GoPro Hero5 Black
These are intended for sports video photography, but can be
used for all kinds of things.
YouTube: GoPro HERO 5 BLACK
Tutorial: How To Get Started (mine has minor
differences from the video, but pretty much the same)
Remove camera from frame and install battery then micro-SD
If you install the micro-SD card then the battery 3
red LEDs will turn on.
To fix that remove battery and micro-SD card, press
MODE button for a few seconds, then
Install battery THEN install micro-SD card.
A new camera ships with the battery at about 10% charge
which is a very good thing to do since the life of a Lithium
battery is decreased by hours stored times percent of charge
When you log in at gopro.com and enter the serial number of
your camera it will ask if you want to install the latest
My cell phone does not work at home and Quick
for Desktop v2.5.2 only runs on WIN10 - I'm using WIN7
and do NOT want to use WIN10.
The GpPro app for Android phones is a way to upgrade the
camera firmware since the phone can connect to both the
camera and the house WiFi.
Imaging Chip Field of View (FOV)
The chip has 12 Mega pixels and is 4.5 x 6.2 mm in
The "normal" lens for a 35mm film camera is 50 mm, which is
slightly longer than the diagonal of the 24x36mm frame.
The diagonal of the GoPro Hero5 Black is 7.66mm so the
"normal" lens would be about 8 mm focal length.
Instead they come with X1.75, 2.6X or 3.5X
Lens Focal Length and aspect ratio. Wide is 14 mm,
Medium is 21 mm and Narrow is 28 mm.
For astrophotography the shutter speed to avoid star trails
Astronomy shutter speed Table
Note in the table below that the raw chip is in 4x3 format
and to get 16x9 format pixels are thrown away (they may be
distored to fit?). So for the largest number of active
pixels use 4x3 format.
If the pixels map 1:1 then the 4x3 modes use the highest
number of pixels.
4 x 3 Wide
|4 x 3
|4 x 3
|16 x 9 Wide
|16 x 9
|16 x 9
Still & Video Modes
In still mode you have many options that should allow
taking photos of the night sky in time lapse mode showing
some number of stars. How many start remains to be
I made a 1 minute 11 second video of rain-hail in 4k - 60
fps. The file size is 262,767 KB. When
attempting to upload to YouTube the time remaining started
at about 1 hour 17 minutes, but the minutes kept getting
larger so canceled upload.
Still and video files can be transferred from the GoPro
to a desktop computer by using the supplied 22" USB-A to
USB-C cable. I have a 6' cable on order.
Night Lapse Mode
I haven't got this to work yet. My first try
failed in that the camera just shut down probably
because the battery died. That should not have
happened since the camera was connected to a 2 Amp Hour
Power Bank using
the GoPro factory USB cable. The Power Bank had
80% charge the next morning. See Fig 8
below. It may be that the power bank was not
supplying power. The power banks typically shut
themselves off if there is no load for some amount of
time. This may be a problem since a fully charged
camera will not draw much power. I have a USB-C LCD
charging monitor tester on order to confirm that the
Power Bank is providing power.
The Power Bank I used (not the ANNKE) does not
supply power to a charged camera.
The ANNKE Power Bank does show a + sign in the battery
symbol on the front of the camera, so it's working as
A daylight time lapse was started 2018 March 19 1:27pm
to see if the ANNKE power bank works for this
application. When taking photos of the setup the
rear LCD was black and the front LCD just showed the
battery. Pressed button on ANNKE and shutter release on
camera, not battery shows "+" and rear LCD shows
image. 1:35 pm now. 1:45 heard 5 rapid
beeps, so expect camera shut itself off. So the
daytime time lapse mode needs some setting that's not
part of selecting that mode. The file size is
2,249KB and when played runs in a fraction of a second.
There are only 10 frames (based on the difference
between start and end times). Note the camera's battery
has plenty of charge.
So . . . to get time lapse to work you also need
to find and disable "auto off" or whatever GoPro calls
that function. You'd think that selecting time
lapse would automatically disable that feature.
If left alone and not recording after some time the
camera makes 5 quick beeps and shuts down.