GoPro’s Hero 5 action camera may have leaked thanks (as always) to the internet.
A Japanese blog called Nokishita posted images and specs of what is believed to be GoPro’s latest action camera.
The images and specs were removed from the site, but not before several places like Mirrorless Rumors and Mashable friend and GoPro enthusiast Konrad Iturbe saved and screenshot hem.
The alleged Hero 5 camera has a GoPro logo on the backside next to the purported touchscreen. The frontside is marked with “PVT3” (Production Validation Test 3), suggesting GoPro could be preparing to mass manufacture the camera for a launch very soon.
The leaked images corroborate an earlier instructional video that leaked. The video showed off a new touchscreen interface never before seen on a GoPro and hinted at the removal of the GoPro BacPac.
The dimensions of the Hero 5 also look to be slightly larger, measuring 62mm x 44.6mm x 32.7mm versus the Hero 4 Black’s 59 x 41 x 30mm.
A freshly leaked image of what is believed to be a waterproof “Super Suit” housing for the Hero 5 also appeared on Imgur (below). Iturbe believes the Hero 5 will be waterproof up to 10 feet, but for deeper submersion, users will need the Super Suit case.
One noticeable difference with this camera (if it’s the real deal) is the loss of the button on the front. According to Iturbe, the shutter button is on the top and the mode button is on the side. The removal of the front button along with the touchscreen on the back could be one way GoPro will streamline the camera and make it easier to operate.
GoPro CEO Nick Woodman last year told Mashable that one of the reasons the Hero4 Session, the company’s smallest GoPro, only has one button on the the top is because users found three buttons confusing.
As for specs from the alleged Hero 5 user manual, they were posted to Reddit before being yanked:
Camera appears to be waterproof like the Session, but no depth is stated in the manual.
USB C connector
4K @ 30 fps
2.7K @ 60 fps
1440 @ 80 fps
1080 @ 120 fps
960 @ 120 fps
Various 720 modes, depending on FOV you’ve selected
Camera is 12 MP
RAW photo in .dng format
Voice control over basic functions (“GoPro turn on”, “GoPro start video”, etc)
Video stabilization: Apparently results in smoother footage when you’re using it in areas of motion or vibration. Not available in 4K or fps higher than 60.
Manual Audio Control
Select one of two audio filters; recording in stereo or filter out wind noise.
Protune remains with some small tweaks
New “linear” FOV which removes the fisheye automatically
Exposure Select, allows you to select a certain area of your photo to select the correct exposure.
Colour: Allows you to see the difference between GoPro colour and Flat colour on the LCD screen, while using Protune.
New shutter selection in Protune, allowing you to choose your shutter speed
RAW Audio setting, which appears to create a separate audio track while recording video
Rear LCD Brightness is now selectable from 10% to 100% (and OFF)
The front LCD is again, NOT backlit
Dive housing sensitivity: Increases the touch display’s level of sensitivity. The options are Off (default) and On. Turn this setting on when using your GoPro with Super Suit.
Not sure what Super Suit is, but looking forward to that announcement. This tells me that the camera is probably only waterproof to the same depth as the Session (10m/33ft) and it will require a “Super Suit” if you want to take it deeper than that.
There’s an incomplete heading in the manual called “Removable Protective Lens Info”. One can only assume what that means.
There is a small mention of Karma in the manual, but it’s for removing the side door of the camera for connection to the drone via HDMI cable.
If these specs are legitimate, the Hero 5 will have the same video recording resolutions as the Hero 4 Black.
GoPro did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment.