The latest iteration of arguably the most popular action camera in the world was just announced. The GoPro HERO9 Black boasts a brand new 23.6MP sensor that captures 5K video up to 30fps and takes 20-megapixel stills. It can also shoot time-lapse videos at night in 4K, 2.7K 4:3, 1440p, or 1080p, all processed in-camera.
On top, the newcomer features HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling. There’s also a new front-facing display, a larger rear one alongside a variety of new key features. Additionally, Max Lens Mod accessory has also been rolled out that brings Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and Max SuperView ultra-wide-angle photo and video to HERO9 Black.
If that isn’t enough, HERO9 Black can be used as a webcam for 1080p Full HD live streaming in a robust design that’s 33′ waterproof without an external housing required. An optional dive housing can additionally be used to take the camera into much deeper waters.
Another new addition is a suite of PowerTools, including a feature called HindSight that, when turned on, allows you to record 30 seconds of video prior to your hitting the record button, ensuring you’ll never miss that important unexpected moment when you are on the fly. Now, you can even choose how long the HERO9 Black records before automatically stopping.
Other noteworthy features include a large 2.3″ rear touchscreen with touch zoom, raw photo and audio capture, 8x slo-mo, an advanced 100 Mb/s bit rate, three microphones with advanced wind noise reduction, Protune features with professional video and audio settings, 14 voice commands such as, “GoPro, take a photo”, and much more.
The just-released HERO9 Black also has a built-in, flip-out 2-prong mount on the bottom, letting you easily attach it to over 45 mounting accessories available from GoPro.
To further expand the functions of the camera, multiple optional add-on mods are offered, such as the Media Mod, which adds an external mic and additional mounting and signal output options for more of a multimedia workflow.
With social media in mind, the camera also lets sports enthusiasts switch into portrait mode and capture images in the format ideal for these platforms. The battery for the HERO9 Black has also been improved delivering 30% more power with its 1720mAh capacity.
GoPro HERO9 Highlights
- 23.6MP Sensor, 5K30 Video and 20MP Photos
- Live View Front Display/Rear Touchscreen
- Webcam Mode and 1080p Live Streaming
- HyperSmooth 3.0 Image Stabilization
- Larger 1720mAh battery
- Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
- 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
- Stereo + RAW audio
- Larger speaker for improved audio playback
- Removable lens cover
- Built-in folding mounting fingers
- Rugged + waterproof to 33ft (10m)
- Compatible with Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, Display Mod and Media Mod for HERO9 Black
- Price: $449.99
HERO9 Black is already available to order selling for $449.99, or $349.99 with a one-year subscription to GoPro. Existing GoPro subscribers can also take advantage of the $350 pricing.
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