GoPro Hero 5 Updates, Review and Features: Can Action Camera Rival with Cheaper Alternatives?

By Nens Mitchell , Updated Nov 05, 2016 10:44 AM EDT

Action cameras are now being developed and improved by various brands. Gone are the days when GoPro only dominated the market with its adventure shooters.

Square-shaped and compact cameras perfect for different types of adventures have become a popular gadget especially among travelers. When first introduced, the prices of these action cams soared but eventually went lower when more brands entered the market.

Cheaper alternatives

Some of these cheap alternatives to the GoPro included the SJCAM and Xiaomi Yi. Both deliver photos and videos with qualities which are already comparable to the more expensive brand.

These are also equipped with 4K shooting capability which is important for those recording videos of their adventures or travels. Action camera brands are also still improving this technology to offer better products to the customers.

GoPro Hero 5 Black features

As for the newest GoPro Hero 5 Black offering, the device has been dubbed as a highly improved action camera compared to its predecessor. It comes with a waterproof case already and there is no need to purchase a separate case for the camera.

The GoPro Hero 5 Black is also equipped with dual microphones, touchsreen display, GPS and RAW shooting capability. Having these features combined makes the GoPro Hero 5 Black as one of the best action cameras available in the market today.

Other camera highlights

Another exciting thing about the device is that it is a lot lighter compared to the GoPro Hero 4 Black which weighed about 30g more. A rubberized design also make the device look better and aids in better grip for the camera.

For $399, the GoPro Hero 5 Black promises users voice support which allows the camera to be controlled by voice commands. It can also take Wide Dynamic Range video as an additional feature. When purchased, the camera comes with a rechargeable battery, a USB Type C cable and a mounting buckle.

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