The “GoPro” one of the most famous camera brands ever to be invented. The GoPro brand was launched in 2002 and has taken the world by storm ever since. They have sold millions of GoPro cameras to die-hard fans all over the world. Actions cameras are used by people to record a variety of sporting activities including; skiing, snowboarding, mountain climbing, surfing, cycling, motorcycling, dirt biking, water sports, dashcam, underwater activity and many other adventurous things. GoPro is the original and best in the action camera game, there are new competitors entering the market in the last couple of years, though. The GoPro continues to sell the best and you would have to have been really living off-the-grid to not have seen one at any major electronics store in the last 5 years. The current line-up of cameras is on its newly released 5th make over (late 2016) and currently is the best they have ever been. The GoPro Hero 4 series has three players; the Hero 4 Silver, the Hero 4 Black, and the Hero 4 Session. The GoPro 5 series features the Hero 5 Black & Hero 5 Session.
The Hero Session is a little different from the typical traditional GoPro, being that it is about 33% smaller and a little bit lighter. The Session does not utilize a waterproof case; it is already waterproof down to 33 ft. (10 meters) out of the box. It is also more affordable than the other 2 bigger models. It is considered a more simple grab-n-go type of device as there are not as many additional features or add-ons that can used with the Hero Session, such as an external microphone. It is never the less a great high-quality camera that would be perfect for beginners or people who do not care about 4k recording. The Hero Session will take 8-megapixels worth of still photos and will record excellent video up to 1080p, 60-50-30 frames per second which is more than enough for most vloggers, or YouTubers.
The next model up in the current line up is the Hero 4 Silver, it features the typical action camera design and is the only current model that features an LCD touchscreen on the back. It is capable of recording different footage at up to 4k – 15 frames per second and 2.7K up to 30 frames per second. This model takes 12-megapixel photos and will record HD 1080p video up to 60 frames per second, which makes for perfectly great video. The GoPro Silver will be great model for many vloggers or video producers out there. It has nearly every modern feature one could expect and I personally like the LCD touchscreen on the back.
The next and top model for the “4 Series” that GoPro makes is the Hero 4 Black. It is nearly identical to the Hero Silver except it does not have an LCD screen on the back of the camera and it’s filming capabilities are better. The battery is the same size as the Hero Silver; both models use an 1160 mAh battery that is slightly bigger than the 900 mAh battery in the Sjcam 5000x Elite. All models in this review are Wi-Fi enabled and all models also use a fast F2.8 aperture lens.
The GoPro Hero 4 Black is the current king of action cams if you are looking for the highest quality, most capabilities and best footage you can possibly get. The Hero 4 Black is really at a level that would be hard to beat as the footage it produces is great & features are absolutely top-notch. I always admire the neat videos they make when I am at a store looking at the GoPro display. I have a hard time believing at this point in time, that they could make it much better, the footage is just simply incredible! The Hero 4 Black will shoot at the highest resolution and frames pers second out of the current GoPros . It will shoot 4k at 30 frames per second or 2.7k at 60 frames per second. In HD 1080p recording it will produce footage in 120-90-60-50-48 frames per second which is pretty much unheard of from most normal cameras. It is also excellent for Slow Motion recording with a huge range of 120 frames per second at 1080p or 720p High Definition.
The GoPro Hero 4 Black is the only GoPro in the current lineup that can connect with an external microphone. That is a huge benefit for people who only want the highest quality video possible. As I have said before, you can have the greatest looking video in the world but if the audio is terrible most people will be turned off by that. So if you’re a motorcyclist and you like to record your road-trips and you want to use the audio from the camera, you will need a premium external microphone; otherwise, your audio will sound muffled, windy and distorted. This applies for many different situations as well such as any situation that is outside and the wind is blowing a bit.
The newest release from GoPro is the Hero 5 Session which is the successor of the Hero 4 Session. It is improved a bit with an upgraded 10-megapixel camera, increased video recording capabilities including 4k at 30 frames per second and advanced noise reduction and video stabilization. These features make it a much more latest-greatest model in my opinion and keep up with the highest end specs. you will find in consumer camera models. The Hero 5 Session also has voice activation control which can really be helpful if you have you hands full.
Finally on to the latest and most high-end action camera GoPro currently offers, the GoPro Hero 5 Black. It features the highest end video recording capabilities with the latest enhancements including voice control video stabilization and a new and improved design that does not feature the typical waterproof case. The camera itself now comes with out a case and is already sealed and waterproof down to 33 feet or 10 meters. This is the camera you want if you only go for the latest and best technology. It also brings back the LCD screen on the backside of the camera unlike the GoPro Hero 4 Black.
The GoPro cameras all have 100’s of accessories available depending on your needs and wants. Most common accessories are straps, helmet mounts, bicycle and motorcycle mounts, selfie sticks, floating grips for underwater usage and many others. The additional accessories can really add to the overall ownership cost of a GoPro if you need to buy more than a couple.
The cheapest place in the world to buy generic but fully compatible accessories for your GoPro is here! Most of these accessories are fully compatible and cost a fraction of the price you might pay at the local big-box store. The only downside if you see it as a downside is; most of these accessories are generic, most do not display a brand name. I personally own a whole box of action camera accessories and I can tell you there is not a huge difference between the overall quality of mounting screw or a plastic mounting clip between the official GoPro brand (the GoPro is shiny ? ) and some of the generics. Now I say this being someone who would not buy the cheapest thing I can find, I search out the best deal for the value it provides vs. cost. My most important consideration being how long will it last under real world conditions.
If you’re the type of person that only wants the officially licensed and 100% fully compatible from the original manufacturer than stick with the original GoPro branded accessories. There is nothing wrong with that, I can be very particular about certain things needing to match or be the way they were intended to be. Amazon has tons of GoPro accessories, check them out! You will see they actually carry many of the generic accessorie packages as well.
I have a list of all the accessories I use with my action camera the Sjcam 5000x elite here on this page. The links I will show you are the exact accessories I use, for the cheapest price ever! That way you do not have to spend hours combing through search results to compare the best deals.