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First look: GoPro Hero5 Black

10 Mar 2017
Verdict:

A long list of improvements to keep GoPro at the forefront of the action-cam market

Price: 
£349.99

GoPro has become a virtual proprietary eponym, akin to Hoover, Kleenex and Jiffy Bag (insert Team Sky joke here).

However, in recent years a slew of other manufacturers have attempted to burst the action-cam’s bubble – and this is GoPro’s reply.

‘The list of improvements is long,’ says GoPro’s Isabel Pakowski. ‘The most prominent one is probably the LCD touchscreen on the back, which is now part of the Hero5, not just an add-on.

‘Then we made it fully waterproof down to 10m, even outside its housing. It can now be voice controlled, has cloud connectivity and additional capture modes too.’

Those modes include improved wide-angle video and photo, GPS tagging, on-screen exposure control, stereo audio, enhanced video stabilisation… the list goes on.

It’s almost overwhelming, but Pakowski says the Hero5’s real ace is how easy it is to use, especially once you’ve finished filming:

‘Our Quik app allows users to import videos, pick their favourite moments, choose a soundtrack from a library of songs and it will automatically edit your video to the beat of the music.’

Verdict: A long list of improvements to keep GoPro at the forefront of the action-cam market. 

£349, gopro.com

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