GoPro Hero5 Black – The ultimate waterproof action camera

The GoPro Hero5 Black 4K action camera takes your adventures to the next level! This model is the first action camera on the market that is waterproof without additional housing. With features like advanced stabilization, voice command and top image quality, it is a must-have for travellers and outdoor explorers!

Is the GoPro Hero5 Black waterproof?

Newer GoPro cameras starting with the GoPro Hero5 Black are waterproof up to 33 ft (10 m). No need to use extra underwater housing! Just make sure that all the seals are damage and dirt free and close all camera doors properly! This useful feature saves your camera if it accidentally falls into water, moreover makes it perfect to use while surfing, snorkeling and shallow diving! To use it for deeper dives, get a GoPro SuperSuit  that makes your camera waterproof up to 196 ft (60m)! The current technology doesn’t allow full touch control if fully submerged, so you need to operate with the buttons, although a few droplets or wet fingers shouldn’t be a problem!

GoPro hero5 black - waterproof snorkeling action cam

Tip: for a stable and right-angled footage, mount your camera on a selfie stick that is waterproof! For underwater use, get GoPro accessories like GoPro dive filter and GoPro Dome for the best results!

Hero5 Black new features

This powerful camera was designed to make recording effortless. Combining the predecessors best features, the top quality of the GoPro Hero4 Black  and large screen of the GoPro Hero4 Silver  make the GoPro Hero 5 Black edition an easy-to-use, durable partner for any conditions no matter if it comes with water, mud or snow. The new voice control allows hands-free operation. With the GoPro Cloud storage service you can upload your footage to your could storage over WI-FI (This service is available when applying for a storage plan). The Quick App makes editing simpler. The GoPro Hero5 Black features RAW and WDR modes that guarantee top image quality. The improved stabilization makes your videos smoother and more stable. Upgraded wind noise reduction and advanced audio processing takes care of the clear voice recording.

Tip: if you are on a budget, see what the best GoPro alternatives are!

GoPro Hero5 Black specs

  • Voice control: hands free controlling using simple voice commands like ‘Take a photo’ or ’Start recording’
  • Built-in display: easy preview, trimming or change of setting on the 2-inch touch screen
  • Rugged design: Hero5 is waterproof up to 10 meters without extra housing – feel free to take it underwater!
  • Top quality photos and videos: 12 MP photos and 4K 30 fps videos in single, burst and time lapse modes for breathtaking moments. Extra RAW and WDR modes for the best shots.
  • Exposure control: fine/tune exposure settings with the easy on-screen exposure control
  • Improved video stabilization and wind noise reduction: Smoother videos even during the most intense actions
  • Upgraded battery allowing more than 120 minutes recording time at 1080p 30 fps and 90 minutes in 4K 30 fps
  • Advanced audio processing: left and right stereo audio channels
  • Built-in GPS: locating your photos or videos is not a problem anymore
  • GoPro Cloud Storage: with the new GoPro Plus subscription your Hero5 Black can upload your photos and videos automatically to the cloud storage without using cables or cards

GoPro Hero5 Black vs Hero7 Black

After the successful and long-running Hero4 models, the GoPro Hero5 Black got many new features that made it another flagship model. Users felt that the Hero6 Black  was not a big improvement comparing to the Hero5, so significant changes were expected with the launch of the Hero7 series. The most significant upgrades of the Hero7 Black are the TimeWarp motion time-lapse function, HyperSmooth gimbal-like stabilization, faster 4K frame rate and portrait orientation shooting mode. Moreover, as a new feature, the Hero7 Black’s Short Clip mode creates ready-to-share 15 or 30 seconds videos. The GoPro Hero7 Black is definitely the company’s most advanced action camera today with features that older models can’t beat, but if want an affordable model, going for the GoPro Hero5 Black is a good decision since its price dropped significantly over the past months after the launch of the newest models!

GoPro HERO5 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
GoPro HERO7 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization
GoPro Hero 5 Black
GoPro Hero 7 Black
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4K/60fps
Photo
12 MP
12 MP (HDR)
Stabilization
Standard
HyperSmooth
Live Streaming
Timewarp
Portrait mode in video
Waterproofing
33ft (10m)
33ft (10m)
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from $396.98
GoPro HERO5 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera for Travel with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos
GoPro Hero 5 Black
Rates
Video Resolution
4K/30fps
Photo
12 MP
Stabilization
Standard
Live Streaming
Timewarp
Portrait mode in video
Waterproofing
33ft (10m)
Prime availability
Price
from $235.00
GoPro HERO7 Black — Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K HD Video 12MP Photos Live Streaming Stabilization
GoPro Hero 7 Black
Rates
Video Resolution
4K/60fps
Photo
12 MP (HDR)
Stabilization
HyperSmooth
Live Streaming
Timewarp
Portrait mode in video
Waterproofing
33ft (10m)
Prime availability
Price
from $396.98

Tip: check out our post on the GoPro Hero7 Black features to learn more about the specification and new functions!

GoPro Hero 5 Session

Last but not least, don’t forget about the mini masterpiece Hero5 Session! This tiny 4K action camera knows almost everything what the big brother but comes in a super-handy compact size. It is also waterproof up to 10 meters, sleek and compact. The Hero5 Session  won’t disappoint you if you are loking for a travel companion with 4K video and sharp 10MP photo quality! The simple one-button control allows you to start recording just in a second, with the GoPro subscription you can upload your photos and videos to the cloud and view, edit or share them easily on the go. The ProTune function makes post-production editing easier. Mentioning the downsides too, the Hero5 Session comes without screen and offers shorter battery life. In essence, this portable and versatile GoPro is a good choice for those who usually mount the camera on helmet, bicycle, body board or car, want 4K video quality and don’t find having a touch display important.

GoPro Hero 5 Session Features

Anett Szaszi

Anett fell in love with the ocean immediately when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea back in 2010. Discovering megacities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. She has a big interest in exploring the world’s last hidden underwater paradises and marine conservation. She hopes to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!

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