GoPro announced today that the 11th generation of their iconic GoPro Hero action camera.
And in doing so, brings more even more tools for content creators to craft professional-grade videos on the move.
No matter what platform they are shared on.
The GoPro Hero 11 is capable of shooting 10-bit color video in both vertical and standard 5.3K video at 60 frames per second thanks to a new larger 1/1.9” image sensor with the largest field of view to date courtesy of an 8:7 aspect ratio.
The result in an increase of 16% in the field of view, and more immersive video, that can be used for sharing on social media or traditional filmmaking from the same video clip, without the need of reorienting the camera to capture a separate clip.
The camera can also capture4K60p video and 27mp RAW still images with remarkable sharpness, dynamic range, and color accuracy.
The GoPro lens can also take that 8:7 footage and craft a 16:9 widescreen shot without losing any detail for an ultra-immersive video capturing more of the action and surroundings.
GoPro has also boosted the immersive color science to 10-bit color for over 1 billion shades of color and a higher dynamic range.
The camera also has improved auto exposure and smoother gradients with less color banding in the sky so that the image that is captured looks more like how it appears to the human eye.
The fifth generation HyperSmooth app offers linear and horizon lock that keeps the footage straight and level, in spite of the camera rotating a full 360°.
And in situations where the camera is shooting at higher frame rates up to 240 fps, Horizon Leveling will keep the image steady at an angle limit of up to 27°.
Shooting in 4:3 will also yield even better image stabilization at these frame rates thanks to SuperView.
But the Hero 11 doesn’t apply HyperSmooth to everything all at once. GoPro’s new dynamic adjustment algorithms only apply HyperSmooth when the camera detects shake to maintain the widest field of view possible throughout the recording.
GoPro has also introduced two different control modes, easy and professional, which will give content creators more control by choosing point-and-shoot simplicity when on the go, or full camera control when wanting to dial in the perfect mode and setting.
Users can switch between the two modes in the camera dashboard or in the Quik app.
Other features include live streaming in 1080p, voice control, three new night time-lapse effects to create compelling star trails, vehicle trails, and night painting, faster burst rates of 30 fps, or 60 in 6 seconds, and the option to capture bursts in RAW format.
For battery life, GoPro has created the Enduro extended battery, which offers battery life up to 38% longer than the standard GoPro battery.
The power system has also been optimized to reduce power when the camera is idle, and automatically manage video quality and frame rates to capture the best image, while extending battery life.
The result is a 10% increase in runtimes when in extended battery mode.
GoPro is also introducing a more compact Hero 11 Black Mini, which uses the more traditional GP2 processor but still delivers the same features and performance in a lighter, more compact camera design.
At thirteen percent smaller than the Hero 11 Black, the Mini eliminates the dual LCD screens of the traditional Hero 11 Black and relies on one button capture control and the Quik app to adjust settings further.
The result is a camera that is more comfortable to wear and be controlled remotely with the same high performance and video quality.
The 11 Mini also has dual mounting fingers built into the bottom and back of the camera, so that it can be mounted in just about any position to grab that unique angle.
The Hero 11 Mini also has the Enduro Battery hardwired in, so users don’t miss out on longer battery life to capture the day’s action.
Speaking of the GoPro Quik app, the app can now automatically upload images to the cloud, where GoPro’s backend will create an Auto Highlight Video reel of the day’s action.
Auto Edit draws from the session’s photos and videos and crafts a share-worthy video highlight, complete with synced music and visual effects like filters, themes, and transitions which can be uploaded to social media in just a few clicks.
GoPro also says that in a future update, users will be able to change between all digital lens options in the GoPro Quik app and apply them to photos and videos after capture.
With Horizon lock, a longer battery life, auto-edit, and 10-bit color, the GoPro Hero 11 look to be a serious content creation tool, rather than just a selfie generator for the action geek looking to grab memories of their day on the slopes or in the water.
This camera looks to do it all, and do it easier and with better performance than ever before.
The GoPro Hero 11 comes in three models, including the Hero 11 Black, Hero 11 Creator Edition, and Hero 11 Mini. The HERO11 Black has a retail price of $399.98 for GoPro Subscribers and $499.99 without through GoPro Direct.
The HERO11 Black Creator Edition has an MSRP of $579.98 for GoPro Subscribers and a $699.99 MSRP.
The Creator edition includes an optional directional microphone, external mic input, an HDMI port for connecting to external displays, a high-output LED light, and two cold shoe mounts for mounting additional accessories.
The Hero 11 Black and Creator Edition models are available starting today.
Meanwhile, the HERO11 Mini will be available starting Oct. 25 for $299.98 for GoPro Subscribers and $399.99 without.
All three camera models are waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters) and support GoPro’s Mod line of accessories.
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