GoPro finally hit us with two new models of its action cameras; the $399 Hero5 Black and the $299 Hero5 Session. Both cameras arrive on October 2.
The former is a complete overhaul and new flagship camera for the brand. The latter is a souped-up version of the original 2015 model , but minus some key features from the Black to help make picking one easier than in the past.
GoPro also announced its first drone, the Karma .
Both cameras are waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without a housing. GoPro’s past cameras were only rugged and waterproof when in a polycarbonate housing, and dealing with them is a hassle. Presumably there will be dive housings for those who want to go deeper or need shock protection, but out of the box you can just take them out in the sand and surf.
Watch Gopro CEO Nick Woodman introduce the Hero 5 here:
Watch the Gopro Hero 5 action camera TV commercial here:
Gopro Hero 5 Specifications:
The GoPro Hero5 also introduced what it calls professional-grade electronic image stabilization. It’s disappointing the company wasn’t able to work in optical image stabilization for the Hero5 like Sony did for its latest , but at least there’s the option for EIS. I’m not sure if it comes at the cost of image quality or resolution, though. Speaking of resolution…
4K video all around
The Black and Session will be able to record in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. That’s the same as the previous high-end model, the Hero4 Black, but a jump for the Session. The Hero5 Black does get other imaging improvements, however.
The camera can capture 12-megapixel photos in raw format and there’s also a wide dynamic range mode. GoPro also added a linear-view setting that corrects distortion in its wide-angle photos and videos. The 10-megapixel Session has this option, too, but doesn’t seem to have the raw capture and WDR mode.
GoPro ditched the three-button control setup for the Hero5 Black in favor of a 2-inch touchscreen and a single button that turns the camera on and starts it recording. The touch interface has been updated, too, streamlining things a bit so you don’t end up endlessly swiping around.
Earlier in the year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said the Hero5 would be “the most connected and convenient” camera GoPro has ever made and any new hardware would do a better job of connecting to phones and the cloud.
Enter GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes it possible to upload, edit and share your clips with a phone or computer. Plug in a Hero5 to charge and the camera will automatically store your photos and videos to the service. This is actually pretty great for people like me who tend to just let microSD cards fill up and I’m never really sure if I’ve offloaded clips, inevitably resulting in duplicates or accidental deletion.
The service also gives you access to a library of licensed music to drop into your clips, 20 percent off on mounts and accessories from GoPro’s site, premium support and access to exclusive GoPro apparel. OK, maybe that last one isn’t going to seal the deal, but the music is a nice bonus.
The cloud service ties into a bigger issue that’s potentially stalled sales of new GoPro cameras: No one wants to edit their videos. To that end, in February, GoPro picked up two mobile video-editing apps — Replay and Splice — with the former relaunched in May as Quik .
The app, which is available for iOS and Android, analyzes your photos and video clips to find the most exciting stuff in to include and cut out the boring bits. You can trim it further if you don’t like what you got. It’ll then add transitions and effects and sync those to the beat of the music you pick. GoPro has now brought these same features to a desktop version of Quik, if you want to do your work on a bigger screen.
Also, for those times when you simply can’t wait to get your clips off the camera and on your phone for editing, GoPro will sell the Quik Key. It’s a keychain microSD card reader that plugs right into the jack on your phone.
Gopro Shout out tagging:
Even with better software, editing can still be a drag as you scrub through your clips to find the best moments. GoPro had added easy highlight tagging with the last generation of cameras, but is taking it handsfree this time around.
With the Hero5 cameras, you’ll be able to shout at them to tag a section to find it quickly later. There are also voice commands for starting and stopping recordings, taking photos and changing shooting modes. The company also plans to have a new remote control, called Remo, to extend the range of voice commands.
Additional credits: Nick Goldman
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