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GoPro Hero5 Black

GoPro Hero5 Black

from  $299+
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86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Hero5 Black adds some much-needed features that make it feel like the most mature action camera we've seen yet. That said, some of the additions, like GPS, don't bring too much to the table just yet. Overall, though, it's an improved experience compared to the Hero4, and one that should get better with time.

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Pros
  • Includes a touchscreen
  • Responds to voice commands
  • Waterproof even without a case
  • Advanced photo modes
Cons
  • Touchscreen is occasionally unresponsive
  • New features will drain the battery fast
  • No support for third-party batteries
  • Incompatible with some legacy accessories
86 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

100
stefangadget
Great little device. Definitely would buy again
90
Liquidmachine
I lost my GoPro Hero3 in a recent move so I went and upgraded to the Hero5....read more
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
80
DC Rainmaker
I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending the Hero5 to anyone. The camera works well and has outstanding video and photo quality at the same time.
 
80
Wired
Given the new features and the excellent image quality, the Hero5 Black is the best action camera you can buy. Also, it will be fully compatible with GoPro’s forthcoming Karma drone. The new camera is also only $400—a full $100 cheaper than the previous Hero4 Black.
 
80
Digital Trends
The Hero5 Black is a proper successor ... and it’s worth the upgrade. Even existing Hero4 Black owners will benefit from the new features. The lower list price makes it more affordable, so if you’re shopping for a new action cam, definitely consider the Hero5 Black at the top of the list.
 
90
Mashable
GoPro's latest Hero 5 action cameras up the ante with new waterproof designs, voice controls and software that'll help you create video memories easier and faster.
 
80
T3
This is a cracking action cam. The best you can get, in fact. It's a great evolution of the firm's tried-and-tested line, featuring plenty of user-friendly extras that make capturing top quality footage a doddle.
 
100
Pocket-Lint
The Hero5 is a new breed of super Hero, perfect for upgraders of newcomers alike. It modernises the series and, ultimately, reinforces GoPro's position as king of the action cams.