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GoPro Hero 9 will launch on 16 September, company teases announ



(Pocket-lint) – GoPro has announced via teaser that it will be launching the much-leaked Hero 9 camera on 16 September. 

The teaser video for the Hero 9 Black – published to Twitter and embedded below – says simply “more resolution, more everything” before revealing the launch date. 

Apart from that, all we get is a glimpse of some footage shot on the camera, and a little look at some of the familiar design elements which seem to be the same as the Hero 8 Black

As far as specs go, a lot has already been revealed thanks to a few pre-launch leakers. Key among the early leaks was the image showing the packaging, which showed off all the main features. 

This packaging showed that the camera will feature a higher resolution sensor, up from 12-megapixels to 20-megapixels. It’s also expected to record in resolutions up to 5K/30 and have a bigger battery than its predecessor. 

The one big visual change is the colour screen on the front, or at least, that’s what the leaks have indicated. GoPro appears to be shifting from its tradition of offering a basic monochrome screen for simple capture info to a proper colour screen, which likely explains the bigger battery. 

Other rumours include updated TimeWarp, 60fps 4K footage and support for HDR and RAW photos. Whether or not any of these rumours pan out is yet to be seen, but thankfully we don’t have long to wait. 

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GoPro Hero 8 Black vs GoPro Hero 9 Black: What’s the difference



(Pocket-lint) – GoPro has finally done it: put a colour screen on the front of a camera, bringing it more in line with the DJI Osmo Action, and while it was at it decided we needed a bigger battery too. That means you can finally see yourself when you’re filming, and you can shoot for longer. 

With that said, its predecessor – the Hero 8 Black – was and still is a great action camera. So should you stump up the extra for the 9 or will the Hero 8 do everything you need it too? 

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Design and Displays

  • Hero 8: 66.3 x 48.6 x 28.4mm
  • Hero 9: 71.0 x 55.0 x 33.6mm
  • Hero 8: Monochrome status screen on the front
  • Hero 9: Colour live preview screen on the front
  • Both: Built-in mounting arms
  • Both: Colour touchscreen on the back, Hero 9 larger
  • Both: Waterproof to 10m

The Hero 8 Black was an important product for GoPro, freeing the company from the constraints of needing to fit its tech into a specific size body, just so it would fit in the mounting accessories. Instead, it built-in mounting arms to the bottom of the camera, allowing you to mount it to all the accessories, without a clip-on shell, and that has returned in the Hero 9. 

That’s seen GoPro increase the size of its flagship action camera by a noticeable – but not huge – amount. It’s a few millimetres taller, wider and thicker than the 8 Black, but the trade-off should prove worth it for the bigger battery and more powerful internals. Plus, the bigger screen and colour screen on the front. 

Speaking of those displays, the latest model’s front screen is full colour and can be used as a live preview display, while the 8 Black has the more traditional monochrome status display which only shows you status information. 

Both cameras feature a similar design in terms of button and port placement. They both have the shutter button on the top and the mode/power button on the left edge. However, the mode/power button on the 9th gen protrudes more from the surface and is much easier to press and to feel without looking. The Hero 8’s button is flush with the surface, and so virtually impossible to find by touch.

Just underneath that, the Hero 9 also has a speaker designed to pump out water, similar the feature Apple has used in its watches for a while. So if you do take it underwater to test its 10m depth resistance, it will expel any water that seeps into the speaker channels.  

Video capture and streaming

  • Hero 8: Up to 4K/60 FHD/240 footage
  • Hero 9: Up to 5K/30, 4K/60, FHD/240
  • Both: 1080p live streaming

Both Heros support a wide range of resolution and frame-rate combinations at various focal lengths, thanks to the ‘digital lenses’ that are built into the software. 

As far as resolution goes, the Hero9 is the champ here. It can shoot up to 5K resolution at 16:9 ratio with wide, linear and narrow ‘lenses’. At 4K resolution, it can go up to 60 frames per second and up to 240 frames per second at 1080p. It can also shoot at 2.7k resolution, and various resolutions using up to4K at 4:3 ratio. Hero 8 is similar, except it maxes out at 4K resolution. It also doesn’t feature horizon levelling feature available at certain settings. 

Both cameras can be used for live streaming and both can do so at 1080p resolution. Both also use a combination of EIS and algorithms to stabilise footage using a feature called HyperSmooth. With the Hero 9, that’s been boosted further, making it even smoother than before while also offering the horizon levelling feature. What’s more, if you buy the additional Max lens you get horizon levelling on everything, even when you rotate the camera 360-degrees. 

Stills and performance

  • Hero 8: 12MP stills
  • Hero 9: 20MP stills
  • Both: SuperPhoto + HDR
  • Both: RAW support
  • Hero 8: 1220mAh battery
  • Hero 9: 1720mAh battery
  • Both: GP1 chip

There are two big performance upgrades with the Hero 9: Photo resolution and battery life. It has a 20-megapixel sensor versus the 12-megapixel sensor on the previous model. Similarly, it has a higher capacity battery, with an additional 500mAh on top of the 8th gen’s 1220mAh battery to give a total of 1720mAh. 

GoPro says you’ll get an extra 30% video capture time from that battery, and that is definitely useful when it comes to action cameras. There’s nothing worse than running the battery flat during a downhill biking session. 

Both cameras have the same image/data processor – called the GP1 – and they both support RAW image capture as well as GoPro’s advanced HDR image processing. 

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Price

  • Hero 8: $299 with a subscription ($349 without)
  • Hero 9: $399 with a subscription ($499 without)

The most cost-effective way to buy a new Hero camera is with an annual GoPro subscription. If you buy the Hero 8 with the subscription, the camera will cost you $299/£279, while the Hero 9 is $399/£329. If you buy the cameras without the subscription, the Hero 8 is $349/£329 and the Hero 9 is $499/£429. 

Given the added value of the subscription – which gets you unlimited cloud storage, a replacement camera when yours breaks and accessory discounts – it makes complete sense to opt for that with the lower upfront outlay. You get 12 months subscription paid for in advance with that price. GoPro is obviously hoping users stick around for more than a year and keep subscribing afterwards. 

Conclusion

Given the price difference, the Hero 8 Black is actually very good value for money. It’s $100/£100 cheaper than the Hero 9 but does a lot of the same stuff. 

With that said, with its new colour screen, higher resolution sensor and longer battery life the additional outlay is definitely worth it for the Hero 9. Especially when you consider that its price with the subscription is only a little higher than the price of the Hero 8 Black without a subscription. 

If you want the best action camera going, grab the Hero 9. If you’d rather save the cash, or if you’re coming from an older model like the Hero 5 or Hero 6, the Hero 8 will do you just fine and is still a major upgrade on those two. 

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GoPro Hero 9 Black comes with a colour front display, 5K video



(Pocket-lint) – GoPro has officially unveiled a new Hero, and it’s called the Hero 9 Black. While it borrows the Hero 8’s revamped design from 2019, the internals and its capabilities have improved. 

Starting with the most obvious change: Hero 9 Black has a colour screen on the front for the first time. It’s a 1.4-inch display which can be used to see a live preview or view shooting status. In previous years, this display was smaller and only monochrome, used to display basic status information.

 The touchscreen on the back is improved too. GoPro has equipped it with a larger 2.27-inch touch-sensitive panel with touch-zoom capabilities, allowing you to digitally zoom really easily. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a new GoPro without more advanced photography and videography tools. It’s got a new 20-megapixel sensor, and that’s now utilised to give you up to 5K resolution video. 

At its highest sharpness, it can capture video up to 30 frames per second but is still able to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second. Or, if you want slow motion, you can shoot at 240 frames per second at 1080p resolution. 

There’s a bigger battery too, with GoPro claiming you’ll get up to 30 per cent more battery life. That’s enough to make a difference, but not quite enough difference to dissuade users from buying a spare. 

HyperSmooth – the advanced algorithm-based stabilisation system – has now ramped up its capabilities, ensuring even smoother footage and automatic in-camera horizon levelling.  

TimeWarp, the smooth hyperlapse feature is also being improved and not features real speed and slowed down half-speed options. There’s HDR Night lapse video too, for more dramatic and improved timelapses in really low light situations. 

If you snap on the new $99 Max Lens Mod – essentially a stabilised additional lens – you get even smoother HyperSmooth video, plus an even wider Max SuperView camera focal length. You can also enable a horizon lock feature which keeps the horizon in position even when you rotate the camera 360-degrees. That enables some pretty cool effects in video. 

GoPro Hero 9 Black is available to buy today. In the US, it’ll set you back $499, or if you take a 12 month GoPro subscription, you can buy the camera for $100 less: $399.98. Hero 8 Black and Hero 7 Black remain on sale at $349 and $249 respectively. In the UK, pricing is set at £429.99, or £329.98 if you have a GoPro subscription. 

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GoPro Hero 9 will have a much bigger battery and up to 5K30 vid



(Pocket-lint) – Following a leak which revealed the GoPro Hero 9 Black would feature a colour screen on the front, further details have now been revealed following a package and battery detail leak. 

As is customary for Hero packaging, the main specs are listed down the side of the box, with the key features highlighted on the front. 

This year’s flagship action camera is going to feature a higher resolution 20-megapixel sensor, up from the 12-megapixel sensor used in the Hero 8 Black in 2019

We’re also going to get a maximum 5K resolution for recording video at 30 frames per second, 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, plus full HD (1080p) at 240 frames per second as well as 1080p live streaming. 

That means up to 8x slow-motion video, plus an upgraded version of TimeWarp which enables some ultra-smooth hyperlapse footage to be shot completely handheld. 

For still photos, the packaging reveals we’ll still get HDR and RAW support, and all of this built into a unit that can survive at depths of up to 10 metres in water. 

Arguably the biggest new addition is the larger battery. WinFuture – the original reporters of the story – state that the new battery will have a capacity of 1,720mAh and that’s roughly 40 per cent larger than the previous one. 

Bigger battery means a new battery charging dock, and so a new one of those will be launched too, allowing you to charge two batteries at once. 

Nothing has been said specifically about how this bigger battery will improve the recording time, however. It could just be that the higher capacity is required to keep the same performance with all of the added features. 

We anticipate shooting video at higher resolutions, with more powerful processing algorithms for TimeWarp, plus the colour screen on the front will consume more power than the Hero 8 Black did. 

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