One of the newer GoPro cameras on the market is the GoPro HERO5 Session. How do you get it out of the box? What accessories come with it? In this movie, author Richard Harrington will walk you through how to safely open unbox the GoPro HERO5 Session, and will showcase the accessories that come with the camera.
- Let's start by getting the GoPro HERO5 Session out of its box. There's a lot of small components in here, so you want to be careful during the unboxing. It's also pretty tightly wrapped up for retail purposes for security, so I recommend that you take your time, so that you don't damage the camera in your rush to get it out of the package. Now I'm going to use something like an X-ACTO knife. This tends to be helpful to properly unwrap things. To start you'll notice along the bottom here we have some tape, so you can cut that tape to make it a little bit easier to get things open.
Once you have that you can just open up the bottom of the box. Now there are components down here that we're going to use, and you can see that in there, and if you push the box may or may not come out. What you'll notice here on the side is there's a little bit of glue. So carefully with that X-ACTO knife you can work to break that glue, be careful not to cut yourself, so that that frees up, turn the camera to the other side and do the same. If you don't have an X-ACTO knife something like a butter knife would work well too.
Just be careful with your fingers. Now you can gently push things through. We'll take the lid off, I'll set that aside. This will allow me to place extra pieces into it. And now gently push. And you see that those pieces slide apart. Set the packaging to the side and let's start with the camera. Now the camera itself is attached to a black protective plate.
You can save this actually and use it as a tripod for tabletop shooting. To remove the camera though be careful. You notice here on the side we have a little rubber tab, you need to lift that up, so that it's free, and then gently pinch to release. As you push it forward make sure you keep a hand on the camera, so that you catch that. Let's go ahead and press that out and carefully catch the camera. Now try to avoid touching the top of the surface here, although you will get fingerprints on that.
Let's set that off to the side here. Let's go ahead and peel this off and there's some stickiness on the bottom. You can either peel that off for now, carefully removing those tabs, and you'll end up with a simple mount here that you can reuse for other purposes. There we go. Now this is not as high quality as some of the dedicated GoPro accessories, but it is just fine to use this as a basic mount for tabletop.
Now we can go ahead and dig inside the box. Careful as you open this up, there are lots of different goodies here. And you'll see there's a tab and it should lift. Inside go ahead and gently spread these apart. And you'll find a variety of accessories. There we go. Now there's a security tag likely in there for stores, you shouldn't need that, but you will find two different mounts. These two mounts can be used for a variety of purposes.
First up we have the curved mount. This mount is ideal for putting on things like helmets, but if you do attach it make sure you allow it to dry for 24 full hours. Additionally, we have another mount here and this is good for other flat surfaces. Both of them are the typical GoPro buckle mount and your camera will snap into place. You'll also find a new USB cable. Now this cable is different than past cables you might be familiar with with GoPro. What it actually is is the newer USB-C type connection.
So if you have older GoPros you won't be able to reuse the cable. Now this is becoming a standard, but you might not have that many of these. For example, I was on a trip recently and I only had one and it got misplaced and it was difficult to charge the camera up and find it to go ahead and do a data transfer. So make sure you either order a few extra cables if you do a lot of travel, or see if you have enough from other things, like hard drives. USB-C is an emerging standard. It's not uncommon and it will still work at the other end with any regular USB port, but you are going to need that dedicated USB-C cable.
If you are working with a newer Mac laptop or some Windows machines that have switched from the traditional USB port to USB-C you will need to order a special cable. Just turn to a retailer like Amazon or your local electronic store. Now as you look at the box you might be expecting something else, but you are right, it's just hard to get to. At the very bottom is a package below a flap, so it's very easy to miss that. You'll likely have to destroy the box to get to it. First up we have our getting started guide.
This is a quick walkthrough of what you need to know about the camera. We'll go ahead and cover all that information in the video, but you might find that useful to toss into your camera bag. Next is this option here for additional coverage, GoPro Care. You break it, we'll replace it. Coverage for two years. Keep in mind, this is an action sports camera, so if you're going to be doing a lot of activities with it and you're concerned for the safety of your camera this might not be a bad idea.
While there's a lot of highly protective cases available for the full size GoPro, the GoPro Session, while rugged, doesn't offer additional things, like metal cases or hard things that you can use to protect the camera further. You might consider this extended warranty, as it might be useful to you. They also have the new GoPro Plus program. This gives you the ability to backup to the cloud, which can be quite useful. Now the GoPro camera itself doesn't have direct upload capability, there's no cellular connection built in, but when the camera is plugged in and on a Wi-Fi connection if you've got this plan and you've signed up for five dollars a month it will automatically start to back up your media to the cloud.
That includes both photos and video. Now GoPro states that it might optimize the video, so keep in mind they might be recompressed. Same thing with the photos, things like the RAW files might get converted to JPEGs, but this is a good backup service and can facilitate quickly sharing your content with others. Additionally, with that 4.99 plan you get discounts on accessories, things like batteries, cases, and access to GoPro apparel that you can buy. One tip that I'll put out there if you are going to be ordering from the GoPro website, you can sign up for a trial membership and it's going to give you two months for free.
Now that trial terms may change, but when I did it I was able to immediately get the discount on some of the accessories I was going to purchase with the GoPro, such as extra batteries. So there's no harm in trying the program out, especially if you plan on purchasing a few extra things, like batteries or cases or cables. Beyond this we have some GoPro stickers, so you can put that on your cases, things like your laptop or maybe a carrying bag or a hard case that you use to carry your gear, and then, of course, the document from the lawyers. Important safety information.
This is just filled with legalese talking about all the different ways you can get hurt using the GoPro and how the batteries if exposed to direct flame can catch on fire. You can take a quick look through it if you'd like, but it is just filled with a lot of legal information. Alright, we've got everything unpacked, we can go ahead and start to explore what we can do with this camera.
- Choosing a GoPro model
- Understanding a GoPro camera's anatomy
- Charging the battery
- Choosing a memory card
- Accessing Video and Photo Shooting modes
- Setting a white balance for video
- Shooting in burst or Time Lapse mode
- Shooting wirelessly
- Downloading software
- Using the GoPro Plus service
- Buying GoPro accessories