Nikon Key Mission vs. GoPro Hero 5

In Gear Review by Patrick

Nikon recently released the Nikon Key Mission series of action cameras and is there answer to the ever popular GoPro series of cameras. Being more of a still photographer with an occasional foray into the video realm, I was interested to see how these two stacked up against each other. First the new Nikon KeyMisson 360:


Nikon KeyMission 360 Tech Specs Highlights

Capture Spherical Video in UHD 4K at 24p
Dual-Lens Capture and Internal Stitching
Also Record 1080p24 and 1440x960p25/30
100 ft Waterproof Without Housing
Built-In Vibration Reduction (1080p)
29MP Still-Image Capture
Nikon Nikkor Glass Lens
Control & Playback App for iOS/Android
Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Shockproof, Freezeproof, and Dustproof
Price: $496.95

Here is a compilation of videos from the Nikon KeyMission 360 for your viewing pleasure and to compare the video to the GoPro 5 below.

The GoPro 5 is the flagship for them and they have gone to great links to keep this as user friendly as possible to maintain their fan base. Below are the specs for the GP 5 black:


GoPro 5 Black Tech Specs Highlights

12MP / 30 fps burst time lapse
4K30/1440P80/ 1080P120
Waterproof 33FT (10M)
Simple 1-button control
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Advanced Wind Noise Reduction
Voice Control
Video Stabilization
Auto Upload to the Cloud
Touch Display
RAW and WDR Format Stills

You can compare the video quality and format from each. In my humble opinion, even though they are in the same category and compete against one another, each has unique offerings that you will have to decide on for your storytelling. Personally, I lean toward the GoPro 5 simply because I have had them in the past and I am familiar with the operations. Another point for me is that all the mounting hardware and such fits the new GP 5 so I don’t need to t buy those pieces at and additional cost. Although the Nikon KM 360 boast better optics IMHO and gives you a wider field of view which may appeal to some. If you are on the fence about an action camera, do your research and if you can hold off until Black Friday or Cyber Monday, you may get and even better deal.

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