GoPro Hero9 Black : First Look

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

Hey this is jim fisher lead camera analyst at pc mag i am out here well socially distanced taking a walk with the new gopro hero 9 black i am walking near in a in an old cemetery next to a highway to try and get the idea of how the mic here is going to pick up noise in an ambient setting where there's a lot of background noise but i can still be away from people right now and be unmasked safely the front-facing screen is new to the gopro you can actually see yourself while you're vlogging much like the dji osmo

Action and just kind of do a little stabilization test i am rolling 5k 30 here with hyper smooth on it's the linear field of view i don't love the huge wide angle and i think this is better for vlogging so we're going to see how this looks when i load it up on the computer as you can see nice green path here today it's a very muggy humid day in new jersey one thing gopro's changed in this camera is the sensor it's now a 20 megapixel sensor for higher resolution images up from 12 on

The hero 8 black more pixels isn't always better but here the 20 megapixel sensor comes in handy it adds the 5k video function the 12 megapixel sensor in the hero8 black is only capable of 4k footage 5k frames are about 15 megapixels at 16 by 9 a little bit less but you can extract those from your footage which is pretty cool you also have raw and hdr photos as well as jpegs of course the gopro subscription service is bundled with the camera normally it costs fifty dollars a year

It adds some peace of mind you get up to two replacements uh per year of damaged hardware and you also get cloud storage for video the service also adds live streaming support to the hero 9. it can connect to youtube facebook or twitch for streaming even without the service you can still plug the hero 9 into your mac and use as a webcam windows support is forthcoming hindsight's new to the camera it's a 30 second pre-buffer mode it lets you if you're in a situation like this where you're recording multiple takes because

This is the 12th or 13th time i've been trying to do this clip it'll let you not have to go through the footage afterwards you keep recording and recording recording it doesn't save anything until you hit that button on the top of the camera when it does it'll save the last 30 seconds of footage it's great if you're setting up some sort of weird rube goldberg contraption or other complicated shot where you're gonna do a bunch of takes before you get it right and that way you don't have to

Go back and edit the footage later just like the hero8 there's some add-on accessories mods they're called for the hero9 they're different because the size of the camera is a little bit different as well but you can still get an add-on microphone for better quality audio i'm using the in-camera mic for this clip as for all of our clips for the footage for the review there's also a front-facing screen if you want to have something larger than the square screen with the proper

Aspect ratio that can be added as well if you have the media mod and there's a little on camera light you can do for low-light footage the max lens mod is also something that's new but i haven't had a chance to test out yet it's a wide angle lens adapter that replaces the lens class cover that ships with the gopro giving you a field of view that's almost like a 360 camera from one lens side so you can do things like horizon lock the gopro hero9 is a little bit bigger

All around the hero8 black and one of the things that gopro has used to take advantage of that space in addition to the front-facing screen is a higher capacity battery the runtime is about 25 minutes longer than the hero8 black up to an hour and 40 minutes a gopro wouldn't be a gopro if it wasn't built tough the hero9 blacks built it with stat drops and can go 33 feet underwater without the need of an additional case for more on the gopro hero9 black check out our full coverage at pcmag.com

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