Good things often come in threes. Case in point is the trio of GoPro Hero11 Black cameras – each ready to capture your travels in rich and vibrant detail.
Among the reasons to upgrade are a powerful next-gen sensor, 360-degree stabilisation, and GoPro’s widest field of view yet, to name just a few.
Available globally from today are the Hero11 Black, the latest iteration of the flagship model, together with the Hero11 Black Creator Edition, which features a bevy of accessories for videographers.
Soon, they’ll be joined by another radically-different camera: the Mini.
Sporting dual mounting fingers on the bottom and rear, the pocket-sized Hero11 Black Mini – minus front or rear screens and sporting just a single button – will be available from October 25.
With its petite size, simplified interface and tough outer shell, GoPro says it’s ideal for more rugged conditions.
A larger 1/1.9” sensor across all Hero11 models means they’re capable of shooting 10-bit colour video up to 5.3K resolution at 60 frames per second and taking 27 megapixel stills. Both are a significant boost to the 8-bit colour and 23 megapixel stills of the Hero10.
The new models now capture over a billion colours, some 64 times more than the Hero10, resulting in colours that are “truer to how your eyes perceive them in the real world”.
The sensor also unlocks 8:7 aspect ratio video – the largest vertical field of view on a GoPro.
Why is 8:7 a big deal? Because it means you can capture more of a scene vertically, and later crop it to suit the different aspect ratios of Instagram Stories or Youtube in the GoPro Quik app.
Battery life has seen a welcome supercharge too, with GoPro saying the new Enduro battery “dramatically improves camera performance in cold and moderate temperatures”, resulting in 38% longer recording times.
Other upgrades are HyperSmooth 5.0 (a jump from 4.0 on the Hero10), which has in-camera Horizon Lock to keep footage steady even if your camera rotates a full 360 degrees during capture, and the new HyperView digital lens, ideal for filming 16:9 footage.
GoPro promises the latter makes action “look faster and more heroic than you imagined possible”, with the feature coming into its own in first-person situations like skiing, surfing or biking.
The Creator Edition comes with the standard Hero11 Black in the box, with the addition of a directional microphone, external mic input, and HDMI port for connecting to external displays, plus a high-output LED light and two cold shoe mounts for mounting accessories.
Also included is the classic Volta: a combined external remote, tripod and battery, which GoPro claims can extend 4K filming time by up to four hours, when coupled with the new Enduro.
Users with a GoPro subscription (AU$69.00/yr) can automatically backup photos and videos at the “original source quality” to the cloud simply by plugging the camera into charge. Once complete, a highlight video of the footage is automatically synced to the Quik app.
The Hero11 Black is available in Australia at $649.95 for GoPro subscribers and $799.95 for non-subscribers, while the Black Creator Edition retails at $929.95 for subscribers and $1099.95 for non.
On sale at GoPro.com on October 25, the Hero11 Black Mini will be for $499.95 for GoPro subscribers and $649.95 for non-subscribers, rolling out to retailers globally in the coming months.