The newest arrival from the house of GoPro: the GoPro Hero 9 Black 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.
The immediate predecessor of Hero 9 Black – GoPro Hero 8 Black, 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.
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:
|Specifications||GoPro Hero 9 Black||GoPro Hero 8 Black|
|Weight||158 Grams||126 Grams|
|Dimensions||71 x 55 x 33.6 mm||66.3 x 48.6 x 28.4 mm|
|Screen Size||2.27 inches||1.95 inches|
|Front Display||Color Display||Monochrome Display|
|Image Sensor||20 MP||12 MP|
|Resolution||5K / 30fps|
4K / 60fps
1080p / 240fps
|4K / 60fps
1080p / 240fps
|Image Stabilization||HyperSmooth 3.0||HyperSmooth 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:
The Hero 9 Black is around ten percent bigger as compared to the Hero 8 Black. Therefore, you get a bigger touchscreen 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.
With a 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. Battery Life
GoPro has bumped up 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.
The bigger battery size of Hero 9 Black also means that it can handle extreme cold weather better. However, upon usage we noticed overheating issues with Hero 9 when shooting 5K video.
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 Livestream at 1080p resolution.
The Hero 8 and Hero 9 Black have been built keeping in mind the vlogging aspect. These cameras have their own Media Mods (sold separately), which add a directional microphone ideal for vlogging. You also get other useful vlogging accessories compatible with these cameras like Light Mod.
#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.
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. Swappable Lens Cover
Before the Hero 8 Black camera arrived, all flagship GoPro models featured swappable lens cover. 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 reverted back to the swappable lens. Not only this, the company has also created an interchangeable lens mod called the Max Lens Mod.
#8. Remote Control
All the latest GoPro cameras can be controlled wirelessly via GoPro mobile app using WiFi and Bluetooth. However, the Hero 9 Black does not 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 Black 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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