GoPro 5 Black Review 2022: Best Choice For You

GoPro Hero 5 Black Review 2022: Best Choice For You

The GoPro Hero 5 is the latest action camera to hit the market, and it’s a powerhouse. With 4K video recording, a 12-megapixel camera, and a host of other features, the Hero 5 is perfect for anyone looking to capture their adventures in stunning detail. In this blog, we will explore the features of the GoPro Hero 5 to see if it can meet the needs of your startup.

GoPro 5  Black Review

Pros

  • Superb image quality
  • Effective electronic image stabilization
  • Amazing microphones
  • Waterproof (up to 10 m) without the need for a case
  • Other still image functions
  • Design improvements

Cons

  • Incompatible with old batteries
  • No EIS for 4K
  • Poor touchscreen responsiveness

What Is the GoPro Hero 5 Black?

GoPro’s Hero 5 Black camera is for those who are looking for the best action cam out there right away. The Hero 5 Black can be thought of as GoPro’s “Greatest Hits” compilation. The Hero 5 Black combines the best features of previous-generation GoPro cameras into one unit. It also adds some new functions.

How do you make the best GoPro camera ever? You take the Hero 4 Black’s 4K resolution and 30fps video, add the touchscreen display from the Hero 4 Silver (and an optional extra for the Black), and you have the waterproof capabilities and enhanced audio performance of the Hero Session.

Add electronic image stabilization to make it even better (finally! You have a superb action camera, the best GoPro has ever made.

Features

GoPro Hero 5 Black- Features

  • 4K video capture at 30fps
  • Touchscreen 2.0 inches
  • 12MP still images

Previous generations of GoPros were difficult to use. They lack a rear screen to review and set up footage. This has led to users being confused by a range of camera settings and made it difficult to retrieve footage and images in rushes or while on the go.

In an effort to steal customers, a multitude of competitors have emerged, offering a variety of user-friendly features.

The 4K video recording options offered by TomTom’s Bandit and Garmin’s Virb range, as well as the very affordable Olfi camera, are all available via TomTom’s Bandit. However, the UI is much more user-friendly to make it easier for those just starting out in action cam gaming.

GoPro, like all great tech companies, has listened to customers’ complaints and updated its latest camera line to make them lighter but more manageable.

This range now includes the Hero Session, Hero5 Session, and the daddy of all: the Hero5 Black.

This high-performance beast now features a rear touchscreen display, voice activation, and a super-easy one-button control. The overall experience has been simplified to make it as easy as possible to capture the action.

The Hero5 Black costs PS349.99 / 399 / AU$569 and is priced the same as the Hero4 Black. Video resolution can be increased to 4K at 30fps, while still images jump up to 12MP, and ultra-smooth, super slow-mo shots are now possible at 1080p resolution at 120fps.

You can take stills in multiple modes: single, burst, or timelapse. Raw files can be saved for post-production tweaking. A new WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), which is GoPro’s version of High Dynamic Range, makes it much easier to shoot perfectly exposed still images.

Accessory And Design

GoPro 5 Black Review-Accessory And Design

 

  • Simplified design
  • Waterproof to 33ft (10m), without the waterproof housing
  • Larger battery, smaller wrap-around frame, and USB Type C port

The Hero5 Black, which is located above the cuboidal Hero5 Session, has a sleek matte black exterior that’s about the same size as a matchbox.

The back’s two-inch touchscreen is bright and easy to see, while the smaller screen at its front displays information on the shooting mode and available SD card space.

The camera also has a large red button at the top, which GoPro calls its One-Button Controller. Just press the rubbery square to turn on the camera, and it will immediately start recording.

You will be able to see that the Hero5 Black does not have the protective case of its predecessor. This is because the Hero5 Black is waterproof up 33ft (10m) straight from the box. However, it feels a bit exposed due to the lack of a case (more details later).

You can now remove the small lens cover from the front of your camera. GoPro has a variety of filters that will enhance footage taken when snorkeling or diving. Simply twist the cover to take it off and then snap on the filter. It’s handy for when the cover is damaged.

The new GoPro accessory compatible with the camera is also a Remo waterproof voice-activated shutter remote button and a Quik Key USBC mobile microSD card reader. These are useful for downloading and moving files when a smartphone or laptop is not available.

GoPro is updating its action cameras and has also launched Karma, an easy-to-use aerial filming system that can be folded up and stored in a backpack.

This drone includes a great gimbal that doubles up as a removable stabilization handle. You can now purchase this separately as the Karma Grip for $299.99/PS249.99.

Although it sounds expensive, the quality of the footage captured by this tiny device is simply amazing. This is equivalent to using a Hollywood steady-cam in amateur productions.

The new GoPro accessory compatible with the camera is also a Remo waterproof voice-activated shutter remote button and a Quik Key USBC mobile microSD card reader. These are useful for downloading and transporting files even when a phone, laptop, or computer is not available.

GoPro is updating its action cameras and has also launched Karma, an easy-to-use aerial filming system that can be folded up and stored in a backpack.

This drone includes a great gimbal that doubles up as a removable stabilization handle. You can now purchase this separately as the Karma Grip for $299.99/PS249.99.

Although it sounds expensive, the quality of the footage captured by this tiny device is simply amazing. This is equivalent to using a Hollywood steady-cam in amateur productions.

Image Quality

GoPro Hero 5 - Image quality

Although 4K resolution is limited to 24fps or 25fps, respectively, it is a sharp, clear image that is far better than the Hero 4 Black’s 4K, which is what you would expect. With the advancements in camera technology each year, I would love to see a minimum of 4K 50fps.

A notable feature of the new linear field of vision is that it is approximately the same as a medium but eliminates the fisheye effect. It is great for video and vlogs, but we recommend Superview or wide for riding.

Battery Life

GoPro claims that the Hero 5 will last for two hours at 1080p at 50fps with GPS, WiFi, and image stabilization off. Our testing showed that the battery life was quite good and close to the official limit.

It will be shorter if other features are activated, especially if image stabilization has been activated. However, we have had about an hour-and-a-half of runtime from a battery with stabilization enabled during a recent mountain biking shoot, which is quite respectable. If you don’t capture every second of your ride, you can grab a few spare batteries to make it a long day.

GoPro Hero5 Black Voice Commands

Hero5 Black Voice Commands

Voice commands are now quite common for controlling gadgets. GoPro has made it easy to implement a variety of commands (13 with seven languages supported), so you can control your camera even if it’s not in reach.

You should dial in specific settings for video and photos before you begin rolling. However, in our testing, voice commands were able to do very little mid-activity.

Basic commands include “GoPro…Turn On” (that’s an important command) and “GoPro…Start Recording”. Mode switching is more complex and can be done with “GoPro…Timelapse Mode” or “GoPro…That’s sick”. This tags a HiLight in the metadata so that GoPro Studio can easily find the moment.

Hero5 Black Image Stabilisation

Image Stabilisation

Like other action cameras like the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 and others, electronic image stabilization has been a key component of the Hero 5 camera family. I can confidently say it’s been done very well. The footage gives you a slight floaty sensation, but it doesn’t give you motion sickness.

You have a good choice of stabilization options. There are a variety of resolutions available, including those below 4k and below 60fps. Given the excellent stabilization, we think it is worth keeping on 24/7 unless there is an issue with battery life.

GoPro Hero 5 Black Menu

GoPro Hero 5 reviews- Menu

The Hero 5 Black has a completely redesigned menu. It’s an extremely smart design. The Hero 4 Silver menu was very modern, and Garmin’s VIRB Ultra 30 menu echoed this. But this menu has a modern feel.

Swipe to the left to access SD card playback. Swipe to the right for settings for image stabilization and low light and the Protune feature, which can be used in order to enhance your footage. Swiping up from the top will give you access to all camera system settings, including WiFi and voice control. The interface is intuitive, so you won’t get lost. If you do get lost, just swipe up from the top to return to the camera preview.

The camera settings are now located at the bottom of your preview screen. However, there’s a nice feature that allows you to choose your resolution, and it will visually show you the available frame rates in your chosen resolution. It will also give you the option of showing which resolutions are currently available when you select the frame rate.

If I choose 120 frames per second, I will see 120fps. I tap the screen to see that 120fps is not available in 4K.

Conclusion

The GoPro Hero 5 is an amazing camera that can do it all. It is easy to use and has many great features. The camera is durable and can be used in any situation. The quality of the video is outstanding, and the sound is clear. The GoPro Hero 5 is a great choice for anyone looking for an action camera.

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