wearable cameras are almost legendary for their durability and performance, even under harsh conditions. We’ve all seen GoPro footage at some point on social media. Those insane helmet-perspective bike rides or snowboard videos, where the footage seems confusingly smooth despite the bumps and shocks the wearer surely took? Those are likely the work of GoPro cameras.
If you’re looking to document your next adventure, you’ll need to choose between a huge assortment of GoPros. It can be a lot to work through, so Upsie has compiled some fast facts on GoPro’s four current models for 2020.
GoPro Hero 9 Black
The GoPro Hero 9 Black
is the company’s current flagship main series camera. Generally, “Black” in GoPro-ese means the highest level of features. Some years, the company releases another model (like Silver or White) at a lower price point, but currently there aren’t any of those on the front page.
The $449 Hero 9 produces a 20MP+ SuperPhoto with HDR. SuperPhoto means that the camera dynamically applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction, optimizing your shots however they need it. The Hero 9 can film in 5K, 4K, or 2.7K and features HyperSmooth video stabilization and in-camera horizon leveling. You can switch between five views at the touch of a button, too.
The Hero 9 also features a front viewscreen for framing selfies and vlogs. It’s the first Hero with this feature, too.
The GoPro Max
is in a category all its own as the only current-gen GoPro with 360-degree video capability. That’s right: you can film staggering 6K, 360-degree footage with the GoPro Max. HyperSmooth and horizon leveling are along for the ride here as well. It’s rugged and waterproof as you’d expect, and it sits at a hefty $499 retail price tag. The Max also has a front-facing viewscreen, the only other GoPro to have this feature.
TimeWarp mode is a unique feature, allowing you to capture time-lapse video in conventional or 360-degree formats. In Hero mode (non-360), you can also jump out of time-lapse mode for real-time footage and back into time-lapse mode at the touch of a button.
GoPro Hero 8 Black
GoPro has kept “last year’s model
” in the mix for 2020, dropping the price to $349. There’s still a lot to love here, with HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization and built-in mounting at the top of the list. There’s no front-facing screen here, but you do still get SuperPhoto technology as well as LiveBurst, giving you 90 frames to choose from when you take a still photo.
Also of note are NightLapse video and improved microphones for high-fidelity audio recording.
GoPro Hero 7 Black
The Hero 7
introduced SuperPhoto and HyperSmooth technologies. While both have improved in successive models, the original versions still work well. At $249, it fills an important budget slot, but if you have the cash, you’ll get more in the newer models.
Looking for a deeper dive comparison between the Hero 7 Black and the Hero 8 Black? Here’s what one camera pro has to say
. Similarly, if you want a truly comprehensive comparison of all nine generations of Hero cameras (plus the Silver, Session and White variants), 3D Insider
has compiled an impressive resource.
Are Extended Warranties Important for GoPro Cameras?
At first glance, this question might seem a little goofy. GoPros have gone viral surviving drops out of airplanes and other ridiculous stunts. They’re designed to take a beating and keep on recording. Do you really need an extended camera warranty
for your GoPro?
We say the answer is yes. It’s exactly because of the way you’re planning to use your GoPro that you should get an extended warranty. Yes, the camera is designed to be tough. But you’re planning to be tough on it, too! You’re going to put it directly into situations where damage is more likely. And, while you never plan to break them, that higher level of risk is why camera insurance
is a good idea.
The Upsie Difference
Upsie offers top-shelf extended warranties
with accident protection for cameras of all shapes and sizes, including the GoPro models discussed above. Upsie’s plans are available with either 2 or 3 years of coverage, and that coverage includes damage and defect coverage of all sorts:
- Cracked screen or lens
- Mechanical failure
- Liquid damage (including submersion)
- Power failure
- Zoom failure
- Screen failure
Upsie offers this coverage at surprisingly affordable rates, and the deductible is just $25. Upsie will repair or replace your GoPro up to the full cost of the unit, and you can make an unlimited number of claims up to that full cost, too.
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