- Superb image quality
- Effective electronic image stabilisation
- Great microphones
- Waterproof without a case (10m)
- Additional still image functions
- Improved design
- Old batteries incompatible
- No EIS in 4K
- Touchscreen responsiveness
Ruggedized and ready for adventure, the GoPro HERO5 Black action camera can be taken to the skies, over rough terrain, and even underwater without flinching, recording 4K videos and 12MP photos along the way. The sealed rubberized chassis allows the HERO5 Black to be taken to depths of 33′ without the need for an external housing. So whether your escapades take you to the lands of concrete, sand, dirt, snow, or water, the HERO5 Black is prepared to record with a single button press. What more can I say? Read on to find out….
I have owned GoPro cameras since the Hero 2.. I have recently been introduced to other brands that work just as well but I am loyal to GoPro and had to try out the new hero 5.. I am glad I did because GoPro is now on top of their game again and this is now the best Action Camera I have ever owned!!..
I used to hate all in one designs (Waterproofing being built into the camera) but I actually feel it works very well with this camera and provides much greater protection! No more “Naked” GoPros getting broken! (I have broke a few)
While the Hero 5 doesn’t really have any major improvements in resolution or shooting specs, the improvements that have been made in design and software actually work well and really make the photo and videos appear much better!
The most notable improvements include built in stabilization that works very well and much better audio! Audio is where action cameras have always been lacking, but GoPro has made a huge improvement here.
GoPro has also improved their user interface which is a great improvement. Old models took a little while to learn, but not the Hero 5.. I haven’t seen an action camera this easy to use ever! So even though GoPro has carried over the same sensor from the Hero 4, this camera is very much worth the improvements
The GoPro HERO5 Black also does away with one of the things I liked least about GoPros: the polycarbonate housing. The Hero5 is dustproof and waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet). You don’t have to think twice about a little snow, mud, sand, rain or surf. There’s no more muffled audio from being sealed up and the lens cover is easily replaced if it gets dinged. For those times when you do need more protection, there’s a housing case good to depths of 60 meters (196 feet).
GoPro also ditched the three-button setup on prior models. Press the record button on top to power up and start recording, then press it again to stop recording and turn it off. There’s also a small shooting mode button on the side that acts as a power button as well.
Don’t have your hands free to work the camera? The Hero5 can be controlled with your voice. It works really well in general and I found myself using it when I didn’t even have to.
There are no voice commands for turning on and off wireless or the built-in GPS, which could save battery life if included. Also, in noisy environments like biking around the city, it worked sporadically. The GoPro Remo waterproof voice-activated remote fixes this, making it possible to ride through the city with the camera mounted on my helmet and control the camera hands-free.
All of the shooting options from the Hero4 Black are carried over, including video capture at up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second as well as 1080p at 120fps. New options include 12-megapixel photos in raw format for more editing control, 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 as well as electronic image stabilization (EIS). Neither the EIS or linear field of view are available in 4K and can’t be used with frame rates higher than 60fps.
1.) Video Quality – Is outstanding. The software changes they made, actually make the video quality look much better even though the same sensor was carries over
2.) Much easier to use interface – No more learning curve! Includes Voice Control
3.) Much easier to use – Thanks to the new interface
4.) Audio Quality – This is the most noticeable difference. The audio quality is simply outstanding
5.) Stereo Sound
6.) Ability to shoot RAW WDR (Also a Con because RAW is only available on a few options)
7.) GPS – Can now track where your photos are taken
8.) Camera is now much more durable thanks to the built in housing
9.) Photos are still simply amazing
10.) Battery life is now AMAZING – no more 1 hour battery.. I received a full two hours out of all three of my uses so far
11.) Love the built in screen
12.) I haven’t ran into any bugs YET but I own several Action Cameras so the little quirks here and there, I know how to get around them. I’m not really sure they are bugs, but just how action cameras are
13.) Voice Control – Thanks to Amazon, Apple, and others we now live in a day and age of controlling things with our voice.. Voice control is now included on this camera and works well!! This is what action cameras have needed! No longer do you need an app or bluetooth remote to control the camera on a selfie stick.. You can now do it with your voice!!
14.) Supports up to a 128GB memory card! Plenty of room for 4K videos!
15.) The new GoPro software is better than the past.. I like quik and find it to work fine for basic task.. I still use Final Cut for most of my stuff!
16.) Cloud – While the cloud is a good idea, and for some this is a GREAT advantage for the new GoPro. YouTube is free so is my Prime Photo account.. I will continue to use those but I am very happy to see GoPro integrate a REAL cloud solution for their cameras.. I know a lot of people don’t like this decision but it isn’t required to use their cloud. I was a GoPro Plus Beta tester and I found it easy to use.. I no longer have the account now that it cost money but I did find it to be very well thought out software!
17.) Still works with most OLD accessories!! Of course you need new batteries and stuff but old mounts, chest straps, selfie sticks, grips, and even cases should still work!! (Like storage cases, not waterproof housings)
18.) Higher ISO options than previous GoPros
19.) Improved connectivity to my phone, much easier to pair and connect than previous GoPros
20. Built in Waterproofing works down to 33FT BUT they have an external housing available for divers that makes it waterproof to 196FT
1.) While I was a fan of GoPro plus I no longer use it now that its out of beta. I wish GoPro would integrate free services a little better to their apps and not require the use of their services for their apps.. I would use their apps more often if it was integrated better with services such as YouTube. Final Cut integrates very well with other services, not only Apple Services. I feel that GoPro plus is going to be great for a lot of people, that is why it is also listed in my “Pros”..
2.) The biggest accessory that no longer works that I have a few of, are “Domes” for half underwater photos.. Most Domes that I own have an old GoPro housing that you place the GoPro into.. Something to keep in mind!
3.) Raw is only available on a few options
4.) The REAL waterproof housing now cost $50. This housing allows the camera to go down to 196FT.. The camera HOWEVER IS WATERPROOF already! But only down to 33FT… If you plan to use the camera for scuba this will run you another $50.. The standard housing on the OLD GoPros allowed it to go down to 131FT and then 197FT with the dive housing.. This is why I don’t really like built in waterproofing.. We lost a lot of depth on the hero 5!!
1.) Make sure you grab a high quality memory card to go with this. I personally use SanDisk Extreme but GoPros website list a lot of cards they suggest. Using a card that is cheap or not suggested MIGHT cause freezing, the camera to overheat, or even your videos to corrupt.. SanDisk has never given me any issues
2.) There are several Action Camera accessory kits on Amazon that will “Jump Start” your collection of mounts.. Remember, this camera has a basic mount but nothing major.. I recommend a good kit from Amazon to save you money!
3.) GoPro PLUS and GoPro software IS NOT REQUIRED.. I still use it for basic task, and think it works great for basic task but one of the complaints this camera is getting is the new software.. I use more of a professional video editing software such as Final Cut and it still works fine. Also, I don’t need GoPros cloud service. YouTube is FREE so is Amazon Prime Photos
Overall: After a few hours of playing with this camera I simply love it and feel it offers great improvements over previous versions! I look forward to updating this review as I play more with the camera.