Today, GoPro introduced new set of products which the company claims to simplify how people capture, store and share content. The new devices include Hero 5, Hero 5 Session, Karma and GoPro Plus.
Nicholas Woodman, GoPro’s founder and CEO said: “With these new products, we’re delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories. HERO5’s ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon.”
“We’re stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It’s so easy to use; a beginner can have fun straight away.” – He further added.
GoPro claims that Hero 5 is probably the most powerful, easy-to-use GoPro with features such as waterproof up to 10m, professional-grade electronic video stabilization, distortion-free wide angle videos and photo capturing ability and stereo audio recording and advanced wind noise reduction.
The Hero 5 has a 2-inch touch display and can record videos up to 4K at 30 fps. For photos, the resolution we get is 12 megapixels. The photos and videos are uploaded automatically to the cloud service when camera is charging. It houses a 1-button control and voice control support for 7 languages. The Hero 5 is compatible with existing GoPro mounts including Karma. You also get RAW and WDR photo modes and GPS connectivity. Hero 5 will be available in Black colour from October 2nd onwards at a price of about $399.99.
Hero 5 Session
The Hero 5 Session is another camera from GoPro which was launched today. The Session variant can shoot videos up to 4K and photos at 10 megapixels. Similar to the Hero 5, it can also auto-upload photos and videos to cloud while charging. Basically it is exactly same as Hero 5 in terms of features and specifications. It is just a smaller variant and will be sold at a price of $299.99.
Karma is GoPro’s own drone which features a compact, fits-in-a-small-backpack design and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. Karma makes it easy for anyone to capture amazingly smooth, stabilized video during almost any activity. Apart from that, there is also a game-style controller with an interactive touch display allowing users easy access to various controls. There is also a 3-axis camera stabilizer that is removable but is generally used for ultra-smooth footage. This drone is priced at $799.99 and will be available starting October 23rd. If you want to buy the drone with the camera, then it will cost you $1099.99 for HERO5 Black and $999.99 for HERO5 Session with the later selling in early 2017.
GoPro Plus and Quick Apps
Apart from the above mentioned products, GoPro also introduced GoPro Plus- its own cloud-based subscription service through which both HERO5 black and HERO5 session automatically upload the content while charging. Additionally, it also unlocks features such as Access to an Expansive Library of Music Soundtracks for Editing, 20% off Mounts and Accessories at GoPro.com, Exclusive Access to GoPro Apparel and Premium Support. This service costs $4.99 per month there is also a free trial available initially. This service will be available from October 2nd onwards.
Also, editing and sharing content can be done with ‘Quick App’ which is available for both mobile and desktop. Quik enables users to quickly produce high-quality videos that are fun to create and easy to share. It allows users to import videos, pick favourite and choose a soundtrack and the app will automatically edit the video to the beat of the song.
Other than this, GoPro claims that it will be launching several other accessories later this year including Quik Key, a key-chain, micro-USB card reader that plugs into your phone to quickly transfer photos and videos from your GoPro and REMO which is essentially voice-activated remote that extends the voice control range of HERO5 cameras while providing one-button remote control.