GoPro Hero5 release date, specs: Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session arriving October 2; what to expect

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GoPro recently announced the highly anticipated additions to their flagship roster of action cameras the GoPro Hero5 Black and the smaller Hero5 Session.

According to Wired, the Hero5 Black is the first device from the company to be waterproof up to 10 meters or 33 feet without needing to have an external housing. Since it will be easier to carry, it is predicted to become lighter and more convenient when shooting adventures outdoors.

It also has built-in global positioning system (GPS) which may come in handy when it is paired with the first quadcopter from GoPro, the Karma drone. The camera also takes stunning 4K resolution videos on Wide Dynamic Range at 30 frames per second (fps) and 12-megapixel photos in RAW format. Similar to the Hero+, the gadget also sports a 2-inch touch display that allows for easier viewing of captured moments even while recording.

Meanwhile, the updated version of the original Session camera also shares similar capacities. Aside from the taking 4K footage and waterproofing, both cameras will have voice control with seven languages supported. They will also be capable of automatically backing up videos and photos as part of GoPro’s new cloud-based subscription service.

The Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session will also have a simpler menu system with one-button operation like the Hero 4 Session, stereo microphones and professional grade electronic or digital image stabilization.

The aspects in which they differ include the Hero5 Session’s slightly lower 10-megapixel images due to a smaller sensor, no screen, no GPS, as well as no RAW and WDR modes. Instead, it has a ProTune video mode which is said to allow owners to capture pictures that will be easier to color-correct during editing.

The unveiling of GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session took place during the launch of the GoPro Karma drone at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Northern Carolina. They are expected to arrive on Oct. 2 for the price of $399 and $299, respectively.