Doesn't live up to the hype.
I'm pretty serious about my photography. I picked up a Hero5 to extend the capabilities of my kit. I got sucked into the hype about how awesome these cameras are. I found out there is more to frustrate than there is to celebrate with this product.
- Robust and waterproof (I assume - I never bothered to try it),
- connects to phone through app for easier composing and recording,
- field of view from narrow through to super wide.
- good range of camera settings, including WB, and high ISOs for limited low light situations. Fair range of shutter speeds, but not extensive.
- good range of resolution, fps for video
- beautiful screen to work with on back... at least, it looks beautiful until...
Purchased at JB Hi-Fi.
Great camera with useful features
Very high quality camera with heaps of frame rates, resolutions and more to choose from. Stabilisation and other useful features make the footage very good. A great value option if you're looking for a second hand action camera.
gopro hero5 black not impressed
I have had my gopro for about a year, and I dont use it for sports, I use it to video inside, usually on a tripod as I do painting tutorials. I needed to buy a external mic due to the mic being useless once a cover is on it, and of course you need a cover in order to use it on a tri pod
now onto the issues
battery life - absolutely hopeless, its dead in about 45 minutes of recording
editing software - slow and limited.. takes me hours to edit even a short video
now for the bit im really not happy about
the external mic has to plug into the sa...
Purchased in March 2018 at JB Hi-Fi for $499.00.
Great footage, minor niggles
This is an old version now, I bought it because it still did the job I needed it to, and I didn't want to pay $600+ for the latest version.
Something to note if you're considering this: the settings regarding video quality/frame rate/field of view are locked out in some circumstances. For example, if you want to shoot in 4k you are limited to 24 or 25 frames per second, so no slow motion footage in 4k. Also, there's only one FOV available (which is Wide). Another example is the highest frame rate, 240FPS (which is phenomenal) but is only avai...lable in a resolution of 720. My other major gripe is the GoPro app. It can be painful at times to get it to connect to the camera, sometimes requiring a reset of my phone and/or clearing and re-discovering the camera before it works. A minor issue is the touchscreen, you need a heavy finger for it to register usually. Otherwise it works great! I've never tried it underwater like a lot of people here. Picture quality for something this size is great, it suffers in low light conditions but so does any camera with a sensor/lens this small.
Purchased in January 2019 for $300.00.
Only 2 years old, used 5 times and now dead
I purchased the Hero5 and used it 5 times on 5 different holiday vacations.
On the 6th occasion the unit will not charge. I called Gopro support and over the phone GOPRO support advised that i am unable to repair it. They offered me a discount to buy the Hero7 (Nothing else only the Hero7) If I compare to any electrical equipment I have purchased, this Hero5 is dead after so little use and only 2 years. I have Video cameras, digital cameras that last 10s on years.
Im disgruntled as Gopro show no interest in trying to fix the issue, the focus is solely on selling me a new Hero7. Very poor after sales service. Buyer beware as Gopro do not have a shop you can visit and mainly have an online presence
Purchased in December 2018 at JB Hi-Fi for $500.00.
Does the job
you can use a still photo, video and attached to anything, the attachments you can get for this are awesome, we like the genuine gopro fold out stick. the video quality on this device is crystal clear, was a great purchase for its price, and best of all its water proof so taking on holidays whilst on the water or in a pool with the kids is great. if you want a compact action video camera get a GOPRO
Purchased in January 2018 at Bing Lee Online store for $350.00.
Waste of money
Have had 2 cameras and BOTH have FAILED. 2nd was a fully refurbished factory checked camera.
Will not connect to PC via use cable
Lost and corrupt video files
Changes photo mode by itself to burst and then takes hundreds and hundreds of unwanted photos.
Freezes and only way to stop is to remove battery. Not possible in the water.
To make it worse - Gopro support not helpful and head office NOT interested in resolving issues. I have spent many hours on the phone and chat.
DON'T RISK IT
August 21st 2019 Update: Very unreliable now onto my 3rd camera
Purchased in February 2017 at JB Hi-Fi.
Not worth upgrading from Hero 3.......
After setting the world on fire with Gopro 3 & establishing the standard for action camera - the Hero 5 is unreliable and cheaply made compared to its predecessor. Fittings are no where near as robust as before and break far too easily. Software is clunky, unreliable and frustrating. Would not recommend upgrading or if a new to action camera, check out alternatives. Gopro obviously now too driven by profit to keep manufacturing a reliable robust camera with good supporting software.
How cool is GoPro
This small video camera has so many benefits, you can use a still photo, video and attached to anything, the attachments you can get for this are awesome, we like the genuine gopro fold out stick. the video quality on this device is crystal clear, was a great purchase for its price, and best of all its water proof so taking on holidays whilst on the water or in a pool with the kids is great. if you want a compact action video camera get a GOPRO
GoPro Hero5 Session - bad product and do not last
If I could give zero stars, I would. I have trouble from the start. It always overheats and did not turn off properly. We went back to Harvey Norman and told to hard reboot the GoPro but the overheats and not able to turn off properly does not seem to go away. Now out of warranty....used less than 20 times and its dead. What a waste of money.....
Unreliable waste of money
Received this as a present as have been wanting one for ages. Don't get me wrong, while it lasted it took decent pictures. After approx 4 months of minimal use it just stoped working. Trying to get it fixed (anywhere) has been a nightmare and I have all but given up. No one fixes them. At least not in Australia. It seems it is part of GoPro business plan to not fix them hoping simply you'll buy another. Absolute waste of money. Buy something else that actually cares about after care.
Do not take in water
I took my then 13 month old hero5 black into the water for the first time and after about 5 mins it beeped and displayed an overheating message. I swam back to the boat dried it off and took out the battery (as it was hot and it wouldn't turn off a few days prior either) and it had water inside.
While this is in general a great little unit which produces wonderful quality video and images I can only give it a 1 star because they don't backup their advertising claims with product support. So despite stating the hero 5 is waterproof in their ...marketing paraphernalia, they won't honour water damage which is a bit of an oxymoron. Any online search will reveal a plethora of customers whose units have leaked. If you contact them Gopro may offer a 20-40% discount on a new full priced unit from their online store but won't replace it (exceptions I have seen were a professional videographer and the owner of a large travel blog).
Hero 5 black - not happy with quality
Battery life is poor. When battery goes flat the internal clock is incorrect, so my videos always import with incorrect date. Condensation inside the front lens that ruins photos. Just today the cable door latch broke, I have only opened it perhaps 15 times. I never let my children touch it and I have been very careful with it, still so many problems. So disappointed.
We use the GoPro 5 a lot when travelling/snorkelling/hiking and have never had a problem. You do need to learn how to use it to the best of its ability though. Only reason for 4 stars is because my brother had the same and his leaked but he took it back to jbhifi and they replaced it.
Good camera but not for beginners
I had to exchange my first camera because the battery door wasn’t shutting properly. The second version works well but it is a bit temperamental with the voice commands. This product has various functions but it fails to provide enough i instructions on how to use it. You basically have to buy a separate book or listen to YouTube videos to learn how to use it. Most functions aren’t intuitive. The batteries run out really quick which is a pain when in the middle of action sports. On the positive side, picture quality is excellent, fun to use and never had problems with the water proofing. It’s quite expensive for a camera, but fun once you get the hang of it.
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