Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse
Gives you a clear view of the action you're recording or
Minimizes shake and vibration distortion to keep footage
Enjoy hands-free control of your GoPro.
Provides a rich soundscape.
Supports microSD Card.
Make it easy to stay connected with GoPro apps, accessories and
Use your HERO5 without additional housing at depth up to 33ft.
The 4K/12MP HERO5 Black is a substantial redesign over the previous
HERO4 Black and Silver models. Though it retains the signature HERO
form factor, a 33' waterproof protective housing is now built in.
This means for anything short of scuba diving, the “naked” camera
alone will suffice.
Addressing one of the biggest challenges when mounting an action
camera on something moving, the HERO5 Black features electronic
image stabilization, which can be enabled when shooting at Full HD
(1080p) resolution. Image stabilization is not available in 4K
because the technology requires extra space on the sensor from
which to crop a window. This shouldn’t be a big deal, since for
fast-moving situations, the higher frame rates offered by the HD
modes (up to 120 fps in 1080p) are generally preferred over the
Like the HERO4 Silver, the HERO5 Black will feature an LCD touch
screen combined with an all-new, intuitive menu system. To make
basic operation as seamless as possible—especially in the heat of
the moment—the HERO5 Black features one-button control. This means
pressing a single, easy to locate button powers the camera on and
triggers recording. If that weren’t enough, the HERO5 Black will be
the first GoPro to implement voice recognition. Just by verbal
command you can start/stop recording, take photos, and even tag a
highlight event with the Highlight Tag feature. Thanks to Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth, you will also be able to pair the HERO5 Black with your
smartphone to view a live image, access settings, automatically
upload content to the cloud, and more.
Like its predecessor, the HERO5 Black boasts just about every video
setting you could possibly want, from low-res but Web-friendly WVGA
up to UHD 4K. For slow-motion effects, it can record 720p at up to
240 fps and 1080p at up to 120 fps. Video is recorded in the MP4
(H.264) codec at up to 60 Mb/s, depending on setting. Field-of-view
settings include the familiar Narrow, Wide, and SuperView modes,
among others. There is also a new “Linear” setting for wide-angle
capture with significantly reduced fisheye distortion.
Photos are captured in the sensor’s full effective resolution of
12MP. In addition to JPEG, the HERO5 Black features raw and WDR
(wide dynamic range) capture. WDR uses a single image, but expands
the dynamic range for better detail reproduction in the highlights
and shadows. This is most useful in high-contrast situations, such
as on the ski slopes. Besides single-shot, time-lapse and burst
record modes are also available.
I/O connectivity has been simplified. Gone is the proprietary HERO
Bus and the legacy Mini-USB port has been cast away in favor of
reversible USB-C. Out of the box, the USB-C port can be used for
data transfer and battery charging. With an available 3.5mm mic
adapter, you can use the port to capture audio from an
external microphone or other source. Along with USB-C there is a
micro-HDMI port; handy if you want to play back footage directly on
a TV or in certain professional applications, such as transmitting
with the Vislink Herocast, where a live camera feed is
Speaking of audio, to overcome wind noise GoPro has bolstered its
wind-noise reduction algorithms even further. In addition, the
HERO5 Black has not two, but three built-in microphones. This
allows the camera to pick out which mic has the cleanest signal and
use just its audio. If the right and left channels are both
receiving equally good audio, the camera is smart enough to default
to recording stereo instead. It can also be locked into stereo
recording via the settings for situations where you know wind noise
won’t be a problem. Additionally, there is a pro setting where all
three mics get recorded, allowing the editor to pick the best track
in post or mix several tracks together.
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