The GoPro Hero 9 Black has officially landed and comes with gifts that include a new 23.6 megapixel sensor and a front screen for extreme vloggers. ((Are you looking for the full verdict on GoPro’s new flagship action camera? Read our detailed information GoPro Hero 9 Black review).
None of these features come as much of a surprise given the leaks we saw ahead of launch, but they do confirm that the Hero 9 Black is perhaps the biggest redesign of GoPro’s flagship action camera since the Hero 5 Black.
Thanks to this new sensor, the Hero 9 Black can record 5K / 30p videos, a first for a GoPro, and take 20MP photos. The new 1
While it looks very similar to a GoPro, the Hero 9 Black also brings a completely new body that is about 10% larger than the GoPro Hero 8 Black. The main reason for this is that it can accommodate a new 1,720 mAh battery which, according to GoPro, will increase the endurance of the Hero 9 Black by around 30% compared to its predecessor.
Another improvement is the return of a removable lens cover that the Hero 8 Black was missing. This comes in handy when replacing broken lenses, but it also supports a new accessory that GoPro calls a Max Lens Mod.
When this new mod arrives in October, it will appear to have a super wide 155 degree field of view and support the Max Hypersmooth video stabilization that we first saw on the GoPro Max.
What other extreme delicacies does the GoPro Hero 9 Black bring? The rest is mostly software based. HyperSmooth 3.0’s new image stabilization now offers the technology’s most powerful boost mode for all frame rates and resolutions.
There’s also in-camera horizon adjustment – a feature that corrects crooked horizons in your videos and was previously only available in the GoPro app – and a TimeWarp 3.0 hyperlapse mode.
The Hero 9 Black also builds on the latest additions to GoPro, with a 1080p webcam mode and some new ‘power tools’ that we first saw in its new GoPro Labs platform. These include handy additions like Scheduled Recording (which allows you to set the time and date for filming to start) and HindSight, a feature that allows you to record video from the 15 or 30 seconds before the shutter is released.
So the big question is what all these new features mean for the price of the Hero 9 Black. The GoPro Hero 9 Black is available now for $ 449.99 / £ 429.99 / AU $ 699.95. This corresponds to a price increase of 11% compared to the starting price of the Hero 8 Black.
However, you can also get a sizeable discount on the Hero 9 Black if you buy it with a one-year GoPro subscription. This subscription, previously known as GoPro Plus, is priced at $ 49.99 / £ 49.99 / $ 69.99 annually. Buy this at the same time as a Hero 9 Black and the action camera will cost $ 349.99 / £ 329.99 / $ 559.95 for a total saving of $ 50 / £ 50 / AU $ 70.
In short, the Hero 9 Black costs the same as its predecessor as long as you sign up for a one-year GoPro subscription. Is that a good value? Check out our full GoPro Hero 9 Black review to find out.