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GoPro Hero (2018) (easily convert to a Hero 5 Black with simple firmware update) £131.91 @ TobyDeals
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GoPro Hero (2018) (easily convert to a Hero 5 Black with simple firmware update) £131.91 @ TobyDeals

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Posted 1st Sep 2018Edited by:"fpsazerbaijan"

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Little known fact that you can convert a standard Hero 2018 to a Hero 5 Black with a simple firmware update.

Did mine the other day and it works a treat. I now have 4K 30 FPS, GPS, 12mp photos etc for £130 ish.

I managed to get Halfords to price match Tecobuy in-store, they said no over live chat but the guy in store was fine with it. Maybe worth a punt!

Credit to ohyicong over on Reddit for the method:
"I have compiled all the steps into one folder. Place this folder in the sd card and power on your gopro. Then the update will start automatically. It takes around 5~10 mins to finish updating. Delete this file from the SD card after updating."

FILES (thanks to coastersteve for re-uploading them): drive.google.com/dri…4or

*EDIT* for anyone attempting this take a read of the Reddit thread: reddit.com/r/g…re/

The process is as follows:
- Download the 'UPDATE' folder from the above Google Drive link. This should contain 4 files. Place the entire folder onto a blank, formatted micro sd.

- Place the sd in the camera and power it up. It will run through the update process, restarting and black screening several times and taking anywhere betwee 3-10 mins, be patient and don't be tempted to press anything!

- Camera will eventually boot as a fully fledged Hero 5 Black. Turn it off. Remove the SD and delete the UPDATE folder. I reformatted just to be sure.

- Place it back in the GoPro and go video something cool in 4K 30 fps


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ian1801/09/2018 21:56

Cold not a deal


Ah you must've paid £299 for a Hero 5 Black
spinach_pie01/09/2018 22:04

Thanks. Do you know if there is a way to revert back as well?


Apparently you can! "Firstly, go to Gopro official website to download the original hero 2018 firmware. Next, put the firmware file into your SD card and turn on your device. The firmware will be reversed automatically (wait for 5~10mins)." taken from the Reddit thread (here in case anyone wants a read: reddit.com/r/g…re/)
Spud21102/09/2018 13:42

My car is the same - I have "unlocked" nearly £1000 worth of extra …My car is the same - I have "unlocked" nearly £1000 worth of extra features by flashing it's firmware.


You turned your Nissan Leaf into a Tesla Model 3?!?
Edited by: "AppStar" 2nd Sep 2018
I remember doing this with the old Sony Ericsson Walkman phones. K800 to a W800 or something.

Ah to be young again
Edited by: "DarrylJohn" 2nd Sep 2018
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Cold not a deal
ian182 m ago

Cold not a deal


Why?
ian1801/09/2018 21:56

Cold not a deal


Ah you must've paid £299 for a Hero 5 Black
Thanks. Do you know if there is a way to revert back as well?
spinach_pie01/09/2018 22:04

Thanks. Do you know if there is a way to revert back as well?


Apparently you can! "Firstly, go to Gopro official website to download the original hero 2018 firmware. Next, put the firmware file into your SD card and turn on your device. The firmware will be reversed automatically (wait for 5~10mins)." taken from the Reddit thread (here in case anyone wants a read: reddit.com/r/g…re/)
fpsazerbaijan01/09/2018 22:06

Apparently you can! "Firstly, go to Gopro official website to download the …Apparently you can! "Firstly, go to Gopro official website to download the original hero 2018 firmware. Next, put the firmware file into your SD card and turn on your device. The firmware will be reversed automatically (wait for 5~10mins)." taken from the Reddit thread (here in case anyone wants a read: https://www.reddit.com/r/goprohack/comments/8wpe49/gopro_hero_1080p_2018_to_hero_5_black_firmware/)


Awesome. Just wonder if gopro will somehow release a fix for this or brick your gopro if you try to connect to the app etc...
spinach_pie8 m ago

Awesome. Just wonder if gopro will somehow release a fix for this or brick …Awesome. Just wonder if gopro will somehow release a fix for this or brick your gopro if you try to connect to the app etc...


That is a possibility. I've just been using mine without the app, it's not ideal but for the price I can live with it!
That sad if they fix this why limit what’s already available . I got a go 6
the three new hero 7's ( white , silver and black) should be announced later this month so expect the price of the old budget heros to drop .

if this turns them into hero 5 its the find of year if you ask me
Maccabix2 m ago

if this turns them into hero 5 its the find of year if you ask me


That's what I thought when I converted mine. Took less than 5 minutes all in!
Interesting
Maccabix01/09/2018 22:40

the three new hero 7's ( white , silver and black) should be announced …the three new hero 7's ( white , silver and black) should be announced later this month so expect the price of the old budget heros to drop .if this turns them into hero 5 its the find of year if you ask me


What would be the upgrade on these
wakkaday10 m ago

What would be the upgrade on these


this is the million pound question as no one knows yet , they were supposed to be releasing two new cameras for budget and mid range and a new flagship model . From the few things that's "known" (leaked) the hero7 black has a front lcd screen the other two hero 7 versions don't so guessing thats the range .
Does this have the same mega pixel as the 5 black? I've got the black but for this price would buy another for my YouTube videos, would save me bloody ages messing about.
I know a load of people who have bought these and just never use them, but absolutely love mine.
benny51 m ago

Interesting



intredasting
If these drop further in price with the new releases this has to be worth a punt.
I am at a quandary, do I risk doing the update and it works, or do I leave it as if I do do it and then it bricks my gopro hero 2018 buying a new one would cost me more in total than buying a gopro hero 6 in the first place.
Toon_army01/09/2018 23:41

Does this have the same mega pixel as the 5 black? I've got the black but …Does this have the same mega pixel as the 5 black? I've got the black but for this price would buy another for my YouTube videos, would save me bloody ages messing about.I know a load of people who have bought these and just never use them, but absolutely love mine.



The firmware update turns it into a Hero 5 Black (same resolution, megapixels etc)
Edited by: "fpsazerbaijan" 2nd Sep 2018
macdaddy197802/09/2018 00:01

I am at a quandary, do I risk doing the update and it works, or do I leave …I am at a quandary, do I risk doing the update and it works, or do I leave it as if I do do it and then it bricks my gopro hero 2018 buying a new one would cost me more in total than buying a gopro hero 6 in the first place.


Have a read through that Reddit thread I linked to a few comments above ^ lots of happy campers over there and no one has encountered any problems as far as I can see
fpsazerbaijan12 m ago

Have a read through that Reddit thread I linked to a few comments above ^ …Have a read through that Reddit thread I linked to a few comments above ^ lots of happy campers over there and no one has encountered any problems as far as I can see


Will do. Thanks for your help. I am really tempted but still think there will be a comeback from Gopro about it
macdaddy197802/09/2018 00:01

I am at a quandary, do I risk doing the update and it works, or do I leave …I am at a quandary, do I risk doing the update and it works, or do I leave it as if I do do it and then it bricks my gopro hero 2018 buying a new one would cost me more in total than buying a gopro hero 6 in the first place.


Buyers remorse... just saying.
apts02/09/2018 00:21

Buyers remorse... just saying.


I'll take that hit. Lol. To be fair this is my first action camera and was going to get the Yi 4k but wasn't waterproof without case so I'll take another hit if I have too lol
macdaddy197802/09/2018 00:26

I'll take that hit. Lol. To be fair this is my first action camera and was …I'll take that hit. Lol. To be fair this is my first action camera and was going to get the Yi 4k but wasn't waterproof without case so I'll take another hit if I have too lol


I don't have a computer, see if I put in my sd card from my gopro into my phone, could I still download the firmware through that then put it back in my gopro?
cracking deal
Okay, so the cheapest the GoPro Hero 2018 has been on Amazon UK was £159.99 (third party seller, £169 from Amazon) according to the 3 camels. The cheapest the Hero 5 Black has been was £199.99 (third party seller, £248.15 from Amazon) according to the same site.

Even assuming the mod doesn't work (although feedback on Reddit seems sound) it still seems like a great price. Far lower than the usual price when Amazon have it in stock. How is it this price? Some sort of VAT dodge?
Download the firmware and turn it into a Hero 5 brick.
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Thanks!!
Purchased! That's a steal. Looking into the process, seems quite simple to change it over.
great deal, very tempted with this, especially if you can do the firmware hack!
omgpleasespamme4 h, 55 m ago

Okay, so the cheapest the GoPro Hero 2018 has been on Amazon UK was …Okay, so the cheapest the GoPro Hero 2018 has been on Amazon UK was £159.99 (third party seller, £169 from Amazon) according to the 3 camels. The cheapest the Hero 5 Black has been was £199.99 (third party seller, £248.15 from Amazon) according to the same site.Even assuming the mod doesn't work (although feedback on Reddit seems sound) it still seems like a great price. Far lower than the usual price when Amazon have it in stock. How is it this price? Some sort of VAT dodge?


It’s coming from Hong Kong or China I would assume.
How reliable is Toby? Not used him before but see him cropping up here alla time
Can similar be done to my go pro 4 silver ?
If it’s coming from Hong Kong or China will there not be duty to pay?
Anyone recommend any must have accessories for this?
Fn6Dragon3 m ago

Can similar be done to my go pro 4 silver ?


Unfortunately not, different hardware.
ayresr34 m ago

If it’s coming from Hong Kong or China will there not be duty to pay?


TobyDeals usually ships to a UK distribution centre and then on to you, no duties to pay.
I would go get the hero 2018 from Argos for 179.99 but just worried this will be fixed by go pro
Was set to buy until the £25 postage came up. Inverness postcode, not an island one.
spinach_pie02/09/2018 09:24

I would go get the hero 2018 from Argos for 179.99 but just worried this …I would go get the hero 2018 from Argos for 179.99 but just worried this will be fixed by go pro


Do it before they realise and just don't connect the camera to the app. No way they can update it then!

Also someone on Reddit pointed out the last firmware update was October of last year. Plus with the new 7's coming out I doubt they'll bother
Edited by: "fpsazerbaijan" 2nd Sep 2018
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