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 is crisp despite the bumps and shocks the wearer took. Any footage like that is likely the work of a GoPro camera.
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 current models.
GoPro Hero 11 Series
There are three GoPro 11 models: the Hero 11 Black, Black Mini, and Black Creator Edition.
Generally, “Black” in GoPro-ese means the highest level of features. Released in the fall of 2022, this feature-packed model
has a larger sensor than its predecessor and is priced at $499.99. If you add on a 1-year GoPro subscription, you can get it for only $349.89. The 8x7 image sensor delivers a wide-angle 16:9 shot that provides a 6% vertical field of view increase over the Hero 10 Black. You can also connect a 3.5 mic adapter (sold separately) so you can record stereo audio. The last notable feature is the 8x slo-mo so you can slow down your action shots while maintaining an impressive 2.7k video resolution.
Hero11 Black Mini
The smallest camera
in the series costs $399.99 or $299.98 with a 1-year GoPro subscription. It weighs in at only 133 grams, making it ideal to mount on a helmet. Due to the smaller size, you cannot control everything from the camera itself. You'll have to download the GoPro app.
Most GoPro cameras can capture stills, but the Mini cannot. It does, however, have the same video capability as the Hero11 Black. One other limitation is that it does not have a removable battery like most GoPro models.
Hero11 Black Black Creator Edition
This impressive camera comes in at an equally big price of $699.99 or $579.98 with a 1-year GoPro subscription. The price is worth it, though! In fact, this Hero11 model
won the 2021 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award in Camera Sensor and Software Stabilization.
You'll get over four hours of 4K recording per charge, which includes an optional directional microphone. It also comes with a built in tripod and wireless remote so you can control your camera from up to 98 feet away. In addition, it comes with unlimited cloud backup at 100% quality.
GoPro Hero 10 Series
GoPro released their Hero10 series in 2021. There are two models: Hero10 Black and Hero10 Black Bones.
GoPro Hero 10 Black
This Hero10 Black
flagship is very similar to its predecessor, the Hero9 Black. It's currently available for $449.99 or $349.98 with a 1-year GoPro subscription. Like the Hero11, it's waterproof up to 33ft and uploads automatically to the Cloud. Unlike its predecessor, it only has HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization.
GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones
The ultra lightweight design of the Black Bones
model is made specifically for FPV (First-Person View) drones. Like the other Hero10 model, it costs $449.99 or $349.98 with a 1-year GoPro subscription. It weighs 54 grams and has HyperSmooth 4.0 stabilization.
GoPro Hero 9 Black
The GoPro Hero 9 Black
is the company’s 2020 flagship camera. The $349.99 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 3.0 HyperSmooth video stabilization and in-camera horizon leveling.The Hero 9 was also the first model to feature a front viewscreen for framing selfies and vlogs.
At one time, the GoPro Max
was in a category of its own 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 $499.99 retail price tag.
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.
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 for:
- 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. Additionally, Upsie will repair or replace your GoPro if repairs are not possible on your first claim, and you can make an unlimited number of claims up to that full cost, too.
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