GoPro just came out with their latest edition of action cams, the GoPro Hero 9. If there is one thing they can do, it’s making amazing action cams and every time they bring out a new version you think ‘it can’t get any better than this’, but then they bring out a new version the following year that is even better than the previous version. And the Hero 9 is no exception to that.
The Hero 8 was advertised as ‘The Gimbal Killer’, while the Hero 9 is said by GoPro to have the ‘most advanced stability ever’. So if the Hero 9 is even more stable then the Hero 8 that would make it the Gimbal Killer Slayer.
Of course I couldn’t wait to put this to the test. Now it’s hard to just talk about the results without showing you. I’ve made a video comparing the different GoPros, I’ll link the video down below if you’d like to see the differences.
The Hero 9 now films up to 5K in 30fps, 4K in 60fps and slowmotion in 1080p up to 240 frames per second.
The Hypersmooth 3.0 doesn’t show that much difference to me at first glance. Hypersmooth 2.0 was already pretty smooth when just walking around, the boost makes it even smoother and this is what comes in handy once there is some action in your shots. If you’re doing any activity that moves the camera the boost does a great job of smoothing this out. And the Hero 9 does an even better job than the Hero 8 did.
Now the Hero 9 has a new feature, Horizon Levelling. With this setting on the image is extremely smooth, even when turning the camera sideways up to almost 45% the horizon stays level. This setting is a game changer for the GoPro, it really makes the need for a gimbal really small.
For me the horizon levelling is the biggest new feature of the GoPro Hero 9. Even though the setting can only be used when filming in Linear I think it will make any type of filming with the GoPro ultimately better looking.
The GoPro Hero 9 is a little bit bigger than the previous versions and also has a larger battery. A plus of course for the longer battery life, but that means if you have the older versions, you will need to buy new batteries to go with your Hero 9.
Another great new feature is the second screen on the front of the camera. This is especially handy if you use the GoPro to vlog and film yourself. This way you can actually see what your filming .
If you do prefer to use a gimbal the new size of the Hero 9 makes it not compatible with many gimbals. The Zhiyun Crane M2 has no problem handeling the Hero 9, but most other gimbals like the Feiyutech G6 will need an adapter for it to fit.
The price of the GoPro is kind of interesting. On GoPro's website they offer the camera for $449,99 without a subscription to GoPro, but the GoPro Hero 9 costs only $349,98 with a 1 year subscription to GoPro included. When you order from GoPro they also include a 32GB micro SD card, and the subscription to GoPro also gives you a discount on accessories like extra batteries, so plenty of reasons to order straight from GoPro. So if you're looking for an upgrade on your camera, just click here.