GoPro releases the Hero 9 Black action camera for $480. This successor to the Hero 8 Black has some improvements over its predecessor, including the ability to replace the lens protection and a higher resolution of the sensor.
The Hero 9 Black features a new 1/2.3″ sensor with a resolution of 23.6 megapixels, where the Hero 8 has a 12-megapixel sensor. Videos can be shot in a 5k resolution and based on the video images, individual frames can be stored as 14.7 megapixel photos. Regular photo mode allows images to be made as jpeg or dng file at a resolution of 20 megapixels. The SuperPhoto feature is also available, where the camera automatically analyzes and edits photos taken. There is also a feature that allows users in the buffer memory to record those images from fifteen or thirty seconds prior to starting the video recording.
Another innovation with the Hero 9 Black is the fact that this new model has a removable glass lens cover. With the Hero 8 Black there was only a fixed cover. This was criticised, because it meant that the camera could in fact be thrown away if, for example, a star entered the lens protection due to the impact of a pebble. The cover of the Hero 9 Black is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass and, according to the manufacturer, has a flat design to prevent underwater deformation. The new camera is still waterproof to 10 meters
The camera features a 1.4″ front screen that can display video, where the predecessors have to do without such a front screen. The screen is designed to make the camera more suitable for vloggers and for use as a webcam. Furthermore, the touch-sensitive screen on the back is sixteen percent larger compared to the predecessor. The Hero 9 Black is larger than the Hero 8 Black in terms of size, but also has a larger battery with a capacity of 1720mAh compared to 1220mAh. According to the manufacturer, it is a redesigned lithium-ion battery for the Hero 9 Black.
GoPro says the presence of HyperSmooth 3.0 means that all stabilization options are available at all resolutions and framerates. In fact, this makes the stabilization of the Max camera available for the Hero 9 Black. Furthermore, the image can be corrected in horizontal oriëntation, so that this no longer has to be done in the corresponding app. To record timelapses in combination with image stabilization, there’s TimeWarp 3.0, a newer version of the feature that was already in the Hero 8. This feature is now also available in 4k.
The new action camera can be connected to a computer using the included USB-C cable to serve as a webcam. A resolution of 1080p can be achieved with an angle of view of 132 degrees. This webcam mode is only available for macOS; for Windows it’s still in bèta.
The Hero 9 Black is available in the Netherlands from 16 September, for a price of 480 euros. The camera comes standard in a new carrying case/suitcase. Later, the Max Lens Mod will also be available, for a 155-degree angle of view and video stabilization for 2.7k videos at 60fps.