gopro latest hero black update is live on the gopro website And the generic Hero Black is joined by a new Mini model. As expected, there is Hero 11 Black But it also comes with Hero 11 Black Mini. No prizes for guessing that the Mini is a smaller version of the flagship, but how the company has implemented it is a bit more interesting than the “session” cameras of the older (its spiritual predecessor).
First, let’s take a look at what’s new in the Hero 11 Black. Design-wise, there is no frequent change to the different number on the side, even as it uses the same colors as the 10. There’s only one hardware change inside, and that’s a new tall sensor. Hero 11 Black also now comes bundled with enduro Battery as standard that was previously sold as an accessory.
Interestingly, the flagship feature that GoPro is promoting appears to be the new automatic highlight video. The idea is, once you’re back from your adventure and have your camera plugged in, it’ll automatically upload your new footage and automatically create a great video for you. It’s interesting because it’s not a Hero 11 feature at all, it’s available for owners of any camera back to the Hero 5 as long as you have a GoPro subscription.
Of course, there are some hardware-specific updates that make use of that taller sensor. At least 23 to 27-megapixel photos and 10-bit color are not introduced. There’s also a “Full Frame” shooting mode that captures everything in 5.3K on an 8:7 sensor. The idea here is that you can punch up different videos in different aspect ratios — in full resolution — after the fact.
Another benefit of the new sensor is the addition of 360-degree Horizon Lock up to 5.3K/30. This is either a practical tool to avoid one-sided video or can be used for creative effect if your activity involves spinning of any kind – for example, you can keep the subject level and only the sky. can rotate.
Maximum resolution stays at 5K/60 or 4K120, but with Full Frame, you now have “HyperView” which squeezes the entire sensor view into 16:9 format. It’s basically the existing superview, just with even more pixels. It’s great for seeing first person shots because it really dials up the feeling of the action.
Night Owl will get some new tools in the Time Lapse section: Vehicle Lights, Star Trails, and Light Paint. The names match the popular effects we’ve seen before and now you can do them directly from your GoPro with presets.
For HyperSmooth, the company’s software stabilization, which is now in its fifth incarnation and comes with Auto Boost for those extra-heavy moments. Another new menu option is the ability to switch between Pro and Easy modes. “Pro” is the current standard menu system, while Easy removes everything but the best click-and-go settings for most situations.
Perhaps the most interesting news for hardware fans is the new Mini model. It’s exactly the same camera, without any video display. Instead there’s a limited LCD to see which settings are active and two buttons. The highlight here is that the Mini has two sets of mounting fingers built-in, making it a bit more versatile than its bigger brother. The Mini is also powered by a non-removable enduro battery.
GoPro sticks to its funky pricing scheme, which means you actually pay less if you choose to include a subscription. Hero 11 Black The camera costs $399/$500 (without sub), while the Mini comes in at $300/$400. Flagship goes on sale today (and our review here is), while the Mini will start from October 25.
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