GoPro’s brand-new flagship action cam– the Hero 9 Black– has actually arrived, bringing with it one of the most significant updates in years to the item lineup. In addition to a brand-new design that features a front-facing color display screen, the Hero 9 Black enhances on almost every aspect of the device, with better resolution for stills and video, a bigger battery, much better video stabilization, and more. The disadvantage: those modifications also bring a larger $449.99 cost tag, $50 more than 2019’s Hero 8 Black.
GoPro has enhanced the general resolution at which the Hero 9 Black can shoot, with up to 20-megapixel stills (up from 12 megapixels) and the option to shoot in 5K video for the very first time (although only at 30fps, compared to 60fps for 4K video). The removable 1,720 mAh battery is 40 percent larger than on the Hero 8 Black. GoPro has likewise revived the removable front lens cover, a function that was missing on the 2019 model, and will be selling a brand-new “Max Lens” mod for $99 this October that adds an even broader frame and horizontal leveling no matter the orientation of the electronic camera.
Improved are the screens: the front screen now uses a complete color panel for previewing shots, while the rear screen is a bigger, 2.27-inch touchscreen (compared to the 1.95-inch display screen on the old design). The larger display and battery likewise suggest that the brand-new device is a little bigger than the old models.
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is readily available today for $449.99 or $349.98 when bought through GoPro’s website if you also buy an one-year GoPro Plus membership, which costs $50 for a year. For more, take a look at our full evaluation here.