There have been speculations over the past few months that in addition to its superb features and capabilities, the latest action camera from the American camcorder company based in San Mateo, California, the GoPro Hero 5, will come out cheaper than its predecessor, the Hero 4, when it finally hits the market in 2016.
This is obviously one of the most ironic hype for the upcoming action camera, perhaps not of the company’s doing but likely its fans.
Logic dictates that once new and modern technologies are incorporated into a device, it follows that it comes with added cost. So it would be a losing proposition for GoPro to incorporate pricey modern features to its latest camera if it would price it lower than its predecessor. It would not simply make good business sense at all.
The more palatable notion is that GoPro Hero 5 may come out with a price that shall approximate that of the GoPro Hero 4, which is meant more as a business or pricing strategy.
This seems to be what GoPro is aiming as latest reports now indicate that the Hero 5 will have a price of $550 when it comes out by next year, contrary to rumors that it shall be priced $450. The GoPro Hero 4 is currently being retailed for around $500, notes Christian Today.
Smaller and lighter
But the reports about the GoPro Hero 5 are consistent with a couple of things including the notion that the device will come out smaller and lighter than the GoPro Hero 4.
These reports already have teeth following the release of the GoPro Hero 4 Session last month which was almost 50% smaller and 40% lighter than its base model, cites the Day Herald.
Since the company has already done it with its latest offering, it is possible that it can replicate the same with the GoPro Hero 5.
Given that there is still plenty of time before the upcoming action camera is unveiled, and also considering GoPro’s excellent track record in rolling out videographic devices into the retail markets, chances of it happening are very high.
More new groundbreaking features
The GoPro Hero 5 was supposed to come out in October this year but the company decided to push it back to next year, claiming that it plans to incorporate more new groundbreaking features to the device to officially make it the best videographic equipment in the world when it comes out in 2016.
Apparently, it was also a market strategy for GoPro as the company unveiled its GoPro Hero LCD in June followed by the GoPro Hero 4 Session last month.
The GoPro Hero 4 Session is petite and shaped like a tiny transparent cube featuring miniature circuit boards in a very tiny assembly.
The unit is said to be waterproof and it has various elements that are carefully arranged so that the GoPro Hero 4 Session can produce awesome wide-angle videos.
According to GoPro, the GoPro Hero 4 Session is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than its predecessor GoPro Hero 4 models.
It seems that GoPro is looking to make its future devices smaller and smaller and word has it that GoPro Hero 5 will also come out 50% of the weight and size of GoPro Hero 4.
This means that GoPro Hero 5 will approximate the size and weight of the GoPro Hero 4 Session and as to what would be the major differences, it would be up for people to really find out when the device is officially released to the market next year.
But based on its reported features and specifications, the GoPro Hero 5 will be like no other action cameras that GoPro or any other manufacturer has come up with.