Every year GoPro completes their annual October ritual by releasing a new product. GoPro doesn’t tend to make massive upgrades to these units, rather focusing on adding more features and performance upgrades.
These upgrades are a way to stay ahead of the competitors in the market, but with these upgrades, an increase in price is inevitable. The company, however, balances their product lineup by decreasing the price of the previous model.
But surprisingly the price of the GoPro Hero 5 is rumored to be lower than its predecessor, which is a first for a device with such technological advanced and decade-defining features!
Initially expected to release on October 5th this year, the release date has been postponed indefinitely but is expected to release somewhere along the lines of 2016. This news is quite disheartening for the enthusiasts and fans. This delay is supposedly due to the improvements that are being made to develop the “most powerful videographic equipment” in the world!
Initial speculations suggested that the GoPro Hero 5 may actually be able to capture videos of resolution as high as 8k, all thanks to its A10 processor. Designed by AMD, this chipset is the insignia of the Trinity series and has a quad-core processor with clock speeds upwards of 4.2GHz.
The camera also possesses the ability to capture 3D, which will dramatically improve user experience especially while filming in extreme adrenaline filled moments. GoPro Hero cameras are popular among people who are engaged in active sports.
The GoPro Hero 5 is rumored to feature dual lens, enabling it to capture 3D photos making it the first of its kind. However, technically speaking, it’s still unclear how the 3D recording and the 8k resolution will blend in along with the supposed faster processing speed of the camera.
The 8k resolution will be a marked improvement from its previous version, which possessed 4k resolution and also from other upcoming devices gadgets in the market. The current mainstream Full High Definition (HD) sums up to 1080p. 4k is termed as Ultra HD with 2160p, which is twice the pixel density of the current mainstream standard. As it is evident that 8k is twice the resolution of 4k with pixel density of 4320p, it is being termed as Full Ultra HD.
The configuration of the A10 processor usually provides best-in-class 3D Gaming performance but GoPro is taking video recording to the next level with its 4k resolution videos at 60 frames per second and 8k at a lower frame rate.
Additional specifications of the device were also revealed, including a longer battery life thanks to a 2800 mAh battery. With an improvement of 150% from its previous model, you can actually record 2 hours of video on a single charge.
The GoPro Hero 5 also is Wi-Fi compatible, has HDMI ports and Bluetooth 4.0. It is waterproof till depths of up to 60 meters. Live streaming features are currently enabled on the GoPro Hero 4 along with direct uploading, and with the amplified Bluetooth interface, sharing experience is better than ever.
The GoPro Hero 4 is currently rated at a price of $499, although loaded with more features and a couple of technological breakthroughs, the GoPro Hero 5 is rumored to be ranged anywhere from $400 to $500. If the rumors are believed be true, the GoPro Hero 5 is way cheaper than its predecessor.
Even if it retails for the same price as the GoPro Hero 4 i.e. $499, it will still be cheaper considering the features it has to offer. While the company is due on making any statements or announcements confirming or denying the rumors on pricing, prospective buyers are having second thoughts whether they should go for the GoPro Hero 4 or wait for the technologically advanced and cheaper Hero 5.