GoPro Hero5 to shoot Full Ultra HD 8K video and 3D video at 4K?

Jul 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

GoPro Hero5 to shoot Full Ultra HD 8K video and 3D video at 4K?

Jul 18, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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GoPro, like many companies, tends to keep pretty quiet when it comes to new products, letting very little out until an official announcement is ready to be made.  Official news, therefore, on the GoPro Hero5 is pretty much non-existent, although the rumours and speculation are plentiful.

GoPro CEO, Nick Woodman recently told Christian Times that they will “definitely release three new devices before the year ends”, but he did not specify what these products would be, or when they would be getting released.

The GoPro Hero4 Black has been a wildly popular camera, just like its predecessors, but it’s starting to feel a little pain from some of the competition now. The recently released Yi 4K, for example at around half the cost actually beats it in some areas, like the built in touch screen LCD and much longer battery life.

This combined with DJI stomping all over GoPro’s entry into the drone world and GoPro’s share price at a fraction of what it was a year ago, they’re going to have to produce something pretty amazing if they want to reassert themselves as the dominant leader in the action camera market again.

So, let’s have a look at the rumour mill and see what they’re saying about the possible Hero5.

Karma Drone

Since DJI released the Phantom 4 boasting many of the same features the Karma was epxected to have, GoPro decided to temporarily pull the plug. the delay was put down to the drone simply being not ready, but I have a feeling they had a bit of a rethink after the Phantom 4 was released to try and beef it up a bit more.

The delayed Karma drone bundle is now expected to be shipping with the Hero5, and we should see it arrive around October.

8K Full Ultra HD

China Topix reported that the GoPro Hero5 is expected to shoot 8K videos at 60fps. This would be a hell of a feat, if true, although if it can indeed shoot 8K video, I’m not getting my hopes up on that framerate. 1080p @ 240fps would be nice, though.

8K also seems a little premature at the moment, given that 4K has still barely taken off. I know you need to plan ahead for the future, but is anybody really going to use it? Are there any microSD cards out there even fast enough to handle the kind of bitrate 8K would demand if you want any kind of real quality?

4K 3D Video

This one’s an interesting one. The Hero5 is expected to feature some kind of dual lens technology, and it’s been speculated that the Hero5 will be able to shoot 4K 3D video.

This would be extremely cool, although I’m not entirely sure it would be possible. Given how close the lenses would have to be on a body expected to be smaller than the current Hero4, I wouldn’t think there would be enough distance between the two lenses to give any real sense of perspective.

Perhaps it’s simply looking at dual lens technology as a way to increase image quality, similar to that seen with the recently launched dual lens cellphones.

Massively increased battery life

It’s expected that GoPro will be bumping the battery up to a massive 2,800mAh, which should dramatically increase the amount of time you can record between recharges.

With the Yi 4K already getting around 2 hours out of a 1400mAh battery, compared to the Hero4 Black’s hour or so, it’ll be interesting to see how this compares with different hardware.  Hopefully GoPro will be introducing some of the newer, far more efficient chips that others are already implementing.

Other Stuff

The Hero5 is also expected to include Bluetooth 4.0 to speed up wireless transfers to mobile devices.

While there’s been no mention of LCDs in any of the articles or posts I’ve read, I’m wondering what GoPro will do with regard to an LCD screen.  The backpack is kind of clunky, and while often unnecessary an LCD screen has kind of started to become standard amongst competitors.

Again, the Yi 4K has the Hero4 Black beat with a built in 2.19″ touchscreen LCD, that looks great and is very responsive. Even the lower end action cameras are incorporating screens into the back now, even if not touchscreen ones, and it won’t be long before it’s simply expected.

Perhaps this is why they’re bumping the battery up to 2800mAh.  An LCD screen, along with a second lens and sensor is no doubt going to drive up battery consumption quite quickly.

Of course, these are all rumours, so take them as you will, but with with three products said to be launched this year, with GoPro’s relatively limited lineup and the ever fierce competition in the action camera market, it seems extremely unlikely that we won’t see the Hero5 launched at some point this year.

It’ll have to pack a hell of a punch to make it worth the cost, which is expected to be around the same $500-600 price point where the Hero4 Black currently resides.

So, Do you still think there’s some life in the old dog yet? or are you eagerly anticipating a Hero5 announcement? What rumours do you believe? What do you want to see in a Hero5 that hasn’t been speculated on yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “GoPro Hero5 to shoot Full Ultra HD 8K video and 3D video at 4K?”

  1. THEREAL-PapaSnarf Avatar
    THEREAL-PapaSnarf

    This would be pretty crazy. Still waiting for cellphone to catch up to 4K at 60FPS and a bit rate at least of 80+. Maybe in the next 3 years?

  2. Kheireddine Benzodiazépine Avatar
    Kheireddine Benzodiazépine

    :'(

  3. Caleb Lazarus Avatar
    Caleb Lazarus

    Nicholas de Villiers take my money!!!!

    1. Nicholas de Villiers Avatar
      Nicholas de Villiers

      Take my money right now ? like right now it’s in my hands

  4. Renato Murakami Avatar
    Renato Murakami

    As high end as those specs sounds, the one thing that GoPro must do to beat new competitors and recover market value is pretty straightforward: lower the prices.
    Which is something that will be hard to do when you are going against chinese clone competitors.

    Might be wrong on this, but by adding stuff like 8K, 4K 3D, and other harder to deal with formats, it just sounds like GoPro is going against it’s own market.

    GoPro should be going for simplicity, ease of use, and openness of the platform, not for the high end stuff.

    I’ve been keeping an eye on this new YI camera, it seems to hit a lot of good marks there. Embedded touchscreen that makes configuring the camera easier, digital stabilization that is good enough for the purpose (albeit 1080p only), great image quality out of the box, cheaper accessories and supposedly double the battery life. If it’s not a one time only thing (two time actually), I fully expect the next camera from YI to beat all GoPro specs while being half the price.

    The only thing GoPro still has over it is community, which will admitedly be extremely hard to beat by any small or big company, and in this particular model the YI does not have a way to connect an external microphone. Plus the YI does not output flat video that’s better for post processing… but again, it’s about practicality, not high end features like that.

    Honestly, I’m kinda sad for GoPro… the company is having a hard time to catch up, and it’s pretty much responsible for this huge surge in action cameras. The stuff that has been produced with their cameras is awesome, and it’s been an uphill battle since they reached stardom levels…. all major companies have been chasing it’s success with all sorts of cheap action cameras.

    But now that chinese companies caught up, it’ll be hard for GoPro to recover. If I’m not mistaken, Xiaomi came up last year with this YI line initially targetting the low end GoPro for a cheaper price. Their first camera wasn’t better than the Session or Silver, but it was waaaay cheaper. With this new YI, depending on reviews, it might just be that Xiaomi proves they can do something better that costs half the price.

  5. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    The dual lens concept may mean one forward and one backward. As far as what the 5 needs to succeed, all it really needs is 4K @ 60fps and GPS / inertial sensors. 8K and 4K3D are beyond what most users have a means to edit.