Are you anxious to shoot some breathtaking footage of your snowboarding run this winter without having to worry about your camera getting wet? Want to yell at your camera to start recording instead of pushing a button? Your hypothetical wishes have been granted with the unveiling of the all new GoPro Hero5 series.

Announced at a special event near the Sierra Nevada mountains, the 2016 GoPro Hero5 family will consist of two main devices. The flagship Hero5 Black pretty much aligns with last month’s leaked information. There’s a 2-inch touchscreen on the back and pronounced square-shaped lens protrusion on the front, along with the smaller front-facing display too.

Perhaps one of the biggest changes from previous generation is you no longer need a separate waterproof housing. Instead, there’s a built-in waterproof housing that’ll survive dives in the pool as deep as 10 meters. That’s about 30 feet. Expect to shoot up to 4K video at 30fps and 1080p full HD video at up to 120fps, plus 12-megapixel stills. Other features include voice control, image stabilization, GPS, one-button camera control, and RAW support. The active noise cancellation, via three microphones, should help with audio quality too.


Along with the GoPro Hero5 Black, there’s also the GoPro Hero5 Session. Following up on last year’s Hero4 Session, the new Session still takes on the same kind of compact, cube-shaped design. It’s like the Polaroid Cube+, only hugely more capable. Most of the features are the same as the Black, except there’s no touchscreen, no RAW support, and stills are limited to 10-megapixels.

They’re calling the Session “the most rugged GoPro yet,” which is probably good news for anyone shooting adventure sports and bringing their action camera to more precarious situations.


Along with the two new pieces of hardware, the company also announced the $5/month GoPro Plus cloud service. When your camera is plugged in for charging, it’ll automatically hop onto Wi-Fi to upload all of your video and photo content to the cloud. From there, you’ll be able to download them through the Quik and Splice apps on a mobile device to chop up as you see fit.

The GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session are expected to ship starting October 2, priced at $399 and $299, respectively.

Via TC

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