Top critical review
Worth the hype, or maybe not
September 30, 2017
I had to come back and update this review. My sincere apologies to anyone that bought a Gopro based on any one of my reviews! This issues concerns what will happen to your camera if you leave the battery in.
Your gopro could actually die. I don't mean the battery can just go dead, but that as the battery runs down, it can actually damage the camera to the point where it may not turn on, or is unusable in another way.
Electronics shouldn't have shelf lives. That is whether you leave the battery in or not. I expect to replace batteries from neglect, not cameras! They can't fit a smart battery in, but they could make camera circuitry to completely disconnect the battery if the voltage dips to a certain level like any smart device has.
Lithium batteries do not leak and run all over the inside like alkaline, so there is no issue with that.
I find this unacceptable, and I would seriously think twice about purchasing one of these!
I had to come back an edit this, and take a star away
Don't trust a lot of the bad reviews. They are made by people that don't really know anything of consequence on video... This camera is VASTLY superior to it's predecessor. People that really don't know anything are going to fall back on a comparison of frame rates.
This camera does offer only modest improvements in frame rates, but it offers a great leap in dynamic range, which is important to people that know about photography, and want to make good videos.
I will give those that don't know a slight lesson. So dynamic range is the difference in many instances of either poor, or mixed lighting. What happens with poor dynamic range is when you go to look at your video, it might be thought of as "too bright". What is will be is washed out, with the highlights blown out. What a good dynamic range allows is that the bright parts of the frame (say in the sun) will be exposed properly and you will see them, but you will also be able to see the shadows, which means the entire frame (light and dark) will be exposed properly. Your videos will look better.
Now in the dark, with good dynamic range, it means your dark areas will be expose properly, and less grainy (noisy), while the lights will also be exposed properly. With poor dynamic range, what will happen is either you won't be able to see anything but the brightest spots, with the rest in black, or the camera will pump up the iso so you will see the darks, which will look terrible and grainy, but the bright spots like car lights will be overblown.
Now as for the cost. The cost is NOT too high, and the value is there. People have grown accustomed to paying to little from Chinese manufacturers for these cameras. I have tested some, and to be frank, even BEFORE this release, the Chinese knockoffs were not up to the quality of the Gopros. This gopro has a new proprietary chip, which is and will be vastly superior to the knock offs in image quality! You will start to see Gopro really pull away from the knockoffs because the Chinese companies will not be able to match them in the future. Now having said all that, how much do people think it costs to design all that innovation and image quality into such a small package?
Will there be competition to this in image quality? Yes, I believe there will be, and possibly much better! The Sony Rx0 has a one inch image sensor, which should be vastly superior in image quality, and also frame rate. Of course, it will be more expensive and we will have to wait to get them in our hands and test them in the real world....
I was no fan boy of GoPros. I thought they were all hype and the facade of having a gopro, but I was wrong years ago. They have been in fact better, and worth the money.
I did not buy a Hero 5, because I didn't see that as an upgrade, and could care less about gitchy voice control. The only thing I really care about is image quality, and if I see an improvement then I want to upgrade.
Two downfalls for the camera:
A. Sound quality is actually worse than for the Hero 5.
B. The weird codec is going to give some people some problems.
Pluses for this over the all the competition:
A. MUCH better dynamic range than anything out there in a comparable class.
B. Image stabilization is perfect, although it is digital. This doesn't particularly apply to me, as I always use a 3 axis stabilizer, but for MOST people, this is going to be a BIG plus! It is going to be the difference between making people sick or not!
In general the video looks fantastic!