Adding a 23.6MP sensor and new key design and engineering features, GoPro upgrades its flagship action camera with more of everything with the rugged HERO9 Black, providing high-detail 5K30 video and 20MP photo capture alongside new collections of professional settings and practical functions.
The front display, which in the previous HERO model showed status information, is now larger at 1.4″ and offers a live view, allowing you to frame shots for vlogging and similar uses. A new HyperSmooth 3.0 digital image stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling lets you produce even smoother, more stable videos without a gimbal. While a full-on action camera, the HERO9 Black makes use of its immense feature set to also let you use it as a webcam and for 1080p Full HD live streaming, providing a comprehensive solution for all your action cam adventures and more in a robust design that’s 33′ waterproof without an external housing required. An optional dive housing can additionally be used to take the camera into much deeper waters.
Another new addition is a suite of Power Tools features, including a feature called HindSight that, when turned on, allows you to record 30 seconds of video prior to your hitting the record button, ensuring you’ll never miss that important unexpected moment at a ball game or other event.
While all these features already combine to offer a powerhouse system, the HERO9 Black is further complete with many other features carried over from previous versions of the camera, some of which have also been enhanced. These include a large 2.3″ rear touchscreen with touch zoom, raw photo and audio capture, time-lapse and night-lapse, 8x slo-mo, an advanced 100 Mb/s bit rate, three microphones with advanced wind noise reduction, Protune features with professional video and audio settings, 14 voice commands such as, “GoPro, take a photo”, and much more.
The HERO9 Black has a built-in, flip-out 2-prong mount on the bottom, letting you easily attach it to over 45 mounting accessories available from GoPro for all your applications, whether extreme sports or live streaming to Facebook. Moreover, to further expand the functions of the camera, multiple optional add-on mods are offered, such as the Media Mod, which adds an external mic and additional mounting and signal output options for more of a multimedia workflow. With social media in mind, the camera also lets you switch into portrait mode to capture images in the format ideal for platforms such as Instagram. The battery for the HERO9 Black has a 30% longer, 1720mAh capacity in comparison to the previous model’s battery, allowing you to operate the camera for longer periods on a single charge.
Capture up to 5K30 resolution video and maintain high detail even when zooming in. Packing a new 23.6MP sensor, the HERO9 Black brings lifelike image sharpness, fluid motion, and in-camera horizon leveling for optimal image quality.
Shoot crisp, pro-quality photos with 20MP clarity. Apply SuperPhoto to automatically pick all the best image processing to easily get the right shot.
The HERO9 Black is compatible with multiple add-on mods that expand the camera for a more comprehensive workflow. The optional mods include the Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, and Media Mod. Between these mods, you can achieve horizon locked footage, LED illumination, external mic recording, and more.
No more carrying a separate frame. Just flip out the folding fingers and attach your camera to virtually any mounting accessory.
The rear touchscreen of the HERO9 Black is larger than in the previous model of the camera but offers the same familiar features, including touch zoom. The front display has also been upgraded and now shows a live preview in addition to status indicators. You can now frame your shot right from the front display.
The HERO9 Black’s 1720mAh battery has a 30% longer battery life than the battery of the HERO8 Black.
The GoPro HERO9 Black features a more advanced video stabilization with HyperSmooth 3.0, which enables in-camera horizon leveling and boost in all settings.
In-camera horizon leveling (up to 45% tilt) is now possible with the new Linear + Horizon Leveling digital lens, helping your footage stay stable and straight.
Record time-lapse scenes as you move on the road, on foot, or anywhere else. TimeWarp 3.0 condenses time, capturing moments with features like Speed Ramp, which lets you select Real Speed (now with audio) or Half Speed while recording.
The rear touchscreen makes it easier to control your camera, frame up your shot, play back footage, snap a selfie, and more.
Live stream in 1080p HD to social media via the GoPro app with HyperSmooth stabilization applied, and feel free to save your streamed footage to a microSD card to check out later. (The GoPro app is compatible with iOS and Android; microSD cards are sold separately.)
Connect the HERO9 Black to your computer to broadcast in 1080p HD. Use optional GoPro mounts to create your ideal webcam setup.
The HERO9 Black is designed rugged for virtually all weather conditions and is waterproof down to 33′ right out of the box, without any waterproof housing required.
The HERO9 Black features the Power Tools suite of smart capture settings that extend capture options with tools like HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture, and Duration Capture.
HindSight captures video from 30 seconds before you press record, so you’ll never miss a moment again, like that unexpected first base hit. With HindSight turned on, the camera will capture 30 seconds of video before you hit the shutter button, and everything after, until you stop recording.
Record what happens 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, then pick your favorite single frame for the best pic or a shareable video.
This feature lets you schedule the start time for your shot in advance.
Choose how long the HERO9 Black records before automatically stopping.
Shoot time-lapse videos at night in 4K, 2.7K 4:3, 1440p, or 1080p, all processed in-camera.
The HERO9 Black comes preloaded with recommended video presets for Standard, Activity, Cinematic, and Slo-Mo shots. You can even create custom presets for quick access to your favorite settings.
Epic shots are as easy as tapping a digital lens. Now you can switch between Narrow, Linear, Wide, SuperView, and Linear + Horizon Leveling.
Go hands-free with 14 voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo.” Even if the camera is off, you can say, “GoPro, turn on.” The HERO9 Black understands English (US, UK, AU, and India), Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (BR), Russian, Spanish (EU and NA), and Swedish.
Capture photos and videos in portrait orientation for your Snapchat and Instagram.
Get yourself in the group shot or group video. Timer makes it easy to grab a GoPro selfie or get your whole gang in the frame.
Raw mode provides the most flexibility in editing and is available for single- and multi-shot sequences as well as time-lapse and burst photos.
Ultra high frame rate 1080p240 video with HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilization allows up to 8x slow motion for this ever-popular effect.
Transfer pics and videos fast via an included USB Type-C cable, compatible with Android devices.
Create studio-quality footage with bit rate options of up to 100 Mb/s.
Use High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) to shrink file sizes without losing picture quality.
Showcase your location, altitude, and speed on your final image by adding Data Overlays to your videos in the GoPro app. Options include Speedometer, GoPro logo, GPS Path, Altitude, Map, Speed chart, and G-Force. (Note: You must enable GPS on your camera to add GPS Data Overlays to videos in the GoPro app.)
The HERO9 Black recognizes smiles, blinks, and more. The GoPro app uses those details to intelligently pick your best photos and videos to create impressive video stories.
The app lets you control your camera remotely, start and stop recording, and offload media. Plus, you can make single- and multi-clip edits and share them, all from your phone.
Back up everything you shoot to the cloud automatically with an optional GoPro subscription, which also includes options for damaged camera replacement. (The subscription service is available in select countries.)
Get back out there faster. The GoPro Supercharger power adapter, sold separately, charges your battery up to 35% quicker compared to a conventional 5V, 1A USB charger.
The HERO9 Black is compatible with 45+ GoPro mounts and accessories, including mods that add multi-production tools.