After using the GoPro Hero5 Black in snow and surf from Colorado to Bali, we agree with most action cam aficionados and affirm that this newest model is the industry-leading company’s best version yet. Why? Though 4K video is nothing to write home about at this point, the Hero5’s increased customizability settings, 2-inch touch display for reviewing/setting up shots, voice activation for hands-free action, and waterproof body (no need for a plastic case) earn the newest model top accolades.
An additional update that advanced GoPro users will make the most of (and our new favorite feature): the Hero5 now shoots RAW WDR photos—giving you even more editing options in post. Also, when you’re taking photos, you can actually adjust the exposure settings from the touch screen. Plus, the audio is better than previous models—the newer GoPro has dual microphones to record both right and left stereo channels.
Not having to fiddle around with the case is a huge bonus, too. Yet another new feature that our tester dug is the “Touch and Go” startup setting, which allows you to press the power button and start recording instantly—definitely a bonus in situations where getting the shot comes down to a matter of milliseconds.
Tester Comment: “I tragically lost my Hero4 jumping off a cliff into a Moroccan waterfall. It was a blessing in disguise, though, as I subsequently upgraded to the Hero5 and I couldn’t be more stoked on it. Compared to the previous model, the update is easier to use, has more customization than I need, and gets crisper shots.”
Bottom Line: GoPro is the best in the biz for a multitude of reasons, and the updated features of their newest model make the fifth generation Hero a smart choice for travelers of all creeds.
Best for: Taking a DSLR? Let the GoPro be your video machine. Or, leave the heavy rig behind and shoot photo and video solely with the lightweight action cam. Accessorize with mounts and customize a rig based on your adventures and activities of choice.
- Hero5 is the next generation of GoPro action cameras
- Waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without housing
- 2-inch touchscreen + one-button control + voice activation
- Advanced image stabilization for smoother playback
- Mind-blowing 4K footage at 30 frames per second (fps)
- HD footage: 1440p at 80 fps, 1080p at 120 fps
- 12 megapixel photos in RAW and WDR formats
- WiFi + Bluetooth connectivity with GoPro app & GoPro Plus
Resolution: 4k @ 30 fps, 1440p @ 80 fps, 180p @ 120 fps, 720p @ 120 fps, WVGA @ 240 fps
LCD Size: 2 in