GoPro HERO 5 (2018) is actually a firmware crippled HERO 5 Black

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GoPro HERO 5 (2018) is actually a firmware crippled HERO 5 Black

Postby drew » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:13 pm

Title says it all. The 2018 model GoPro Hero camera is from a hardware perspective identical to the GoPro Hero 5 Black camera and is crippled by firmware to disable inbuilt hardware features such as GPS and 4K 30fps video recordng.

More information here.

https://gethypoxic.com/blogs/technical/latest-gopro-hero-is-actually-a-gopro-hero5

Also there's a reddit thread with a bit more granularity of steps (including a Linux script to automagically accomplish the hack)

https://www.reddit.com/r/goprohack/comments/8wpe49/gopro_hero_1080p_2018_to_hero_5_black_firmware/

I can confirm the firmware URL in the wget command works as I'm pulling the file now. IT's ~47MB in size.

I can also confirm the diff file is still up and available for download as well.

Currently the Hero 5 2018 model is $299 at JB. The Hero 5 Black is $429. From my perspective $130 in the back pocket is worth the loss of warranty given the feature set you end up with here.
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Re: GoPro HERO 5 (2018) is actually a firmware crippled HERO 5 Black

Postby Oldboy » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:12 pm

Explain this to me mate on one of our walks in the bush.
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Re: GoPro HERO 5 (2018) is actually a firmware crippled HERO 5 Black

Postby drew » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:30 am

I look forward to it mate. You coming tomorrow? I plan to fly a J500 so a walk will most likely be on the cards. :D
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