Today we’re going to look at the REMOVU R1 WiFi live view and remote for your GoPro camera. The REMOVU R1 makes it possible to control and stream a live view from your GoPro HERO3, HERO3+ and HERO4 camera. The R1 also allows you to replay your captured shots.
The REMOVU R1 features a 2.0 inch QVGA (320×240) TFT LCD screen. Its built in WiFi supports 802.11b/g/n, and the distance at which it operates with your GoPro is anywhere between 20 meters and 70 meters. I’ve done a distance test myself, and found the 50 meter mark to be the sweet spot. The R1 can be strapped onto your wrist like a watch using the included wrist strap. The R1 cradle is sold separately, and can be mounted on almost anything. You can see down below I have the R1 cradle mounted to my handle bars. I can see exactly what my GoPro sees and make camera angle adjustments on the fly. I’m also able to quickly switch between video mode, and burst mode to capture 30 pictures in 3 seconds.
Before using your R1, it’s highly recommended to always check to see if there is a new firmware upgrade. The most current version is 1.5.1. Performing a firmware upgrade is quite simple. First step is to download the firmware files from the REMOVU download center. You must then extract the .img and .bin files and copy them to the root of the R1. After the files are copied over, the R1 should be rebooted. While powering on, the R1 will automatically perform the firmware upgrade. This process takes less than 2 minutes.
Getting the R1 connected to your GoPro is accomplished by enabling the GoPro to use WiFi with the GoPro app. The R1 will detect that your GoPro’s SSID is broadcasting, which then gives you the option to connect. The next step is to type in your WiFi password that you have setup with the GoPro app. Typing in the password requires you to use the three buttons on the side of the R1. The M, or mode button goes forward in letters, while the back button goes backwards in letters. The shutter button selects a letter. After your password is entered, it’ll connect within a few seconds.
The R1’s design is rugged in a sense, with its hard plastic casing, and sealed USB port. It is not completely waterproof, it is only splash proof and dust proof. I’ve used the R1 while it was drizzling, and did not run into any issues with it.
When accessing the live view with the HERO4 you should expect a delay of about 1 second. With the HERO3 and HERO3+ will will have a delay that is anywhere from 2-2.5 seconds. This is not a problem with the R1 itself. As we all know, there is some lag when streaming with the GoPro app as well.
It’s actually really simple to use. Switching between the different modes on the GoPro is done by pressing the M button. If you ever want to take a video or picture, just press the red shutter button. You can even go into the GoPro settings and change resolutions, fps, FOV, and burst settings.
The R1 is perfect in situations where your GoPro is in a hard to reach place. For example, if your GoPro is mounted on your helmet, you can’t really tell what you are capturing exactly. You could use your smartphone, but you don’t really want to drain your phone battery or potentially break your phone while riding. What really sets the R1 apart from a smartphone, is that it can easily be mounted, and that it has physical buttons. Imagine you are doing winter sports, and have heavy gloves on. There’s no way of using the GoPro app on your smartphone, unless you take your gloves off. The buttons on the R1 are accessible even with your gloves on. This is a big plus for me. I’ll be working on another video where I will be using the Opteka X-Grip and REMOVU R1 together. I think it will be a great idea to mount the R1 on the X-Grip handle for a live view of the GoPro.
If you would like to know more about the REMOVU R1, I made an in depth video review. You can check it out above.
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