The GoPro Camera

Introduction

It is no longer news to those who are lovers of photography that the GoPro camera makes the best action cameras in the world. Here in this article, we take a look at the best GoPro cameras you can splash your hard earned money on right now.

GoPro Hero7 Black

The GoPro Hero7 is the best action camera money can buy right now. The new benchmark for action cameras

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Screen: 2in touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz)
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (60fps)
  • Frame rates: 60fps (4K), 240fps (1080p), 240fps (720p)
  • Waterproofing: 10m
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
  • Battery life: 1-3hrs estimated

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Pros
  • Shoots great 4K video
  • HyperSmooth feature is impressive
Cons
  • Voice commands need refining
  • Occasional unresponsive screen

The Hero7 Black is a massive upgrade on its predecessor, the Hero6 Black. The Hero7 Black debuts the highly impressive HyperSmooth, which is a new image stabilization technology that brings a smooth, stable, flowing look to even handheld video.

The TimeWarp feature is equally cool, it is a refinement of the Hypersmooth. The TimeWarp feature allows you to create a TimeLapse while walking around a scene, but also increase the speed by 30x for short, shareable and silky-smooth TimeLapse videos. The Hero 7 Black is the top choice for action cameras with its impressive features.

GoPro Hero6 Black

The predecessor to the Hero 7 Black packs much power as well.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Screen: 2in touchscreen Connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz),
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (60fps) Waterproofing: 10m (60m with Super Suit housing)
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
Pros
  • High-quality 4K video
  • 12MP stills and RAW shooting option
Cons
  • Comparatively expensive

Although the Hero 7 Black has since toppled the Hero 6 Black, it still packs much more power than rival drones and is a good option for those who can’t afford to buy the Hero 7 Black. This camera significantly has more capabilities than its predecessor, the Hero 5 Black.

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The Hero 6 Black is equipped with the ability to shoot 4K video at a frame rate of 60fps, or Full HD video at up to a super slow 240 frames per second. It also has voice control for hands-free operation, GPS functionality and also advanced audio processing that captures audio in stereo.

You can also capture still images at 12MP in RAW format, which allows you to post-process your images. The camera is equipped with a touchscreen LCD and can be used underwater to depths of 10m without a housing.

GoPro Hero5 Black

This camera has outstanding specs that suit most people.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Screen: 2-inch touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (30fps)
  • Waterproofing: 10m (60m with Super Suit housing)
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
Pros
  • Specs are still quite relevant and still rivals its successor, the Hero 6, Black
  • Cheaper
Cons
  • 4K video tops out at 30fps
  • Some features missing (Touch Zoom, HDR Photo)

If all you care about is good quality video and not necessarily the highest standards offered by latest versions of the Hero Black, the Hero 5 Black is your best bet. It allows you to shoot high-quality videos and you get to save some money as it is much cheaper than both the Hero 6 Black and Hero 7 Black.

The Hero 5 Black is capable of shooting 4K video but only at 30fps, and its slow-motion Full HD video tops out at 120fps, but honestly, this should be more than adequate for the needs of most GoPro users. It also has voice control, the same level of waterproofing as the Hero 6, stereo audio and GPS.

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However, you don’t get HDR Photo or touch zoom; video stabilization feature is less advanced than that of the Hero 6, and the Wi-Fi functionality is standard, as opposed to the 5GHz functionality for fast offload to the phone that is found on the Hero.

GoPro HERO (2018)

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 10MP
  • Screen: 2in touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps
  • Maximum video resolution: Full HD (60fps)
  • Waterproofing: 10m (60m with Super Suit housing)
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: No
Pros
  • Quite easy to use for a first-timer
  • Burst shooting and video specs still impressive
Cons
  • No 4K
  • Fewer megapixels

This camera model is designed for novice GoPro user and was released in 2018. It is simply an entry-level camera.

GoPro HERO (2018) comes with voice control functionality and a touchscreen for easy operation. It shoots Full HD video at 60fps and can capture 10MP still images with a maximum burst rate of up to 10fps.

This camera is suitable for everyday shots and holiday videos. It is a good camera for a basic user of GoPro cameras.

GoPro Fusion

The GoPro Fusion is a 360° marvel. The camera opens up new possibilities for filmmaking.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 18MP
  • Screen: No
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 5.2K (30fps)
  • Waterproofing: 5m
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: Yes
Pros
  • Twin-lens setup for 360° videos/images
  • ‘Overcapture’ function expands filmmaking possibilities
Cons
  • Reduced waterproofing
  • Complex prospect for the average user

The GoPro fusion is the best specialist camera by GoPro. It is quite different from the Hero models. The GoPro Fusion comes with two wide-angle lenses facing in opposite directions enabling it to capture 360° images or videos of things around it while Hero cameras only come with a single lens facing forward.

The GoPro Fusion also comes equipped with the Overcapture functionality which allows you to ‘pull’ 1080p Full HD videos from anywhere in the 360° frame. This means that you can effectively create complex camera moves and perspective changes from the same static shot, without once moving the camera.

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You can choose to shoot your 360° video in 5.2K 30fps or 3K 60fps, and you can capture 18MP 360° stills. The amazing specs of this camera make it far more useful than is needed by an average use but professional content creators will have their hands full if they manage to get one of this camera model.

The major set back of this camera is that the waterproof is only up to 5m and it isn’t compatible with the Super Suit housing to extend this.

GoPro Hero 5 Session

The older version of the Hero camera. It is small and fast and can capture high-quality 4K video

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 10MP
  • Screen: No
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (30fps)
  • Waterproofing: 10m
  • Voice control: Yes
  • GPS: No
Pros
  • Small and portable
  • Voice activated
Cons
  • One-button controls can be frustrating
  • Poor battery life

This camera was designed with the everyday user in mind. This is why the Hero 5 Session is so small and simple that is controlled with a single button. It has no screen either but it does have some useful features such as though the Hero 5 Session does pack in useful features like Wi-Fi. The model, however, has been discontinued by GoPro but you can still get it second-hand.

GoPro Hero+ LCD

The Hero+ comes with a permanently attached underwater housing.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 8MP
  • Screen: 1.5in touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 5fps
  • Maximum video resolution: Full HD (60fps)
  • Waterproofing: 40m
  • Voice control: No
  • GPS: No

Pros
  • Always-on housing makes for easier diving
  • Useful touch LCD
Cons
  • The housing can cause compatibility issues
  • Fewer megapixels

This camera comes with a permanent housing which is a plus as most rival models require additional housing to be fully waterproof. The permanently attached housing makes the camera bullied than most and this can lead to compatibility problems when attempting to pair it with accessories like gimbals. The housing, however, makes it possible for you to dive to deeper depths.

GoPro Hero 4 Silver

This is the first GoPro camera equipped with an LCD touchscreen.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Screen: 1.5in touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (15fps)
  • Waterproofing: Only with housing (40m)
  • Voice control: No
  • GPS: No
Pros
  • Competitive price against later models
  • 4K video and fast burst shooting
Cons
  • LCD reduces battery life
  • Only waterproof with housing

This camera though outpowered by subsequent Hero models is quite a capable camera. It sports a touchscreen LCD which is a first for GoPro and can shoot 4k video. It also has time-lapse functionality as well as some useful night-oriented features such as Night Lapse, which increases its utility under low light conditions. It’s a major setback compared to its rivals, Hero 4 Black is the low battery life.

GoPro Hero 4 Black

This camera was released as a partner to the Hero 4 Silver with slightly different specs.

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Screen: No
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 30fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 4K (30fps)
  • Waterproofing: Only with housing (40m)
  • Voice control: No
  • GPS: No
Pros
  • The high-quality 4K video for the price
  • Fast burst shooting
  • The battery lasts much longer due to the absence of the LCD screen.
Cons
  • Only waterproof with housing
  • No LCD screen
  • The camera features no LCD touchscreen and is capable of putting out a 30fps 4K video.

GoPro Hero Session

(Also called Hero 4 Session) A small but useful camera

Key Specs
  • Megapixels: 8MP
  • Screen: No
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Maximum continuous shooting speed: 10fps
  • Maximum video resolution: 1440p (30fps)
  • Waterproofing: 10m
  • Voice control: No
  • GPS: No
Pros
  • Extremely small and portable
  • Tough and waterproof with no housing
Cons
  • No 2K or 4K
  • Quality average compared to other models

This camera was launched as the Hero 4 Session alongside the Hero 4 Black and Silver, but it was later tweaked and rebranded as the Hero Session after it recorded sales. The low sales of the camera when it was initially released was most likely due to the confusions raised by what the designations meant.

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It is a simple and tiny camera with one-button operation and a form factor about half the size of the Hero 4 Black and Silver. It is durable but you most likely won’t be blown away by the video quality of this camera but it will be a good and inexpensive gift to a young user.

Conclusion

If you are in need of a quality action camera, GoPro cameras are your best bet and you can pick one from this list depending on your need and financials.

Author: Arinze

A Photography enthusiastic. I work with a group of other professional photographers to provide you tips on photography

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