GoPro Hero 11 Black vs. DJI Osmo Action 3
Editor’s Note: This article is part of our series Battle of the Brands, in which we compare category-leading products to their counterparts to determine which are actually worth your money.
For adventurers, adrenaline junkies and now social media influencers, action cameras are a must-have accessory. We pitted the DJI Osmo Action 3 against the GoPro Hero 11 to see which one you should buy if you’re looking to immortalize that diving trip, ski jump or bungee leap off a bridge for your oh-so-jealous friends.
Both cameras are great, but in the end, there can be only one. Read on to see which one comes out on top.
GoPro Hero 11
DJI Osmo Action 3
$499 ($350 with 1-year GoPro subscription [$50/year])
|Weight and Dimensions||
154mg, 71.8 x 50.8 x 33.6 mm
145 g, 70.5 × 44.2 × 32.8 mm
Removable 1770 mAh
10 m (33 ft)
16 m (52 ft)
|Max Video Resolution||
– 5.3K (4:3): 5312×3984 @ 30/25/24 fps
– 4K (4:3): 4096×3072 @ 24/25/30/48/50/60 fps
– 4K (16:9): 120fps
– 4K (16:9): 120 fps
– Built-in mounting with folding fingers
– Magnetic clamping mounts
WiFi + Bluetooth
WiFi + Bluetooth
Both cameras have a similar design, with a rugged body, a large forward-facing lens and front and back LCD screens. The rear screens are touchscreens, but the Osmi 3 one-ups the GoPro by making the front screen also touch-sensitive.
I found the GoPro’s array of functions to be a bit dizzying, although the company simplified settings with the release of the Hero 11 last year. Now, you can select an “Easy” setting for selecting presets for common usage. These include its TimeWarp mode (a stabilized time-lapse video for when you’re moving around), basic video settings such as slow motion and lens selection. It also encompasses photo mode, which allows for lens selection, whether the shot is at night and whether you’re using a timer.
This is a welcome upgrade over the bewildering array of settings the “Pro” setting has. You can adjust all these settings from the QuikPro app on your phone, too, so you’re not reduced to swiping at the back of a small screen.
Likewise, you can control the Osmo 3 from your phone or the device itself. Its controls are slightly less confusing, but there are still many choices on what frame rate, resolution, lens, light level, etc. to pick. Again, these can be set from the DJI app, which is cluttered with too much stuff, including links to buy more of the company’s stuff, as well as shot guides for scenarios in which you might find yourself — beach, nature, city, etc. But really, just give me control to manage my camera when it’s not in my hot little hands, and I’ll be happy.
TL;DR: This is a tough one because neither camera does a great job on this front. I give GoPro a slight edge for its easier-to-use app, and its “easy” presets.
An action camera isn’t much good if you can’t attach to something. To wit, both cameras offer a plethora of mounts and accessories, and neither breaks new ground here. The Hero 11 uses the flip-out fingers that have become standard on the GoPro line, allowing you to attach it to so many mounts. The Osmo 3 uses a magnetic mounting system that snaps into the camera or a case with a satisfying click. It feels pretty secure, and taking the camera off the mount is fast if you want a little hand-held action. But I have to say I preferred the no-gimmick approach of GoPro: Flip down the little flanges and screw in a mounting bolt. You’re done.
TL;DR: Again, a toss-up due to personal taste. I like the manual nature of the GoPro, but many will like the Osmo’s snap-on mounting.
The Hero 11 is waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet), while the Osmo 3 goes down to 16 m (52 ft) without a waterproof housing. That could save amateur scuba divers and snorkelers money, since a waterproof housing can run up to $50. That said, both cameras feel rugged and solid enough to handle just about any inclement weather or harsh environment.
One feature the Osmo 3 has that the Hero 11 doesn’t is a “scuba mode.” This can be set manually through the camera’s settings, or you can let it turn on automatically when the camera reaches a 14-meter depth. While in scuba mode, you can only use the shutter button to take pictures or start a video recording. The Quick Switch button on the side will stop a recording. This is designed to make it simpler to operate at depths while wearing gloves. You can disable scuba (when you’re back on the boat, presumably) by pressing the Quick Switch button five times.
TL;DR: With its more robust waterproofing and auto-scuba mode, the Osmo 3 wins this one.
The Hero 11 has a new sensor, and that’s what really distinguishes itself from the Hero 10 of the year before. It’s a nearly square, 1/1.9” 8:9 sensor. Why is this important? Because you can crop the same footage to either landscape or portrait with little bother. And that means you can use the same footage for your TikToks and other portrait-oriented social media sites or crop into landscape for more traditional video formats. On the other hand, the Osmo uses a more traditional 4:3 sensor, but it’s slightly larger at 1/1.7”.
GoPro’s camera has a higher resolution than the Osmo: 27MP to 12MP, which means sharper (and larger) images and video files, but it also means the GoPro can capture 5.3K video in both 16:9 and 8:7 aspect ratios. The Osmo is limited to “only” 4K, which will still look stunning. The GoPro can capture 10-bit color, just like the new iPhone 14 Pro, so you’ll get smoother color gradations and less “banding” in the sky.
In my tests, I found the GoPro slightly flat in color but more accurate. The Osmo was more contrasty and poppier, but it lost detail and blew out highlights. You can see this in the video linked here. The GoPro is on the left, while the Osmo is on the right.
Even the Osmo’s HDR recording feature didn’t seem to make much difference. The Osmo was consistently more punchy and contrasty, like someone had added the Vibrant filter to all the footage. One big red flag I noticed with the Osmo 3 is that it didn’t quite focus on my face when I held the camera at arm’s length. The background looks sharp, but my face is a little soft. The Hero 11, however, captured my agedness in high-resolution.
TL;DR: The GoPro is sharper and also: boo, entropy.
If you like more vibrant colors out of the box, that’s fine. But I like my video a little flatter since I edit it in Final Cut Pro and punch the color there.
Neither camera works wonderfully in low light, but the GoPro has a couple of fun workarounds for that. It has presets for star trails and “light painting,” in which you can wave a sparkler or flashlight around and leave wonderfully animated trails. Another preset is Night Photo, which, like the night mode on your phone, uses computational power to help improve the photo. The Osmo 3 doesn’t offer any presets like this.
TL;DR: The Hero 11 nails it here. Undoubtedly, it’s got better video quality and a more versatile sensor. Plus, it can shoot in 10-bit color. Sold.cnn.com/_components/paragraph/instances/clf2u6y3m002c3b6f18nk3yil@published” data-editable=”text” data-component-name=”paragraph”>
Since they’re both action cameras, you’d expect them to have robust stabilization, and you’d be right! They’re both pretty great in that regard. I might give a slight edge to the GoPro, but they’re really about equal here.
One thing the GoPro does much better than the Osmo is horizon leveling and locking. Before diving into the two cameras’ leveling capabilities, let’s talk about those concepts. Horizon leveling is a function that keeps your footage aligned with the horizon even if you tilt the camera left or right, typically up to about 45 degrees. On the other hand, Horizon locking extends this capability from 45 degrees to a full 360-degree range, in the case of the Hero 11, while maintaining the appearance of a perfectly level horizon. The result is extraordinarily stable footage. Even when I turned the camera over almost 360 degrees, it stayed oriented correctly.
The Osmo 3 doesn’t come close, only keeping the horizon level until you hit just shy of 90 degrees with the camera. While that’s still impressive, the Hero 11 wins hands down on this level of stabilization.
TL;DR: Both do a fine job of stabilization, but if you need to lock your horizon while doing loop-de-loops, you’ll want the Hero 11. Otherwise, the Osmo is a better deal.
It’s tough to measure battery life on these cameras. There are many, many factors that affect battery life, including the size of the battery. The Osmo 3 has a slightly larger battery at 1,770 mAh compared to the Hero 11’s 1,720 mAh. And if you spring for the Osmo Adventurer Combo ($439), you get three batteries and a robust charging case, so you could hot swap batteries on the go.
Assessing who has the longer battery life is complicated by the fact that the Hero 11 ships with an Enduro battery, which will keep juicing your camera even when it’s as cold as -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit). (Batteries lose their charge more rapidly in cold weather.) The Osmo 3 is rated as able to record in as low as -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) and charge at temperatures as low as 5 degrees C (41 degrees F).
I wasn’t able to test all that, as it never got that cold in Washington, D. C., while I was using these cameras, but at the end of the day, I felt the Osmo 3 ended with more battery left than the Hero 11. I’d rate this one a win for the Osmo.
TL;DR: The Osmo seems to have better overall battery life, and the Adventure Combo with a total of three batteries is a good deal. (It’s still cheaper than the unsubsidized Hero 11.) Let’s give the win here to the Osmo.
This is a tough call. Both are excellent action cameras, but if you’re looking for better value, the DJI Osmo Action 3 is probably the one to get. It’s a bit cheaper, the battery lasts longer and it’s a great camera if you can live without 360-degree horizon locking and 10-bit color. It can go deeper underwater than the Hero 11 without a case, and it’s a solid choice.
But if you want the absolute best image quality you can get in an action camera, as well as the ability to crop any single piece of footage in various ways for social media sharing, the Hero 11 is the one to get. You also get simpler operation with its built-in presets and the host of third-party accessories that GoPro is known for. It’s by far the best action camera on the market.
DJI Osmo Action 3 vs GoPro Hero 11 Black: Which is best?
DJI Osmo Action 3
DJI’s third-generation Osmo Action camera makes a return to its classic GoPro-style form factor and adds a front touchscreen for the first time. It also retains the excellent magnetic mounting system of its predecessor.
- Front touchscreen
- Better low-light performance
- Excellent magnetic mounting system
- Can’t shoot in 5. 3K or open gate
See at Amazon $329.99 at Best Buy $329 at DJI
GoPro Hero 11 Black
Best image quality
$399 $499 Save $100
The GoPro Hero 11 Black might look a lot like the Hero 10, but on the inside, it has a brand-new sensor that unlocks some exciting possibilities. The lens is wider than ever before and you can choose between vertical and horizontal after shooting, too.
- 8:7 sensor allows for flexible shooting
- 5.3K video at up to 50fps
- Best-in-class stabilisation
- Front display is view-only
$399 at Amazon $399 at Adorama $399 at B&H Photo
Both the DJI Osmo Action 3 and GoPro Hero 11 Black launched on the same day, just one hour apart. It’s clear from this launch window that they’re both gunning for the top spot in the action camera game.
But while both look quite similar, they offer different features that will appeal to different types of users. To help you decide which is best for you, we’ve done a deep dive into the specs as well as tested out the camera’s various features. Let’s take a look at what they offer, and where they might not be the best fit.
Specs, price and availability
Both the GoPro Hero 11 Black and DJI Osmo Action 3 were released on September 14 2022 and have been available to purchase ever since.
The DJI Osmo Action 3 carries an MSRP of $329, whereas the GoPro Hero 11 Black has an MSRP of $499. However, GoPro has recently dropped the pricing across many of its cameras, including the Hero 11. It can now be purchased for $399 (with no subscription required) – making the price gap much less dramatic.
Both the Hero 11 and Action 3 take the prototypical action camera form factor, with DJI ditching its modular ways in favour of something more traditional. This means that both cameras work with pretty much every action camera mounting solution that you’ll find, and feel very similar to operate.
Both have replaceable lens covers, and both benefit from hydrophobic coatings which help ward off unwanted water droplets. Both are waterproof without the need for additional housings, but the DJI can go to a depth of 16 metres, which is deeper than the 10 metres offered by the Hero 11.
The Osmo Action 3 is marginally lighter than the GoPro and slightly smaller in size. However, it requires one of its magnetic clamping mounts or a frame to use it with accessories, which will make the weight difference negligible. The Hero 11 has fold-out mounting tabs built in, so their weight is already accounted for.
The magnetic mounting system on the Osmo Action 3 means that you can switch between mounting locations quickly, whereas you’ll need to undo the thumb screw every time you change mounts on the GoPro.
The Action 3 also benefits from a front touchscreen, and you can use it to change your recording settings, whereas the Hero 11’s front screen is for viewing only. That said, we have noticed that the DJI’s front screen is more limited in its live view, disabling itself when a demanding recording format (like 4K 120fps) is active.
Video and photo capture
When it comes to video specifications, the Hero 11 Black wins on almost every front, but given that it’s the more expensive option, that’s to be expected.
The Hero 11 can shoot at a 5.3K resolution, whereas the Action 3 tops out at 4K. It also supports higher frame rates and a wider FOV for slow motion. The Hero 11 can shoot 240 fps at 2.7k, whereas the Action 3 needs to drop down to 1080p. It can also shoot in SuperView at 4K 120 fps, whereas the DJI can only shoot in Wide or Standard in this mode.
The GoPro Hero 11 Black launched as the only action camera to offer 10-bit colour in its video recording, however, DJI has added 10-bit recording via a firmware update, which makes the cameras much more comparable. Both cameras offer high bit-rate recording, too, with the Action3 maxing out at 130 Mbps and the Hero 11 at 120 Mbps.
The Hero 11’s 8:7 sensor allows for a new full-frame shooting style that allows you to choose between a 16:9, 9:16 or 4:3 crop in post, DJI doesn’t currently offer an equivalent feature.
When it comes to image quality, both cameras perform excellently. We preferred the GoPro image in good lighting, as the warmer more vibrant colours were more pleasing to our eyes and the dynamic range was superior. However, in low-light scenarios, the DJI performs better, producing a brighter and more detailed image with better stabilisation.
Stabilisation, features and battery
Both cameras offer 360-degree horizon-locking, The Hero 11 can do this at 5.3K 30 fps, while the DJI camera is limited to 2.7K 60 fps. Both also offer excellent image stabilisation, and it’s hard to say which system is superior, though it’s worth noting that the GoPro is compatible with ReelSteady and GyroFlow for adding stabilisation in post-production, while the Action 3 is not.
DJI and GoPro both include their take on a cold-weather resistant long-life battery in the box. DJI calls it an Extreme battery, while GoPro calls it Enduro. The DJI option gives you an extra 50 mAh, but there’s not a huge difference in battery life between the two cameras. However, when it comes to weather resistance, DJI has the edge, with an operating temperature as low as minus 20 celsius, compared to GoPro’s minus 10 rating.
The Osmo Action 3 also charges faster than the Hero 11, offering an 80 per cent charge in just 18 minutes with its fast charge tech. Comparatively, the Hero 11 will need about 2 hours for a full charge.
Both cameras have a variety of time-lapse and hyper-lapse presets available in camera, but GoPro’s options are more refined and tweakable. The same is true for its app features but some of these are locked behind the company’s subscription paywall, which is certainly worth keeping in mind.
The DJI Osmo Action 3 and GoPro Hero 11 Black are two of the best action cameras on the market, and chances are, you wouldn’t be disappointed with either option.
GoPro Hero 11 Black
$399 $499 Save $100
If you’re looking for the best GoPro has to offer, look no further.
$399 at Amazon $399 at Adorama $399 at B&H Photo
In the majority of scenarios, we feel that the Hero 11 is the superior camera, but it comes with a serious price tag, too. The DJI Osmo Action 3 offers much of the same experience at a significantly lower price and has plenty of its own advantages.
DJI Osmo Action 3
The Osmo Action 3 marks DJI’s return to the GoPro-style form factor, and with it comes massive improvements in usability and versatility.
See at Amazon $329.99 at Best Buy $329 at DJI
If you’re likely to shoot indoors and in low light a lot of the time, then you’ll be better served with the Action 3. If you shoot in good lighting and want to colour grade and tweak your footage, you’ll want to go for the Hero 11 Black.
Whichever you choose, we don’t doubt that they’ll enable you to capture some epic action shots.
GoPro Karma vs DJI Phantom 3 Professional: which drone is better
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Karma and Phantom 3 unmanned aerial vehicles that promise to fly high and record 4k video . While the latest GoPro release uses the Hero5 camera, one of the strengths of the DJI model is its popularity in the video market. quadcopters . With similar prices and specifications, both drones promise quality, but which one is better?
Take a look at this comparison below. Technobreak and find out which drone is best positioned in terms of camera, speed, range and autonomy.
The advantage is small, but still the victory goes to the Phantom 3 Professional in the speed category. ji drone According to the manufacturer, it can accelerate to 57 km/h. On the other hand, GoPro Karma reaches 56 km/h.
The difference is so small that it is difficult to notice in the real world. Temperature and wind fluctuations can affect the maximum flight speed of either drone, and as such, choosing the Phantom 3 Professional or Karma based on the speed of both is ultimately not a gamble.
If the speed is the same between them, things change when it comes to coverage. The Phantom 3 Professional is equipped with a remote control that can control coverage range up to 5 kilometers.
In this sense, the specification gopro model is more modest. The new quadcopter from the action camera manufacturer is designed to operate within a radius of just 1 kilometer from the controller.
This means that the DJI drone can cover a larger flight area, in particular, making it easier to visualize due to the larger coverage area.
According to DJI, the Phantom 3 Professional can operate up to 23 minutes on a single battery charge, although this figure is considered an approximation. In the case of gopro drone , Karma’s autonomy guarantee is 20 minutes.
A difference of three minutes, at least in the official specifications of manufacturers, should not be ignored. The window may be enough to redirect the drone and land safely after a long flight.
Karma and Phantom 3 Pro Design
A strong point of the two drones’ design is their ease of disassembly and folding, which helps those who want to store models in a backpack, for example, easily transport them.
However, Karma is lighter and weighs only one kilogram. In addition, the drone’s protective body is more compact compared to the body of the Phantom 3 Professional, which weighs 1.2kg.
As for colors, the DJI model is sold in white with gold details . Instead, the GoPro drone promises to match the design of action cameras with matte black and white details.
An interesting feature of Karma, designed to make the quadcopter more comfortable and less professional, is the fact that your friends will be able to see the maneuvers you make with the drone through the app . Thus, the model offers something like a ride aboard a drone that can also manage tasks on its own. In other words, while one person controls it with a remote control, another person can choose the position, angle, and behavior of the camera from the app.
And speaking of control, Karma also has the flight simulator , designed for beginners to practice without taking Karma out of its case. The resource allows you to learn how to fly a drone, reducing the risk of an accident.
In the case of the Phantom 3 Professional, there is a function to automate the flight of the drone to the controller using a GPS reading, the sensor is also available in the GoPro model to make the drone hover over a point for a certain time. .
All in all, Karma wins this one because it has resources designed with the intention of making it more user-friendly, especially for beginners.
Camera: GoPro Karma vs. DJI Phantom 3 Pro
Karma is compatible with the new GoPro Hero5 Black and GoPro Hero5 Session cameras, which are waterproof and offer 4K video recording at 30fps or Full HD (1080p) at 120fps.
In the case of the Phantom 3 Professional , popularity is over because it’s not a GoPro, but it still promises good performance. 12 megapixel sensor, recording 4K at 30fps and Full HD at 60fps.
In this case, designed for those who want to take aerial photographs with a drone, the gopro camera drone can be more advanced. This action camera is equipped with a number of resources that complement its use in other situations as it can be removed from the drone to be used as a normal action camera.
Here you can see prices for both drones:
GoPro Karma Drone with HERO5 (12. 1MP, 4K) Color… 550.00 EURView on AmazonPrices include VAT. DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter Drone… 447.00 EURView on AmazonPrices include VAT.
DJI Phantom 3 Professional has more than flight range and autonomy. The GoPro drone wins the camera category with the new Hero5, additional features and design. The speed of 57 km/h in one and 56 km/h in the other ends in a draw.
Thus, the marker reflects the strengths of the two drones. However, while Karma offers excellent video quality, the Phantom 3 Professional is the ‘s top pick right now as it has professional resources as well as 4K video recording.
GoPro Karma drone release delayed until the end of the year
GoPro, the famous action camera maker, has released the results of the first quarter of the current financial year, closed on March 31st.
GoPro performance is deteriorating. Thus, the income for the three-month period amounted to $183. 5 million against last year’s result of $363.1 million. Thus, the revenue was halved.
During the reporting period, the company received a net loss of $107.5 million, or 78 cents per security. By comparison, a year earlier, GoPro posted a profit of $16.7 million, or 11 cents per share.
During the announcement of the financial results, it was announced that the release of GoPro’s first drone, the Karma drone, is being delayed. If earlier the first half of the current year was called, now it is said about its end. The company notes that this is a difficult decision, but the postponement of the release of the drone will help increase its sales due to the traditionally high demand for IT products during the Christmas sales season.
It is known that the UAV will carry a camera on board that will be able to shoot high-definition video. Apparently, GoPro implements support for the 4K/Ultra HD format. There is no information on the price of Karma yet.
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