GoPro Hero 9 Black
GoPro’s slogan for the Hero 9 launch is “More everything,” and there really are enough new things here for that to feel fair. GoPro regulars will appreciate the higher resolution, while the new front screen fends off competition from DJI.
The introduction of lens mods indicate the Hero 9 could remain versatile long after its launch, and the return of the removable lens cap and bigger battery life squashes two of the main negatives from previous cameras.
- Great bundle price
- Full color front display
- 5K video and 20-megapixel photos
- Improved battery life
- Useful new shooting modes/features
- Larger than before making some accessories redundant
- Heavier than the (bigger) Max
- No new slo-mo speeds
Hero 9 Black
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- 91AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsWired90Review: GoPro Hero 9 BlackThe Hero 9 is larger in all dimensions, though not noticeably heavier. It also fixes one major flaw in the Hero 8's design: The lens cover is now replaceable (should you scratch it).GoPro didn't stop there, though. It's now possible to add alternative lenses. At the moment, that means you can attach GoPro's $100 Max Lens mod (sold separately), which brings half of the field of view found in GoPro's 360-degree Max camera. Pair that with a new sensor that captures 5K video, a full-color front screen, and the ability to pull 14-megapixel stills from video, and you have a compelling reason to upgrade if you haven't done so in a few years.Camera Labs80GoPro Hero 9 Black reviewThe bigger screen coupled with a new larger battery are nice upgrades, but also mean the 9 is the largest Hero in the standard series and incompatible with older batteries and cage mods. Owners of the 7 and 8 will certainly be tempted, but it’s a significant upgrade over older models, as well as an ideal choice for anyone buying their first action camera. Like all GoPros, the small sensor means it’s best-suited to bright conditions, but little if anything can match the stabilisation and unique opportunities the camera presents. Highly Recommended.Digital Camera World100The new flagship GoPro GoPro Hero 9 Black is hard to beatAction cameras and going modular. GoPro’s latest attempt to get one-up on the DJI Osmo Action and the Akaso Brave 7 LE means a front display for vloggers and taking selfies, high-resolution photos and video grabs, but most importantly a removable lens cover. The latter makes it ready for GoPro’s new Max Lens Mod, though at its core this action camera’s excellent stabilization, clever time-lapse modes and higher resolutions make the Hero9 Black pricey, but worth it despite its larger physical size than previous iterations.T3100Supercharged specs, a big battery boost, and finally a front-facing screenThe GoPro HERO 9 Black rocks a front-facing colour screen and boosted specs across the board, yet GoPro has kept complexity to a minimum, meaning pretty much anyone can pick up a HERO 9 Black and shoot genuinely impressive 5k video. That impressiveness isn't mainly to do with the resolution – although that is near-Hollywood quality – but the astonishingly good stabilisation and capture options. This is the new action cam to beat.The Verge905K for under $500The Hero 9 is the biggest, baddest action camera out there — a camera that makes me want to keep up with it.TechRadar80Big changes, slightly rough edgesThe GoPro Hero 9 Black is the most powerful and versatile action camera you can buy, but for most people its predecessor offers better value. While the new sensor and front display are useful additions, the changes don't collectively represent a big leap over the Hero 8 Black. Its slightly unresponsive touchscreen is also a little frustrating, even if a firmware fix is en route. No other action can match the Hero 9 Black's skillset, but others do currently edge it for value.Stuff100From zero to Hero9 - GoPro’s still ahead of the packBoosts in all the right places make the Hero9 Black the pinnacle of action cam excellence, but if you don’t need 5K, you may well be better off with last year’s model.