GoPro HERO9 offers 5K video and 20-megapixel stills

Press Release


GoPro today announced its new camera, HERO9 Black—featuring "more everything"—including a new sensor that delivers 5K video and 20 megapixel photos, next-generation HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, 30% more battery life, and a Max Lens Mod accessory that brings Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and Max SuperView ultra wide-angle photo and video to HERO9 Black.

 

HERO9 Black Features:

  • New Image Sensor
  • Video: 5K30, 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more
  • Photo: 20MP
  • New 1.4" front color display with live preview and status modes
  • Larger 2.27" rear touch display with touch zoom
  • 30% more battery life than HERO8 Black with improved cold weather performance
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 with in-camera horizon leveling
  • TimeWarp 3.0 featuring Real Speed and Half Speed
  • 1080p Live Streaming
  • 1080p Webcam mode
  • Power Tools: HindSight, LiveBurst, Scheduled Capture and Duration Capture
  • SuperPhoto + HDR Night lapse video
  • RAW photos
  • Digital lenses
  • Voice control with 14 commands in 11 languages + 6 accents
  • 3 microphones with advanced wind-noise reduction
  • Stereo + RAW audio
  • Larger speaker for improved audio playback
  • Removable lens cover
  • Built-in folding mounting fingers
  • Rugged + waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Compatible with Max Lens Mod, Light Mod, Display Mod and Media Mod for HERO9 Black
HERO9 Black is available globally for an MSRP of $449.99.

 

Introducing the All-New Max Lens Mod for HERO9 Black


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The all-new Max Lens Mod ($99.99) brings unbreakable Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView to HERO9 Black at up to 2.7K60 resolution. Max Lens Mod also allows for horizon lock even when the camera is rotated a full 360°.

 

The all-new Max Lens Mod ($99.99) brings unbreakable Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and low-distortion, ultra-wide Max SuperView to HERO9 Black at up to 2.7K60 resolution. Max Lens Mod also allows for horizon lock even when the camera is rotated a full 360°. This enables mind blowing creative versatility for social media producers, film and television professionals and weekend warriors, alike.

 

HERO9 Black-compatible Mods also include the Media Mod for HERO9 Black ($79.99), now with a removable foam windscreen; Display Mod ($79.99); and Light Mod ($49.99).

 

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HERO9 Black—featuring “more everything”—including a new sensor that delivers 5K video and 20 megapixel photos, next-generation HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization with in-camera horizon leveling, a new front-facing display, a larger rear display, 30% more battery life, and a Max Lens Mod accessory that brings Max HyperSmooth video stabilization and Max SuperView ultra wide-angle photo and video to HERO9 Black.




51 Comments

ChrisF, Sep 27 2020 11:47

 

Thanks, will give it a try.  :thumbup:

 

 

PS - for those not familiar with "RAW" format.  This is the actual data the camera sensor picked up, the maximum information per pixel available.  The camera then goes through a algorythm to produce a typical jpg photo, trying to guestimate what detail is most important ....  Photos straight into the sunlight often result in jpg photos losing a lot of information.  For work I often take photos in very dark roof spaces, where a singular light source would overwelm the photo, and hide the important details.  Working with the original RAW data in programs such as Lightroom you can then access the original data.  For cycling photos into the sun it allows nice effects ... for the work photos it allows me to reduce the singular light source, AND to bring out data from the very dark area.  Sometimes it may not be the most printable photos, but it provides excellent information for work reports.  Back to cycling, when going through light-and-dark zones in trees the RAW photo helps you to get out a some photos as well .... 

 

JIP, way to much work for the average pic .... but when you get that special photo it HELPS to have the original RAW, to be able to get the very best out of it.

 

 

PPS - when encountering these "light-and-dark" situations it helps to use the "HDR" setting on your camera.  Recently more phone-cameras also have an HDR function  :thumbup:

DR ◣◢, Sep 27 2020 11:49

Should convert GPR to DNG. DNG being a universal raw format supported by pretty much everything.

I edit on Capture One. They have a free version but I’m not sure if it supports DNG as its camera specific.

ChrisF, Sep 27 2020 12:03

Should convert GPR to DNG. DNG being a universal raw format supported by pretty much everything.

I edit on Capture One. They have a free version but I’m not sure if it supports DNG as its camera specific.

 

Had to do the same when a friend wanted me to edit some of his new Nikon RAW images.  Once converted to DNG it worked fine.

 

Both Lightroom 5.7 and my much older Photoshop imports DNG happily.

WrightJnr, Sep 27 2020 12:46

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Pulled the trigger on this bad boy. My first ever GoPro / Action Cam. Steep learning curve!

ChrisF, Sep 27 2020 12:58

Enjoy !!

SwissVan, Dec 29 2020 05:28

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Pulled the trigger on this bad boy. My first ever GoPro / Action Cam. Steep learning curve!


Me too.... wifey gave me one for Xmas
Not sure if she realizes what this means....

Would be nice if we had a dedicated thread that GoPro users could share their experiences on.

My first question would be, what kind of mount do you recommend using for cycling and other outdoor sports (in my case snowboarding). I’m inclined towards a chest mounted position, but not sure about the technicalities and mount options.... where to shop / buy from online?

capediver, Dec 29 2020 05:42

Me too.... wifey gave me one for Xmas
Not sure if she realizes what this means....

Would be nice if we had a dedicated thread that GoPro users could share their experiences on.

My first question would be, what kind of mount do you recommend using for cycling and other outdoor sports (in my case snowboarding). I’m inclined towards a chest mounted position, but not sure about the technicalities and mount options.... where to shop / buy from online?

Cycling, don't bother about mounting anything on the bike itself...despite the great stabilisation ability of the GoPro, it will not be able to handle the constant judder of a direct mount to the bike...maybe road bike but definitely not MTB....unless you want some B roll and the shake is part of the plan...but generally stay away from handle bar/bike mounts...again MTB.

A chesty is definitely the way to go for a bike, with the superview wide angle on, you get a great perspective..bars in foreground, the trail/road out back...and its more stable....

A head/helmet mount is another option, your head is a great gimbal! But footage become boring fast cause the view angle never changes...again, OK for B roll.

Snowboarding...pole mount works great, a nice long extendable selfie stick.... chesty too but the angle needs to be set as you are facing sideways mostly...head/helmet mount works too.

If you can get, use GoPro mounts they are better quality, their online shopping is not bad and in Europe should be able to deliver pronto.... stay away from cheap stuff on Ebay or Aliexpress, they almost always suck and made from cheap plastic and brittle. 

BaGearA, Dec 29 2020 05:50

Me too.... wifey gave me one for Xmas
Not sure if she realizes what this means....

Would be nice if we had a dedicated thread that GoPro users could share their experiences on.

My first question would be, what kind of mount do you recommend using for cycling and other outdoor sports (in my case snowboarding). I’m inclined towards a chest mounted position, but not sure about the technicalities and mount options.... where to shop / buy from online?

lucky bugger 

 

 

on your first outing do  few quick shoots to check the angle 

 

with the chesty mount you'd  be surprised how much you have to angle the gopro up to get usable footage 

 

 

Handle bar should not be over 30% of the bottom part of the screen but you should atleast be able to see the bottom of the stem 

ChrisF, Dec 29 2020 06:46

Me too.... wifey gave me one for Xmas
Not sure if she realizes what this means....

Would be nice if we had a dedicated thread that GoPro users could share their experiences on.

My first question would be, what kind of mount do you recommend using for cycling and other outdoor sports (in my case snowboarding). I’m inclined towards a chest mounted position, but not sure about the technicalities and mount options.... where to shop / buy from online?


Enjoy.


Interesting learning curve ....

Mounting - the chest mount is good, but I dont like being strapped in too long ... so I most often use the bar mounted bracket from Garmin. They have a "pro" mount, you set it up before the ride, then need tools to change angles .... I opted for the unit with the quick swiwel mount. Easy to change the camera direction while riding, super handy when something is happening next to you.


Battery life, and hard drive space .... easy when you plan to take a few shots, and then you miss moments, and then you keep the camera on ....

Video editing .... so now you have digital mountains of clips .... finding your ideal editing software is the key to stay on top of this .....

SOUND .... finding the right sound track is the key to a good video ...


I certainly dont have the answers to the last items .... will follow this thread, and hoping others share their solutions.

Tankman, Dec 30 2020 08:31

Jpg works fine.

RAW format allows a lot more editing options, but the GoPro RAW format only works on the very latest subscription Lightroom software .... I am perfectly happy with my paid Lightroom. If I wanted to get the new lightroom I would also have to upgrade Windows .... this can become an expensive exercise ....


PS I love using the time lapse photo function ...


EDIT ... Really hope somebody has a hack to use the RAW photos ....

 

Download Adobe DNG Converter

 

Convert GoPro Raw files to DNG, Import to LightRoom .... BOOM!

 

Been doing it since the 8.

Tankman, Dec 30 2020 08:34

Or since the 7 even, cant remember, whichever one first came out with RAW... that's been my way.

T_Boss, Dec 30 2020 08:53

Me too.... wifey gave me one for Xmas
Not sure if she realizes what this means....

Would be nice if we had a dedicated thread that GoPro users could share their experiences on.

My first question would be, what kind of mount do you recommend using for cycling and other outdoor sports (in my case snowboarding). I’m inclined towards a chest mounted position, but not sure about the technicalities and mount options.... where to shop / buy from online?

 

Chest mount works well, but be sure of the angles you mount it at, especially when your getting loose and moving around the bike. 

 

first time out, I set it up while seated.... and thought the angle was great, until I stood up and got behind the saddle, and had the whole trail with me just filming the handlbar and front wheel.....

 

(as an aside - EWS rules dont allow chest straps, only helmet or bike mounted cameras - not sure if its a safety thing, but maybe something to keep in mind)

ChrisF, Dec 30 2020 08:56

Download Adobe DNG Converter

Convert GoPro Raw files to DNG, Import to LightRoom .... BOOM!

Been doing it since the 8.


THANKS

Was thinking about this during yesterdays ride ... few awesome spots, but light range way too wide for jpg ..

ChrisF, Dec 30 2020 08:59

Chest mount works well, but be sure of the angles you mount it at, especially when your getting loose and moving around the bike.

first time out, I set it up while seated.... and thought the angle was great, until I stood up and got behind the saddle, and had the whole trail with me just filming the handlbar and front wheel.....

(as an aside - EWS rules dont allow chest straps, only helmet or bike mounted cameras - not sure if its a safety thing, but maybe something to keep in mind)


Cycling SA also dont allow chest, nor helmet mounted, GoPro.


Thus we opted for the bar mounted ... and now continue with this on the trails.

ChrisF, Dec 30 2020 09:00

Even with bar mounted ... play with the camera angle.

Actually nice to get part of the front wheel and trail in shot.

DR ◣◢, Dec 30 2020 09:19

I've had great results with my old Hero+ running a chest mount. Surprisingly stable. 

 

I run the GoPro upside down on the mount to get my angle perfect. I edit in Premier on desktop and LumaFusion on iPad.

PhilipV, Dec 30 2020 05:29

Cycling SA also dont allow chest, nor helmet mounted, GoPro.


Thus we opted for the bar mounted ... and now continue with this on the trails.


Fortunately influencers don't bother with CSA.

Ps: there are many helmet gopros at the enduro events. All on break away mounts. The Commisaire had no issue with it.

ChrisF, Feb 14 2021 01:09

Download Adobe DNG Converter

 

Convert GoPro Raw files to DNG, Import to LightRoom .... BOOM!

 

Been doing it since the 8.

 

THANKS  :thumbup:   :clap:

 

Adobe RAW converter is now up to 13.1, for Windows 10 users.  I downloaded there 11.1 RAW converter for Windows 7.

 

 

Two examples for those that dont understand the fuss ....

 

INTO the rising sun ... the camera light sensor is overwelmed by the morning sun, and the details of the trail is lost.

 

Camera JPEG -

S 5.JPG

 

The same photo, this time from the RAW image data, with minimal tweaking in Lightroom -

S-5.jpg

 

 

Second example ... B Spot, the bridge route in the shade of the trees

Camera JPEG -

S 17.JPG

 

From the camera RAW -

S-17.jpg

BaGearA, Feb 14 2021 01:58

Is that free software?

Can I get the link for windows 10 64but

ChrisF, Feb 14 2021 02:04

Is that free software?

Can I get the link for windows 10 64but


The converter is freeware ... google for Adobe RAW converter 13.1


Lightroom is not freeware.

I am not up to speed with the freeware equivalents for Lightroom

Steady Spin, Feb 14 2021 02:47

https://www.darktable.org/install/ is a good alternative to Lightroom when cash is tight.

BaGearA, Feb 14 2021 08:13

The converter is freeware ... google for Adobe RAW converter 13.1


Lightroom is not freeware.

I am not up to speed with the freeware equivalents for Lightroom

okay so how do I open it ? 

 

 

I installed it 3 times and still can't find anything with that name to launch , and now its filled up my harddrive  :rolleyes:  so I guess how do I delete it aswell ?

ChrisF, Feb 14 2021 08:18

okay so how do I open it ?


I installed it 3 times and still can't find anything with that name to launch , and now its filled up my harddrive :rolleyes: so I guess how do I delete it aswell ?


It is a new program .... easy in Win7, not sure where win10 hides it ...

Blokeonabike, Mar 23 2021 03:16

Has anybody found a store that sells the max lens mod for the Hero 9 locally? I just realized that my current wearable gimbal doesn't work with the bigger hero 9.

 

With that being said, anybody looking for a wearable gimbal? :whistling:

Bundu Ric, Mar 23 2021 03:34

Drop me a DM with the gimbal details and price, a friend of mine were looking for a gamble for her Gopro 7.

 

Has anybody found a store that sells the max lens mod for the Hero 9 locally? I just realized that my current wearable gimbal doesn't work with the bigger hero 9.

 

With that being said, anybody looking for a wearable gimbal? :whistling: