The Good The GoPro Hero5 Black is a true flagship camera with all the shooting options from its predecessor plus raw and wide dynamic range photo capture and linear field of view video, a touchscreen, a waterproof body, GPS, electronic image stabilization, stereo audio, voice control, the option for auto cloud uploads, and the best photo and video quality in a GoPro.
The Bad Battery life, especially with GPS, Wi-Fi and EIS on, is predictably short and the camera is not compatible with older batteries. Auto upload feature only works with GoPro's $5/month Plus service. Linear field of view and electronic image stabilization not available at all resolutions and frame rates.
The Bottom Line Combining everything great about the Hero4 cameras and then some, the GoPro Hero5 Black is a no-compromise capture device for the ordinary and extraordinary.
Forget the rest, this is the GoPro to get
With the Hero5 Black, GoPro is selling more than a camera. It's a solution for shooting, editing and sharing video nearly anywhere. Whether that's done at the beach, on a mountain or in your backyard is up to you.
It's been more than two years since GoPro launched the Hero4 cameras and in that time, unsurprisingly, competitors caught up or surpassed them on features as well as price. Even the company's top-of-the-line Hero4 Black ($270.53 at Amazon Marketplace) was missing an important feature -- a touchscreen -- that made it less attractive than the less expensive step-down Hero4 Silver ($309.00 at Amazon Marketplace).
The Hero5 Black corrects this, giving you everything you'd find in the Hero4 Black, including the best possible video and photo quality, plus a touchscreen and a whole host of new features for $399 in the US, £350 in the UK or AU$549 in Australia.
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