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Meet the HERO5 fam­ily that is ready to record at your voice com­mand

Gopro is a name al­most syn­ony­mous with ac­tion sports. And with the lat­est mod­els al­ready in se­lected stores and on­line re­tail­ers, avid fans prob­a­bly have al­ready got­ten their hands on it and it might not be long for you to get yours.

For starters, the lat­est HERO5 line of cam­eras can auto-up­load pho­tos and videos to Gopro Plus, a cloud-based sub­scrip­tion ser­vice that makes it easy to ac­cess, edit and share Gopro con­tent any­time, any­where using a mo­bile phone or com­puter. Ad­di­tion­ally, HERO5 cam­eras are now wa­ter­proof to 10m with­out the need for a sep­a­rate wa­ter­hous­ing, fea­ture voice con­trols, im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, sim­pli­fied con­trols, im­proved bat­tery life, and most im­por­tantly, the abil­ity to cap­ture non-fish­eye per­spec­tive as well as the tra­di­tional wide-an­gle look Gopro has be­come fa­mous for.

“With these new prod­ucts, we’re de­liv­er­ing on our prom­ise to make it easy to cap­ture and share en­gag­ing sto­ries,” said Gopro’s founder and CEO, Ni­cholas Wood­man. “HERO5’S abil­ity to auto-up­load pho­tos and videos to a Gopro Plus ac­count dra­mat­i­cally sim­pli­fies mo­bile, on-thego edit­ing, shar­ing and en­joy­ment. This is a game-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that we will con­tinue to build upon.”

Wood­man adds, “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 US$799. It’s so easy to use, a be­gin­ner can have fun straight away.”

The HERO5 Black is the best Gopro in the mar­ket cur­rently. With a 2-inch touch dis­play and sim­pli­fied con­trol (1-but­ton con­trol), it makes it a lot eas­ier to use, per­fect for be­gin­ners or even young chil­dren. Voice con­trol is also made pos­si­ble and sup­ports up to 7 lan­guages, with more com­ing up soon. This is ideal for ad­ven­tur­ers who might have their hands full at the mo­ment, yet does not want to miss out on any pic­ture per­fect mo­ment. The abil­ity to de­liver 4K video at 30 frames per sec­ond is pretty im­pres­sive and, pro­fes­sional qual­ity 12MP pho­tos can be taken with this tiny yet pow­er­ful cam­era.

The HERO5 Ses­sion shares the same min­i­mal­is­tic de­sign and bril­liant con­ve­nience com­pared to the HERO5 Black, but smaller. Some sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance up­grades com­pared to the orig­i­nal HERO Ses­sion cam­era in­clude a sim­ple 1-but­ton con­trol, voice con­trol, video res­o­lu­tions up to 4K at 30 frames per sec­ond, pro­fes­sional qual­ity 10MP im­ages, pro­fes­sion­al­grade elec­tronic video sta­bil­i­sa­tion and dis­tor­tion-free wide an­gle video and photo with the new lin­ear-view set­ting.

The HERO5 Black re­tails at S$590 while the HERO5 Ses­sion re­tails at S$450. Al­though they are both com­pat­i­ble to KARMA, the drone is un­for­tu­nately not re­leased in the Asia mar­ket just yet.

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