GoPro releases new HERO9 Black camera with 5K Video, 20 MP photos

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GoPro has announced the release of the HERO9 Black camera with upgraded image stabilization and 5K video capabilities, as well as the launch of the HERO9 Black Million Dollar Challenge.




The HERO9 Black features a new image sensor capable of producing 5K video and 20-megapixel videos, ensuring your footage looks crisp and clean. It also features HyperSmooth 3.0 image stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling. The HERO9 Black is waterproof to 33 feet and is compatible with the Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, Display Mod, and Media Mod for HERO9 Black.

The new camera also boasts a new 1.4-inch front color display with live preview and status modes, a larger 2.27-inch rear touch display, and 30 percent more battery life over the HERO8 Black. The included battery is removable and rechargeable.

Other features include TimeWarp 3.0 with Real Speed and Half Speed, 1080p Live Streaming, 1080p Webcam Mode, HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, and Duration Capture modes, RAW Photos, SuperPhoto and HDR Night laps video, and digital lenses.

In addition to 5K video at 30 frames per second, the HERO9 Black can take 4K video at 60 frames per second, 2.7K video at 120 frames per second, 1140p video at 120 frames per second, 1080p video at 240 frames per second, and more.

GoPro has also taken an extra step to eliminate plastic from the HERO9 Black's packaging by packaging the camera in a high-quality travel case that fits additional mounts and accessories.

The HERO9 Black is on sale starting today for $449.99, or for $349.98 to current and new subscribers to GoPro's subscription service. A HERO9 Bundle is available for $449.99 (or $399.98 with a subscription) and includes the HERO9 Black camera, floating hand grip, magnetic swivel clip, and a spare battery.

HERO9 Black Million Dollar Challenge

The HERO9 Black Million Dollar Challenge is GoPro's third million-dollar challenge offered to customers. Customers who buy the HERO9 Black are invited to capture and submit video clips for consideration from now until Friday, December 4, 2020. Entrants whose video clips are chosen for the HERO9 Black launch highlight reel will receive an equal portion of one million dollars. Those interested in the challenge can learn more on GoPro's Million Dollar Challenge page.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    flydogflydog Posts: 1,027member
    These GoPro cameras haven't improved in any way that matters since the Hero 4, the first GoPro to support 4k at 30fps.

    All they've done is add massive amounts of stabilization that make videos seem more artificial, and functionality that few people need or use. And while doing that, they've made the cameras buggier, with increased connectivity and SD-card compatibility issues.  Things that people do need like low light resolution have not improved significantly. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 5
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,820member
    flydog said:
    These GoPro cameras haven't improved in any way that matters since the Hero 4, the first GoPro to support 4k at 30fps.

    All they've done is add massive amounts of stabilization that make videos seem more artificial, and functionality that few people need or use. And while doing that, they've made the cameras buggier, with increased connectivity and SD-card compatibility issues.  Things that people do need like low light resolution have not improved significantly. 
    I own the Hero7 and the Hero9.  Experienced zero of the issues you're talking about, and for what I use mine for - underwater shooting - the more stabilization the better.  to each their own.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 5
    Funny I was just looking at ordering the prior model yesterday. They must have sensed my interest haha Interesting that the sensor is 5K and not 6K. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 5
    flydog said:
    These GoPro cameras haven't improved in any way that matters since the Hero 4, the first GoPro to support 4k at 30fps.
    I dunno about that. The Hero 5 made the body waterproof on its own, no case needed. With the Hero 6 Black, GoPro started using their own proprietary SoC package (called GP1). The changes have been mostly incremental since then (and I really miss the tiny Hero 5 Session), but the 7 Silver will blow the 4 out of the water.
    edited September 2020 watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 5
    I use Hero 7 with a Karma Grip, that combo works well. Would digital hypersmooth 3 would be as good or better? I am all for it if it works.
    watto_cobra
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