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GoPro Hero 9 Black Review: 19 Things To Know!

GoPro Hero 9 Black Review: 19 Things To Know!

Hey folks, it’s Ray at DCRAINMAKER.com here, and today I’ve got 19 Things to Nnow about the new GoPro Hero 9 Black. Now first up it’s not sponsored in any way shape, or form. I’m going to tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Hero 9 Black – with tons of video footage and comparisons and data and all sorts of good stuff.

So you can kind of make up your own decision. Also next up is the price, and this is not part of the ’19 Things’. This comes in at $449 which is more than in the past but there’s a catch. Technically a good catch? If you have GoPro Plus, now just called ‘Subscribe to GoPro’, their monthly service thing, you get $100 off the Hero 9 Black so it makes it basically $350.

So that’s definitely less than in the pas. First up though in terms of new features is the new screen on the front. Now this is the front-facing screen, very similar what we saw with the DJI OSMO Action.

This allows you to hold out the GoPro like this and see yourself in the exact image on the front screen. As well as the back screen concurrently. There’s two modes here. There’s one that kind of zooms in a bit.

And it fills up the screen and sort of center weights, but crops out the edges. And then there’s one that shows the entire picture on this little small square screen, so you got some black bars on the top.

My personal favorite is the one that shows the whole picture, so i can kind of see what I’m doing. Framing wise this is awesome. I know people kind of talk about vloggers and things like that but, I think a lot of us take selfies with our GoPro’s all the time, and this ensures that I’m not like cutting off things and got the best part of the picture in the shot.

Now one limitation that I’ve had with this front screen though is that the frames per second, in other words how smooth it looks, is pretty limited it doesn’t affect the recording rate but when I get in 5K mode, 4k mode, etc it’s just really slow looking, so it’s like three frames per second.

..five frames is what GoPro says, I think that’s a bit optimistic. At lower resolutions like 1080p – no problems at all! And again, it does not impact the recording it’s just what you see on the little screen itself.

Oh, hey! A quick note if you are finding this video useful or interesting, or anything at all just simply whack that like button. It really helps out this video, and the channel quite a bit! Next up on the list is the new 5K resolution.

In the past GoPro has always topped out at 4K, but now you’ve got up to 5K/30 here, in different modes as well. So you can do it in wide, or linear. Linear is when you get rid of that GoPro ‘view’ if you will.

So it’s just kind of a straight clean…just like this shot is right now. Clean with no fish eye look to it and the stabilization is still there as well so you can go all the way up to hyper smooth boost mode which is the highest possible stabilization gopro has and it looks pretty silky smooth you can see some of this footage right here now again if you want to see all this comparison footage i’ve got a comparison footage extravaganza video that’s linked up in the corner there down below or somewhere on the screen right now uh that has tons and tons and tons of footage side by side on all these cameras so you can kind of check them out and decide for yourself you may be asking the why do you need 5k and the answer is you probably don’t but it’s handy for cropping in so if you have something that’s a little bit too wide you can crop in and you get quite a bit more pixels it’s pretty substantial it’s not just like a single digit four to five it’s a multiplier when you go from 4k to 5k and then one kind of neat tidbit here is that you can pull 14.

7 megapixel stills from the 5k footage here’s the still and then heroes are still both from 5k footage without even having to take straight photos but if you do want to take photos then the hero 9 has a new 23.

6 megapixel photo mode which is way more than it used to be in the past substantially more and it’s definitely noticeable and taking photos again i’m just going to show you a whole montage of photos here i’ve taken on this thing uh it is super noticeable they are super crispy you can always up to another super word super photo mode which is kind of all like an hdr sort of effect but a little bit better executed and again all the photos here are all straight off the camera no tweaking you know nothing uh right off the camera itself next on the list is 30 longer battery life now it’s an interesting claim because it’s 30 averaged across all the different modes so some modes have better battery life some modes have a little bit maybe worse battery life i’m gonna put all those modes in the battery life on the screen right now now from a practical standpoint this is manifest itself pretty obviously i’ve been out for hours and hours out today riding in these mountains around here uh and every single time i swap batteries it was the hero8 that i had to swapped first well before the hero 9.

now of course that battery does weigh a lot more there’s also a new battery as well so the hero9 battery is a new chunkier beefier battery which is a lot like the hero9 in general it’s heavier and with that came with that heavier battery speaking of weights and stuff if you want to see a full comparison check out my unboxing video up in the corner there i’ve got weight comparisons between all the action cameras and of course the full unboxing of the hero 9 black next up is new cold weather performance and for that it’s not cold today but no problems i’ve got a freezer so let’s hop in there real quick so start these first up there we go and then we’ll get these going here and everything is all set put that on the netflix and chill yeah there we go on the cinnabons okay now this guy started as well uh and it looks like we’ve already got a do not start down here a disqualification by the hero 8 won’t even start in these conditions so it’s too cold you can see the hero line there is starting to warm up its screen battery low powering off well that’s disappointing so the hero 9 that’s in the freezer already basically the hero8 it lasted all of 20 seconds longer but we’ll try the ones that are a bit warmer now we’re going to start them in there and we’ll come back later on so here’s the final results of this uh and it’s pretty darn impressive we see that same you know 30 percent almost 50 i think in this case uh carrying over between the hero 8 and hero 9 in the cold but when it was pre-showed when it was sitting there ahead of time it just it was dead in a rival so the next item on the list is the removable lens uh if you remember from the hero a black a lot of people hated the fact that you couldn’t remove the lens now you can oops there we go done removed simple as that it has a lock system that locks in there like it goes around twice essentially and that has some interesting implications not only for me dropping on the ground but also for third-party lenses and even a first-party lens we’ll talk about later on so the ability for you to swap out lenses uh if you wanted to more than just simply like an nd filter of sorts and of course the obvious as well if you scratch this thing you can now replace it uh every other camera up until the hero8 had that so it’s really going back pre-hero 8 to get back to the removal lenses that people enjoy next is a minor one which is that the rear screen has been increased in size about 16 percent you kind of notice it a little bit when i’m using side to side uh and it’s definitely way easier to read than the hero 8 was next there’s the new hyper smooth 3.

0 which is essentially taking the hypersooth 2.0 and just adding a little more flexibility too and it comes in two ways the first way we’ll talk about here is the resolutions and frame rates and supports it goes all the way up to 5k 30 and it supports all the versions so you can do boost in everything in the past there were some limitations though gopro got rid of a lot of those in last firmware update for the hero8 but now boost everything which is great whether it’s wide or linear or super view it doesn’t really matter it’s all boost all the time uh to show you some comparisons here this is a whole bunch of footage i have from all over the place comparing against the hero8 comparing against the insta360 one-inch r comparing against the dj osmo action and you can see that there’s really no competition the hero 9 is without question the smoothest of the cameras in every possible scenario that i’ve thrown at it from pretty gnarly mountain bike trails to just driving you know everything across the board it’s the smoothest and with that comes the next new feature which is horizon leveling now you may be saying hey wasn’t horizon leveling around the past it was it was in the app and what horizon leveling does it makes it so that if you mount your camera slightly off tilt it’ll go ahead and automatically keep the horizon level and you can enable it in any of the linear modes and it basically does a great job of keeping the horizon level as it says and you’re seeing a couple examples of this right now now keep in mind you may not want this for all scenarios there are cases where you want to show that movement of the horizon so you show movement of the action that’s in front of you but when you want it it’s great it’s great for those scenarios where you do want to ensure that the camera is level and this acts as a little bit of backstop in case perhaps you can’t get them out in the right spot or maybe just you simply forgot to mount it level next is the new time warp 3.

0 now a time warp was basically a time lapse where you’re going somewhere and the footage is all stabilized and smoothed across at all as opposed to time lapse it’s just a collection of photos in the past time warp has been great but it’s had one limitation if you wanted to stop and go back to real time where you could talk to the camera and record audio and interact with all that kind of stuff you had to stop it and change modes and then go in the new mode and start it is a big mess but now it’s changed here let me show you so what’s cool with the ability to stop that time warp or at least pause it is that i can hit that button aside though as you saw there it doesn’t always seem to take which is a slight bummer but i can always press the screen the on-screen option set and that seems to take most of the time but the button is a little more convenient and then once i’m done i’m talking like this i just simply hit the button and i go back to time warp now again that might sound like a small feature but if you’ve ever done time warps before and wanted to switch into regular mode to talk to the camera about something you’ll be like ah this is this is brilliant brilliantly simple next is the feature that gopro started rolling out to the hero8 black just a couple weeks ago but hasn’t quite finished yet and hasn’t brought it out of beta into production for all platforms so it’s new here which is webcam mode now this allows you to take your gopro and plug it into your computer and use it as a webcam and apps like skype or zoom or teams or you name it obs whatever it’s available for both pc and mac it’s been super useful for me i’ve been using a lot one because the quality on this is usually way better than most webcams and two i just like the wide perspective it gives more perspective of the room as opposed to my giant nose on the screen for everyone else coming in hot on the new webcam functionality is new and expanded live stream functionality in the past you could basically just live stream to youtube and facebook and that was kind of it now you can live stream to twitch as well as gopro’s own platform which they say has the highest quality live streaming resolution experience out there in terms of bit rates and things like that i haven’t had a chance yet to try that maybe i’ll give it a whirl but you can go ahead now and add twitch to that natively straight from the camera which is pretty handy in addition to that facebook pages are also supported as opposed to just user profiles uh from the past next are three new features under the power tools banner which essentially graduated from the gopro labs this past spring and the first is hindsight what hindsight allows you to do is to have your camera always recording now it’s not recording forever it’s just recording either a 15 or a 30 second buffer so that way you can have it recording in the 15 to 30 second buffer but it’s not until you press that start button that it grabs last 15 to 30 seconds this way if you’re doing something that’s super repetitive where you just want that one shot and you don’t want like 50 attempts of you failing then once you get that one shot you just press the record button saves last 30 seconds and everything from that point forward until you stop it it’s super useful again for scenarios where you’re not really sure if the action is going to happen right then and you don’t want to waste a bunch of time now one caveat to that is keep in mind it does burn your battery life at the same rate as recording mode so you’re not burning storage but you are burning your battery life at the same rate if you were actually just recording now the next power tool is schedule capture uh what that allows you to do is to go ahead and tell the gopro when to turn itself on and capture something you can choose any mode you want whether it be a photo or a time lapse or regular video mode that’s handy primarily for things like sunrise capture or other places where you want to put the camera somewhere and then have it turn itself on sometime in the next 24 hours uh now i’ve had mixed luck with this sometimes it works great but i’ve also had two sunrises like epic sunrises i wanted to get and the camera just did nothing it just was like numb i’m not waking up today uh when i went to check in the morning nothing happened it just didn’t fire so hopefully they’ll sort some of those things out but it seemed like a super cool feature when it does work similar to that is duration capture this allows you to tell it for how long it should record uh before it stops sort of the inverse here where you want to start the recording but don’t necessarily want to record like forever and ever and ever in that case it may be more applicable to have a usb battery pack attached to it which you can do you can just plug it in the side usb c and you’re good to go next is one of the new gopro mods now mods came out last year well they were announced last year then they were delayed and they’ve been delayed and delayed and still delayed actually but there’s a new one to eventually delay which is the max lens mod essentially this allows you to take off this front display right here like this and put a super wide angle lens on it that kind of takes some of the functionality from the gopro max camera in terms of having a much wider lens they can crop in and do a bit more on the horizon leveling itself there and in particular there’s something called horizon lock where you can turn the camera 360 degrees around and it’ll actually be able to lock that so it looks level the entire time now that mod isn’t available yet so i can’t really test that but if you subscribe to the channel then you’ll be able to see that video as soon as i have that mod on my hands to give it a whirl what is kind of a neat little tidbit about this by the way is that mod has no electronics in it uh in fact it’s just a toggle in the menu to enable or disable it so that means third parties could probably do something similar to that down the road next on the list is improved water drain for the microphones now this may sound like something that’s kind of minor which is probably why it’s at the end of my video but it’s useful so this little thing right there below the mode button looks like a weird door that you can’t open up is actually designed to be able to drain water faster so let’s try that out okay this is a test of the microphone audio draining so i’m behind the microphones right now and then here i am in front of the microphones uh right now talking i’m gonna go ahead and dunk in the water for five seconds and we’ll see how it sounds so i’m gonna keep on talking and then i’m still talking now you’re listening to the microphone on the screen right now and i’m gonna keep on talking and see how long it takes for the audio to clear and i’ll keep on talking a little bit longer just to make this a little bit more awkward finally last but not least on the list is the fact that the gopro comes in its own case uh not like an exterior case but actually like a traveling case as part of the packaging they’ve tried to get rid of all the plastic on the packaging and there’s almost nothing in there plastic except for some tiny little bag to keep the parts separated so pretty impressive there and they wanted to make it usable so now you get this kind of carrying case that you can use to put all your gopro stuff in there so if you like that awesome if not you can gift it to a friend or something like that okay so there you go a complete look at the gopro hero9 black uh there’s no question this is the best gopro gopro has ever made though you would expect that as they get better of course i also think it’s pretty much the best action camera out there and the thing is that what gopro has nailed here is the incremental updates each year and they’ve also undone the things that really ticked off people last year like the unremovable uh front lens cover there so it’s nice to see them kind of backtrack some things that didn’t really work out now of course the closest i think we got last year was the dji osmo action in terms of a gopro competitor they got pretty close their functionality and really prodded gopro to introduce this front screen that dji had introduced uh but from an overall platform standpoint there’s just so many more features in this and useful features not just like throwaway features but useful things that once you use them it’s kind of hard to un-use them so i’m pretty impressed with this don’t forget to check out my full comparison footage reel thing up there in the corner that’s there as well as an unboxing video and my in-depth review down there in the bottom description there where i go into excruciating detail on all the stuff now if you found this video useful simply like that like by the bottom there or hit subscribe for punty more sports technology goodness there’s still a bit more to come i think with that have a good one


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