GoPro announced on Wednesday (16) the latest generation of its action camera, the GoPro Hero 9 Black. The novelty confirms rumors of the presence of a front screen for selfies, in addition to delivering up to 30% longer battery life even with an extra screen consuming more energy.
The new GoPro Hero 9 Black arrives on the international market with three major new features in hardware, the first and most visible being the front screen that follows exactly the same objective that has already been set in its DJI competitor, DJI Osmo Action. This display is 1.4 inches, colored and works as an aid for selfies (even on video). The rear screen has increased from 1.95 to 2.27 inches.
Finally GoPro has more battery
It can be used as in the past to only assist those filming when saying the selected mode, or turned off to ensure greater battery life. Speaking of which, this is the second change in hardware and has now gone from the 1,220 mAh that existed on the Hero 7 and 8 to 1,720 mAh.
The increase in capacity is almost 41%, but the autonomy gain promised by GoPro is up to 30% when compared to what was possible with the previous generation. The company also states that this increase happens even with the connected front screen and the larger rear display, which consume more energy in all other previous models.
In an example made during the presentation of the camera, Hero 8 was able to shoot for 1 hour and 15 minutes, while GoPro Hero 9 continued (at the same resolution and frame rate per second) up to 1 hour and 40 minutes. Since the battery is physically larger, the batteries of other models cannot be used in the latest camera.
The third and final novelty in hardware is the addition of an interchangeable lens. At this time it can only be exchanged for a model made by GoPro itself, called the Max Lens Mod. Lens that can be removed already existed in older versions, but this feature was removed in Hero 8 and back in GoPro Hero 9 with more possibilities .
The extra lens further increases the viewing angle to 155 degrees, in addition to working in conjunction with the software to increase the stabilization that the camera can offer and to be able to lock the horizon orientation at any position during recording.
To Tecnoblog GoPro says that this module is open for partners to create their own lenses, but the profound improvements in the user experience depend on alignment with the software – which makes GoPro control who makes it officially.
More resolution, more stability
Inside the GoPro Hero 9 Black works with a 23.6 megapixel sensor (almost double the previous generation) and it makes videos up to 5K at 30 frames per second. The camera now offers stabilization at all resolutions and frame rates per second with HyperSmooth 3.0 – it’s even more stable than the already quite stable Hero 8 Black.
Another novelty in software is horizon leveling, which can be done directly on the camera and not only when editing from the GoPro app itself. Timewarp, which is a kind of moving timelapse, has also evolved and now records audio while filming, can make videos up to 4K and transforms some sections in slow motion – slowing down time twice.
A new shooting mode, called HindSight, allows up to 30 seconds of recording even before the record button is pressed. The webcam function is native to the camera and live streaming from the gadget to Twitch, YouTube or Facebook can use the camera’s electronic stabilization.
Finally, the body of the GoPro Hero 9 Black continues to survive on dives up to 10 meters deep and removing the lens does not eliminate this resistance, but decreases to five meters.
When and how much?
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is now available on the international market today, with a suggested retail price of $ 449.99. The value can drop to $ 349.98 if the customer subscribes to GoPro Plus, which costs $ 4.99 per month. The service offers up to 50% discount on branded accessories, exchange of the camera if a defect is detected, direct streaming from the camera to Twitch, YouTube and Facebook, as well as unlimited space in the cloud for backup.
A package costing $ 499.99 or $ 399.98 for subscribers delivers the camera along with a magnetic holder, extra battery, microSD card, hand holder and a case to carry it all in one place.
The Max Lens Mod lens costs $ 99.99 and will be available from next month, but three other accessories are already on the market, a larger, forward-facing screen and an external microphone, both costing $ 79.99 each. The third is a set of LEDs and it costs $ 49.99.
In Brazil, the launch of the camera and accessories is scheduled for next month, with no set price yet.