GoPro Hero5: New Camera Patent Revealed

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Action camera features indicates powerful and flexible device

Fans and professional users of high quality video cameras have been awaiting the GoPro Hero5 for quite some time, and it appears that the unveiling of this device is one step closer. The company behind the device, GoPro Inc., has recently received a designer patent for what appears to be the upcoming camera.

Design tweaks

The San Mateo-based manufacturer of action cameras appears inclined to continue with the same boxy design that it has utilized in other iterations of the series, but this device will also include some new upgrades. The patent details a new battery door on the rear of the device, along with additional buttons and LED indicators on the front.

Additionally, there will be multiple microphone locations included within the device, which would seem to indicate surround-sound recording. And although the boxy visage is retained, the GoPro Hero5 will seemingly feature more rounded corners for a more pleasing overall design.

It has been a tough time for GoPro in trading recently, with its stock taking something of a battering.

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So the company will be hoping that this new action camera gets it back on the right track. It is a shame that GoPro has suffered in the city in recent years, as the GoPro Hero range has been well received critically and is particularly popular with skiers and divers. The portable design of the GoPro Hero 4, along with its outstanding portfolio of features, made the product irresistible to many consumers.

However, one particular bugbear of the previous iteration of the GoPro Hero series was the fact that frame rates associated with the device could be sluggish. This has caused issues with some of the photo-capturing which people have experienced in real-world settings, and this is an element of the camera’s functionality which GoPro will be looking to address this time out.

GoPro Hero5: 8K video capture

Already there are rumors that the new GoPro Hero5 device will boast a frame rate of 60 per second in HD resolution. This has impressed the community following the device, but recent reports which suggest that the company is also thinking about including a scarcely believable 8K video capture option has certainly created a great deal of buzz as well.

At this point in time, one must be honest and say that it is difficult to imagine how 8K video can be utilized. There is a distinct lack of 4K content available at the moment, and this certainly hasn’t become a mainstream element of consumer electronics as of yet. Of course, if one were to produce 4K video content then there is no shortage of televisions available to display it, so the 4K video capturing capabilities of the GoPro Hero5 certainly won’t be wasted.

But although the 8K television standard was approved in August, 2012, one would certainly struggle to find such a device available on the Western market. Up until now, the only display in a mainstream electronic device to really exceed 4K is that of the 5K retina iMac.

However, this is not the only new feature of this latest version of the GoPro Hero. GoPro has ensured that faster upload and response times are possible by upgrading the Bluetooth in the device to 4.0. Additionally, battery life has been significantly improved via the fitting of a more powerful battery, which will be a massive boon to the functionality of the camera. Battery life is a perpetual issue for a wide range of consumer electronics devices, particularly as they become increasingly complex and powerful. So a battery with greater capabilities will certainly please potential punters.

Diving community targeted

It is also clear that GoPro is targeting the diving community with the device, as the GoPro Hero5 will feature an increased diving capacity from 30 to 60 feet. This promises the ability to shoot some quite spectacular footage underwater, and it is surely something that will find particular favor with both amateur and professional divers.

As with all consumer electronics products, pricing for the GoPro Hero5 will be all important. The current black and silver versions of the Hero 4 are at $499 and $399, respectively, and there will be pressure on GoPro to deliver something similar when it releases the next iteration in the GoPro Hero series.

Despite this patent surfacing, analysts that follow the camera industry closely believe that the GoPro Hero5 will be released sometime late in 2015. Based on the portfolio of features and what we know about the device thus far, it certainly seems like one worth waiting for if you’re an action camera enthusiast.

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11 Comments on "GoPro Hero5: New Camera Patent Revealed"

  1. I’ve been saying that too!!

  2. 8K is NOT going to happen. Why? Whoever started that stupid rumour should realize that if you need 8K in a 4:3 aspect sensor, you need a 48MP+ sensor in a 1/2.3″ sensor. That’s 1/2.3″, not even bigger than the already small 1/1.7″ used in the latest Sony 4K actioncams. That’s not going to happen with current tech, unless GoPro automagically coaxes Sony/Aptina to fabricate a 48MP 1″ sensor but would be too big for an actioncam!

  3. Bruce Christianson | Feb 3, 2015, 11:08 am at 11:08 am |

    this review sounds generations old. What GoPro needs is interchangeable lenses, . . . and a drone of their own.

  4. Which I would like to point out is much deeper than recreational divers should ever go. The stock housing is enough for most recreational divers.

    This article is total garbage and speculation.

  5. The author of this post is removing comments that prove that he’s providing faulty information. Read anything he writes with a grain of salt.

  6. No you don’t. If you buy the dive version of the GoPro it comes with a housing rated to 60m.

  7. fake fake, this is just old hero3 design, hero4 and newer will have same better design
    as for specs, all HD Heros (HD Hero, Hero2, Hero3, Hero3+s and Hero4s all can record 60fps in HD and even more up to 240fps in 720p)
    As for 8k, there isn’t SD cards fast enough for it, so that’s also untrue

  8. You’re just too cheap for a 4k tv

  9. Fred_In_A_Shed | Feb 1, 2015, 4:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    There is SO much just plain wrong with this article, my recommendation would be to simply ignore it completely!

  10. He’s talking about the stock housing, not aftermarket dive specific have to pay much more for type of a housing.

  11. Michael Shorts | Feb 1, 2015, 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm |

    You should check the specs of the diving. The depth is a function of the housing. I have taken my GoPro Hero 3 to 103 feet depth with the dive housing.

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