With the Hero 4 closing in on two years, we knew it was a matter of time before GoPro unveiled a new model of their action cam. That comes now in the form of the GoPro Hero 5 Black, which brings a feature set that should help strengthen the outfit’s hold on top of the action cam game.
There are two big changes for this iteration. First, the GoPro is now waterproof up to 33 feet, so you can submerge the darn thing in water without the need for an accompanying case (not as deep as the Octospot but good enough). Second, it now responds to voice commands, allowing you to start and stop recording by merely uttering the correct phrase, so you can keep your hands on the paddle, handlebar, or any other equipment while in the thick of the action.
The GoPro Hero 5 Black captures 4K footage up to 30 frames per second, 2K at 60 fps, and 1080p at 120 fps, with built-in image stabilization to help reduce shakes during high-action scenes. It now captures stereo audio to ensure better sound for all your clips, with the ability to take 12 megapixel pictures in both RAW and WDR. Other features include a built-in GPS, a 2-inch touchscreen display, and native compatibility with the outfit’s wide selection of mounts.
GoPro, by the way, is also launching a cloud-based service where you can keep your footage for unlimited access on the go (provided you have a data connection, of course). And, yes, the action cam can upload your footage automatically to the service, provided you’re subscribed.
Slated to hit stores in October, the GoPro Hero 5 Black is priced at $399.99.