GoPro is still quite silent about the possible release date of GoPro Hero 5. However, according to the latest announcements, this action camera could be released on October this year. As for the coming months, GoPro could be focusing on many other devices.
This presently indicates that action-camera enthusiasts will have to comply with their latest batch of cameras so far, like the Hero 4 Black, Session and the Silver. They will have to do for action-camera buyers for now. Besides focusing on their existing camera lineup, GoPro is also expected to release a drone by the first quarter of 2016.
Drones are quite booming at the moment and the upcoming Karma drone will offer backward compatibility in order to complement GoPro’s existing range of cameras. Therefore, various models like the GoPro Hero 3 and the GoPro Hero 4 will be compatible with the Karma Drone.
Therefore, this essentially means that GoPro will be paving the way for full compatibility of the Karma Drone with the upcoming GoPro Hero 5, once it releases in the fourth quarter of 2016. At the moment, folks are quite interested in the release of GoPro Hero 5. However, CEO Nick Woodman has decided to keep everything secret and everything has been kept to a bare minimum.
The only word is that it will be convenient as well as well-connected. At the moment, these traits can end up meaning a lot of different things. According to the latest rumors, it will be lighter and smaller and also come with the potential of recording 8K videos. Moreover, the question of useful life will be discussed in order to indicate the maximum power than can be held by the battery.
Therefore, the present rumors suggest that GoPro Hero 5 could be equipped with a 2800mAh battery and that should be useful enough. Meanwhile, the processor chip carried by this device could be an Ambarella SoC or it could be upgraded to Qualcomm Snapdragon.
At the moment, there is no clear link between GoPro and the two companies and therefore, it is best to keep waiting till the device eventually comes out in October.
Meanwhile, Nick Woodman dropped a couple of hints regarding their Q4 earnings conference call on 3rd February. The CEO Nick Woodman also dropped a couple of hints regarding the direction that the company would be taking regarding the action-capture devices of 2016. An eventual release of the GoPro Hero 5 is to be expected soon enough.
GoPro’s present top-end models, the Hero 4 Black and the Hero 4 Silver were launched in late September of 2014 but the company did not release an updated ‘+’ version an year later, compared to what it did with Hero 3 cameras. The company spent the entirety of 2015, releasing lower-end Hero models.
Their production will be stopped by April. Meanwhile, the Hero 4 Session required a $200 price cut in order bring out greater interest among consumers. Woodman further confirmed that in 2016, the company will do its best to release the Karma Drone on store shelves.
Woodman spoke to Engadget earlier in the year and further confirmed that the Karma would be backward-compatible with previous-generation GoPro devices.
If it is launched before the Hero 5, this will mean that people will be able to buy this drone for their own Hero cameras. While talking about the Hero 5, Woodman confirmed that it will be the most convenient and most well-connected GoPro device ever to be made. He further said that any new hardware will do a better job of connecting to the cloud and smartphones.