Tuesday, September 20, 2016

GoPro Launch New HERO5 Black: Waterproof, Video Stabilization, Voice Commands & More

GoPro just officially announced the Hero 5 Black, the company’s first flagship action camera since the Hero 4 was unveiled in 2014. The company also announced the Hero 5 Session, and update to the original Session — the small, cube-shaped camera that was released last summer. The cameras were unveiled at the launch event for the GoPro Karma drone at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California, and both are compatible with GoPro’s first quadcopter. They’ll be available October 2nd. (The Verge)

Both cameras are waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without a housing. GoPro's past cameras were only rugged and waterproof when in a polycarbonate housing, and dealing with them is a hassle. Presumably there will be dive housings for those who want to go deeper or need shock protection, but out of the box you can just take them out in the sand and surf.  GoPro also introduced what it calls professional-grade electronic image stabilization. It's disappointing the company wasn't able to work in optical image stabilization for the Hero5 like Sony did for its latest, but at least there's the option for EIS. I'm not sure if it comes at the cost of image quality or resolution, though. Speaking of resolution... (CNET)

New GoPro HERO5 Black Features:
- Voice control
- 2-Inch Touch Display
- Rugged + Waterproof
- Simple One-Button Control
- Advanced Video Stabilization
- Access + share from anywhere with With a GoPro Plus subscription
- Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos. In Single, Burst, and Time Lapse modes
- RAW photos provide the most flexibility when using advanced photo editing software.
- WDR photo mode captures both added detail in shadows and highlights in the scene.
- Fine-tune exposure settings with simple on-screen Exposure Control.
- Advanced audio processing captures left and right stereo audio channels.
- Captures the location where your photos and videos are taken.
- Capture life in a whole new way with 30+ GoPro mounts and accessories, including Karma™, 3-Way™, Remo and more.

More Info: GoPro Shop (Price US$399)

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