GoPro HERO 5 Black Action Camera Review
The GoPro Hero 5 in Black uses 4K video which is great for anything outdoors and captures the best footage, its features voice control and one button operation which makes it simple to use, also not forgetting its waterproof down to 33ft which is 10m.
GoPro hit it off with sport enthusiasts who insist on jumping off buildings with cameras on their heads. The Hero 5 offers the smoothest footage, both historically and currently on the market, hence its popularity with all levels of photographers, from amateurs to skilled film makers.
After listening to customer grumbles, GoPro finally did a thorough update of its latest line to ensure that the cameras pack the same heavyweight features while weighing less and easier to live with. The Hero 5 performance monster features a two-inch rear touch screen that is bright and easy to see, plus a smaller screen at the front that provides readouts on the shooting mode, remaining space and battery capacity.
Simplified operation is something you’ll love about the Hero 5. A large On-Button Control, which is a big red rubbery square powers the camera on and starts recording immediately you press it. The camera is no longer wearing its father’s protective casing, thanks to its 10m (33ft) water proof. Additionally, the small lens cover on the front is removable and can be substituted with a range of filters from GoPro that boost high speed footage. A new Capture smartphone app makes tethering it to your smartphone much easier via it’s inbuilt Wi-Fi.
The Hero 5 is a notch above your basic POV camera, featuring a waterproof voice activated shutter remote button, Quick Key USB-C and a micro SD card reader for transferring files. It also features new, sturdier and longer life battery and thrown in dual microphones for enhanced audio capture, especially handy in reducing wind noise when shooting fast action.
Image quality is never a compromise with GoPro. You need some photographic knowledge to get the best out of the GoPro Hero 5 by fine-tuning exposure, adjusting ISO, sharpness and EV comp. The new Linear mode provides less barrel distortion and the images are GPS tagged. We hope the GoPro Hero5 Review has helped you make the right choice before you buy an action camera.
GoPro HERO 5 Black REVIEW
Some much-needed functions finally appear.
What is the GoPro Hero 5 Black?
The Hero 5 Black is the GoPro camera option for those who want to have the best action comb available right out of the box. You can almost think of the Hero 5 Black as GoPro’s ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation. It takes the best features from the previous generation of GoPro cameras and combines them together in a single unit – and adds a few new features.
What is the recipe for the best GoPro camera? Take the same 4K resolution, 30 fps video from the Hero 4 Black, throw out the touchscreen display that was a feature of the Hero 4 Silver (and an only optional extra for the more expensive Black) and mix the built-in and improved audio performance of the original Hero Session. It has one button operation and you can also use your voice. It is waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters) without compromise. The LCD on the back is a 2 “touch screen, the GoPro Hero5 supports raw and WDR formats and images can be uploaded to the cloud.
Top this fate with electronic image stabilization, convenient voice control and GPS, and you have a great action camera – and the best that GoPro has ever released.
GoPro Hero5 Black Pros
- Superior image quality
- Effective electronic image stabilization
- Fantastic microphones
- Waterproof without cover (up to 10 m)
- Additional still image functions
- Improved design
GoPro Hero5 Black specs
- Body-type VR / action camera
- Max resolution 4000 x 3000
- Aspect ratio w: h 4: 3, 16: 9
- Effective pixels of 12 megapixels
- Sensor size 1 / 2.3 “(6.17 x 4.55 mm)
- CMOS of the sensor type.
- Image stabilization Digital only
- Uncompressed RAW format
- Optics & Focus
- Screen / viewfinder
- Articulated LCD fixed
- Screen size 2 “
- Touch Yes
- Search type None
- Photography functions
- Continuous drive 30.0 fps
- Format MPEG-4, H.264
- 3840 x 2160 @ 30μ, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 3840 x 2160 @ 24p, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 2704 x 2028 @ 60μ, MOV, H.264, AAC
- 2704 x 1520 @ 60μ, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 1920 x 1440 @ 60p, MOV, H.264, AAC
- 1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
- 1920 x 1080 at 24p, MP4, H.264, AAC
- Speaker Mono
- Storage types microSD
- USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit / sec)
- USB charging Yes
- HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)
- Microphone port Yes
- Headphone port No.
- Wireless Built-In
- Environmentally-friendly Yes
- Durability Waterproof
- Battery Built-in
- Dimensions 62 x 45 x 33 mm (2.44 x 1.77 x 1.3 “)
- Timelapse recording Yes
- GPS Built-in
GoPro Hero 5 Black – Design and accessories.
Hero 5 Black sees the first drastic design of GoPro’s main range of cameras, which is good, but it retains its familiar rectangular shape, but the Hero 5 Black is now coated in a grippy, rubber-treated material. It is also much more rounded at the corners.
In order to keep the inside of the camera free of water, GoPro Hero 5 has strengthened significantly more connections for the battery, microSD and connection port compared to previous models to keep them sealed. A little effort is needed to access the micro HDMI and the new USB Type-C charging port in particular because you have to press a difficult button on the side to open the catch before you slide it open.
Just like the hero session, the GoPro Hero 5 Black has two microphones, front and back, that allow the camera to switch for the best performance, especially in windy situations. For example, if you sit on a bicycle, the camera can switch intelligently to the rear microphone for less wind noise.
As a bonus, the Hero 5 Black weighs about 30 grams less than the Hero 4 Black in its case, making it slightly less conspicuous when attached to a helmet or to your body.
Instead of using the waterproof housing of older cameras for mounting, the Hero 5 Black now comes with a plastic frame that wraps around the edge, with the standard GoPro mount on the base. Because there is a visible recess on the side of the frame, you can remove the cover from the USB port – just do not forget to reattach it if you plan to use the camera in the water. This means that you do not have to take the camera out of the frame to charge it, or if you need to power the camera for a long time – for example, for a long time-lapse video – while you leave the camera on the camera rest.
The GoPro Hero 5 Black is beautiful, the rubberized exterior makes it great to hold and it also helps the camera when it comes to shock resistance. Where it is not comfortable to use the Hero 4 Black without its protective cover, even when out of the water, the Hero 5 Black feels solid.
New for GoPro Hero5 Black.
Perhaps the most obvious change with the Hero5 Black is that it is waterproof without housing, much more pocket-friendly and you do not have to open the housing to charge it or to access the memory card.
The original water resistance works to “only” a depth of 33 feet / 10 meters, but that should be good enough for the vast majority of people. If you want, you can still buy a suitcase for extra protection up to 60 meters. I took the Hero5 Black for several long dives in the Mediterranean, and it is much more fun to swim with the smaller camera. Another advantage is that the microphones of the camera record better audio without a case, both in the water and on land. The classic “rattle” that you hear on GoPro is not completely history, but the setup GoPro Hero 5 black is much less disturbing.
Touch screen and user interface
The Hero4 Silver was the first GoPro with a touchscreen. That one property made it a winner for most people, thanks to the screenless (but more advanced) Hero4 Black. This time there is no Hero5 Silver; GoPro has just added a touchscreen to GoPro Hero 5 Black and has made the Hero5 Session the step-down model. The screen of the Hero5 is slightly larger than the one on the Hero4 Silver, thanks to the removal of the bus port at the back.
Advanced image capture modes
The Hero5 comes with the manual exposure control plus – drumroll, please – support for RAW image files. This is great news for those who want to develop their own digital images. It is also an advanced feature that keeps GoPro at the advantage of professionals.
Unlike some formats, the RAW files on the GoPro HERO 5 BLACK will not eat on your memory card. Often the “.GPR” file (compatible with Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw) is smaller compared to the corresponding.JPG (about 3.6 MB compared to an average of 4.3 MB for a 12-megapixel photo).
However, if you want a little help with your lighting, the Hero5 Black comes with a so-called WDR mode. It is similar to the HDR function found on many other cameras, if only because GoPro calls the “broad” dynamic range, rather than high. If you take photos while watching the sun, or if there is a large variation in light levels, you can get a better-balanced illumination with the WDR mode.
Not so much a new function, but the battery in the GoPro Hero5 Black is different from the one in the Hero4 and Hero3. As far as the battery life is concerned, it has more than two hours of constant recording at 1080p / 30fps without GPS or any of the other energy drain modes. Incidentally, this is almost exactly the amount of time required to fill a 32 GB SD card.
“GoPro starts recording.” Expect a lot to hear this winter on the slopes. Both new cameras respond to a lot of voice commands that allow you to start and stop recording, create photo bursts, set a highlight tag, take photos, change modes, and turn off the camera. This is great for when you just have the camera out of reach (selfies!), Or if you press the button would ruin the moment as if jumping from a cliff.
Voice commands are available in seven languages: English (US and UK), French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese. It works well – once you are no longer on the alert to talk to your camera. I often noticed that I used voice commands, even though it was not really necessary; it was easier to say “Take GoPro photo” than navigate through the menus, change modes, and press the shutter button. Be warned that if there is a lot of wind or background noise, the camera often does not hear you and you miss your shot. Or you will feel at least a little weird if you have to say the command again.
This is another biggie: both Hero5 cameras finally have built-in stabilization. The camera uses software to stabilize the image. In general, OIS is the preferred method because it stabilizes the image when it enters the camera. EIS cuts a small part of the image around the edges and uses it as a buffer to digitally create a sense of stability.
GoPro hero 5 black is currently almost the same as the fish-eye lens. It works well for many action sports. As you might have guessed, linear mode removes the curved effect of the fish-eye lens, resulting in beautiful, straight lines – whether it’s the horizon or a lamppost – just as nature intended. Again, it works well. So good even that it is tempting to keep it on.
Apps and GoPro Plus
GoPro hero 5 black has made a lot of progress with the apps you use next to your camera, especially on mobile. The main app for your phone has changed name to Capture and although the functionality remains largely the same, the linking process with the camera has been significantly improved, as with all cloud services, cloud services have great potential and you get access to a large library with free to use music next to your storage space, GoPro Hero 5 Black also comes with a mobile accessory called “Quik Key”, which is essentially a microSD card reader that is suitable for iOS or Android. Insert your memory card into the remote control and stick it in your phone. This automatically opens the Quik app, which makes transferring files incredibly fast and efficient. This is, in fact, the mission of GoPro: to let you make a few videos as possible, and Plus, Quik Key and the Quik app are all designed with this goal in mind.
GoPro owes its name to making sturdy small cameras. In the course of time those cameras became more and more capable, but in the race for more functions, some fundamentals seemed to be overlooked. With Hero5 Black, GoPro has given a big push to correct these neglected areas. Some of the new features are still underused (GPS, Plus etc.), but for the first time at a time it seems that GoPro has a clear vision. The cameras are much easier to use. Hey, more fun to use – and taking out videos and photos is easier than ever.
The GoPro Hero5 Black comes with a standard warranty of one year. GoPro now also offers a two-year replacement plan, called GoPro Care, that accidentally covers damage and includes premium customer service and consulting, with some limitations. GoPro Care costs $ 79 for the Hero5 Black.
GoPro Hero5 - Pros & Cons
- Its waterproof down to 33ft / 10m without any housing or extras
- Features voice control on camera
- Shake free, 2-inch touch display.
- Battery life could be better