You’ve probably heard about the GoPro Hero 8, 9, and 10. Tiny action cameras that can go anywhere.
The GoPro HERO10 action camera has been out for almost a year now and the 11 is on its way (probably September 2022). If you are buying a GoPro for the first time which one should you buy? If you have an 8 or 9 should you be upgrading to a 10 or 11?
Price is always going to be a factor. Prices are falling and sales happen all the time, you can usually pick up a GoPro for a good price somewhere online.
In this post:
- Feature comparison of 8, 9 and 10
- GoPro Subscription: Should you get it?
- Best GoPro prices online
- Explanation of every GoPro feature
- Other GoPro cameras
GoPro Hero 8, 9, and 10 Feature Comparison
Check out the bottom of the post for explanations of each of these features.
|Feature||GoPro Hero10||GoPro Hero9||GoPro Hero8|
|Release Date||Sept 16, 2021||Sept 16, 2020||Oct 15, 2019|
|Slo-mo||2x at 5.3K|
3x at 4K
8x at 2.7K
8x at 1080p
|2x at 4K|
4x at 2.7K
8x at 1080p
|2x at 4K|
4x at 2.7K
8x at 1080p
|Back screen||2.27″ touchscreen||2.27″ touchscreen||1.95″ touchscreen|
|Front screen||1.4″ with live preview||1.4″ with live preview||black and white status|
|Horizon Levelling||up to 45 degrees in camera||up to 45 degrees in camera||In Quik app|
|Video Screen Grab Size||19.6MP||14.75MP|
|Removeable Lens Cover|
|Livestream||1080p with HyperSmooth||1080p||1080p|
|Wired Transfer||(android only)|
Max Lens Mod
Max Lens Mod
|Price with Subscription|
(May 2022, GoPro.com)
|Price without Subscription |
(May 2022, GoPro.com)
GoPro now has a subscription you can get at any time. You can get a big discount on a new camera so that’s the best time to get it. You can cancel it any time.
The details are below but here’s the summary:
- Discount on the camera
- Cloud backup and auto-uploads
- Discount on GoPro.com
- Broken camera replacements
Save money on a new GoPro Camera
One of the perks of the subscription is to get a discount on a new camera.
Can can get:
- $200 off the Hero 10
- $100 off the Hero 9
- $70 off the Hero 8
The price on the GoPro pages changes if you sign up for the subscription or not.
Unlimited cloud backup and auto-uploads
The main reason to get the subscription is unlimited video uploads into the cloud. They automation come straight from the camera (or app or web) and go into your GoPro cloud account. You can edit and use all the footage any time from the cloud and it won’t take up any space on your computer or phone.
The files are uploaded at 100% quality and can upload when you charge the camera.
Also with the subscription are filters and themes in the Quik app.
Up to 50% off at GoPro.com for accessories
Any time you need accessories from GoPro.com you get a discount up to 50%.
Broken camera replacement
The subscription will cover (for a fee) up to 2 camera replacements if they break. You have to ship them back so lost cameras don’t count but if it’s been smashed snowboarding or mountain biking just ship it back for a brand new one. Replacement fee is $99 for a GoPro 10 and 9 and $79 for an 8.
Best GoPro Prices
GoPro prices from around the internet. Remember that the subscription is only available on GoPro.com.
GoPro’s have a lot of different features. Here’s what they all mean.
Cameras have a processor, or brain, just like in your computer and phone. They run process the images, control each function and run the touch screen.
The GP1 processor was getting a bit slow in the HERO 9 camera and was upgraded to the GP2 in the HERO 10. The performance difference is noticeable.
Video modes are all the different resolutions and frame rates each camera has like 4K60 or 1080p240.
Resolution is the size of the picture and how many pixels you are recording. The standard aspect ratio (pixels across vs down) of 16:9 in a 5.3K video on a GoPro 10 is 5312 pixels across by 2988 pixels down. A lot of pixels!
Frame rate is how many frames are recorded each second. Movies on TV will be 24 frames per second or fps. If you film at a higher frame rate you can slow it down a bit so 60, 120, or 240 fps can be slowed down a bit for a slow motion effect.
GoPro have a touch screen on the back where you control each of the functions and see what you are recording. They got a back screen back in the Hero 3 days with an optional, detachable touch screen. The 1.95″ screen on the GoPro 8 got upgraded in the 9 and 10 to 2.27″ as the camera body got bigger.
Up until the Hero 8, GoPro’s had a small front screen that showed how many images or video you had taken. In the GoPro 9 it got upgrade to an actual video screen showing what a preview of the video.
GoPro got famous because they came with a waterproof housing. To mount it to anything the fully waterproof housing had to be on.
Starting with the GoPro 5, they whole camera was waterproof, no case needed. Hero 5 and 6 still needed a frame to mount it to anything and then the Hero 8 got built-in mounts.
No waterproof case is required for the 8, 9 and 10 to go down to 33 ft. Past 33 ft though they still require a thicker waterproof housing.
Most video is a jittery mess if you start moving. Even worse if you are mountain biking and constantly hitting bumps and rocks.
HyperSmooth is GoPro’s image stabilization technology. It automatically takes out the bumps and jitters resulting in smoother video.
HyperSmooth takes out the bumps but sometimes the camera will rotate when you don’t want it to. Horizon Levelling automatically keeps the horizon in the shot level. This is only available in certain modes because it has to clip the corners of the video to do this.
This option can be disabled if you want the horizon to rotate with the camera.
GoPro’s can take still images too and they are getting better and better. Mirrorless or DSLR camera will still take better still images but GoPro are starting to be the only camera you need to take on adventures.
Hero 10 takes 23 megapixel photos.
SuperPhoto can be enabled for your photos and does a few things when it’s on auto:
- High Dynamic Range (HDR)
- Local Tone Mapping
- Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
- Or, no processing
These are each explained below. SuperPhoto can be disabled if you want.
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Cameras still aren’t very good at capturing very bright and very dark in one image. What they can do is capture multiple images and put them together. Some are taken for the bright areas, some for the dark areas and they quickly merged for your final photo.
Local Tone Mapping
GoPros have adjusted your photos and videos in the camera globally, meaning they add contrast or increase saturation across the whole image. What they can now do is make these changes for one spot on the photo like just on your subject and not the sky behind. Different adjustments are made in photos than in video but both use local tone mapping with the Hero 10.
3D (Multi-Frame) Noise Reduction
GoPro’s, like all other cameras, increase the ISO (sensitivity) of the sensor when the light gets low. This introduces noise in the picture. It looks like a grain or static on the video.
Cameras and computers can run through each image of a video and smooth out pixels. They blend noisy pixels with the pixels around them and things look better. It can also make it look a lot less sharp.
With the faster GP2 processor, the GoPro 10 can look at multiple frames of an image and copy information from the others, reducing the noise without making the image look soft.
This applies to all the resolutions and frame-rates except for the highest so 4k30/24, 2.7K60, 1080p120 and below. The processing is just too much to do the highest resolutions and frame-rates.
Video Screen Grab Size
Through the GoPro Quik app there are 2 ways to get a photo. You can take a normal photo with the camera, or you can just save a frame (screen grab) from a video. With the videos becoming such high resolution, the photos from a video clip are getting better as well. Just remember that it will have whatever blur in the image from moving as the video clip did.
Time Lapse Photo
Time Lapse Photo makes a time-lapse series of photos. You can pick your interval you’d like the photos to be taken at. Each of the photos are saved separately on the camera letting you do something with them after.
Time Lapse Video
Time Lapse Video is the same as Time Lapse Photos, except the camera puts them into a video file for you. If that’s what you are going to do, then it’ll save you time.
Night Lapse Photo
Night Lapse Photos are just like a Time Lapse Photo except with a longer exposure time. This lets more light into the camera when it’s dark at night. On the photo mode it will save a bunch of photos to the card
Night Lapse Video
Just like a Night Lapse Photo but saves a video instead of a series of photos.
TimeWarp is a time lapse video with the HyperSmooth stabilization turned on. It can be used for walking around a city, driving a pretty road, or running down a trail. There are different speeds that can be used. Higher speeds are better for recording bumpier activities.
HindSight captures 15 or 30 seconds of video before you press the shutter button. This gets added to whatever you record after the shutter is pressed. It’s handy if getting the timing on a shot is hard. Because the camera is recording the whole time just like a car dashcam, it uses up the battery faster.
The GoPro can start recording at a specified time in the next 24 hours. You can record time lapse or video and the camera will turn on by itself. Great for sunrise time lapse shots when you don’t want to get out of bed!
This feature can be used with Duration Capture.
Duration Capture will let the GoPro shoot a time lapse or video for a set amount of time. Set the amount of time to capture for and let the camera go.
This can be used with Scheduled Capture as well to capture at a set time and then run for the set duration.
LiveBurst records a burst of photos and then saves them to a video file. It’s always recording so it records 1.5 seconds of photos before and after you press the shutter button. With the Quik app you can view and share the whole video or save one photo from it.
In older GoPro’s they were set by default to a GoPro colour setting which had very saturated colours. In the 9 they defaulted to that punchy GoPro colour setting but also had a Flat colour setting which left every desaturated but much easier for colour grading afterwards.
In the 10 they’ve extended the GoPros even further. Vibrant is still the punch, saturated GoPro colours from the old cameras. Flat is the desaturated colours great for grading after. Natural is in between the 2 others and makes for a great everyday filming profile.
GoPros can now be used as webcams. Theres a small program to download from the GoPro website. The Webcam app can be used with GoPro 8, 9 and 10.
Removable Lens Cover
GoPro 9 and 10 both have removeable lens covers. To replace a scratched lens cover or add a Max Lens Mod, you can unscrew the lens cover and screw on the new one.
Through the smartphone app, GoPro 7 and up can livestream directly to Facebook, Youtube, Vimeo and others. GoPro 10 adds the ability to add HyperSmooth to the livestream as well. Livestream your next the big mountain bike descent?
With a recent firmware update, GoPro 5 and up can connect to your phone with a cable and transfer your photos and videos much faster. GoPro 5, 6, 7 and 8 are Android only at the moment. 9 and 10 support iPhone but the cable has to be Apple’s lightning to USB-C cable for some reason.
Battery life is how long the GoPro batteries last on each camera. This can vary wildly depending on what you’re doing. Recording at 4K60 is going to drain your batteries much faster than taking a still image once in a while. On average GoPro batteries last about 30 to 60 minutes. We highly recommend taking extras!
The GoPro 9 and 10 batteries got larger going from 1220 mAh to 1720 mAh. Running the front screen takes more juice so the battery life doesn’t usually get longer. A new Enduro battery from GoPro last longer than the standard batteries and does better in the cold.
Other GoPro Cameras
GoPro also have some other cameras out aside from the Hero line.
The GoPro Max is their 360 degree camera. It can take 360 video and you can choose what shots you want afterwards.
Not in this chart. That camera is here.
Hero10 Black Bones
The new Bones camera is a Hero10 stripped down to just a lens and processor for use on FPV drones. It’s smaller and lighter than a normal GoPro, not having a battery or any screens. It requires power from the drone to work.
Cleary not a feature of one of the GoPros, the GoPro Hero11 is expected to be released September 2022. We’re excited to see what features GoPro will pack into the latest camera.
Which is your favourite GoPro?
Do you have a GoPro? Do you like it? Which one is your favourite?
I’ve had an original Hero Wide, 3+, 5 and more recently the 8, 9 and 10. The 10 is clearly the best you can get and has every feature we could imagine.
For the right price anything from the 5 up are amazing cameras that can do so many things.