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GoPro Hero 5 Black Review | 60 Days In

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At the time I wrote and created my video review, the GoPro hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session had been available to the public for about 2 months. I held off making any kind of review video or article after the initial launch as I really wanted to get to know the camera and have a good amount of time to use and test it before I made any kind of judgements or conclusions.

Things I Love About The Hero 5 Black

I have been using the Hero 5 Black quite a bit over the past few months and I now feel comfortable to make a review or thoughts video. I just want to point out that I am by no means an extreme sports kind of guy and so my thoughts on the camera and its functionality could be quite different from somebody who wants to purchase the camera for rock climbing or wind surfing etc. I am more of an “Average Joe” user, I like to film family adventures and create time lapses with my Hero 5 cameras.

Cosmetics: Visually the GoPro Hero 5 Black is quite different from its predecessors. It’s now all dark grey with a rubber texture covering the camera. I find this new look to be attractive and functional. The rubber coating adds a bit of durability to the unit and really helps you keep a good grip on the camera. I found the Hero 4’s looked cheap and almost like a kids toy. The Hero 5 Black now looks like it means business.

Waterproof: There are many new and drastic changes to the GoPro Hero 5 Black. Most notably the camera is now water proof without any housing. This to me is one of my favourite new features. I found the old waterproof housing to be very bulky and a pain to use some times. Now if you are headed to the beach for the day, you don’t have to worry about what kind of housing or frames you need. You can just throw the camera in your bag and off you go.

LCD Screen & Menu: There is now a beautiful new LCD touch screen and wonderfully re-designed menu system to compliment it. GoPro did a great job designing the new menu, I would almost go as far as to call it perfect. Every setting is organised and easy to access. Important settings are right at your fingertips for easy changing on the fly. For me this is great when I am out capturing time-lapses.

GPS Data: The GoPro Hero 5 Black is now capable of embedding GPS telemetry data within your videos. This data can then be added to your edited video in a visual manner via the Quik Desktop App. When enabled you can now add speed, distance and other data gauges to your videos. A very cool feature and I have used it allot more than I first anticipated I would.

Video Stabilisation: The Hero 5 black can now make your videos a little more stable. This is achieved by cropping your videos while recording. It does a pretty good job at taming down camera shake while recording. It’s not mind-blowing by any means but definitely a welcome addition.

Voice Control: This is another great new feature for the GoPro Hero 5 Black. This new voice control feature allows you to speak simple commands to your GoPro such as “GoPro Start Recording” and “GoPro Take A Photo” among others. If you have ever tried to take selfie with older GoPro’s you will really appreciate the new voice commands, take a selfie is now a breeze. I like the fact you can easily command the GoPro to mark a “HiLight Tag” this makes editing in the Quick App allot easier and less time-consuming.

 

My Dislikes for The GoPro Hero 5 Black.

As great as the Hero 5 Black is there are a few things that I think GoPro still needs to improve by Firmware update or for the Hero 6 when released.

The new touch screen is great however I find sometime it has a hard time recognising my gestures when trying to bring up menus or change settings. Sometime I find myself have to swipe down from the top 4 or 5 times to get the preferences menu to appear. This is magnified greatly when the Hero 5 black is mounted in its frame. I hope this can be fixed with a firmware update.

The voice commands need some work as well. They generally perform well but on occasion the GoPro will execute a command that was not spoken. Sometimes if you are conversating near your GoPro while powered on, it will do something because it thinks it heard you speaking a command. Not a big issue by can be annoying.

One of the latest firmware updates disabled the use of third party internal batteries. I always use GoPro brand batteries, and I get some of the logic to doing this. I just don’t like the fact that I can’t choose another brand if I so choose to.

I wish go pro would make it easier to hook up an external microphone. As it stands in order to hook up a microphone to you Hero 5 black you have to purchase an expensive and really bulky adaptor just to plug in a simple microphone. Please GoPro for the Hero 6, allows us to plug a microphone directly into the camera without the need of an adaptor!

My last little complaint about the GoPro Hero 5 Black is the lack of accessory port. On the Hero 4 you could add a battery backpack to dramatically extend the battery life and still have a waterproof unit. As of right now there is no solution to have an external battery hooked up and still maintaining its waterproof integrity. This for me is frustrating because I like to create long night lapses and now I have to worry about moisture from overnight dew or if it happens to rain while the camera is filming overnight.

 

Some Neutral Thoughts

The battery life of the Hero 5 Black is not great but it’s not horrible either. It would be nice if the could make the GoPro last a little longer maybe with larger batteries for the Hero 6.

There are many people complaining about the sound quality of the Hero 5. I agree it is not the best but hey its a GoPro. I rarely every use the sound captured by my GoPro, but when it is needed I find it to be adequate. If I need really good audio I use an external microphone.

Hero 5 Black Final Thoughts

I hope you found this review helpful Personally I find the Hero 5 Black to be a fantastic camera, there are a few negatives but they are far out-weighed by the positives. It really is the Best Hero yet! if you want a small camera with amazing video quality for filming family outing and vacations or to capture stunning time-lapses then the Hero 5 black will definitely not disappoint. You can watch my video review below.

 

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The Complete Beginners Guide for the GoPro Hero (2018) | How To Get Started

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If you are a brand new owner of the new GoPro Hero 2018 or plan on getting one soon. Perhaps this is your very first GoPro and you are finding yourself a little overwhelmed on how to get started as GoPro includes very little documentation in the box. I have put together this very detail beginners guide for the GoPro Hero 2018 to help those who are new to get up and running quickly. This easy to follow beginners guide will help you understand the menu system and the different shooting modes. The new Hero 2018 is a great camera for beginners as it has a simplified menu with basic shooting modes. Watch our beginners guide for the new GoPro Hero (2018) on our YouTube Channel or below in our embedded video.

Our GoPro Hero Beginners Guide covers the following topics:

  • Unpacking the camera.
  • Installing the battery and memory card.
  • How to charge your GoPro Hero 2018.
  • Understanding the mounting system for GoPro’s.
  • Powering on for the first time and initial setup.
  • A look at the menu system and various shooting modes.
  • Basic settings for shooting video.
  • How to record video.
  • How to take pictures.
  • How to shoot bursts.
  • How to record a time-Lapse.
  • How to use the GoPro voice commands.
  • How to use quick capture.
  • GoPro gear for beginners.

Best Memory Card for the new GoPro Hero 2018

There are many types and sizes of memory cards on the market that will work with the new GoPro Hero 2018 but to keep things simple I recommend the Lexar 633x it is a great memory card at a decent price and I have always had good luck with them.  You can choose how much storage you would like the most common is 32 GB or 64 GB. This determines how many photos and videos can be stored on the camera.

Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2HClpuq
Lexar 32 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2JL8PK8

Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (USA) https://amzn.to/2vgdSiD
Lexar 64 GB Memory Card (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HBPLxr

If you are a first time GoPro owner I have put together a list of GoPro gear that I think every first time GoPro owner should have in their camera kit.

GoPro Hero 2018 (USA) https://amzn.to/2vdi3vz
GoPro Hero 2018 (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qyoF1U

GoPro Camera Case (USA) https://amzn.to/2ENLeVq
GoPro Camera Case (CAN) https://amzn.to/2IZ0DVF

GoPro Shorty (USA) https://amzn.to/2EN5NRW
GoPro Shorty (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vlGd7k

GoPro Floating Handle (USA) https://amzn.to/2JKQHQI
GoPro Floating Handle (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qztiZP

GoPro Dual Charger (USA) https://amzn.to/2GXeXkG
GoPro Dual Charger (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vj8dbD

Manfrotto Extension Pole (USA) https://amzn.to/2HAPfQ6
Manfrotto Extension Pole (CAN) https://amzn.to/2HAhFd8

RAVPower Power Bank (USA) https://amzn.to/2qBbmxJ
RAVPower Power Bank (CAN) https://amzn.to/2qz3A7B

GoPro Handlebar Mount (USA) https://amzn.to/2JNNvne
GoPro Handlebar Mount (CAN) https://amzn.to/2vga8xB

Don’t hesitate to ask question via any of my social media channels or right here on my blog!

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Must Have $10 Upgrade For Your GoPro

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If you own a GoPro this is a very inexpensive must have upgrade that everyone needs. One annoyance that I have had with my GoPro is having to remove it from the frame every time I want to charge it or plug in a microphone. With this 3rd party GoPro frame you can open and remove the charging door on your GoPro without having to remove it from the frame, saving a lot of time and aggravation. This frame also seems to be a better build quality than the stock frames, it has a nice rubberized coating. This is such a simple little fix, I wonder why GoPro has not implemented it yet on their official frames. Because they all have the same form factor this 3rd party frame is compatible with the Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and the new GoPro Hero (2018).

GoPro Upgraded Frame: https://amzn.to/2EI58kP

 


This 3rd Party frame allows easy access to the GoPro charging door.

 

You can see the difference in the cutout. Stock GoPro frame on the right and 3rd party frame on the left.

 

Charging door can easily be opened and removed without having to remove the camera from the frame.

 

Allows you to easily charge your GoPro or plug in a microphone.

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