Alleged GoPro Hero 5 leak points to some really cool new features

A video posted to Reddit and Vimeo this morning gives us a quick (nine second) peak at what looks to be GoPro’s long-awaited Hero 5 camera. The video is nearly identical to other GoPro quick start guides designed to get users up and running when they purchase a new camera.

Albeit brief, the guide shows a step-by-step process to connect the camera to a smartphone as well as offers up a few glimpses into what GoPro’s newest iteration could offer.

For one, the back appears to be a touchscreen, a departure from the Hero 4 where the Silver model was a touchscreen, while the highest-end Black model required users to use the accompanying smartphone app. This was a bit of a head-scratcher, as the low-end ‘Session’ employed the same non-touch interface that relied on the smartphone app.

The touchscreen also appears to take up the entire back of the camera, a move that could see the BUS connector removed. If that’s the case, it appears those carrying extra batteries, accessories or an additional LCD screen are in for something new entirely.

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As for form factor, the raised shutter/record button on top looks like it borrowed heavily from the Session and less from the previous iteration of the Hero line. This could mean the Hero 5 is waterproof right out of the box, just like the lower-end model.

The menu system appears to have undergone an update as well. Gone are the clunky touch-buttons and taking their place are a series of touchscreen-friendly quick settings for framerate, shooting mode and resolution. Also curious is a setting called “GoPro Sniper” which doesn’t seem to have been mentioned by GoPro, nor does there seem to be a trademark protecting the name.

The rest looks pretty standard, but if this is indeed the Hero 5, it looks like a giant leap up from the Hero 4 which was outstanding, if unspectacular compared to cheaper clones.

We’ve reached out to GoPro to confirm, but as of this writing have yet to hear back. We’ll update if needed.

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