply to  Adam Plowden

I know there are M4/3 anamorphic lens
but I do not know if it’s small and lightweight enough that DJI’s gimbal can balance it properly

 Chris Hu
Chris Hu
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February 15th, 2017
Reply to  Adam Plowden

sorry, just did a search Veydra just drop the M4/3 mini anamorphic lenses development
I was think about Veydra whan I said “I know there are M4/3 anamorphic lens”, but they stop the development now

 Chris Hu
Chris Hu
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February 15th, 2017
Reply to  Adam Plowden

now just adapter, I’m not a fan of that, I want true anamorphic

 Mike Schneider
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February 14th, 2017

I know it’s only some test footage, but my concern is that they fly low over a public road. Not the best practice of public safety.

I also agree that it looks a little stretched out to much.

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February 14th, 2017

I wouldn’t say that’s “low” distortion. It’s quite obvious and very unnatural.

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March 28th, 2017
Reply to  Adam Plowden

Nah, it’s a issue with the file upload and the way YouTube messes with footage.
I’ve seen their channel before, and they sell narrower FoV lenses for M12 mount based cameras, and other videos have been shown properly.
Sometimes youtube screws up the flags in in the metadata for aspect ratio, I’d say this is one of those, which is why the thumbnail frame for the video doesn’t have black bars top n bottom.

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