First Look: GoPro Hero 5 Black

At first glance the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition has a major difference from the Hero 4 and most other GoPro's in the past, excluding the Session. It only has a frame mount. This means that the entire camera has been waterproofed (up to 10m). Personally, I think this camera looks sharp, and so far, it is super easy to control. There are two buttons on the GoPro, with a mode button on the side, and a fast "action" button as I call it (one click and camera is on and recording or taking photos) on the top of the GoPro. Both buttons can turn the GoPro on, although unless you really need the photo/video now, I recommend using the Mode button. 

Another great feature that I love is the ease of use thanks to the touch screen on the back of the GoPro. You can easily select settings, modes, preferences, and even view your media right on the GoPro, making this one of the easiest GoPro's to use, and pretty much open for everyone. No more remembering which button to push. To make it even easier, you can use voice control to actually control the GoPro, a feature we have not tested yet.

If you like to travel and have used GoPro's in the past, you know there was one drawback compared to your phones. No GPS meant no location tagging on your photos. Well, guess what they added now. GoPro Hero 5 black will location tag all of your photos when you take them.  This means that when you upload them, they have their locations. Speaking of uploading, you can now easily upload via the GoPro Plus service ($5 per month?), making it easier than ever to upload on the go and to share your memories with anyone you want. (This is a subscription service, but they do offer a free trial. The service also give you a discount on GoPro products!)


Later on I will get more in depth with the GoPro after some more usage, but at first glance, this may be my favorite GoPro, and is going to be the upcoming staple of my arsenal of cameras (2 already, and more soon).

Joseph Hallgren

Boston, MA

Full time student, adrenaline junkie, and traveller.