GoPro is killing itself

Firstly, I must say that I am a fan of GoPro and it hurts me to see the company killing itself. Nevermind the failed Karma drone. It is a major setback but at least the fans are still behind the company.

Recently, GoPro told GoScope (a small company who makes GoPro and camera accessories) to change their name and all their product molds (due to the embedded name brand) or they would be taken to court. GoScope is a small company and couldn’t afford to defend themselves in court. Neither can they afford to change all the molds with their branding.

I have no idea why is GoPro doing this. Everyone can tell the difference between GoPro and GoScope. GoPro doesn’t own the “Go” word just like Apple doesn’t own the “i” prefix.

And it is stupid for GoPro to go after these accessories makers. GoPro is a great product because of the eco system behind it. These 3rd party accessories makers are making products that extend the features of GoPro cameras. They help GoPro users get the shot they want. When GoPro released the GoPro Hero 5 Black, I bought it on day 1 knowing that there are lots of 3rd party accessories makers making accessory for the new action camera. That’s the reason why I use GoPro and not other action camera. Because of the huge ecosystem behind it.

And to make things worse, GoPro recently released firmware v01.55 for GoPro Hero 5 Black that disable the use of 3rd party batteries like Wasabi and Smatree. I know GoPro makes their own batteries but they are very expensive. The cost of a single original GoPro battery is around the same price as 2 3rd party batteries.

I know GoPro wants to make more money by making users buy their original battery. But this is just pissing off many users. In fact, many GoPro Hero 5 Black users are downgrading their firmware to v01.50 so that they can carry on using 3rd party batteries.

If GoPro continues to do these, it will just make more fans switch to other action cameras. And honestly, there’s no shortage of choices out there.

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