GoPro Unveils Hero5 Action Cams and New Karma Drone
The new Hero5 cameras get increased performance and new voice control, while the Karma drone can be bought with or without a Hero cam.GoPro has brought voice control and increased performance to two of its popular action camera models, while also unveiling its first-ever drone, the GoPro Karma. The new products include the $399.99 GoPro Hero5 Black action camera, which includes a 2-inch touch-screen display and a 12-megapixel camera; the $299.99 Hero5 Session action camera, which has a 10-megapixel camera; and the $799.99 Karma Drone (without a camera), which comes with a game-style controller and folds up into an included backpack for easy portability. The devices were announced by the company on Sept. 19.
The latest flagship Hero5 Black action camera also gets simplified controls to make it easier to use, along with automatic uploading of photos and video to a cloud-based subscription service while the unit is charging. The Hero5 Black also includes video resolutions up to 4K at 30fps, one-button control and is waterproof to 33 feet without a separate housing. The new voice control feature includes support for seven languages so far, with more to come.
Also included are stereo audio recording capabilities and advanced wind noise reduction, professional-grade electronic video stabilization and wide angle video and photo capabilities. A new linear-view setting is also featured. The Hero5 Black can capture images in RAW and WDR photo modes and includes built-in GPS. The device is compatible with existing GoPro mounts to enable it to be used in a wide variety of applications.The new Hero5 Black will be available Oct. 2. For action camera users on a budget, the $299.99 Hero5 Session model shares the same small design of the Hero5 Black flagship model, but comes with a lower price tag and less-lofty specifications, such as a 10-megapixel camera. Like its big brother, the Hero5 Session gets video resolutions up to 4K at 30fps, one-button control and is waterproof to 33 feet without a separate housing. The new voice control feature includes support for seven languages so far, and it gets stereo audio recording capabilities and advanced wind noise reduction. Also included are professional-grade electronic video stabilization, wide angle video and photo capabilities and a new linear-view setting.