GoPro is selling more than just a camera when it comes down to the Hero5. It’s a solution when you are looking for a camera for shooting, editing, and sharing your videos anywhere.
Its been two years since the release of the Hero4 cameras and during that time competitors caught up to them pretty quickly and some even surpassed them on price and features. When the Hero4 came out missing an important feature of the touchscreen it made it less attractive to buy, but the Hero5 amends this by giving you the opportunity to have everything you will find in the Hero4 plus the touchscreen.
About the Camera
The Hero5 looks similar in size and shape when comparing to the Hero4 Black, it just is darker, has a matte grey finish, and has more rounded corners. It measures 1.8 by 2.4 by 1.4 inches and weights just 4.2 ounces outside of its case. On the back, it has one of its biggest upgrades of a two-inch colour touch screen. The only physical controls on the Hero5 is a squared record button located on the top of the camera and a mode/flag button on the right, both of which are covered in rubber to keep its waterproof seal. The left side of the camera hides the micro HDMI and USB-C ports behind a door with a rubber gasket. When looking at the bottom you will see the batter compartment and microSD card slot also behind a door with a rubber gasket. These seals allow the Hero5 to be solidly waterproof. GoPro also redesigned the protective case and mount to be smaller and lighter. The case is fairly thin, light black plastic with only a thin layer of rubber inside to protect the camera from bumps and leaves the buttons uncovered.
The Hero5 is filled with recording modes for action and detail. It has five field of view settings: Narrow, Linear, Medium, Wide, and SuperView. This action camera is made for video recording more than still photos, but you can still take snapshots at up to 12 mp. The camera has burst modes for shooting 3, 5, 10, or 30 shots per second, 10 or 30 shots every 2 to 3 seconds, or 30 shots every 6 seconds. The Hero5 also allows you to take time-lapse video with the camera capturing a frame ever 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, or 60 seconds.
Like other GoPros, you can control the Hero5 with an app, which gives you access to a variety of options to view, edit, and transfer recordings. The Hero5 also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and once your smartphone is connected, which only takes a couple of minutes, you can use your phone as a remote viewfinder and start recording and taking pictures.
The addition of the touchscreen to the Hero5 allows you to take control without your smartphone or having to keep pressing a button. You could adjust resolution, field of view, and frame rate just by the tapping the screen and choosing which recording mode you would like.
The GoPro Hero5 is definitely an improvement over the Hero4. With its built-in touch screen and water proofing it makes it one of the best cameras on market today and its easier to use than ever. If you want all the shooting options including raw and wide dynamic range photo capture, a removable battery, GPS, electronic image stabilization, stereo audio, and the best photo and video quality in a GoPro, this is the camera to buy.