GoPro Hero 5 Black Review: The Action Camera That Works Like A Smartphone

28 November 2016, 6:20 am EST By Prakash Mobile & Apps

The all new GoPro Hero 5 Black is becoming known as the best action camera offered in the GoPro lineup.

The Hero 5 Black is a few millimetres bigger in all directions, and naturally fits in GoPro's new drone, the Karma. It also works with the Karma Grip, a handheld gimbal which can be bought separately.

The chunkier styling and rubbery finish shows that the Hero 5 is waterproof without a case (to a depth of 10m). Apart from this, the Hero 5 Black packs in lots more features, including a 1.95in touchscreen on the back and integrated GPS.

The removable battery in the Hero 5 Black lasts between 1.5 and 2.5 hours depending on the resolution, frame rate and whether EIS is enabled or not. It comes with a new removable battery.

It comes with electronic stabilisation and records 4K at only 30fps, just like the Hero 4 Black, but you can choose up to 120fps in 1080p, and 240fps at 720p. Also, the Hero 5 automatically create time-lapse video.

It comes with a handy touchscreen, which can change the resolution, framerate and FOV and access other settings such as ProTune, stabilisation, microphones and low light with few right and left swipes. A new way to control the Hero 5 is with voice commands (it supports seven languages at the moment). Another way to control the Hero is via the free Capture app.

A new service is GoPro Plus. There's a free 60-day trial if you sign up on an Android device through the Capture app, but iOS users should use GoPro's website as you'll get only 30 days via the app.

At $399.99, the Hero 5 Black is a highly recommended action camera that is even more affordable than the outgoing Hero 4 Black. With GPS, water resistance, and video stabilisation, it is a fantastic upgrade.

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