GoPro just officially announced a new range of cameras with the unveiling of the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session. The cameras along with the GoPro?s first ever drone, Karma, were launched at an event at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern California. Both the cameras are compatible with GoPro?s first quadcopter.
GoPro Hero 5 Black
The flagship Hero 5 Black now comes with a 2-inch Touch Display along with a sensor that takes up to 12-megapixel images. It captures 4K footage at up to 30 frames per second just like its predecessor, the Hero 4. In addition to its 4K capabilities, the Hero 5 shoots 2K at 60 frames per second, 1920 x 1080 at 120 frames per second.
The Hero 5 incorporates Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilisation to help smooth out videos when there?s a lot of vibrations, like when the camera is strapped to the handlebars of a bike. The camera also has a Stereo Audio Recording and Advanced Wind Noise Reduction.
The standout feature of the latest camera is its waterproof housing, allowing the camera to survive up to 33 feet without a housing. There?s GPS built right in now too, for tagging location data to a clip. Hero 5 also has voice control, with seven languages supported at launch. The camera supports auto-upload of photos and videos to the cloud as part of the new GoPro Plus cloud-based subscription service.
Hero 5 comes with a 1220mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and has a Type USB-C, micro HDMI port and support for microSD card. It will be compatible with the current GoPro Mounts as well as the Karma drone. The new Hero 5 Black starts at $399.99 and will arrive on October 2.
GoPro Hero 5 Session
GoPro also updated its smallest action cam with the Hero 5 Session that gets a massive bump in video resolution from just 1080p on the original to a full 4K now. Hero 5 Session still has a compact design but supports 4K video at 30 FPS, while shooting professional quality images at 10MP.
Just like the new Hero 5, it has similar waterproofing capabilities and accepts the same voice commands in seven different languages. Though there is no GPS, it does support the auto-upload of photos and video to Cloud when the camera is charging. The Hero 5 Session has a smaller built-in 1000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and only a USB-C port. Priced at $299, the Hero 5 Session will be released on October 2 and is available here.
The highly anticipated Karma drone also saw the light of the day finally. The new quadcopter is sleek, compact and foldable, a drone designed to fit inside a daypack. You won?t have to assemble the drone each time; the four arms (one rotor on each) just fold snugly against the body and click into place in seconds.
Karma also has a gaming-like controller with a built-in touchscreen for controlling the device. However, it doesn?t have a camera so you would require a GoPro camera to go along with it.?It has a 3-axis camera stabiliser, which can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for better footage.
The Karma Drone will be available on October 23 starting at $799.99. The whole bundle including a Hero 5 will cost $1,099. If you prefer to get it with the new Hero 5 Session, it’s $999.
You can buy the bundles or the standalone cameras once they are released directly from the GoPro website.
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