Turning the GoPro Hero (2018) into a Hero 5 Black for 4K!

The new GoPro Hero 2018 edition is cheaper than the Hero 5 Black, but it won’t do 4K nor 2.7K, only up to 1440p. There are some other features missing too. Interestingly there are smart people out there managed to turn it into a Hero 5 Black that is capable of recording 4K videos!

According to this page, the new GoPro Hero 2018 edition is actually using nearly identical hardware as the older GoPro Hero 5 Black. Therefore it’s possible to “unlock” the performance and features on the Hero 5 Black that are missing in the cheaper GoPro Hero! All you need to do is to flash a custom firmware to remove the “restrictions”.

Disclaimer: Do this at your own risk, I have not tried this myself. Beware that by doing this DIY hack you might void the warranty!

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

With this simple firmware update, you can unlock features of the GoPro HERO 2018 action camera including 4K 30FPS, 2.7K 60FPS with EIS turned ON, GPS works too, 240 FPS slow-motion at 720p, 120 FPS at 1080p, and a whole lot more! Superview also works for 2.7K, 1080p and below. Unfortunately there are still some features that are not possible such as Image Stabilization at 4K.

18 thoughts on “Turning the GoPro Hero (2018) into a Hero 5 Black for 4K!

  1. Amruth Raj

    After hero 2018 is upgraded to hero 5 black I tried updating to the latest software update. It is not updating from version 2.60 to version 2.70. I tried the manual method aswell, didn’t work. Everytime I try updating, it shows error ‘!’ This exclamatory sign appears. Please Help.

  2. Zach

    Can you please send me the files?
    Thanks for the help on this. I am really looking forward to having my Hero operate in my Drone. Thanks!!!

  3. Dave Gillies

    I did this firmware install to make my hero (2018) to work exactly like a hero 5 black. Install is simple and takes about 5 minutes. All working perfectly!

    1. Benish Augustine

      Hi Dave, can you please share the download files with me? I can’t seem to find it. You can mail me on benish.augustine AT gmail.com

    2. Aaron

      Could you send it to me as well? I have been following the steps for the files mod but it doesnt seem to auto update.

      my email is death_aaron AT hotmail.com

    3. George

      Hi Dave, im having trouble finding the files and understanding how to do the process.

      Can you share with me the hacked firmware files?

      jwilsont AT gmail.com



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