GoPro announces new cameras, drone, gimbal and cloud service

GoPro announces new cameras, drone, gimbal and cloud service

Media powerhouse, GoPro, just came out swinging with a plethora of products in time for the 2016-17 ski season.



The HERO5.

First up is the HERO5, perhaps GoPro’s most impressive camera model. It combines the best qualities of the former HERO4 Silver and HERO4 Black cameras, resulting in one powerful product. The HERO5 shoots 4K footage at up to 30 frames per second (a strong quality of the Black), and offers a touchscreen (a big plus from the Silver), while also bringing some new benefits into play to make the user experience better than ever.


The HERO5.

One of the new additions is the incorporation of built-in waterproofing, nixing the need for the plastic cases that used to house GoPros. This waterproofing holds up as deep as 30 feet underwater (as well as under endless powder), and casing is still available for users who plan to go extra deep. In addition to the waterproofing, the HERO5 also boasts a new voice command system, which allows users to operate the camera via phrases like “GoPro start video,” “GoPro take a photo” and more, via seven different languages. New image stabilization tech is also integrated into the HERO5, making ski footage and other high-speed, high-intensity footage smoother than ever. And, all clips can be reviewed in a whole new light thanks to new GPS tracking technology; no more wondering what clip was from where. Last but not least, the camera is seeing a large price drop, down to $399.

HERO5 Session


The HERO5 Session.

Now, onto the new, small, but mighty HERO5 Session. The camera has been updated to 4K quality, a big improvement from its old 1080p capability, without gaining any size whatsoever. It boasts a couple of the HERO5’s new qualities, too: waterproofing and voice-command integration. This camera is also seeing a very attractive price point of just $299.

Karma and gimbal


The Karma.

Also new to the GoPro arsenal is the Karma, a drone optimized to film with the HERO5, HERO5 Session and HERO4. It folds up for easy transporting, comes with a backpack that it fits into perfectly and is operated via a simple controller with a touchscreen and two joysticks. Cameras are clamped onto the front of the drone, unlike underneath like many competitors, and attached via a smooth gimbal (a handle used with cameras to make shots smoother). The gimbal can also be detached for smooth non-drone filming. Karmas can be bought for $799 alone, $999 with a HERO5 Session or $1,099 with a HERO5.

GoPro Plus

To tie all of these new products together and make the user experience as well-rounded as possible, GoPro has announced a new cloud service called GoPro Plus. Now, every time a camera is plugged into a power source and connected to wi-fi, its footage is automatically uploaded to a personal GoPro cloud. The service costs $5 per month.

The cameras become available October 2, while the drone becomes available October 23.

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