5 Features We Love About GoPro’s New HERO5 Action Cameras

GoPro looks to revolutionize POV filming for motorcycle riders. Again.

New GoPro Hero5
GoPro's HERO cameras, now in its fifth generation, have long been the gold standard for action filmmaking. Buy It Now!©Motorcyclist

This morning GoPro released full details on its long-awaited HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session, as well as information on the all-new Karma drone (click here for a First Look at the Karma drone). Of the many new, updated, or improved features added to the Black and Session, here are the five we're most excited about.

1 // No case required. Like the HERO4 Session released last summer, the new HERO5 Black is waterproof all on its own. It also has a 2-inch touch LCD as on the previous HERO4 Silver.
2 // Smooth and stable. Integrated image stabilization reduces vibration for smoother, clearer video. That should prove to be a big benefit for motorcyclists.
3 // Photos in the RAW. The Black model shoots 12MP photos in RAW format. The GoPro already snapped great stills, and now you'll be able to run these detail-rich images through the editing software of your choice to fully optimize your photos.
4 // Can you hear me now? The Black camera will have stereo audio recording (via three microphones) and advanced wind-noise reduction should deliver clearer, more dynamic sound.
5 // Mount up! Both the HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session are compatible with all existing GoPro mounts, so we can keep using all the clamps, strap, sticky, and other mounts we already have.

Pricing is set at $399 for the HERO5 Black and $299 for the tiny HERO5 Session. Both cameras will be available October 2nd at www.gopro.com.

Below are the full specs for both cameras, as stated in the press release issued by GoPro this morning.

HERO5 Cameras – Cloud-Connected and Simplified.
HERO5 cameras are cloud-connected, simplified and waterproof with a built-in 2-inch touch LCD.©Motorcyclist

HERO5 Black
HERO5 Black is the most powerful, easy-to-use GoPro, ever. Exciting features include:

· 2-inch Touch Display + Simplified Controls
· Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
· Professional Quality 12MP Photos
· Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
· Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
· Simple 1-Button Control
· Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
· Compatible with Existing GoPro Mounts, Including Karma
· Stereo Audio Recording and Advanced Wind Noise Reduction
· Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
· Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with New Linear-View Setting
· RAW and WDR Photo Modes
· GPS

GoPro's new HERO5 Session.
GoPro's new HERO5 Session. Buy It Now!©Motorcyclist

HERO5 Session
HERO5 Session shares the same small design and brilliant convenience of the original HERO Session camera, but benefits from significant performance upgrades:

· Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
· Professional Quality 10MP Photos
· Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
· Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
· Simple 1-Button Control
· Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
· Compatible with Existing GoPro, Mounts Including Karma
· Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
· Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with new Linear-View Setting