GoPro Hero 5 Black Review

GoPro Hero 5

 

For those of you that don’t know. For my vlogging, I use my GoPro Hero 5 to make most of my videos. I use it for my vlogs as well as my Motovlogs. Using the GoPro mounts, I have it set up so I can hook it onto my helmet. I have a microphone running through my helmet.

Before the GoPro Hero 5, I was using a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver edition that I had for several years. It’s the camera that I used to start my YouTube and Motovlog career with.

Pros

Size

The GoPro Hero 5 is small and lightweight. I can’t even feel the extra weight on my helmet. You can toss it in a bag, or put it in your pocket. It’s easy to carry with you.

Audio

The audio has been improved from the GoPro Hero 3+ Silver edition that I had previously. I use an external Microphone, however, with the improved audio quality. You almost don’t need the external Microphone.

Screen

The Screen, The new GoPro’s have a screen on the back. It’s nice to be able to see what you’re shooting.  However, if you could rotate the screen, that would make it much easier to use.

Video Quality

The GoPro Hero 5 Black edition will go up to 4K, however, personally, I still shoot at 1080. I’m limited by hardware on editing. I don’t want to put that much strain on my editing machine.

WaterProof

The GoPro Hero 5 Black is Waterproof. However,  it doesn’t come with a housing, as the previous models did. You just use the frame and hook it up to any mount. You can go Up to 33 feet/10 meters without housing. If you want to go deeper there is a waterproof housing you can buy as an accessory.

Cons

Audio

GoPro Hero 5 Audio Adapter

Now, this is my biggest beef with the GoPro Hero 5 Black. If you want to use an external microphone you have to
get a special adapter.  The adapter retails at $49.99.  I think that is ridiculous.  I don’t know if GoPro made it special that 3rd party companies can’t replicate it, however, I haven’t been able to find any aftermarket products that will work.  For my GoPro Hero 3, I was able to get an aftermarket adapter for $10.00 off Amazon.

One thing to keep in mind, if you use the audio adapter and external microphone.  It will no longer be waterproof.  You have to remove the door to plug in the audio adapter.

The Battery

The battery.  The battery only seems to last about an hour.  I’ve heard good things about aftermarket batteries, however, I haven’t tried any of them at this time.

These are the major issues that I have with the GoPro.  If you would like to know more about the GoPro Hero 5 you can check out their website.

What do you like and dislike about the GoPro?  Leave a comment and let me know.  You can also Contact Me if you would like to.

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