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Simply the Best GoPro Camera Ever | GOPRO GIMBAL

Simply the Best GoPro Camera Ever

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Earlier in the week,in the process of our daily life, technology icon GoPro released yet another of their action cameras that is to hit the market once again. The GoPro Hero5 has hit the tech world by storm and is causing murmurs. A gimbal or stabilizer is a great accessory for your gopro camera.

Launched in the last week with a new rubbery design (as compared to its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 4), cloud storage features, and extraordinary photography abilities; this cube shaped 4K camera is made to be a trendsetter within the camera market going against competitors such as Sony and Garmin. But what exactly makes this camera different from the other cameras? Well, let’s find out.

GoPro Hero5 Black

First, the GoPro Hero5 Black’s resolution doesn’t differ from the GoPro Hero4’s at 12 megapixels and a maximum shooting of 30 frames per second; thus producing clear quality images and videos that looks totaly of different qualities as compared to other cameras . Its resolution stays the constant on both still and video footage.

It goes at 1080p on video clipping, creating clear footage. Despite the similarity to the Hero4, the Hero5 series is an advancement of the Hero4 series, showing technological advancements by this software company.The GoPro Hero5 Black’s camera has a 2-inch LCD touch screen, enabling one to control features at the touch of a finger.

New Features

It also has one main control button, similar to the GoPro Hero4; making its appearance simple, sleek and the user interface quite friendly. The camera also has other buttons for photo and video recording. Additionally, it has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features, as well as an in-built GPS system that allow one to input their location and perhaps tag that to a video or image.

GoPro Hero5

There is a button to start and stop recording, making it very easy to operate. The Black also has a simplified menu that makes navigation around the camera that much easier. Video storage is at a good resolution of 1080p120. The camera has both the wide dynamic range as well as the RAW feature. Again, Hero5 Black has exposure compensation controls. Marked by a +/- icon, exposure compensation controls enable the photographer to either make a picture darker or lighter, depending on the surrounding circumstances.

GoPro Hero5

For instance you may want to lighten a picture if for instance you are taking a picture of a landscape and the terrain looks dull; lightening it may make it more attractive. GoPro have also done some work to reduce noise on this series, which was quite typical of the previous camera series. Hitting the shelves at the price of $ 399 in the United States and £ 349.99 in the UK, this is definitely GoPro’s most expensive camera.

New Features for GoPro Hero5 Black

  • Touch Screen
  • Waterproof without case to 10 meters
  • 1 Button Control
  • Voice Control
  • Advanced Video Stabilization
  • GPS Location enabled
  • Automatic Upload to Cloud
  • Remote Control 'Remo'

Resolution / Frame Rates:

4K30

25 fps Wide FOV

24 fps SuperView, Wide FOV

2.7K

60, 50, 48, 24 fps Wide, Medium, Linear FOV

30, 25 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear FOV

2.7K 4:3

30, 25 fps Wide FOV

1080p

120 fps Wide, Narrow FOV

90 fps Wide FOV

80 fps SuperView FOV

60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear, Narrow FOV

720p

240 fps Narrow FOV

120, 60, 50 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV

100 fps SuperView FOV

30, 25 fps Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV

What’s included:

  • GoPro HERO5 Black comes with a frame mount (as the camera itself is 10m waterproof)
  • 2 Adhesive mounts
  • USB Cable
GoPro Hero5

GoPro Hero5 Session

GoPro Hero5

Launched at the same time as the Hero5 Black is the Hero5 Session. This camera is also a 4K camera, just like the Hero5 Black. It however has no touchscreen display like the Hero5 Black. The WIFI and Bluetooth features are however present, making it similar to a simple smartphone without the text and call features, just like the Hero5 Black series.

Moreover, the Session has a single-button operation, which makes it simpler to operate as opposed to having several buttons. The single button also improves the aesthetic of the camera as a minimalist but sleek design.

With resolution footage at a maximum of 30 frames per second on footage, it also has a powerful camera. However, in still pictures, the Hero5 Session has a resolution of 10 megapixels, a downgrade compared to its sister camera and therefore reducing the quality of videos and stills taken by this camera as compared to the GoPro Hero5 Black.

This is because the Session has a smaller sensor than the Black. Additionally, while the Black supports RAW format for images, the Session does not. Video storage of the Session is at 1080p90, yet another difference between this camera and the Black.

These differences account for the $ 100 price difference that exists between these two cameras. Therefore, a choice between the GoPro Hero5 Black or Session would come down to budget, and preferences in things such as resolution, touchscreen display, and image format. Essentially, a GoPro Hero5 Session is a GoPro Hero5 Black without the extra spice.

New Features for GoPro Hero5 Session

  • 4K Video
  • Voice Control
  • Advanced Video Stabilization
  • Automatic Upload to Cloud
  • Remote Control 'Remo'

Resolution / Frame Rates:

4K30

25 fps Wide FOV

24 fps SuperView, Wide FOV

2.7K

60, 50, 48, 24 fps Wide, Medium, Linear FOV

30, 25 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear FOV

2.7K 4:3

30, 25 fps Wide FOV

1080p

120 fps Wide, Narrow FOV

90 fps Wide FOV

80 fps SuperView FOV

60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Linear, Narrow FOV

720p

240 fps Narrow FOV

120, 60, 50 fps SuperView, Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV

100 fps SuperView FOV

30, 25 fps Wide, Medium, Narrow FOV

What’s included:

  • GoPro HERO5 Session comes with a frame mount (as the camera itself is 10m waterproof)
  • 2 Adhesive mounts
  • USB Cable
GoPro Hero5

GoPro Hero5 Black and Session

A notable difference in the evolution of the GoPro series though is that the GoPro Hero5 is a little chunkier than the preceding Hero4, which can be attributed to the former’s ability to stay water-resistant out of the box. That hard chunky shell was what kept GoPro Hero4 and other previous series waterproof, but now this has changed. Both the GoPro Hero5 Black and Session are waterproof up till 33 feet (10 meters), void of the housing. That would be the same reason why it now has a more rubbery feel as opposed to the GoPro Hero4 series.

Water Resistant

In addition to having improved the water-resistance abilities, the manufacturer has changed the processing chip of GoPro Hero5. The change in chip is what has introduced new features such as voice controls, improved battery life, and stabilized digital image. This chip unique to GoPro scales them higher as an innovative manufacturer, improving the technology that the company previously had. The introduction of this chip therefore makes the GoPro Hero5 series a fun and interactive camera, which doesn’t take away from the experience that is being recorded. The GoPro CEO Nick Woodman would be glad to hear this, as that was actually the intended aim.

The camera has three in-built microphones that record stereo sound, making use of yet another advanced feature which reduces wind noise. These microphones are placed in a manner that the camera is able to choose which one does the recording according to which is the closest to the point of footage when it is in process. The mechanism therefore works by cutting the noise interference that would be met if only one microphone was in use as is the case with many previous GoPro series and other cameras too.

Advanced Stabilization

The series moreover comes with digital image stabilization, which makes for better image quality than images that are not stabilized. The stabilization feature is one that reduces the blurring effect that occurs many a times when taking images and sometimes videos. However, newer technologies have emerged as compared to digital stabilization which places GoPro at a disadvantage when compared to such competitors.

The GoPro Hero5 series is also tech advancement in terms of its physical build. While the former series came in a housing that enabled it to remain waterproof, the Hero5 series comes in a compact design which looks and works better. The screen is also external now, allowing the protection of the other features for the water-proof feature facilitation.

Voice Control

The voice control makes the camera quite attractive to sports enthusiasts, who ideally may be the target for these two cameras. At launch, the GoPro Hero5’s voice control’s software supported seven languages. These languages are English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. This makes the market that they are able to access much wider. At launch, the camera had 10 commands on the voice control menu. This makes the camera such a fun gadget to have, as you can be enjoying a moment and command the camera to take a picture or video of that moment without necessarily pressing anything or navigating menu controls.

Battery

GoPro Hero5

An improved battery life is another welcome feature for this GoPro Hero5 series. While previous series were notably notorious for having a low battery life, the Hero5 series is hailed for its longer battery life, thus allowing users more coverage time before the need to charge. Despite the LCD display screen using up a lot of charge, this series is on average able to keep a battery time of 2 hours.

This is the longest of any of the GoPro range, and is quite an improvement. It also has a short charging span, and the battery ideally gets fully recharged in 45 minutes. That’s incredible, considering that some of its competing cameras have charging hours of up to 3 hours or so. Cutting this down by less than a third is yet another value addition that this innovative manufacturer has done. This feature would play well for users on the go who don’t have much time to charge; a quick charge session would be enough to get the battery back up and running.

Fisheye Reduction

GoPro have also included a feature that reduces the fisheye effect. They have done this by introducing a field of view feature, with the options being narrow, super-wide, wide, linear, and medium.

While this is no new innovation and has been popular among other camera manufacturers, GoPro has finally joined that bandwagon. The fisheye effect is undesirable to camera users as it naturally creates a wide field of view, thereby distorting picture quality.

Therefore having the option to choose what field of view you intend to take is quite a plus for the GoPro Hero5 series.

GoPro Hero5

Cloud

Another feature that GoPro lovers would enjoy is the auto-upload to cloud feature. GoPro’s camera is basically a camera that operates like a smartphone. This feature known as GoPro Plus therefore allows for instant upload online, which can be very convenient should anything happen to the camera, or in case of minimum storage on the camera.

This is however a paid subscription service, which GoPro Hero5 users can take up. The charge is $ 5 per month, and the videos and images are automatically uploaded to cloud once you place your camera to charge. Additionally, this service allows you access to some licensed royalty-free music that you can use to put in your video clips.

Moreover, both the Hero5 Black and Session come with the ProTune video mode. This is a feature that allows one to take flatter images that are easier to color-edit eventually.

GoPro Hero5

Drawbacks

One major drawback of the GoPro Hero5 series is that it uses digital image stabilization as opposed to optical image stabilization. While electronic or digital image stabilization still works to reduce the blurry effect on images due to camera movement, optical stabilization works way better at this and has thus been taken up by many camera manufacturers as a preferred stabilization method. It however might make sense that GoPro Hero5 may have avoided it as optical stabilization is relatively expensive to install and GoPro were trying to keep the cost of the Hero5 series a bit low.

Another limitation is that the images or videos saved on cloud can only be downloaded and edited locally, as opposed to smart devices that allow for the editing of clips and images from one device to the other. This can make handling the images a bit cumbersome considering we live in a time where you can take pictures, edit and send pictures all on one device. There are actually cameras that allow for this, and thus may be a point of improvement for GoPro manufacturers as they develop their next cameras.

Final Thoughts

Still on the image upload, complaints have been waged against the paid cloud storage service that is GoPro Plus. While the service is a brilliant idea and innovation, it’s rather inconvenient to keep paying $ 5 each month after purchasing the camera in order to access your images online yet you could still transfer them manually via Bluetooth. That extra amount of $ 60 per year should have been avoided altogether and perhaps found another way of earning that money.

Again, while the GoPro Hero5 is meant to be very user-friendly, some customer reviews have faulted the series for still requiring some thought and energy into navigation. Though it has better navigation as compared to the GoPro Hero4, there reportedly is still more to be done to improve the usability of this device.

(Last Updated On: June 3, 2018)

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My name is Stewart Taylor, I'm the founder of GOPRO GIMBAL, a place where I review GoPro Gimbals and Accessories. If you have a topic that you would like me to explore, let me know and I will do my best to provide the information. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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