The GoPro Hero 4 models launched 2 years ago revolutionized the industry and spawned many copycat models. Imitation is the best compliment like they say. To keep ahead of the pack, GoPro recently launched the 3 new models to cater to different budgets – GoPro Hero5 Black ($399.99), GoPro Hero5 Session ($299.99), GoPro Hero Session ($199.99).
The Hero 5 Session and the Hero 5 Black have quite similar features and specifications so you may not need to upgrade to the top model. Both are capable of shooting 4K videos at a frame rate of 30 frames per second. They are water resistant up to 33 feet without a housing. Each camera also has voice control. You need not worry about backups as your recordings are automatically backed up as part of the new GoPro Plus cloud-based subscription service. Audio is not compromised as stereo microphones are built-in. Also new are “professional grade” electronic, or digital, image stabilization which definitely helps in making playback more watchable.
If you are into extreme sports the more rugged Hero 5 Black would suit your needs. It comes with a 2-inch LCD touchscreen, features built-in GPS, and can capture RAW photos and Wide Dynamic Range videos. There are dedicated buttons for photo and video recording.
The Hero 5 Session takes 10-megapixel photos, and does not come with a screen, no GPS, and no RAW or WDR modes. The Session will still have GoPro’s ProTune video mode which allows you to capture a flatter image that is easier to color-correct when editing.
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