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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 judgments 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 windsurfing 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 waterproof without any housing. This to me is one of my favorite new features. I found the old waterproof housing to be very bulky and a pain to use sometimes. 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 organized 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 in 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 a lot 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 a 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 touchscreen is great however I find sometimes 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 GoPro 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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My 2019 Minimalist GoPro / Camera Travel & Adventuring Kit

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Earlier in the week, I uploaded a YouTube video titled “What’s In My Drone/Camera Backpack for 2019” basically showing what gear I pack and bring with me when flying my drone, hiking or just out adventuring. Now here is my 2019 minimalist camera kit that I take with me when traveling and I want to pack light. My 2019 version of my minimalist GoPro/Camera travel kit has some new editions from last year. To start things off, the case I use when traveling is the GoPro Casey, I like it because I find it to be a perfect size. It’s not too big, yet not too small and can hold an ample amount of gear. For the most part, I only bring what can be fit inside this case. Watch my YouTube video to see what gear I pack inside minimalist camera kit when traveling, you be surprised how simple and streamlined it is, yet still all the gear I need to capture our adventures. All the gear I pack is listed at the bottom of this post if you saw something you liked and want to check it out further.

Osmo Pocket (DJI Website) http://bit.ly/2RU7iVT
Osmo Pocket (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2BxfG6y
Osmo Pocket Mount: http://bit.ly/2CMeyhz
Osmo Pocket Wireless Base: http://bit.ly/2Rs152b
Osmo Pocket Scroll Wheel: http://bit.ly/2F3w2ar
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2GvWdaO
GoPro Casey: https://amzn.to/2Tb6QDn
GoPro Hero 7 Black: https://amzn.to/2MLWes5
Insta360 One X: https://amzn.to/2t65oGF
Osmo Pocket ND Filters: https://amzn.to/2HOUP5j
Battery Handle: https://amzn.to/2CGQzii
Extension Pole: https://amzn.to/2FYl7j4
Tripod: https://amzn.to/2Ug8rrI
GoPro Battery Charger: https://amzn.to/2G6C9w4
GoPro Mount Adapter: https://amzn.to/2MzaWCE
Micro SD Memory: https://amzn.to/2TshDZZ
PolarPro Snorkle Filter: https://amzn.to/2WFu9qK
Hydrophobic Lens Protector: https://amzn.to/2G56NpD
GoPro Floating Hand Grip: https://amzn.to/2MKBEbC
Apple Lightning SD Card Reader: https://amzn.to/2GfDXSR


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UGreen GoPro Power Bank & Charger

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In this video review, we are taking a closer look at the UGreen GoPro power bank and charger. This power bank packs 10,000 mAh of power and can be used how any traditional power bank can be used. It has a USB-A port that can be used to charge any devices such as GoPro’s, smartphone or any device that supports USB charging. It has a USB-C port that is input only for recharging the power bank. What makes this power bank shine is that it has a built-in GoPro charging bay which allows you to insert a GoPro battery and securely charge it even while on the move. This can be quite useful for those who are out adventuring and don’t what to pack a lot of gear You can quickly recharge GoPro batteries without having to pack extra chargers or cables. This GoPro power bank is compatible with GoPro Hero 5 Black, Hero 6 Black and Hero 7 Black batteries. It also supports the batteries for the low-cost GoPro Hero that was released in the spring of 2018. You can charge 6 GoPro batteries on a single charge.

The unit has a black rubberized finish, It looks and feels durable. I can not attest to longevity as I have only been using it for about a month, but I will update this post if I have any issues with it over time. All in all a nice all in one GoPro charger and power bank. Definitely a nice addition to any GoPro camera bag.

UGreen Power Bank: https://amzn.to/2t4koVL

 



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