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GoPro Hero5 Black Review: 4 Features and My First Footage

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Thinking about getting the new Hero5 Black? In this post, you'll learn all about it in my GoPro Hero5 Black review. You'll also see my first photos, video and time-lapse with the Hero5 Black.

GoPro Hero5 Black Review

I have the Hero5 Black! Bryan ordered a Hero5 Black for me the day it became available. (Wasn't that awesome?!)

His Dad has a Hero4 Silver and I think he noticed me drooling over the touch screen.

I don't like the navigation system of the other GoPro cameras.“Push this button, then push that button twice, then push this button again…” I always get it wrong and mess things up. I was hoping GoPro would put a touch screen on the Hero5 Black, and they did.

Before we get into the GoPro Hero5 Black review, here is my first video. I filmed this with the camera on a handheld extend pole. I was pretty happy with the Hero5 stabilization feature.

Miner's Marsh GoPro Hero5 Black Video

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We had so much fun that day!

OK, let's jump into some of the things that got me excited about this new camera. And then we'll get into my GoPro Hero5 Black review.

4 Reasons I'm Excited About GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro made so many improvements to the Hero4 series. Here are my favorite four:

  1. Touch screen
  2. Improved photo capture (RAW and WDR)
  3. Waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a waterproof housing
  4. Voice control

GoPro Hero5 Black

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My GoPro Hero5 Black Review

First thoughts:

  • I like the color. It's dark gray so it won't stand out as much as the Hero3 and Hero4 cameras. I like blending as much as possible while shooting.
  • It has two buttons, one less than previous models. That means less confusion.
  • The touch screen is large, easy to navigate, change settings, check composition and review footage.

1. Hero5 Black Touch Screen

When I turned the camera on for the first time, it led me through a short tutorial explaining how to work the touch screen.

The touch screen was easy to use. Sooooo much easier than remembering the sequence of button pushing on the Hero3 and Hero4 Black models.

touch display on Gopro Hero5 Black touch screen on GoPro Hero5 Black

With the Hero3 and Hero4 Black, I would get frustrated and pass the camera to my husband.

With the Hero5 Black, it was quick and easy so it was more fun. I felt much more comfortable to switch modes and try different settings. I also like being able to check my composure before shooting and to review what I captured.

GoPro Hero5 Black touch screen

Here's a shot from a Burst sequence. The sequence was included in the video at the beginning of this post.

GoPro Hero5 Black burst photo

And here is my first timelapse. I set the camera up on a picnic table facing the water to catch the reflection of the cloud movement.

Miner's Marsh GoPro Hero5 Black Timelapse Video

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The above timelapse video was filmed with the GoPro on a Gorillapod by Joby. Here are a couple shots of my setup.

I set the camera to take a shot every 2 seconds, I let it film for around 15 minutes. Then as I was editing I sped the playback up to a point where it felt right.

GoPro Hero5 Black Gorillapod tripod setup GoPro Hero Black timelapse setup

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2. Improved Photo Capture

The Hero5 takes 12-megapixel photos (like the Hero4 Black) and has some new setting options.

I was impressed with the RAW setting. It captured great color and I found it easy to edit.

GoPro Hero5 Black image quality

Shooting in RAW with the Hero5 was more like the RAW files I capture with my DSLR. I enjoy doing some light editing so I was happy with the results in Photoshop.

GoPro Hero5 Black RAW photo

I can't wait to shoot WDR and the new field of view option (Linear) which takes away the fish-eye effect.

3. GoPro Hero5 Black is Waterproof: Let it Rain!

The Hero5 Black is waterproof, but my gut tells me not to chance it.

That may sound paranoid, but I'm worried that I might not have the compartments (battery and cable) closed properly. I would HATE to ruin my camera.

close-up of GoPro Hero5 Black

I'll be getting a waterproof housing for it in the future.

But because it's waterproof, I'm okay with taking it out in the rain and snow. And best of all, I'm not as nervous drinking coffee with it sitting on my desk.

So (for me at least) the fear factor is reduced.

4. GoPro Hero5 Black Voice Control 

I love this feature. What could be easier than just telling your camera what to do?

Speaking to my GoPro felt a little funny at first. And I guess it didn't like the way I was talking because it wouldn't recognize my commands. It likes fluid sentences, “GoPro take a picture” not “GoPro, (slight pause) take a picture.” So stay calm and speak fluid. 🙂

review of the GoPro Hero5 Black

Here is a video that demonstrates how to use the touch screen and enable voice control.

The option to change settings with my voice is pretty cool. I'll be using it most of the time.

What Comes With the GoPro Hero5 Black?

The Hero5 came mounted in a Cage (Skeleton) mount on a mounting adapter which can be used with other mounts.

There was also a thumb screw, a battery, a USB-C cable, a rounded and a flat adhesive mount, 2 little booklets (a safety instruction and a getting started) 3 GoPro stickers.

It doesn't come with an SD card. So you'll need to order a micro SD card to start using the camera.

what comes with the Gopro Hero5 Black

The Bottom Line: GoPro Hero5 Black Review

This is my favorite GoPro so far. I like the color, the touch screen, ease of use, voice control, and picture quality.

GoPro blogger GoPro Hero5 Black-selfie

I don't like that the battery drains so fast and that my other GoPro batteries won't fit in my new camera. I have to buy an extra battery and a new charger to use it for extended filming.

Will You Buy A GoPro Hero5 Black?

This was an awesome camera to receive as a gift. And I think it's the best GoPro so far. But what about you?

Do you have a Hero5 Black? Do you think you'll get one? Share your thought by commenting on this post.

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Hi, I'm the Author!

Dena Haines is co-editor of ClickLikeThis: GoPro tutorial blog. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of GringosAbroad (Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with ClickLikeThis.

2 comments… add one
  • Jason Mar 13, 2017, 9:23 pm

    Nice overview. I just got this camera, and it’s my first GoPro, so I can’t compare to older models, but do far, it has exceeded my expectations.

    • Bryan Haines Mar 14, 2017, 8:26 am

      Glad you’re enjoying your Hero5. It’s definitely a step up from the Hero4 and a huge improvement over the Hero3.

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