Lights, camera, action: new GoPro Hero 11 Black and pint-sized Mini

Take your photos to new heights (or depths) with not one but three action-ready models.

By Chris Ashton, September 15 2022
Lights, camera, action: new GoPro Hero 11 Black and pint-sized Mini

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.

13% smaller than the Hero11, the Black Mini is optimised for helmet and body mounts.
13% smaller than the Hero11, the Black Mini is optimised for helmet and body mounts.

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 new sensor captures a staggering 64 times the colours of the Hero10.
A new sensor captures a staggering 64 times the colours of the Hero10.

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 Creator Edition includes the standard Hero11 Black, with additional accessories.
The Creator Edition includes the standard Hero11 Black, with additional accessories.

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.

New Night Effect Time Lapse presets that make capturing star trails, light painting and vehicle light trails easy.
New Night Effect Time Lapse presets that make capturing star trails, light painting and vehicle light trails easy.

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.

Horizon Lock comes into its own in adventurous situations, from mountain biking to kayaking.
Horizon Lock comes into its own in adventurous situations, from mountain biking to kayaking.

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.

Shipped with an assortment of accessories, the Hero11 Black Creator Edition is tailor-made for videographers.
Shipped with an assortment of accessories, the Hero11 Black Creator Edition is tailor-made for videographers.

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.

A protective housing waterproof to 60m can help take your photography to greater depeths.
A protective housing waterproof to 60m can help take your photography to greater depeths.

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.


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