Waterproofing, voice controls and in-built stabilisation.
Earlier this week GoPro announced their new camera – the GoPro Hero 5 Black. Does it offer anything new, different or better for mountain bikers?
The answer is sort of “yes and no”.
If you already own a GoPro then there’s not a whole load of stuff that’s going to make you bung your GoPro on eBay and slap your order in for a Hero 5.
For other users (who don’t ride mountain bikes) the big announcement is that the Hero 5 is waterproof out of the box. There is no need for a housing anymore. It’s waterproof to 10 metres.
This water/weatherproofing is welcome news to mountainbikers too but the fact is that for our footage the GoPro is going to have to go in a housing anyway so it can be mounted on our helmets or handlebars.
Being able to shoot 4K super high res footage is cool. It also opens up the option for slomo footage at normal 1080P HD resolution.
As is being able to take 12 megapixel stills (in RAW mode should you want to). The Hero 5 will also feature GoPro’s version of HDR (high dynamic range) photography, for better recording scenes of high contrast.
No more trying to remember how to adjust your GoPro using two buttons and a tiny monochrome LCD display.
No more being unable to check over your footage at the bottom of a run.
Time will tell if the 2in touchscreen is glove-friendly but even if it isn’t it’s still a vast improvement on how earlier GoPros were operated.
Bike friendly features
Here we go then. What’s good for us lot?
Stabilisation: in-built digital stabilisation should hopefully get rid of the jerky and smeary footage the often comes with GoPro bike footage, especially footage recorded with the GoPro on your handlebars.
Voice commands: this initially sounds gimmicky but we suspect its going to be really helpful. If it works. Being able to start recording or take a photo burst by saying “GoPro, record” or “GoPro, burst” is going to take a lot of faff out of things.
Built-in GPS: time will tell how useful or intergrate-able into other things this will be but GPS is always useful for cycling.
The GoPro Hero 5 will auto-upload and back-up to the cloud when it’s charging. It will do timelapse stuff – great for those who like to video their bike builds and/or sunsets. It has exposure compensation control if you find it’s recording stuff too dark or too pale.
More GoPro info
If you’re really interested to find out more you can watch this 34 minute long video of the official launch presentation by GoPro’s CEO Nick Woodman…
GoPro’s new Karma drone
In related news GoPro also unveiled details of their much awaited drone camera – the Karma. This is perhaps not something that many riders will be thinking of buying in but it’s still pretty interesting stuff.
The headline spec of the Karma drone: “easy to use”, auto-landing function, automatic avoidance of “no go areas”, foldable, removable stabilizer (that can then be used handheld), $800 not including a GoPro.
It doesn’t appear to have a “follow-me” automatic tracking function. Which is a shame. But the price is actually pretty good all things considered.
The GoPro Hero 5 will be available in October and will cost £349.99. The Karma will cost £719.99.