After a long 2 years, the wait is finally over. GoPro has revealed their 2 newest flagship action cameras: the Hero5 Black ($399) and Hero5 Session ($299). Both 4K action cameras that will be available to buy on the 2nd October.
The GoPro Hero5 Black is basically an upgraded model of their previous flagship – the Hero4 Black. What makes the Hero5 so interesting are the added features that have modernized the action camera back to 2016. Plus the price, which is surprisingly good considering this is GoPro.
Both of the action cameras are waterproof up to 10m / 33ft without a case. Sadly the new action cameras won’t come with a waterproof case so for deeper divers, you will probably need to buy one separately. Still good enough for everyday users.
GoPro also announced their very first drone – the Karma, which is compatible with both the Hero5 Black and Hero4 Black and Silver.
The most anticipated feature on the Hero5 action camera is electronic image stabilization. A feature which I have spoken about many times and have always pointed out how GoPro doesn’t have it for some reason. Well now they do and the video footage should be improved immensely. Only issue, it doesn’t work when recording in 4K…
And 4K video recording is a huge feature for both of the action cameras. The Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session can record in 4K at 30fps. Not that impressive for the Hero5 Black as that was possible with the previous flagship Hero4 Black as well. For the Hero5 session however, it is an improvement.
The Hero5 Black can take still 12MP photos in raw format. There is also a wide dynamic range mode. GoPro has also added a leaner-view feature which basically corrects the lens distortion in videos and wide-angle photos. The very same feature is also available on the Session. The only difference is that the Session has 10MP photos and doesn’t support raw format.
Remember all the buttons on the GoPro for recording and changing settings? They have ditched all of that on the Hero5 Black. Instead the action camera has a 2* touchscreen and 1 button for turning the camera on and recording. They have also upgraded the setting menu so it feels more user friendly. Especially since it is all touch-based now.
With the Hero5, GoPro has also announced their new cloud-based subscription service called the GoPro Plus. The action camera will automatically upload your photos and videos onto the cloud server. This is especially good for those who always end up with full microSD cards. You can also edit or share all of the clips or photos via a smartphone or computer by just logging into the service.
The cloud service also includes a library of licensed music that can be used as background for your videos. It also gives 20% off the official GoPro mounts and accessories (only if purchased from their website).
The GoPro Plus cloud service will cost $5 per month and will only be available in the US at launch.