I have just watched the live launch show of GoPro company and all I can say is: WOW! I didn’t really expect to be amazed that much by seeing GoPro’s new stuff – Hero5 cameras (Black and Session) and their first drone ever called Karma.
Before watching the live stream, I was thinking that I don’t need a new camera. My Hero4 Silver is perfectly sufficient for our family needs so far and videos look pretty good. So why would I spend so much money on something trendy?
Let’s see why the launch live stream video kind of change my mind.
New Hero5 Black Camera
Founder and CEO of GoPro company, Nick Woodman, came to the room full of excited people to bring the news. After short and powerful intro he pulled out the new type of camera Hero5 Black. He immediately caught my attention by saying:
People around him yelled and at that time I started to think: maybe…? Well, guys at GoPro know how to catch peoples’ attention, that’s for sure.
This is the only thing which I miss a lot on my Hero4 Silver camera so far. When I want to record better sound I must have the camera without housing, vulnerable and not waterproof. Finally, this annoying thing would be gone?
Speaking of the sound, the new Hero5 Black has 3 microphones instead of 1. Hopefully, this will also help to improve the sound quality.
Another noteworthy feature is voice control. It should work when you just say, for example:
I am curious if it will understand even us, non-native speakers. The camera should recognize 7 languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Italian. Unfortunately, it doesn’t understand Czech (our native language), shame on you GoPro! Just kidding 🙂 If this works properly, it can save all those spontaneous moments with kids we missed because we weren’t able to push the button fast enough.
Nick also talked about image stabilization. They showed a couple of shots from skiing and running with a kid. It looked pretty smooth, no shaking, I liked it a lot. But I am a little bit worried if these shots were really done only with the camera itself without their new external stabilizer (I will introduce it in a moment).
This camera has LCD touch display and Nick promised redesigned and easier user interface. But my concern is how they handled overheating of the camera with LCD. That was the reason why their best camera Hero4 Black didn’t have the LCD display.
Last feature worth mentioning is GPS for easy location tagging.
Well, this all sounds very good, but I was afraid that it will be overpriced. When Nick announced the price $399 bucks I seriously started to think about buying it. This is the same price as I paid for my Hero4 Silver. Not bad, I thought it will be at least $500.
I must admit that they convinced me. Now, there is only one thing I had to do. Call my husband and ask if buying new Hero5 Black will fit our family budget. His reaction was hilarious:
I am glad it was so quick and smooth 🙂 Now I don’t know how to survive this waiting period because GoPro starts to sell it on Oct 2nd, 2016.
Do you want to be hooked too? Watch this video:
The next came the introduction of small Hero5 Session camera. The difference from the older type is 4K video at 30 frames per second. Similarly to Black model, it has voice control and image stabilization. On top of it, they promised that this is the most durable GoPro they ever made and you will hardly destroy it. But the best selling points for this camera, in my opinion, is still the super small size and the easiest use. The price is $299, also not bad.
Look at this video if you are interested:
Apps for Video Managing and Easy Editing
Next, Nick Woodman introduced new applications and services to make your work with video a little bit easier.
Capture App pairs the camera with your smartphone, allows you to control the camera, offload your content (full videos, photos or just little clips) and share it on your social media.
Throughout the show, he mentioned several times their new cloud solution Plus. When you connect your camera with charger it will automatically upload your content to their cloud and make it accessible from anywhere, from any device.
Next, Nick announced more exciting software solution saying:
Quik App is a software for your phone or your desktop which should do automatic editing for you. Pick your content and it edits video clips and automatically syncs to the beats of the music. Then you can apply styles, texts, light etc.
Nick showed his latest experience with this easy editing app when his boy trained on the bike for the first time. He showed practically how the editing app works directly at the spot using his smartphone! He uploaded the raw files to his phone using the Quik Key (SD card reader) which is faster. In the Quik App, he just tapped which files he want to use in the correct order and then clicked and it edited the whole story. Then he picked a song, chose the desired length of the video and a style and that was it.
The video was edited in a few seconds / minutes. But it wasn’t clear how much this raw footage was pre-prepared. I cannot believe that the software can choose the right scenes even from the lengthy untrimmed footage. But if it works at least at sufficient level it can be a great solution for busy people who will not sit at the computer and spend many hours, days or weeks by editing. We’ll see, I cannot wait to test how it really works…
Watch the second half of this video if you are interested:
Then came the last thing which was probably the most expected and for me personally the most exciting. Nick opened a backpack case he brought with him and finally revealed a historically first GoPro drone ever – Karma.
He unfolded the drone and its size was approximately as big as his arm. It seems it is a low profile. They showed a video of a guy snowboarding and having this backpack with Karma on his back. It seems quite small and portable.
I can imagine we take this to the car full of kids’stuff when going on road trips. Probably, too big for hikes with kids – we still have our backs reserved for our kiddos. But I believe it is the near future, kids will walk alone and I will have a drone on my back (with a bunch of other stuff), I cannot wait!
But what was kind of surprising is that, as Nick yelled:
It has a stabilizer which could stay in the drone or you can take it out of it and use as a hand stabilizer. The stabilizer might be also mounted to your original mounts – on a helmet, backpack, chest mount or anywhere else.
Karma Grip as they call the stabilizer which could be taken out of the drone is quite impressive. I liked the shots from chasing the kid and skiing with him – it was nice and smooth, no shaking. You can control the camera on the grip itself.
The next thing they showed and which looked pretty impressive was a wild mountain bike ride. The rider had the camera mounted with the handheld stabilizer to his chest mount. I could enjoy the ride without feeling sick from all the shake which is normal for such footage.
They say that Karma is very complex system but promised that it is easy to use even for first time users. Something which makes me curious again. I wanted to buy some drone for a while but was worried if I can operate it and not destroy in the marshes which are everywhere here in the southeast Texas. The question is if it will be as easy as promised.
The most interesting were prices announced at the end:
- everything together (Karma drone, grip with stabilizer, controller and backpack) will cost $799
- all Karma equipment plus Hero5 Session – bundle price $999 (saves $100)
- all Karma equipment plus Hero5 Black – bundle price $1099 (saves $100)
I have a hard time to leave this on the table. I will wait a couple days and think about it. Karma will be available to sell on October 23rd, 2016 so I have enough time.
Here is the drone video:
And what about you, what do you think? Let us know your opinion in comments below, please.