GoPro Hero 9 Black | Action Camera | Review & Comparison

There are new cameras always coming out every year by new companies giving, GoPro sort of a little bit more competition than it used to have. so in this blog today we’re going to talk about GoPro 9 and if that is enough to make you go from a GoPro 8 in exchange for a GoPro 9.

The new packaging looks as if GoPro’s gone into a simpler design but more complex at the same time. What I mean by that is it looks like they’re now sending you sort of a carrying case right out of the box. if you’re on the fence about upgrading your camera or jumping into the GoPro line make sure you read this blog and I’m going to give you my opinions on if I think GoPro is going the right way with this release or if they’re sort of dropping the ball.

Besides updated packaging and a carrying case, It now has an LCD screen for front-facing vlog-style content that is a huge advantage that the Osmo action had up till now. This might not be the best action camera but it has definitely turned into an amazing vlogging camera. To be able to put an external mic onto it and having that front screen that can do 16.9 Aspepect Ratio or full-frame, it makes it great for setting up shots when you’re out there filming by yourself and now GoPro should be able to do the same thing. With GoPro’s internal color profile we all know it’s going to look amazing every single camera they put out the color profile, the color science that they have locked in just gets better and better.

From the GoPro 7 to the GoPro 8 to the GoPro max the quality in the GoPro max for only being able to do 1080p in hero mode is mind-blowing. I love this camera but with that front-facing camera, it is going to give you the opportunity to use it to set it up to make sure that you’re getting the shot that you want and need all alone you don’t have to have someone else setting it up for you to make sure everything’s in the frame the right way. if it wasn’t for this camera doing this feature I don’t know if GoPro would have actually included that on the GoPro 9.

what you get for the cost of this camera is really a pretty damn good deal. The GoPro hero 8 has a 12-megapixel sensor whereas the GoPro hero 9 have a 20-megapixel sensor inside of it so if you are someone out there that takes still frame photos with your GoPro’s then this is definitely something you’re going to be wanting to check out more when it comes out as you can see in the box it has a ton of the same features that it had in the GoPro 8 though we’re now going from version two to version three so instead of just coming with hyper smooth 2.0 as the GoPro 8 has.

It has hyper smooth 3.0 they’re saying it’s supposed to be almost if not as stable as a gimbal the GoPro max is already more stable than a gimbal go. hopefully, hyper smooth 3.0 has a horizon lock like the GoPro max it’s also coming with time warp 3.0 which is basically just a time-lapse in motion. So what that does is you can get a smoother lapse or hyper lapse because you’re moving from point a to point b it’s a pretty cool feature and if you haven’t already tried it then I would suggest if you have a GoPro with that feature try it out it’s a lot of fun.

The GoPro Hero 9 is waterproof up to 10 meters. Can do eight times slow motion in 1080p. Of course, it’s gonna have 4k 60 frames per second but it’s also going to have 5k at 30 frames a second. The majority of us still don’t even use 4k. For most of us who use youtube or Facebook. The majority of our viewers are watching on smartphones and small tablets and things like that for those of you watching on a 40 inches Screen or higher 4k starts to benefit you way more than watching on whatever phone you have. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t use 4k. So it is nice to have a 4k camera available that’s pocket-size but I truly think GoPro sort of dropped the ball just a little bit by pushing for the numbers game versus pushing for the ultimate camera.

The GoPro Hero 9 have data overlays GPS, you’ll be able to use it with voice control they have almost doubled the battery size they’re jumping all the way up from 1220milliamps on the GoPro 8 to 1720 milliamps for the GoPro 9. so I’m not sure yet if that’s going to give us a much longer record time or if that’s just to the power that extra screen and they needed it to be able to keep it from having a shorter record time. it’s going to come with a webcam model which is something GoPro just recently updated the GoPro 8 to be able to do it’s also going to be able to be directly plugged in and used as a 1080p live streaming camera.

the New GoPro Hero 9 comes with a removable lens cover. It looks like GoPro listened to us and they’ve gotten rid of that irreplaceable lens cover that they did on the GoPro 8 and they actually have given us back the opportunity to remove and replace it ourselves.

The GoPro 7 was released in September of 2018, the GoPro 8 was released in October of 2019. I’m guessing somewhere between now and October. We’re going to see all of this information come out and get confirmed or denied and will know 100 what the price is the GoPro 8 came out at about 399 dollars when it was brand new and there are rumors saying that this one will actually cost slightly more $ 439 due to that front-facing the screen and the bigger battery. that’s a lot of money for an action camera for a guy that already owns a ton of different action cameras.

I don’t know if there’s really anything in this particular release. that’s revolutionary we’ve already got cameras with screens in the front we’ve already got cameras out there with stabilization that smoke a gimbal we’ve even got cameras can be taken apart and put back together like a brick of legos now don’t get me wrong-a lot has changed since this little bad boy came out many years ago every single action camera that you see is based on that but did GoPro really step the game up with this release.

I’m sort of disappointed because even the back screen on the new GoPro 9 in the pictures looks like it’s pretty much the same size as the GoPro 7. even the Osmo action which sells for half the cost of what this GoPro 9 is supposed to release for has a giant back screen I just don’t get how GoPro couldn’t bump the size of the screen up I really hope that if it’s over 400 dollars that front screen is actually a touch screen as well because on the Osmo action it’s not and that would make it a step above what’s already out there but is that really worth 400?

I am so bummed at what I’ve seen so far with the GoPro 9. They are not what I was hoping for whatsoever for the longest time the leaks were all talking about how the next hero 9 would actually be an all-in-one camera. something that could really compete with the 1r. right now the 1r and the GoPro max are sorts of the competitors against each other this is a modular camera to be able to make it switch back and forth to 360 to an action camera you have to actually take it apart, put the pieces together, and put it back together.

This one is actually an all-in-one camera. you can switch between 360 in hero mode, it does have much better stability and a much better color profile than the GoPro 7 or the GoPro 8. the rumors were all that it was going to be an all-in-one unit that it was going to basically be everything that the GoPro 8 could do and the 360 functions of the max could do in one camera. let me tell you that would be a game-changer that is one of the coolest things about the GoPro max.

I actually use this thing in hero mode shooting in 1080p 60 frames a second more than I use it in 360 modes when I want to switch to 360 to get a certain shot it’s as easy as testability in hero mode. it is game-changing stable it makes a gimbal seem shaky that’s how stable this camera is can the nine do that? maybe we’ll see soon enough if they had come out with something that was an all-in-one unit that would smoke this guy I think I would have dumped every last dollar I had in GoPro stock so from what I see the GoPro 9 is not anything revolutionary.

If you’re on the fence wait and see what GoPro releases uh to push this product to show what it can and cannot do wait and see if there is something we’re missing out on maybe that little slot on the side they’ve moved the USB slot from in the battery door over to the side is that revolutionary not really so what really is the revolutionary thing in the GoPro 9. I guess we’re just gonna have to wait and see.

let me know if you think it’s worth the money to spend that on a new action camera if there’s anything you’ve seen yet in this camera that makes you go or if it just seems like another minor step up in the action camera game. if you are one of those people that goes 5k the numbers higher then also let me know in the comments below there are people out there that really do need that higher resolution and if you’re one of them let me know what you use it for. so let me know, let’s the discussions roll and I’ll see you guys in the next one.

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One thought on “GoPro Hero 9 Black | Action Camera | Review & Comparison

  • July 21, 2021 at 5:49 AM

    Wow, this is my dream camera.


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