Best GoPro HERO 5 Black Friday Deals 2021
The footage captured by these strong little action cams (or POV cameras) has historically been one of the better, if not the very best, on the market, and therefore has been employed by everyone from skilled filmmakers to amateurs seeking to put in a professional sheen with their YouTube channel.
4K video capture at 30fps
12MP still images
Unfortunately, previous generations of GoPros have erred on the unapproachable side, lacking a rear screen to create and review footage, bamboozling users with a number of complicated camera settings, and so that it is a pain to retrieve footage and images when pretty quickly or on the road.
As a result, various rivals have popped up, boasting several user-friendly features so that they can steal sales.
TomTom’s Bandit, Garmin’s Virb range and the seriously affordable Olfi camera all offer 4K video recording, but with a much friendlier UI made to appeal to those getting started in the action cam game.
Like all good tech companies, GoPro has paid attention to customer grumbles, and has thoroughly updated its latest type of cameras to make sure they still pack the same heavyweight features but are usually better to live with.
That range now contains the Hero Session, Hero5 Session and the daddy of the lot: the Hero5 Black.
New additions to the high-performance monster add a rear touchscreen display, voice activation and super-easy one-button control, as the overall experience has been abridged to create capturing the action as painless as possible.
At £349.99 / $399 / AU$569, the Hero5 Black is priced good Hero4 Black that it replaces, regardless of the new gizmos, while video resolution is boosted to 4K at 30fps, still images jump to 12MP and ultra-smooth super slow-mo opportunities are actually possible with a 1080p resolution at 120fps.
Stills can be used single, burst and timelapse modes, and saved as raw files for post-production tinkering. Furthermore, a fresh WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) mode, which is GoPro’s version of High Dynamic Range (HDR), makes shooting correctly exposed still images easier.
Design and accessories
Waterproof up to 33ft (10m) – without waterproof housing
Bigger battery, small wrap-around frame and USB Type-C port
Aesthetically, the Hero5 Black – which sits above the cuboidal Hero5 Session – packs a neat matte black exterior and remains about how big is a matchbox.
The two-inch touchscreen on the trunk is bright and simple to see, while a smaller screen at the front end gives readouts on the shooting mode, Sdcard space and remaining battery.
There’s also a huge red button at the top of the camera, which GoPro identifies as its One-Button Control. Simply press this rubbery square and the camera powers on and immediately starts recording.
The eagle-eyed among you will observe that the Hero5 Black no more wears the protective casing of its forefather – that’s because this camera is waterproof up to 33ft (10m) straight from the box, although the lack of a case does leave it feeling just a little exposed (more upon this later).
The tiny lens cover on leading of the camera is currently removable, as GoPro offers a variety of filters that are thought to boost footage captured when diving or snorkelling. You just twist to eliminate the cover and snap on a filter; it is also helpful if the cover gets damaged.
Other notable GoPro accessories appropriate for this new camera add a Remo waterproof voice-activated shutter remote button, in addition to a Quik Key USB-C (yup, GoPro has finally moved to the brand new USB-C ports) mobile microSD card reader for downloading and transporting files whenever a phone or notebook isn’t available.
Furthermore to updating its action cams, GoPro has made its first foray in to the drone market with Karma, a super-simple aerial filming solution that folds up and fits neatly right into a backpack.
The drone has a fantastic gimbal, which doubles up as a removable stabilisation grip, which is now available to get separately, as the Karma Grip, for $299.99/£249.99.
It sounds pricey, however the footage captured by this neat little device it simply stunning. It’s tantamount to having a full Hollywood steady-cam for your amateur productions.
Finally, GoPro has introduced a fresh, sturdier and longer-life battery (meaning old kinds will not be compatible) and thrown in dual microphones (front and rear) for improved audio tracks capture – particularly best for reducing wind noise when shooting cars, bikes and other fast-moving subjects.