GoPro – Hero 5 Black & Hero 5 Session

GoPro officially announced the Hero 5 Black, the company’s first flagship action camera since the Hero 4 was released 2 years ago. Also announced the Hero 5 Session, and update to the original Session (the small, cube-shaped camera). The 2 cameras were unveiled at the launch event for the GoPro Karma drone at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California, and both are compatible with GoPro’s first quad-copter. [check website for release date] 

The Hero 5 Black ($399) and the Hero 5 Session ($299) share a number of specs and traits. Both shoot 4K footage at a max of 30 fps, and both are water proof out of the box up to 33 feet without a separate housing. Each camera also has voice control, with seven languages supported. And capable of automatically backing up footage and photos as part of the new GoPro Plus cloud-based subscription service (check website to learn more).

There are differences between the two cameras. The Hero 5 Black looks like a more rugged Hero 4, shoots 12MP photos, comes with a 2 in LCD touchscreen, features built-in GPS, and can capture RAW photos and WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) videos. The Hero 5 Session, on the other hand, shoots 10 MP photos (due to a smaller sensor), and there’s no screen, no GPS, and no RAW or WDR modes. The Hero 5 Session will still have GoPro’s ProTune video mode, which allows users to capture a flatter image that is easier to color-correct when editing.

GoPro is also offer a simpler menu system for both cameras, with one-button operation like the previous Hero 4 Session. The Hero 5 Black even has dedicated buttons for photo and video recording. Each camera comes with stereo microphone.

The new Hero 5 cameras will also have “professional grade” electronic or digital, image stabilization. It’s something GoPro has never offered before. Unfortunately, the new image stabilization is electronic, rather than optical but it’s also one of the few noticeable drawbacks considering Sony just announced that the new cameras in its Action Cam lineup will have mechanical image stabilization.

On Ride: Valentino Rossi with GoPro Hero 5 cameras

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