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The 3 Best GoPro Cameras of 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Review Updates
  4. Best Camera
  5. Best Mid-Range
  6. Best Budget
  7. Comparison
  8. Lineup
  9. Page Updates
  10. Conclusion
  11. Discussions

Updated Jun 09, 2023 at 09:44 am

By Adriana Wiszniewska

GoPro is practically synonymous with action cameras, and the company has continued to expand its offerings year after year. Whether you’re looking for a traditional action camera or a 360-degree camera like the GoPro Max, you can typically rely on GoPro cameras to have excellent build quality, high-resolution video recording, plenty of frame rate options, and class-leading image stabilization, making the brand a sure bet if you want a high-quality action camera.

We’ve bought and tested over 15 action cameras, and below, you’ll find our picks for the best GoPros at different price points. While GoPros aren’t the cheapest action cameras you can get, older models stay available long after their initial releases, giving users with different budgets more options without necessarily buying a camera secondhand.

Updates

  • 07/26/2023

    GoPro HERO9 Black updated

  • 05/01/2023

    GoPro HERO7 Black updated

  • 10/28/2021

    GoPro HERO10 Black reviewed

  • 02/08/2021

    GoPro HERO8 Black reviewed

Best GoPro Cameras

  1. Best GoPro Camera

    GoPro HERO10 Black

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    While the GoPro HERO11 Black has been on the market for a while now, the GoPro HERO10 Black is still the best GoPro we’ve tested and is a great deal if you don’t want to spend as much money. This iteration marks a significant step up from the GoPro HERO9 Black, with a new GP2 processor that gives it smoother overall performance and improved low-light capability. It also offers more frame rate options, with 5.3k video at up to 60 fps and 4k at up to 120 fps for the first time, making it extremely versatile for capturing everything from smooth fast action to slow-motion in various resolutions.

    On top of that, you get GoPro’s reliably fantastic ‘HyperSmooth’ stabilization, complete with a horizon leveling feature that locks the horizontal axis for up to 45 degrees of rotation. It’s ruggedly built and waterproof down to 33 feet (10 meters), making it well-suited for outdoor activities and water sports. Its front-facing Live View screen also makes it a solid portable vlogging cam. The HERO10 is a fantastic action camera that’ll give you your money’s worth.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range GoPro Camera

    GoPro HERO9 Black

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    If the GoPro HERO10 Black is out of your price range, the GoPro HERO9 Black is one of the best GoPro cameras you can get if you’re looking to save a bit of money. It offers many of the same features as the newer model, including a front-facing screen for Live View monitoring and 5k video capability. It’s nearly identical in design, with a sturdy, waterproof build (down to 33 feet). Its video stabilization feature also works incredibly well, allowing you to capture buttery smooth footage.

    The biggest difference is that the HERO9 uses an older processor, resulting in worse low-light video quality. It also has fewer frame rate options, though 5k at up to 30 fps and 4k at up to 60 fps is nothing to sneeze at. You also still get 1080p recording at up to 240 fps, giving you lots of flexibility for high-speed and slow-motion capture. If you can live without the additional frame rate options and better low-light performance of the HERO10, this camera offers most of the same features at a lower price point.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget GoPro Camera

    GoPro HERO8 Black

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    If you’re on an even tighter budget, consider going to an older generation and getting the GoPro HERO8 Black. It’s still a very capable action camera, although it may be tough to find new. It’s highly portable—even a tad smaller and lighter than the GoPro HERO9 Black and the GoPro HERO10 Black—but has the same sturdy build quality you’d expect, including the same level of waterproofing for underwater recording.

    Unlike newer models, the HERO8 doesn’t have a front-facing Live View screen. While a front screen is handy for vlogging, it may not be necessary if you use the camera mainly for action video. It also doesn’t shoot 5k video like the two GoPros mentioned above, but it can still record 4k video at up to 60 fps and 1080p at up to 240 fps. Likewise, its stabilization feature does a fantastic job smoothing out camera shake, albeit with a larger crop than newer GoPro models. If you don’t need 5k video capability or a front-facing Live View screen, this is a great GoPro that’s a little easier on the wallet—if you can find it.

    See our review

Compared to other brands

  • Well-built, waterproof design.
    GoPro cameras typically feel well-built and are designed to withstand the elements. Most GoPros since the HERO4 Session have been rated waterproof to a depth of 33 feet (10 meters).
  • High-speed recording capability.
    GoPro cameras support high frame rates at high resolutions for high-speed recording. The latest GoPro cameras can even record at up to 60 fps in 5.3k and up to 120 fps in 4k, allowing you to create slow-motion and super slow-motion videos in the highest quality.
  • Lack of accessories in the box.
    Most GoPro cameras come with just the basics in the box, meaning you’ll have to buy mounting accessories or mods separately.

GoPro vs DJI

DJI is one of GoPro’s biggest competitors, offering alternative action cameras that are right up there with GoPro for build quality. That said, GoPro cameras usually deliver higher-quality video and more frame rate and resolution options.

GoPro vs AKASO

AKASO is one of many GoPro knockoff brands offering basic action cameras at lower prices. That said, GoPros are much better built than AKASO cameras and typically have significantly better video quality with higher resolution and frame rate options. So, while an AKASO camera can do if you’re on a very tight budget, GoPros are more expensive for a good reason.

GoPro cameras deliver when it comes to features and performance, but brand recognition also comes with a premium price to match. While there are alternatives that can save you some money or come with more accessories right off the bat, GoPro cameras stand out due to their typically high-quality video, exceptional build quality, and impressive video stabilization.

Lineup

GoPro offers a few different product lines and variants to suit different needs.

Action Cameras

  • HERO Black: The flagship lineup of action cameras. The option that likely comes to mind when you think ‘GoPro’.
  • HERO Black Bones: A stripped-down, bare-bones (hence the name) version of the regular HERO Black, designed specifically to be mounted on an FPV drone. The first ‘Bones’ model was the GoPro HERO10 Black Bones in 2022.
  • HERO Mini: With the release of the GoPro HERO11 Black, GoPro also released a new compact model to fill the gap left by the HERO5 Session (see below). The GoPro HERO11 Mini, released in 2022, is the first model released in the ‘Mini’ lineup.
  • HERO Session (discontinued): These were smaller, lighter versions of regular HERO models. The first model in the Session series was the HERO4 Session, released in 2015, which was followed by the second and last model, the HERO5 Session, in 2016.

360 Cameras

  • Fusion: GoPro’s first 360-degree camera, released in 2017. It worked by stitching together videos captured from two cameras, requiring two SD cards. 360 videos had to be stitched together in post through the camera’s companion software.
  • MAX: The GoPro MAX is the follow-up to the Fusion and was launched in 2019. Unlike the Fusion, the MAX stitches together 360-degree videos in-camera and only requires a single SD card. It can also record regular, non-360 videos.

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 09, 2023:
    Reviewed article; no change to picks.

  2. Apr 14, 2023:
    Checked article for accuracy and clarity.

  3. Feb 03, 2023:
    Added DJI brand comparison.

  4. Jan 05, 2023:
    Verified relevance and consistency of picks.

  5. Dec 07, 2022:
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Conclusion

GoPro is the OG action camera, and the brand reliably delivers features like impressive video stabilization and sturdy waterproof builds. While there’s always room for improvement in video quality, especially in low light, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro if you’re looking for a high-quality action camera.

Test results

GoPro Hero review | TechRadar

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TechRadar Verdict

There are better-specified action cameras out there for a similar price, including ones that offer 4K video, but they don’t have the refined design and polished controls of the GoPro Hero. This is a great action camera for the budget-conscious or novice user.

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The GoPro Hero is the company’s latest entry-level action camera, and while it may have gone on a bit of diet as far as features goes, to the extend of dropping 4K video capture, there’s lots to like about this budget cam.  

[Update: the GoPro Hero has recently been replaced by the new Hero7 White. The exterior design is virtually unchanged, while there’s the same 2.0-inch touchscreen and 10m waterproofness. Like the Hero (2018), the Hero7 White doesn’t feature 4K video capture, but image stabilization is said to be improved. The newer model costs the same as the model it replaces, so while we’re yet to test the Hero7 White, on paper at least, it looks like the better buy.]

For a start, it borrows the same form factor and design as the pricer Hero5 Black and Hero6 Black. This is a change in approach from GoPro’s last budget action camera, the Hero5 Session, with the cube design foregoing a rear display. This meant any essential framing had to be done via your smartphone and the dedicated QuikStories app, which was a bit of a faff, so it’s nice to see a 2.0-inch touchscreen on the rear of the Hero. The screen is pretty easy to use considering its size, but because it uses the same interface as more feature-rich models some menus can look a bit odd when there’s only one setting to select. There’s also voice control, which is an option for most of the key settings you’re likely to need when out with your Hero, while there’s built-in image stabilization to help keep footage steady. 

That fact that the Hero has the same design as GoPro’s premium models also means it’s waterproof down to a very useful depth of 33ft/10m without the need for an additional case. The Hero comes with a decent plastic frame, which allows you to attach a wealth of accessories depending on where you’re intending to take the camera.

If you can get over the fact that it doesn’t offer 4K (a feature the Hero5 Session supported), you’ll be pleased with the smooth Full HD 1080p footage that the Hero is capable of recording. With settings kept to a minimum (there’s a choice of either 60 or 30fps) and the GoPro Hero taking care of exposure and white balance, things are kept nice and simple – just frame your shot and hit record (or if you’re using voice control, tell it to start recording). There’s also the option to capture 10MP still images, though these appear a little over-processed for our taste. Footage and photos can easily be transferred to your smart device via the polished QuikStories app, which also offers camera control and editing features.

While the limited set of video features may seem a bit of a black mark against the Hero, they really aren’t. Yes, if you want 4K capture at multiple frame rates and advanced exposure control, plus a host of other clever features, you’ll want the GoPro Hero6 Black; however, if you just want a dependable and easy-to-use action camera that’s fun to use, the Hero will do you just fine. 

  • GoPro Hero (2018) (32GB Black) at Amazon for $189.95

Who’s it for and should I buy it?

If you’ve been eyeing up a GoPro for some time, but haven’t been able to justify the price, the Hero could be the answer. This is a great camera for the novice or casual user who just wants to capture the action without worrying about which frame rate or resolution they should be using. There are better specified-action cameras out there for a similar price, including ones that offer 4K video, but they don’t have the refined design and polished control of the Hero.  

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GoPro Hero price

  • Current price: £199/ $199 / AU$299

Stripped down, but still very capable

GoPro Hero Specs

4K video: N/A

1440p video: up to 60fps

1080p video: up to 60fps 

Still images: 10MP (JPEG only)

Rear screen: 2.0-inch touchscreen

Image stabilization: Yes

  • Built-in image stabilization
  • Features voice control
  • Recharges via USB-C port

As this is GoPro’s budget-focused action cam there’s no 4K video capture on the Hero. You get the option to shoot at either Full HD 1080p, or at a slightly higher resolution of 1440p, although this does force the camera to shoot in a not very video-friendly 4:3 aspect ratio. 

While GoPro’s pricier models, and some rival cameras from other manufacturers, offer a wide range of frame rates and resolutions, the Hero keeps things simple, with only 30fps or 60fps on offer, and it can’t shoot higher frame rates at lower resolutions.  

The Hero doesn’t get the Hero6 Black’s GP1 processor, but there is image stabilization on board to help keep footage steady. It can capture 10MP JPEG images as well as video, though unlike on the premium GoPro models there’s no raw file support. The Hero can shoot a burst of 10 files in succession – more than enough for most people, though not a match for the Hero6 Black’s 30fps – and there’s also a timelapse mode, although you’re restricted to 0.5-second intervals where you get multiple options on the higher-end models.

Just like the Hero5 and Hero6 Black the Hero gets a 2.0-inch touchscreen, something that was missing from the Hero5 Session, along with GoPro’s handy voice control feature. There are 12 simple voice commands, covering pretty much everything you’re likely to want to do with the camera, but you don’t get the Wake On Voice function that we saw with the Hero6 Black. Finally, the Hero uses the same 1220mAh battery with USB-C charging that we’ve seen before.

  • Same design as Hero6 Black 
  • Waterproof up to 10m/33ft
  • Excellent range of accessories

GoPro has opted to stick with the same design for the Hero as for its pricier siblings, the Hero5 Black and Hero6 Black, which is great to see as the two high-end models are perhaps the best designed and finished action cameras on the market. The Hero has an understated smooth dark gray finish and feels extremely well made, which isn’t something you can say about some similarly priced cameras. The Hero is also waterproof (down to 33ft or 10m) without the need for a housing, which means there’s nothing to get in the way of the built-in microphone, making audio quality that bit better. Should you want to take your Hero deeper underwater there’s an optional Super Suit housing that offers protection down to 196ft or 60m. 

The Hero comes bundled with a sturdy plastic frame which is a world away from some of the cheap Chinese rivals out there in terms of quality; the fit is nice and snug, and it’s compatible with a huge range of GoPro-compatible camera mounts.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the small 2-inch touchscreen at the rear of the Hero would be awkward to use, but it really isn’t that bad. The screen is responsive, with only light swipes and taps required, while the interface is fairly straightforward. That said, because in some instances settings are limited to a single option, it can look a little odd when you click on it, as looks like it’s stuck on that setting, as opposed to the higher spec’d models, where you’d toggle through the options. 

You can transfer images from the microSD card to a computer, while GoPro’s QuikStories app enables you to upload images when you’re on the move. As well as transferring videos and images via Wi-Fi, the app can be used to adjust all the Hero’s settings and hosts an almost-instant live feed, allowing you to position the GoPro Hero remotely and hit record should you wish. You can choose to share shots without editing, but QuikStories can automatically turn footage into a video collage, adding transitions and even music, and the videos are fully editable if you want to make changes.   

Shoot in Full HD 1080p and you should get about two hours of battery life from the GoPro Hero at 60fps, while this can be stretched to two and a half hours if you reduce the frame rate to 30fps – good going for an action camera.

Image quality

  • Full HD footage looks clean and smooth
  • No ProTune for advanced control
  • Still images could look better

While the absence of 4K might seem to put the Hero at a disadvantage compared to some rivals, the quality of its Full HD 1080p footage is very good. We reckon you’d be hard-pushed to notice the difference between it and 4K on a smartphone or tablet screen, with footage appearing nice and smooth when replayed, although if you’re going to be regularly replaying footage on a larger monitor or TV screen you may be want to look for a 4K action camera that offers greater clarity and sharpness.

Colors look good, the built-in image stabilization works well (within reason), and the exposure seems pretty dependable. That said, GoPro has dropped its ProTune options from the Hero, so you don’t get the advanced control over exposure, color, white balance and sharpness that you do on other GoPros. 

The Hero shoots 10MP JPEG stills, although it probably isn’t going to trouble your smartphone or compact camera for image quality. The ultra-wide angle of the lens means it’s not suited to a lot of subjects (although it’s perfect for selfies), while a little too much noise-reduction processing is applied to images, which means detail is compromised. 

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If the GoPro Hero isn’t for you, here are three excellent alternatives to consider… 

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GoPro Hero6 Black

It’s the king of the action cams, and the one to go for if you want a wealth of features at your disposal, including 4K capture at 60fps and a host of advanced controls.

Read our in-depth GoPro Hero6 Black review

Sony FDR-X3000R

Although it maxes-out at 4K/30fps, Sony’s 4K shooter does have some unique features, most notably a smart-watch contraption that gives you remote live view and control, and has almost dream-like image stabilization.

Read our in-depth Sony FDR-X3000R review

Yi 4K+

The Yi 4K+ Action Camera is one of the simplest and best-designed gadgets around. It’s not waterproof, but it offers video capture up to 4K at 60fps, and a comprehensive and easy-to-use app.

Read our in-depth Yi 4K+ review

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GoPro Hero 9 Black Review: All Action Hero

(Pocket-lint) — The GoPro name is synonymous with action camera. Without the first, the second most likely would not exist in the same way.

But despite this – with the development of smartphone video camera capabilities and improvements over the years – GoPro has seen its relevance and, as a result, its decline in popularity.

So how does GoPro continue to evolve by trying to stay up to date? All solutions to this problem may lie in the most powerful camera to date: Hero 9black.

  • Dimensions: 71 x 55 x 33.6 mm
  • Microphone (with water drain)
  • Water resistant to 10 m (33 ft)
  • Built-in mounting

how the products look GoPro will immediately recognize the Hero 9 Black. It has all the signature GoPro features – even if it’s the biggest Hero design change since the Hero 5. It’s not as big of a jump as the Hero 4 to Hero 5, but still is a big . In terms of size, this is the largest standard single camera Hero GoPro released to date.

Pile Pocket

In a way, it was the Hero 8 that paved the way for this increase in size, eliminating the need for any mounting cases. Instead, mounting brackets are built into the bottom of the Hero 9’s camera – meaning you don’t have to worry about whether the camera will fit in any particular case or on certain mounts or grips. You simply screw it directly onto any of them using a standard screw stud.

The reason this is so important is that it has allowed for a significant improvement in equipment, both in terms of practicality and internal power. Namely, there is a larger battery – but more on that later.

Besides this larger size, the other big new feature on the Hero 9 is the color screen on the front. Instead of being a simple monochrome screen with information about your current shooting settings, it actually shows a preview of what you’re shooting, so – if you want – you can shoot vlogs facing the camera lens and frame them without any guesswork. .

Of course, framing isn’t as easy as using the larger widescreen display on the rear, but it’s certainly more useful than the data-only approach of its predecessors.

Pile pocket

It is also very similar to other previous Hero cameras: there is a red button at the top to start recording or taking a photo; then the power/mode button on the left (the one you press and hold to turn it on, then press to switch between shooting modes).

Interestingly, GoPro has also improved the water resistance of the latest model. Under the mode button is a “drain microphone” that is designed to drain excess water from the chamber. It’s not that it’s no longer sealed – the camera is water-resistant to 10 meters – it just helps displace water that seeps inside the camera body if it gets through the microphone or speaker grille.

Another nice new feature that we like is the red LED on the front, right above the screen. It flashes brightly and sits right in the middle so you can easily tell when you’re recording.

Compared to previous models, Hero 9 feels much more durable. It has some weight, but the side door feels sturdier, with a stronger clasp and hinge, and the buttons also feel clickier and easier to use. Overall, it’s just more solid.

Pile Pocket

Like the Hero 8, the 9 is also designed to be adaptable and more suited to those who consider themselves more than just the average action camera user. For these pros, there are additional mods you can add, and they include lighting, flipping monitors, a shotgun mic, and an ultra wide-angle lens with extended horizon alignment.

  • Touch interface
  • HyperSmooth
  • Voice control

The best technology is the one that does the hard work for you. And with Hero 9, that has become the main focus of the company. This has led to features like the enhanced HyperSmooth feature, which combines both electronic and software stabilization to create super-smooth footage, just works. Once turned on, its effect is actually just incredible.

We used our GoPro to film the automotive segments of our Pocket-lint 2020 Awards video and used it to film some of the robot footage for the robot vacuum promo video. What he does in such cases is just great.

Camera shake is almost non-existent, but more impressive is the fact that footage is automatically panned smoothly when you make a quick turn or – in the case of a car – stop at an intersection before turning a corner or joining a roundabout. It doesn’t shake or flinch, but crops the footage a bit to give itself room to move smoothly.

The touch screen on the back is relatively easy to use once you get the hang of it. There are icons on the screen to turn on features like HyperSmooth boost, turn on a higher frame rate for slow motion playback, or change the “digital lens” (or crop/focal length).

At the bottom of the display you’ll find a long tab shaped like a pill to open the resolution/frame rate setting when shooting. You can choose from presets or create your own. And to get to your photo and video gallery, all you have to do is swipe up from the bottom of the display.

Swiping down from the top of the screen gives you access to settings such as enabling voice activation, screen grids, or simply going to connection and device settings (for example, if you want to change the beep volume or connect to your phone).

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Perhaps the Hero 9’s most important improvement is battery life. At no time during testing did we panic or limit it, and that’s not something that has historically been true for any GoPro. This larger size and larger capacity is a big bonus here. Of course, if you’re going to spend a long day on set, it’s still worth getting a spare, just in case.

  • 1080p up to 240 fps
  • 4K up to 60 fps
  • 5K at 30fps
  • 20MP stills

It’s in photo and video quality that you’ll notice the biggest difference between a GoPro and a smartphone camera. A big part of this is that the GoPro is fixed focus, so it struggles to focus on anything close to the lens, so it’s not suitable for macro photography. Its low-light performance also leaves much to be desired.

In dimly lit indoors and even outdoors at night, shooting in enhanced night mode will not result in photos or videos that look as sharp, stable, and vibrant as a modern smartphone’s night mode. When taking photos in such conditions, things get a bit noisy and blurry.

Actually, when it comes to photography, the Hero 9 isn’t all that great. In good daylight, shooting wide outdoor shots can produce beautiful shots with vibrant colors and sharp details. But it all disappears when you’re in low light or trying to get something close up. It just falls apart, creating a lot of noise in the image and losing detail.

This is an action camera so it is best used for motion capture when you need stability and where you need to capture as much of the scene as possible. And best of all in good even daylight on the street.

There really is no shortage of resolution and frame rate options. You can max out resolution to 4K at 60fps, or 5K at 30fps if you like, with digital lenses that can switch you between narrow and wide view.

For slow motion, you can switch to 1080p and record up to 240 frames per second, shooting in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. The variety of options is almost limitless. So whatever action shots you want to shoot, you can.

Our only criticism of the resulting image is that it sometimes feels like the colors are a bit oversaturated and the contrast is too high, while the highlights and highlights often look too bright and overexposed. We don’t expect GoPro cameras to be perfect in this regard, but the quality doesn’t quite match that of decent smartphones, so the real benefit of having them is the solid build and epic HyperSmooth capabilities.

Verdict

Video and photo quality won’t match your flagship smartphone, that’s for sure, but GoPro more than makes up for it by offering a camera you can bounce off walls, drown in a river and take on the most jolting bike ride – and still deliver amazing footage.

The latest version of HyperSmooth is truly exceptional with its ability to automatically pan frames and smooth out bumps using algorithms and a processor built into the camera. What’s more, you can shoot at up to 5K resolution for really crisp images, or up to 240fps in Full HD resolution for super-looking 8x slow motion.

The GoPro Hero 9 is still the action hero, the leader in the action camera category.

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GoPro Hero 8

Want to save some money? Take a look at the previous generation model that is still considered current on GoPro’s own website.

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GOPRO MAX OVERVIEW

Good quality spherical video is no longer surprising. Because GoPro in the niche of extreme optics with all-round coverage, as always, is ahead of the rest.

The new Max is so much better than the Fusion prototype that it’s not a series number, but a personal name.

Appearance, design, dimensions

The main feature of GoPro Max is the possibility of spherical shooting. It is easy to distinguish it from the 8th and 9th models by the presence of two cameras that look in opposite directions. The situation is similar with microphone openings. Otherwise, the design of the maximum “gouproshka” does not stand out against the background of the model range: the advanced filling is framed by a compact, discreet black case.

The size of the hero of the review – GoPro Max allows you to carry the camera in a jacket pocket. They are 64x69x24 mm, weight – 154 grams. In terms of dimensions and weight, the maximum speed is between the 8th and 9th. Flip-out “lugs”, designed to connect a tripod, are hidden in the lower part of the case. They extend like the landing gear of an airplane. The design of the case includes a rubberized soft-touch coating, which contributes to a secure grip. The minimalistic design is not spoiled by an excess of controls. There are only 2 buttons on the case:

  • turn on and switch shooting mode;
  • start and end recording.

Another new one: GoPro HERO 9: a complete review of the cool action camera of 2020

Shooting quality

The camera is capable of shooting spherical videos with a frame size of 4096 × 1344 and a frequency of 24-30 fps. In the usual “flat” mode, options are possible: 1440p or 1080p with frequencies of 24-60 fps. Resolution for live broadcasts – 1080p. Advanced optics make it possible to take spherical photos at 16.6 megapixels, in HERO mode – at 5.5 megapixels. These are the characteristics of GoPro Max cameras.

Anti-shake mode allows you to get the best shots on the move. You can easily shoot on the go, on the run, on the fly. Moreover, the camera was originally designed with the expectation that due to electronic stabilization, the quality of the footage would not decrease. And because of it, the viewing angle does not narrow, the resolution of the optics does not fall.

Shooting with GoPro is a pleasure, no need to hold the camera in a certain position. Stabilization mode is contraindicated only for shooting with a tripod. The useful features of the model also include the alignment of the horizon. Judging by the reviews, the horizon does not collapse, even if the lens is suddenly turned around the axis by 180 degrees.

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Features

  1. Photography.
  2. Shooting video in normal/spherical mode.
  3. Ability to record Timelapse. You can speed up, slow down the video, focus on spectacular shots.
  4. Attaches to a safety helmet, bicycle handlebars, various surfaces.
  5. Voice control. You can give a command to take a photo, stop the video, etc. The camera understands up to 14 phrases.
  6. Wi-Fi adapter is a connection with a smartphone at a distance of up to 70 meters. You can automatically send the footage to the cloud.
  7. The ability to send content to the Internet without the help of a PC.
  8. Numerous branded accessories available.

In addition to the functionality of GoPro Max, proprietary software designed for video processing deserves a separate review. For editing, you need to set key points on the smartphone display, the application will automatically make smooth transitions between them. Any video can be adjusted to the wishes of social networks: publish a square or vertical video with a suitable aspect ratio.

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Lenses

The GoPro Max has two lenses. When taking a photo or shooting a video, you can use one of them or both at the same time. In height they are located on the same level, but shifted to the left/right edges of the case. Here are the characteristics of the GoPro Max lenses in comparison with the 8th and 9th HERO cameras:

From Fusion, the maximum speed inherited the same ultra-wide-angle lenses, but in the new camera the manufacturer was able to realize a more successful engineering solution. Lenses are hemispherical, they noticeably protrude beyond the contours of the body. Hence the relevance of protection against physical damage: chips, scratches, etc.

The manufacturer took care of the presence of protective accessories in the kit: plastic caps and transparent lenses. The first ones are needed for protection during transportation, the second ones protect the optics from damage during extreme shooting, for example, on a bike ride with friends. Lenses do not protect if the camera works underwater, with them the immersion limit remains the same – 5 meters.

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Battery and power

GoPro Max is powered by a 1600 mAh battery. When fully charged, it lasts for 1.5-2 hours of operation, depending on the air temperature and the settings at which the shooting is being carried out.

USB-C cable included. It can be connected to a Supercharger adapter or equivalent. An alternative option is charging from a PC or laptop. The battery is fully charged in 2-4 hours depending on the power source. You need to power up the battery after turning off the camera, its display should not glow.

The charging process is accompanied by an indication that stops when the battery is 100% ready for use. The manufacturer does not recommend charging the gopro in winter immediately after shooting on the street: you must first let it warm up.