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GoPro has released their latest iteration of the popular action cameras – the GoPro Hero9 Black. Check the current price on Adorama.
The new camera comes with a bunch of upgraded features.
The most prominent features are a new 23.6MP sensor capable of delivering 5K video at 30fps, 20MP Photos, and better video stabilizations.
Also worth mentioning is the new 1.4″ front-facing display with live preview and status modes that makes it easier to frame your shot, the increased battery life of 30% over GoPro Hero8, and a larger 2.27″ rear touch display with touch zoom.
It’s also nice to see, that they’ve gone back to a removable lens cover in GoPro Hero9.
In order to get space for the bigger rear display, GoPro had to make the entire camera slightly bigger as well, which means that any waterproof cages or other protective frames you might have for earlier iterations can’t be used with this camera.
Here’s a video from Adorama where you can see the new GoPro Hero9 Black in action:
Here are all the new features listed as a table:
|GoPro Hero9 Black Specs and Features|
|New Image Sensor|
|Video: 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more|
|Photo Burst Mode: 25 photos in 1 second|
|Liveburst: 1.5 seconds before and after your shot|
|New 1.4″ front color display with live preview and status modes|
|Larger 2.27″ rear touch display with touch zoom|
|30% more battery life than HERO8 Black with improved cold-weather performance|
|Removable, rechargeable battery|
|HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling|
|TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed and Half Speed (Auto; 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, 30x)|
|1080p Live Streaming|
|1080p Webcam mode|
|Power Tools: HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, and Duration Capture|
|SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video (Day Timelapse modes: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals; 2, 5, 30, 60 minute intervals | Night Timelapse modes: Auto; 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30 second intervals; 2, 5, 30, 60 minute intervals)|
|Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents|
|3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction|
|Stereo + RAW audio|
|Larger speaker for improved audio playback|
|Removable lens cover|
|Built-in folding mounting fingers|
|Rugged + waterproof to 33ft (10m)|
|Compatible with Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, Display Mod, and Media Mod for HERO9 Black|
All-New Max Lens Mod for HERO9 Black
GoPro also introduces a Max Lens Mod (for an additional $99.99) that allows for horizon lock when the camera is rotated a full 360°.
That way you can create 360° video and photos with video stabilization and low-distortion at resolutions up to 2.7K at 60fps.
Max Lens Mod will be available globally starting October 2020.
Other official mods include a Media Mod with a removable foam windscreen (for an additional $79.99), a Display Mod, that adds a flip-up screen (for an additional $79.99) (this requires the Media Mod), and a light mod (for an additional $49.99).
The Media Mod for HERO9 Black and Display Mod will be available starting Sept. 16. The Light Mod is currently available on GoPro.com as well as at select retailers.
Check the current price on Adorama.
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He’s the owner of filmdaft.com and of the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.