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The GoPro HERO is Actually a HERO5 with ‘Crippled Firmware’: Report

If you own the latest GoPro HERO (2018) action camera, get this: your $199 camera is reportedly actually a $299 GoPro HERO5 camera that has been “crippled” in firmware. And what’s more, you may actually be able to unlock the full potential of your camera yourself.

Physically, the GoPro HERO (2018) and GoPro HERO5 Black are virtually identical aside from minor labeling and cosmetic differences. If the latest reports are correct, then the two cameras actually share the same hardware specs — the HERO (2018) simply has features and specs that are downgraded in firmware.


The GoPro HERO 2018 (left) and GoPro HERO5 Black (right) are physically virtually identical.

Hypoxic reports that it was able to confirm that the HERO (2018) is actually a downgraded GoPro HERO5 by tricking the cheaper camera into loading the HERO5’s firmware.

“It loaded properly and all the features were unlocked,” Hypoxic writes. “Even GPS and 4K at 30fps work great! […] [T]here is no difference between a GoPro HERO and a GoPro HERO5 hardware-wise.”

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