Sep 27, 2016

GoPro unleashes the HERO5 Black and the HERO5 Session

GoPro unveils the HERO5 Black and the HERO5 Session. GoPro also unveiled the Karma drone which is compatible with most of their released cameras.

GoPro recently unveiled their newest masterpiece, the HERO5 Black, their first flagship device since the 2014 debut of the HERO4 action camera. Also unveiled were the HERO5 Session, which is a refreshed version of the current Session – which is a mini cube-camera, which was just released this year. The two new cameras were revealed during the launch of the GoPro Karma drone which was held in California, with both new action cameras being compatible with the said drone. The new action cameras are slated to hit stores on October 2nd.

The USD 399 price tag of the HERO5 Black makes it cheaper than the HERO4 when it first came out, and the HERO5 Session is priced at USD 299, with both action cameras sharing a similar specification and features. Both are capable of shooting 4K resolution videos at 30FPS, and the good thing is you don't need a waterproof case anymore as both cameras are capable of underwater action of up to 33 feet (you might need a decent housing if you plan to go deeper than that). These cameras are also capable of understanding voice commands in seven languages, and can automatically upload your footage to the new GoPro cloud-based storage service.

Diving deeper, the HERO5 Black, which looks more kick-ass than the HERO4, has a 12MP shooter, and sports a 2-inch touchscreen display, built-in GPS, and are capable of RAW and Wide Dynamic Range video format, giving you clearer video. The HERO5 Session has a 10MP shooter, and there's no screen, no GPS, and no RAW and WDR capabilities.

The UI for both cameras has been simplified, offering one-button operation for most features. The HERO5 Black has separate buttons for photo and for video. Both are capable of stereo recording during a video. GoPro also boasted that the HERO5 action cam will tout pro-level image stabilization, perfect for people with shaky hands.

With GoPro facing plenty of competition from China, namely Xiao Yi, let's hope that these new cameras offer unique and worthwhile features during actual usage.

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