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GoPro’s New Hero5 Cameras Are Awesome For Snorkeling

If your aquatic activities while on vacation lean toward the snorkeling side, GoPro‘s latest line of action cameras could be a dream come true.

The company this week introduced the Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session, two cameras that are waterproof without the need of a housing down to 33 feet/10 meters.

Both cameras have video resolutions of up to 4K at 30 frames per second; can auto-upload photos and video to the Cloud while the camera is charging; one-button control; voice control with support for seven languages (with more languages coming); video stabilization; can take distortion-free, wide-angle video and photos with a new “Linear-View Setting”; and are compatible with existing GoPro mounts, including the company’s new Karma drone.

The higher-end Hero 5 Black sports a two-inch touch display and simplified controls and can take 12-megapixel photos. It also can record audio in stereo and has an advanced wind noise reduction feature. Photos can be taken in RAW and WDR modes, and the Hero 5 Black also has a built-in GPS sensor.

GoPro's latest action camera, the Hero5 Black
GoPro’s Hero5 Black

The smaller Hero5 Session shares the same design and convenience of the original, along with the ability to take 10-megapixel photos and a simple, one-button control.

GoPro's Hero5 Session
GoPro’s Hero5 Session

Both cameras will be available on October 2nd, 2016, with the Hero5 Black retailing for US$399.99/357.76 Euros and the Session retailing for $299.99/268.32 Euros.

For more information on the new cameras, as well as GoPro‘s new Karma drone and additional accessories and software (including GoPro Plus, an end-to-end storytelling solution and cloud-based subscription service), check out the launch video below or go to the GoPro website.

(UPDATE 19:45 EST: GoPro will soon be offering a housing for the Hero5 Black that’s waterproof down to 196ft/60m and will retail for US$49.99/44.73 Euros.)

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John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.



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