Just now GoPro presents the latest version of its Actioncam. The specifications of the Hero 8 Black correspond largely to the information previously leaked. A new sensor is installed, which resolves with higher 20MP and supports recordings in 5K with max. 30fps (data rate 100Mbps). Other recording modes include 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120 and 1080p240.
According to GoPro, the image stabilization has been further improved. Hyper Smooth 3.0 now also offers integrated horizon alignment. TimeWarp 3.0 is said to offer better time lapse options.
New is a 1.4" color display with live preview and status modes on the front panel, and a larger 2.27" touch display with touch zoom on the back. Thanks to a more powerful battery, the Hero9 is said to offer up to 30% longer battery life than the HERO8 and last longer in cold weather. The camera body has become a little bit bigger (71 x 55 x 33.6mm).
With the Hero 8, GoPro launched separate module extensions for the camera. For the Hero 9, the concept is expanded with an attachment lens -- GoPro itself speaks of "digital lenses". A separate Max Lens Mod with a 155° viewing angle is available for 99.99 Euro. It is only compatible with the Hero9 (to attach it, the lens cover must first be unscrewed) and apparently brings its own "Max HyperSmooth" video stabilization, which is tailored to the "Max SuperView" field of view. Filming can only be done, it seems, at a resolution of up to 2.7K60.
The Hero9 offers 1080p live streaming and can be used as a webcam. Also included are some new recording features like pre-roll or a pre-programmed recording start (HindSight, LiveBurst, scheduled recording and recording time). The new sensor allows photos with up to 20MP, optionally in RAW. Folding mounting eyes are integrated in the housing.
The Hero9 regularly costs 479.99 Euro, GoPro subscribers receive a discount of 100 Euro.
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