2022 Action Camera Roundup: GoPro Hero 11 and Hero 11 Black Mini

GoPro has unveiled the Hero 11 Black and Hero 11 Black Mini, its newest adventure cameras.

In terms of resolution, color, stability, and field of vision, the new GoPro Hero11 Black and Hero11 Black Mini are head and shoulders beyond all previous GoPro Hero cameras. The Hero11 Black maintains the recognizable GoPro shape, while the Hero11 Black Mini streamlines the build to the bare minimum without sacrificing performance.

The latest Type 1/1.9 sensor (6.40 x 5.60mm) can record 10-bit video at up to 5.3K resolution at up to 60 frames per second (fps). When you want to use horizontal crops for more conventional videos and vertical crops for sharing to social platforms like Instagram Reels, TikTok, and other platforms, this footage can be captured in the nearly square 8:7 aspect ratio, which captures more vertical field of view. This gives you more room to crop. Additionally, the new HyperView mode shoots images with the largest 16:9 field of view ever included in a Hero camera (natively).

GoPro’s HyperSmooth 5.0 stabilization technology, which now incorporates a 360-degree horizon lock capability to keep film steady even if the camera turns during shooting, has been added to support the new sensor.

A new Night Effect Time Lapse option on the camera makes it simple to record star trails, light paintings, and car light trails. According to GoPro, the new Enduro battery has improved performance in cold and mild temperatures, extending the recording lengths by up to 38%. Time Warp, the company’s hyperlapse feature, can now shoot at 5.3K resolution instead of the previous 4K limit.

The Hero 11 Black Mini is essentially a smaller, lighter version of the original Hero 11 Black that forgoes the front-facing screen and extra buttons in favor of a more utilitarian design that is as user-friendly as feasible. It has a smaller form factor and merely a recording button and a small OLED display on top for highlighting the current settings, which are chosen through GoPro’s Quick app. It takes the exact same video as the Hero 11 Black.

GoPro’s upgraded cloud service is compatible with both of the new cameras and can automatically edit a highlight movie from footage that is uploaded directly from the camera before sending the finished highlight video to the user’s phone.

Unless you’re a GoPro subscriber, in which case the price reduces to $400, the GoPro Hero 11 Black are currently available for purchase for $500. The Hero 11 Black Mini will cost $400 when camera goes on sale on October 25, unless you’re a GoPro subscriber, in which case it will cost $300.

More info on GoPro’s website.

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