GoPro Hero 5 Review, Prices, Specs

GoPro Hero 5 Review: All you need to know

We loved:

The GoPro Hero 5 comes with the ability to capture videos in the wide variety of resolutions and frame rates. It promises to capture and share better footage than ever before, something runners, cyclists, triathletes and ‘extreme sports’ community are excited about.

It is compatible with the Karma drone, and future-proofed with unique features for an action camera, like 8K resolution.

The camera comes with a lot of replacement parts and also has a broad range of mounting options.  It is shockproof, submersible and it can absorb the too heavy beating. It will also be able to record 3d footage if you buy two units.

We hated:

The control panel and tiny LCD screen are hard to navigate, especially without consulting the manual. It is not controlled via a separate smartphone app like the cube-shaped GoPro Hero Session.


GoPro clearly has a winner in their hand with the first-generation. The small camera offers decent video quality and reliability in a rugged package. It provides perfect shooting in action-based scenarios. Though it has its share of flaws, and the buyers will have to deal with it. The battery life is one thing that we thought will quickly satisfy every user. It’s able to record 8K-resolution video and packing a 2,800mAh battery which provides 2 hrs record time. The video quality is super. If you compare it with some of the other competitors on a bench, then it definitely will make a difference.

What comes to our mind by looking at the Hero 5 is “Innovation”, and we think that is what the company would also have in their mind when they developed the GoPro.

It comes with quite some improvements from its precursors, like the video quality, increased video resolution. Some other impressive improvements include the additional battery time and 60m waterproof capability perfect for underwater filming.

GoPro Hero 5 Build Design
GoPro Hero 5 comes with a stellar built and design

Built and Design:

Though it might be the latest offering from GoPro, the Hero 4 is pretty much similar to a lot of previous generation Hero 5 camera. The Hero 5 has got the same 170-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, and features the same two-button interface (for shutter and select), and also has the Monochromatic shame LCD of one 1 inch.

The tiny camera measures 1.6 by 2.4 by 1.2 inches (H x W x D), which could be considered as an improvement from the older Hero.

The only explanation for the decreased size of the camera could be the next generation 2800 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery placed at the rear end of the camera and behind a detachable door. The decreased make size also has brought an ease of use, and it is expected to boost the battery life by 2.5 times, so the battery now is more robust and reliable. The battery is charged using the Mini-USB cable, which is not included, takes about 2 hours for complete charging, but the time can be reduced using an optional power adapter.

To download videos and photos on the SD media card, you will have to connect the camera to a computer. The camera supports SDHC card of up to 128GB that is vital for recording the videos. You can use the standard-definition connections for stereo audio or composite video or component video for high definition. The camera comes with both the cables with RCA connections that you will need to connect to TV on one end and to Hero 5 on the other. There are also the 3.5mm mini-jack connectors.

One major noticeable omission that we found from the earlier model was optical viewfinder. Though the ineffective plastic window is also absent from here, you won’t miss it.

GoPro Hero 5 specs
GoPro Hero 5 is able to record 8k video

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Specs and Features

Manufacturer: GoPro
Product Type: Camcorder – Compact, Digital camera
Price: $499.99
Weight: 2.3 oz
Dimensions (W x H x D) in inches: 2.4 x 1.6 x 1.2 inches
Resolution: 8k
Operating System Support: MS Windows XP SP2 or later, MS Windows Vista, Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Included Accessories: Mounting hardware, Suction mount, Helmet mounting kit
Peripheral Devices: CD-ROM drive, USB port
Additional Features: Audio recording, USB charging, Water resistant, Shock resistant, Interval shooting mode, USB 2.0 compatibility, 8k movie recording
Cables Included: Component video cable, USB cable, A/V cable
Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery – 2800 mAh (Included)


Just because it has increased low-light sensitivity and higher resolution, we expected it to produce the great picture and video quality. You can expect improved photo and video quality. The Hero 5 makes good use of its increased low-light sensitivity. Keep in mind that this is a camera has better performance in daylight. Although you can use it in dim lights as well, the results won’t be as good.

GoPro Hero 5 cycling performance
Cyclists will love GoPro Hero 5

One other significant improvement that we found in the Hero 5 was its amazing ability to catch noise. But primarily, it brings significant improvements in the video and photo quality. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen any of that, and it’s better that you also don’t expect any such thing. One thing we can assure you is the increased battery life, thanks to the inclusion of an idiot-proof lithium-ion battery pack.

It connects easily to the cloud, and it can offload footage quickly and automatically to a dedicated GoPro cloud service. It has a Bluetooth 4.0 connection for wireless transfers which use up less battery life than that pesky WiFi chip. This could also mean it can perform live streaming for longer, piggybacking off your phone’s data connection.

GoPro Hero 5 diving
Divers will love the 60m waterproof capability

It features two microphones and able to capture surround sound audio, as well as an integrated analogue-to-digital (ADC) converter to make it compatible with a wide variety of professional external microphones.

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The GoPro Hero 5 offers a lot of options, and captures crisp HD video. Though, the two-button interface and tiny screen can be uncomfortable for some.

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