January 21, 2021

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GoPro HERO9 Black Experience Review: Vlogger’s New Choice

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In today’s fast-paced world, do you prefer text content or video content? In fact, for many consumers, video is the most popular form, which is one of the reasons why all kinds of short video platforms will catch on. When we are immersed in various short videos every day, have we ever thought that we could also become a video creator rather than a viewer of various videos? There is only one GoPro HERO9 Black between us and the creator.

In September, GoPro unveiled its flagship HERO 9 Black sports camera, which features a new 20-megapixel sensor, built-in horizon correction, and a new generation of HyperSmooth super stabilization 3.0, 5K video shooting, and a 30% improvement in battery life. For Vlogger in particular, the modular design of the GoPro HERO9 Black makes it a device dedicated to documenting everyday life without losing its powerful motion attributes. If you’re a video creator, you’ll be impressed.

Now let’s take a look at how GoPro HERO9 Black has helped us document our lives more effectively.

The appearance is very different

Although said that after years of iteration, GoPro have formed distinct product design style, but GoPro HERO9 Black can be said to be a leap, front picked up a piece of LCD display, it can be when we shot the real-time preview, although is not very big, also you cannot carry out touching operation, but it is functional. Compared to the GoPro 8’s digital screen, its more direct preview format is more popular, at least without the need to preview every time you use the rear screen. But also, the whole piece of front panel display quality is very high, even in the sun also can show clearly, we can choose according to different scenarios full-screen, 16:9 or show only the parameters, with the following format and under 4K filming, basic negligible, delay under 5K format, there will be some delay, can choose according to their own requirements when you use daily.

On the back, the GoPro HERO9 Black’s back screen is arguably the largest in the GoPro series, increasing the size of the screen in addition to making the user’s senses more comfortable to use on a daily basis and adjusting parameters less error-prone. Aside from the front screen, the most obvious thing I noticed as soon as I got my hands on it was the volume change of the GoPro HERO9 Black, which is a full circle larger and much heavier than the GoPro 8. This means that our previous batteries and other accessories won’t work on GoPro 9, which in a way increases the replacement cost for regular users, which is a bit tough. Of course, if you’re buying GoPro for the first time, that’s not an issue.

Of course, while the GoPro HERO9 Black has grown in size and the previous accessories are no longer usable, it’s a new experience. The battery capacity of the GoPro HERO9 Black has been increased to 1720mAh, an increase of about 30% over the GoPro 8’s 1220mAh, and even 40% to 60% in cold weather, according to officials. As a practical matter, I took it out, filmed for most of the day, patted it on and off, and one of the batteries still had left. With this kind of battery life, it’s really easy for you to take pictures, and it also reduces the extra cost on our battery. Unless you’re a very heavy camera user, an extra battery is a must.

On the right side of the camera, the words “9 BLACK” are written prominently, which is a continuation of GoPro’s classic design. In the middle is a large mode button, which is convenient for us to switch mode during shooting. The big button is more comfortable to press. On the bottom right, there is a microphone for drainage. For this design, many people may want to open it and see the internal structure, but it is advised not to try it. At the bottom of the fuselage, a classic folding connector is designed for easy storage.

Vlogging in different ways

For GoPro HERO9 Black, this is a big upgrade can take 5K video, it is quite useful for a lot of video creators, under 5K blessing, even magnified image and intercept 14.7 MP screen capture when also can keep important details, at the same time, it can also be taken 4K, 2.7K, 1440 p and 1080P video, can meet the demand of our use of different scenarios. Of course, although 5K brings more details, it adds a certain amount of time delay, which we need to adapt to when shooting. At the same time, currently only 30 frames are supported under 5K, which is somewhat regrettable.

The reason why GoPro HERO9 Black is good at Vlogging is actually closely related to its front screen. With it, we can preview the shot in real time and judge whether the shot is satisfactory or not, so that we won’t have to rework and reshoot the shot later, with a higher completion rate. The other is the optional Max lens component of GoPro HERO9 Black, which provides outstanding Max HyperSmooth super stability and Max SuperView super wide Angle, bringing more creativity to our shots.

With this Max optional component, the GoPro HERO9 Black can shoot 155-degree wide-angle video and Max HyperSmooth super stable with up to 2.7k60 frames. Horizontal locking ensures that your video remains horizontal or vertical while the camera is stationary, off-center, or rotated 360 degrees. It’s worth noting that although this is an optional component, it still supports 16.4 feet water resistance when installed into HERO9 Black, but underwater use can cause image distortion and is not recommended.

In terms of stabbing-proof, I’ve always felt that the GoPro body is the best of all shooting devices, and the GoPro HERO9 Black still is. We tested it with walking and running scenarios, so you can get a feel for what it actually looks like.

While the results of the test showed the strength of the GoPro HERO9 Black shake control was obvious, the improvement was not so obvious compared to the GoPro 8. What’s really noticeable is the horizon correction feature of the GoPro HERO9 Black, which was available on the phone in the previous generation and can be done on the phone in the current generation, but is limited by the cutout, so we can only turn it on from a linear perspective. Even if you tilt the camera when it’s turned on, the picture remains horizontal, but at a limited angle. This feature is useful for some users, but I personally feel that in certain situations, the fact that the horizon is always horizontal takes away a little bit of the authenticity and the sense of substitution of the recorded image. Of course, we can choose not to turn this feature on.

In addition to these features, the GoPro HERO9 Black also has a number of new features, such as improved microphone sound quality, which we compared at the same distance and in the same position to significantly improve the sound of the GoPro 8 radio. What’s more, GoPro HERO9 Black has added a pre-recording feature, which can be set for 15s or 30s, to record what goes in front of the flash door to prevent missing moments, a bit like the iPhone’s Live Photos, which works pretty well in certain situations.

GoPro HERO9 Black has a timer feature, which is useful for shooting sunrise, starry night, etc. You just need to set the time in advance and it will start recording automatically, eliminating a lot of unnecessary waiting. But the problem is that we basically put it in the dark and automatically shoot it, and then we go to sleep, and when we come back, it’s probably not that easy to find, because it’s so small. In addition, we should also pay attention to the safety of the surrounding environment when using this function, do not be taken away by others, causing unnecessary losses.

We were also lucky enough to have a media option for GoPro HERO9 Black, which includes a gun microphone, a light fill, and a flip screen, giving users a lot more scope. The gun microphone, for example, has a powerful noise reduction capability, a 0.13inch microphone port, an HDMI output port, two cold boot mounts, and a rugged weatherproof design that makes it easy to shoot outside. With the screen component, the GoPro HERO9 Black has three screens in a blink of an eye, overshadowing small front screens and incomplete displays that I can take selfies on with sharp, bright screens that are visible even in daylight.

While the convenience of the lighting component can be imagined, in dark light environment can bring better shooting effect, after all, for the camera, the importance of light is self-evident. It also supports 3 levels of brightness adjustment, can adapt to different light environment, even female users who want to keep themselves pretty the whole time, can take a satisfactory selfie under the supplementary light. For a long time, I felt a little strange when GoPro was integrated into the Vlog circle because of its powerful motion properties and the screen that couldn’t be flipped. Until these modules were added, it seemed to me that it had really changed from a core motion camera to a device that focused on recording everyday life without losing any of its strong motion attributes. Perhaps this is the benefit of modularity.

Write in the last

Overall, the update of GoPro HERO9 Black has been a sincere one, with a real sense of commitment compared to previous slow updates. The increase in volume has both advantages and disadvantages, but in general, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. As the pioneer of motion cameras, GoPro is currently facing various challenges from insta360 and other manufacturers. There is still a long way to go for GoPro to make its products more attractive, but we have already seen its changes in this generation of products.

Return to life, when we use a variety of equipment to record life, maybe we have a lot of choice, many people use smart phones can meet the requirements, but for GoPro HERO9 Black this kind of professional equipment, it can give life more color, when we lift it want to record the wonderful sight arises, its fine stabilization ability and powerful component will let us see the world in another perspective.

Life is meant to be that way, but GoPro HERO9 Black makes it last.

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