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GoPro Hero 5 leaked video shows new touchscreen design

by Jacob Kleinman | August 3, 2016August 3, 2016 12:45 pm PST

GoPro is expected to launch the Hero 5 later this year. We still don’t know much about the rumored product, but a new video may reveal GoPro’s upcoming camera in action.

The video was apparently spotted inside GoPro’s mobile Android app and uploaded to Video by Konrad Iturbe. It resembles previous how-to videos from the company and demonstrates the process of connecting the Hero 5 camera to your smartphone. It also hints at a few major hardware and software changes.

The biggest change is the big touchscreen display on the back of the camera. GoPro offered a similar setup on the silver version of the Hero 4, but other previous models relied on a connected mobile device to act as a viewfinder. The new display also looks bigger, taking up the entire back panel aside from some chunky bezels.

That means GoPro’s regular “bus connector” is missing in action. The slot-shaped port made it possible to add accessories like a battery or LCD display, but by removing it the Hero 5 could potentially become water-resistant. The new design also appears to sport rounded corners and a raised shutter button.

On the software side, it looks like GoPro has refined its user interface for touchscreen use. The viewfinder screen offers quick controls for tweaking the framerate, shooting mode and resolution. The drop-down menu also includes buttons for switching the microphone and Wi-Fi on or off, along with a mysterious new GoPro Sniper option.

GoPro still hasn’t made the Hero 5 official so we’d definitely treat this latest leak with a grain of salt. After all, even if it really did come from the company, it’s possible the camera’s final design and features could change before it launches later this year.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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