Go Pro Hero 5 Black

Maximum PC - - IN THE LAB -

I’VE BEEN TRY­ING for nigh on a year, work­ing var­i­ous PRs and con­tacts, un­til at long last I man­aged to get per­haps the best ac­tion cam­era around into the mag.

There’s a term we use in the in­dus­try, a feel­ing that we as­so­ciate with a good prod­uct: “It’s just a nice thing.” It’s the high­est praise imag­in­able. Like a flag­ship smart­phone, a curved mon­i­tor, a well-de­signed car, the Go Pro Hero 5 Black is one of those things.

Whether it’s the cage­less de­sign, the wa­ter­proof­ing to 33 feet, the op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, the abil­ity to video 120fps 1080p and 4K at 30, take RAW pho­tos, or even the in­cluded teleme­try you can bake into your clips, there’s just some­thing spe­cial about this cam­era that sets it apart from the com­pe­ti­tion, and jus­ti­fies that high price tag.

I had the plea­sure of tak­ing this on a moun­tain bike trip to New Zealand re­cently, and was blown away by how well it per­formed. Whether that was in the mud-drenched trails sur­round­ing Dunedin, or the sun-dried dust tracks in the north is­land, it was stun­ning. For most of my test­ing, I used one of Go Pro’s chest har­nesses, and for­got it was there the ma­jor­ity of the time.

There’s no doubt it’s a pricey cam­era, and some­thing that fills a niche, but the ver­sa­til­ity of mounts and uses keeps us com­ing back for more. It’s per­fect for a wannabe ex­treme sport ath­lete, tak­ing the kids on hol­i­day, or even ev­ery­day vlog­ging. Crit­i­cisms, aside from the price? Well, it still has that fish-eye lens, the mounts are also fairly ex­pen­sive, and wind noise is still tricky in places. Check out some test footage I shot here: http://bit.ly/mpc­go­pro5vid. $400, www.go­pro.com

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