Today GoPro announced the new GoPro Hero 9, which offers a front-facing screen and 5K resolution, but also slightly increased the price. Sorta, kind of, not really … it depends. It’s complicated.
So, until that final text review arrives – here’s everything you need to know about the GoPro Hero 9 in one sub-15-minute watch session:
However, if you’re still looking for a little more text, read on.
I would argue that the Hero 9 is by far the largest upgrade in the GoPro Hero range in terms of functionality. However, that doesn’t mean it will have the biggest upgrade impact for everyone. For example, I would also argue that with a GoPro Hero 6, the switch to Hero 7 or Hero 8 was by far the most important in terms of image quality or stability. At this point, GoPro left the competition in this regard.
Even so, the list for today is huge. In case for some reason you didn’t hit the play button above (seriously, you should), here’s all the new:
– Added front live preview screen
– Added 5K / 30 video resolution
– Added 23.6MP photos
– Increased battery life to 30% longer (on average some even much longer)
– Improved battery performance in cold weather
– Removable lens reintroduced
– The size of the rear window has been increased slightly by 16%
– Introduction of HyperSmooth 3.0
– Added horizon leveling for linear mode (was in the app last year, now in the camera)
– Added TimeWarp 3.0 with a new RealTime option
– Added new livestream outlets including Twitch
– Added webcam support for PC and Mac (was previously beta)
– Added Hindsight which is similar to TiVo for your GoPro
– Added scheduled recording to wake up the camera and capture a sunrise
– Added Duration Capture to keep a camera recording for a specific period of time
– Added new water drain for the side microphone to drain the water faster
– The battery design has been changed to a much larger battery but is not backward compatible
– The camera weight has been increased from 125 g to 159 g
– Start the new GoPro Max SuperView lens mod with Horizon Lock (you can rotate the camera 360 * and lock the horizon)
– The Hero 9 Box is actually a travel bag for the camera
– Price increased from $ 399 to $ 449 if you don’t have a GoPro subscription (formerly GoPro Plus).
– Price decreased from $ 399 to $ 349 if you have a GoPro subscription (formerly GoPro Plus).
Oh, and yes, the camera is still black. The bracket also remains the same.
Phew Lots and lots of things. Even though the camera is heavier, I honestly never noticed it unless I held them next to each other. It’s just not a factor in any meaningful way except maybe if you were to mount it on the head and even then that would be pretty questionable if you did notice it after more than a few minutes.
As for the batteries, while it’s annoying that the Hero 9 has new batteries, I’ll say the claims are true. In my hours and hours and hours of testing the Hero 8 and Hero 9 side by side, the Hero 8’s battery ran out long before the Hero 9 each time (both in identical modes and otherwise). Which ultimately boils down to the battery being just a chunker compared to the older ones. So at least the battery change was functional insofar as I got something out of this situation instead of just changing it for the purpose of change.
But I also describe that in the video.
Until then – enjoy all of the footage above, as well as the huge compilation video below, which honestly gives more of a glimpse into what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks with 2-4 action cameras always mounted at the same time. It’s good.
Thanks for reading (and watching)!