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GoPro Hero9 released with 5K video: 19 features

GoPro Hero9 with 5K video: 18 features

GoPro has announced the GoPro Hero9 with 5k video and other features.  Here’s the product video:

GoPro Hero9’s features:

  1. 5K video.  The Hero9 has a video resolution of 5K at 30fps, or 4K at 60fps.
  2. 20mp photos with Raw and HDR mode.
  3. Dual LCD: in addition to a rear LCD touchscreen, the Hero9 now has a full color front-facing LCD, which is helpful for vlogging.
  4. 30% longer battery life.  GoPro also claims that the battery will do better in colder temperatures.
  5. Hypersmooth 3.0 with horizon leveling
  6. Timewarp 3.0 (improved hyperlapse)
  7. Scheduled capture: this lets you begin recording at a scheduled time.  The GoPro will turn itself on and begin recording automatically.
  8. Duration mode: with this mode, you can specify a fixed recording time, such as 5 minutes or 20 minutes.  It will stop recording automatically when it reaches the specified duration.  This mode can be used together with Scheduled Capture.
  9. Hindsight: this lets you capture a video 30 seconds before you press the shutter, so you’ll won’t miss the shot.  It works by recording in a loop.
  10. Max lens mod.  This is an accessory for capturing extra wide angle videos, with a field of view of 150 degrees, similar to a fisheye lens.
  11. Webcam mode: the Hero9 includes webcam mode, out of the box.
  12. Removable lens: as with other GoPros, the lens cover is removable and can be replaced.  It will also likely have filters available from third parties.
  13. 8X slow motion  (1080p at 240fps)
  14. Live stream in 1080p.
  15. Data Overlays: as with other GoPros, the Hero9 can add an overlay to your videos with accelerometer data such as speed, altitude, etc.
  16. Foldable built-in GoPro mount.  Like the Hero8, the Hero9 has foldable built-in GoPro finger mounts.
  17. Voice control.
  18. Waterproof to 33 feet.
  19. Rugged.

Hero 9 vs Hero 8 vs GoPro Max

In terms of stabilization performance compared to Hero 8, the primary advantage of the Hero 9 is the horizon leveling.  It becomes even more of an advantage with the Max lens mod, which has 360 horizon leveling, similar to the Insta360 Go.

The Hero9 is $349 with a $50 annual annual subscription, or $449 without a subscription.  It’s available on

The big question that everyone is asking is, how does it compare to the Insta360 One R (reviewed here)?  I ordered a Hero9 and will compare it to the One R as soon as I receive it.  Stay tuned.

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  • Thanks Mic, now if only Panohero would make a new mount, the resolution would surely be better than the current 360 65mp.
    Presuming the dimensions are different to the Hero Blacks 6 & 7.

  • I need another subscription like I need a hole in the head. What I don’t understand is, what is preventing me from getting the $350 camera and cancelling the subscription immediately, instead of paying $450?

  • Hi Mic
    An update but remove if any links not suitable or broken.
    Panohero have made the H9B for the GoPro Black 9 and initially advised a final resolution of 108mp but have since revised that to a possible 158mp unless I am mistaken.

    “With the larger sensor of the GoPro Hero 9 Black, equirectangular panoramas with a resolution of 108mp can be produced.”
    panorama_herdima, Saturday at 5:49 PM

    “Update regarding final stitched resolution with Hero 9 Black: An image of the Gopro Hero 9 Black has 5568 x 4176 px. The resulting equirectangular panorama has e.g. a height of 8901 px and an overall size of 158 mp. The numbers for the panorama are influenced by choices of the stitching program. The pixel density in the sphere decreases from the center of each shot to the stitching seams. Accordingly, different choices for the overall resolution are possible.”
    panorama_herdima, Yesterday at 5:16 PM

  • FYI – GPS in the Hero 9 is garbage. It’s a known bug, but if you plan on extracting telemetry know that the results are going to be infuriating. Supposedly the patch is coming this month, but they’ve been saying that for a while.