The newest arrival from the house of GoPro: the GoPro Hero 9 Negro comes packed with exciting new and improved features. It has a noticeably bigger size than the previous GoPro cameras, a ‘selfie’ screen, and offers 5K videos and 14.7 MP video stills.

GoPro Hero 9 Indoor

The immediate predecessor of Hero 9 Black – GoPro Hero 8 Negro, on the other hand, was and still is quite a star in the world of action cameras. It’s the first GoPro camera with the mounting system right on the case. This camera also offers various upgraded features, including TimeWarp 2.0, Night-lapse and much more.

HERO8 Negro

Now, you must be wondering how the GoPro Hero 9 Black compares with the GoPro Hero 8 Black…

In this article you’ll learn all about these two cameras. We’ll explore all their major differences and, by the end of the article, hopefully you’ll have a better idea of which one you should buy.

GoPro Hero 8 vs 9: Specifications

Here’s the full specs comparison of GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Hero 9 Black:

EspecificacionesGoPro Hero 9 NegroGoPro Hero 8 Negro
Peso158 gramos126 Grams
Dimensiones71 x 55 x 33,6 mm66,3 x 48,6 x 28,4 mm
Screen Size2,27 pulgadas1,95 pulgadas
Pantalla frontalPantalla en colorMonochrome Display
Sensor de imagen20 MP12 MP
Resolución5K / 30fps
4K / 60fps
1080p / 240fps
4K / 60fps
1080p / 240fps
Estabilización de la imagenHyperSmooth 3.0HyperSmooth 2.0

GoPro Hero 8 vs 9: Key Differences Explained

Listed below are the key differences between the GoPro Hero 8 Black and the GoPro Hero 9 Black action cameras:

#1. Diseño

The Hero 9 Black is around un diez por ciento más grande as compared to the Hero 8 Black. Therefore, you get a pantalla táctil más grande around the back of the Hero 9 (at 2.27 inches). In comparison, the Hero 8 Black’s touchscreen is sized at 1.95 inches.

The Hero 9 Black combines its touchscreen with a full-color front screen, which also acts as a selfie screen. The color screen is especially helpful for vloggers, as they can frame up their shots even without access to the rear screen. The Hero 8 Black, on the other hand, features a monochrome front display.

#2. Resolución

Con un 20 MP sensor, the GoPro Hero 9 Black offers almost double the sensor resolution of the Hero 8 Black for taking still shots. And, with 5K video recording capability, the Hero 9 delivers noticeably crisper shots with much more detail as compared to the Hero 8, whose maximum resolution is 4K.

However, the Hero 9 Black can shoot 5K videos at 30fps max. Therefore, if you want to shoot slow motion shots at higher frame rates, you’ll have to use 4K or lower resolutions. And, the frame rates at 4K or lower resolutions offered by the Hero 9 Black are exactly the same as the Hero 8 Black.

#3. Duración de la batería

GoPro has subido the battery capacity to 1720mAh on the Hero 9 Black from 1220mAh on the Hero 8 Black. This boosts the stamina of the Hero 9 by about 30%. So, you get a significantly better performance with the Hero 9 Black.

El mayor tamaño de la batería de la Hero 9 Black también significa que puede soportar mejor el frío extremo. Sin embargo, al usarla notamos problemas de sobrecalentamiento con la Hero 9 cuando se graba un vídeo 5K.

#4. Conectividad

This one is not much of a difference, but rather a similarity. Both of these cameras support connectivity through WiFi and Bluetooth. Therefore, you can connect them to a smart device with the GoPro App. These cameras also support Transmisión en directo at 1080p resolution.

The Hero 8 and Hero 9 Black have been built keeping in mind the vlogging aspect. These cameras have their own Mods de medios de comunicación (se venden por separado), que añaden un micrófono direccional ideal para el vlogging. También tienes otros útiles accesorios de vlogging compatibles con estas cámaras como Mod. de luz.

#5. HyperSmooth (Electronic Image Stabilization)

The GoPro Hero 8 Black offers wonderful, smooth and shake-free videos with its ground-breaking image stabilization feature HyperSmooth 2.0 enabled. The footage clarity and performance with HyperSmooth 2.0 is significantly upgraded from the older version of HyperSmooth.

With the latest GoPro Hero 9 Black, GoPro has taken image stabilization even further up a notch by launching HyperSmooth 3.0. It’s like a whole new chapter in the game of image stabilization, and we’re yet to see better performance in any action camera.

#6. TimeWarp

TimeWarp 2.0 is a fun Hyperlapse mode for creating super-smooth motion time-lapses in the GoPro Hero 8 Black. The GoPro Hero 9 Black features an improved version of it with the TimeWarp 3.0.

With both of these cameras, you get amazing hyperlapse shots without the annoying 10% crop. Plus, it’s also available in all frame rates and resolutions.

#7. Cubierta de lente intercambiable

Before the Hero 8 Black camera arrived, all flagship GoPro models featured tapa del objetivo intercambiable. However, with the Hero 8 Black, GoPro changed this and the lens port was fused to the body, which made it non-removable.

With the latest Hero 9 Black, GoPro has volvió a la normalidad a la lente intercambiable. No sólo esto, la compañía también ha creado un mod de lente intercambiable llamado Max Lens Mod.

#8. Mando a distancia

All the latest GoPro cameras can be controlled wirelessly via GoPro mobile app using WiFi and Bluetooth. However, the Hero 9 Black no work with the Smart Remote and Remo Remote, while the Hero 8 Black does.

Hero 8 vs Hero 9: Which Camera Should You Choose?

The GoPro Hero 8 Black and the GoPro Hero 9 Black — both are the flagship GoPro cameras of their time. While there’s no doubt that the latest Hero 9 Negro has the most advanced features, however it comes with a higher price tag. So, if you’re low on budget, you can choose the Hero 8 Black without having to compromise much of the latest functions.

You can also find some good second hand offers for these two cameras. Otherwise you can opt for the Hero 5, Hero 6 or Hero 7 which offer the best compromise between price/ quality/functions.


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