GoPro Hero5 Black – Battery Life and Charging
The Hero5 Black’s battery has a fractionally larger capacity than the older version, which is helpful considering you have GPS, a touchscreen and EIS to factor in. It does also mean the battery is physically different to older GoPro batteries, so you’ll be unable to reuse Hero4 batteries, which is a shame.
Battery performance is a little better than the Hero4 Black from my testing. I managed about 1hr 45mins of 1080p video at 30fps, where it was closer to 1hr 30mins on the Hero4 Black. This was with the Wi-Fi connection, GPS and EIS all turned on. You should achieve longer if you start disabling functions. I managed about an hour of 4K video at 30fps, which is around the same as the Hero4 Black.
It’s worth noting that this is when shooting one long continuous video, where the display turns off. While shooting numerous short clips, battery duration was far less.
Fortunately, you can carry a spare battery if you’re out on a longer shoot. As mentioned previously, the Hero5 Black now uses a USB Type-C connection to charge.
Should I buy the GoPro Hero5 Black?
By taking the best component pieces from older cameras and adding new features, the GoPro Hero5 Black is the best camera GoPro has ever produced. It’s incredibly easy to use and the new form factor and waterproofing are fantastic additions. The electronic image stabilisation has been something I’ve been longing for for some time now, so it’s great to finally see it included, and it works really well. The image quality is best-in-class and there’s plenty to love for those taking photos alongside video.
It’s also worth commending GoPro in this post-Brexit economy for the fact that, at £350, the Hero5 Black price is actually less than what the Hero4 Black cost at launch. When it seems like everyone is jacking up prices, this is more than welcome.
The GoPro Hero5 Black is the best action camera you can buy today.