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GoPro HERO5 Black: A HERO we deserve

By Peter Chu - 25 Nov 2016
Launch SRP: RM1849

Video and Image Performance, Conclusion

There are two physical buttons on the HERO5 Black. The one on top is essentially a shutter button, while the one on its side will cycle through its shooting modes.

The video recording capabilities of the HERO5 Black is quite similar to that of the HERO4 Black, in the sense that they can both capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, 1080p videos at 120 frames per second, and 720p at 240 frames per second.

But the HERO5 Black does have some few extra tricks up its sleeves, such as an additional ‘Linear’ field-of-view – which removes the characteristic fish-eye distortion of GoPro cameras – but more importantly, Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). It would have been better if it was optical rather than electronic, but that would have increased the size of this camera significantly, so we guess EIS is better than nothing.

With that said, we tested out the video stabilization capabilities of the HERO5 Black by fastening it onto a hand grip mount, and boldly went where no man has gone before – a shopping mall. Don’t judge. We recorded two videos whilst briskly walking around – one with video stabilization switched on, and another with it switched off, just to see if there was a perceivable difference. We used the same route for both videos just to keep things consistent.

As you can tell from the videos embedded above, the difference is quite startling. The first video on the left, which has video stabilization switched on, is remarkably more stable and less jittery than the second video, which, if played on repeat, would probably end up giving you nausea. Mind you, we were walking on a leveled surface, while consciously trying to be as steady with our hand as possible, so you can imagine how disorienting a video of us barreling down a rocky hillside on a mountain bicycle could possibly be.

The video quality of the HERO5 Black is pretty spot-on, be it under low-light conditions or under broad daylight, as it manages to capture plenty of detail and reproduce colors accurately. Although you’re given free rein to edit your videos using any video editing software of your preference, GoPro wants to encourage you to use its own proprietary Quik desktop software by allowing you to include an overlay of telemetric data – such as speed, altitude, and G-force – on your videos.

More of an avid shutterbug? Good news is that the HERO5 Black has a 12MP sensor that’s capable of capturing images in the RAW format, which gives you more leeway during post-processing as compared to the conventional JPEG format. It can also capture Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) – GoPro’s equivalent of High Dynamic Range (HDR) – images as well. The JPEG photos below were taken straight out of the HERO5 Black.

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Here's a photo captured using the 'Linear' field-of-view we talked about earlier. Click for full resolution.

Conclusion

Sure, for RM1,849, the HERO5 Black isn’t exactly affordable, especially once you take into consideration that there are plenty of other alternatives on the market that have a more reasonable price tag.

But do bear in mind that with the HERO5 Black, you’re essentially paying for a no-nonsense action camera whose forte is capturing great videos and beautiful photographs. As the colloquial saying goes: “The good things in life aren’t cheap, while the cheap things in life aren’t good.”

9.0
  • Performance 9
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9
  • User-Friendliness 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Great video quality
Captures RAW images
Waterproof (up to 10 meters) without additional casing
Accurate voice recognition
Has electronic image stabilization
The Bad
Touchscreen could be more sensitive
Battery life could be better