GoPro Hero 5 vs Go Pro Hero 4 Specs and Features: Should You Upgrade to Hero 5?

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GoPro Hero 5 is one of the best 4K action cameras in the market today. It takes all the great features of the GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver and adds new ones. In general, the new specs and features of the GoPro Hero 5 are aimed at improving the overall ease of use and functionality of the device.

As a point of comparison, several websites have compared the latest GoPro Hero with GoPro Hero 4. This helps GoPro Hero 4 users decide whether they want to upgrade to the latest version or stay content with their old, but still functional action camera. The following are the specs of both Hero 4 and Hero 5.


GoPro Hero 5 Black has a f/2.8 lens aperture, which is similar to both the Hero 4 Black and Hero 4 Silver. For the 4K mode, both Hero 5 Black and Hero 4 Black have a maximum 30 frames per second, while the Hero 4 Silver has a maximum of 15 frames per second. All three GoPros have the following video mode settings: WVGA, 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p, 2.7K and 4K.

All three action cameras have 12 MP for still photos. They all have Bluetooth, wi-fi, and night photo plus night lapse as well. The GoPro Hero 5 has a 1220 mAh battery while the GoPro Hero 4 Black and Silver both have a 1160 mAh battery.

Features unique to GoPro Hero 5

GoPro Hero 5 has some similar features with the GoPro Hero 4, but it has added some unique features as well. These include waterproof by up to 10 m, voice control, dual mic system, and stabilization.

Since the GoPro Hero 5 is waterproof, it is a bit bulkier than the GoPro Hero 4. But the GoPro Hero 4 needs a waterproof casing to shoot videos on water. With the casing on, the GoPro Hero 4 is much bulkier than the naked GoPro Hero 5.

One can't go beyond 10 m or 33 feet of water though for the GoPro Hero 5. If you decide to take the Hero 5 a little deeper under water, you need the Super Suit housing which gives you the capacity to shoot 60 m or 196 feet under water.

Stabilization is not unique among action cameras from other manufacturers, but Hero 5 is the first among GoPros to have standard electronic stabilization. This feature vastly improves the smoothness of the footage. Prior to this, GoPro videos have been jerky and bouncy.

With the GoPro Hero 4, you need to buy hand-held gimbals to reduce the shakiness of the videos, or you can edit the resulting video using Final Cut Pro or other video editing software.