GoPro has taken the wraps off of the Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session action cameras, which will become the company’s next-generation of shooters as early as October 2016.
One of the companies which do not waste time after introducing new products is GoPro. The manufacturer usually releases its cameras shortly after giving them a proper announcement and this is the case with the brand new Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session.
The Black version is said to be the best GoPro ever, while the Session edition is also part of the best, the difference being that it is smaller. Whichever you fancy, both units are coming to international markets in October 2016.
The best GoPro ever: Hero 5 Black revealed
GoPro Hero 5 Black features a 2-inch touchscreen on the back, while its controls have been significantly simplified. This is an attempt of making the action cam even easier to use. As for its capabilities, you will be able to use it for capturing 4K movies at up to 30fps and 12-megapixel stills.
The new unit is compatible with all current mounts, therefore you can mount it on pretty much anything you can imagine. Getting back to how easy it is to control the Black camera, the company says that users will be able to take advantage of the device’s capabilities using a single button.
Either way, the camera is waterproof down to 10 meters without the need of a case and will record stereo audio. Sound quality is important, so the GoPro Hero 5 Black features an Advanced Wind Noise Reduction technology that will be helpful in windy situations.
RAW photography is supported, while a Linear-View setting is available, too. Recorded videos will be distortion-free, while the integrated GPS makes sure that geolocation information is recorded, so that you know where you have captured your shots.
GoPro Hero 5 Session is smaller, but just as powerful as the Black version
The Hero 5 Session action camera is a bit smaller than the Hero 5 Black. It can also record 4K 30p videos, but stills are capped at 10 megapixels. The one-button control, waterproof capabilities, pro-grade video stabilization, linear-view, and distortion-free features are available this camera, just like in the Black version.
The new Session has a similar design to the one of the original Session model, so it will keep its compatibility with existing accessories. Similarly to the Black unit, it will be released on October 2. However, it will be $100 cheaper than the $399.99 Hero 5 Black, meaning that you will pay only $299.99 for this camera.
In addition to the Hero 5 Black and Session shooters, GoPro also introduced a cloud-based service. It is called GoPro Plus and users can choose to upload their photos and videos automatically when recharging the cameras.
GoPro Plus will go live on October 2 in the US, where it will be priced at $4.99 per month. The service will expand to further markets as of early 2017.