Action camera footage is everywhere. You've most probably seen some of the first-person view, wide-angle shots of extreme sports athletes performing stunts, taking you right smack to where the action really is. Or maybe you've seen the middling shots of your friends on their vacations doing nothing particularly exciting.
The point is that high-quality video from these small, durable action cameras is now so mainstream, simple and affordable, that anyone could join in on the fun. And what is the name synonymous with action cameras? GoPro.
Now, GoPro aficionados have even more reasons to get excited.
The company officially announced yesterday the newest members of the GoPro company - the much-awaited Hero5 Black, the Hero5 Session, and their very own GoPro branded drone called the Karma.
GoPro Hero5 Black
The flagship model, the Hero5 Black will feature a 12-megapixel sensor, a two-inch rear touchscreen, and like previous GoPro models, it can shoot 4K videos at 30 fps. It will also come with built-in GPS for instant location tagging and image stabilization for steadier footage.
However, the best improvements of the Hero5 Black over previous models are waterproofing and voice controls.
Hero5 Black is waterproof to up to 10 meters (33 feet) without the need for the separate waterproofing case that came with the older GoPros. This is great for any water-oriented activities since the case will be one less thing to worry about.
Another new Hero5 Black feature that should be extremely useful is the built-in voice control. Now, you can just say "GoPro, start recording" or "GoPro, take a photo" to start a session without the need for a remote or the phone app.
The Hero5 Black will cost $399.99.
GoPro Hero5 Session
The Hero5 Black's cheaper counterpart is the Hero5 Session.
Like the 5 Black, the 5 Session will likewise be waterproof, will do 4k video at 30 frames, will have image stabilization, and can be controlled by voice. However, it won't have the rear touchscreen and the battery is not as robust.
If you don't really care for the screen and you'd rather just point-and-shoot, the Hero5 Session may be the one for you since it's cheaper at $199.99.
Both Hero5 Black and Session models' ports have also been upgraded from Micro USB to the newer USB-C type connector.