Comparing a GoPro with a DSLR is a bit of an unfair battle. Both the camera types are very different when it comes to size and specifications. GoPro is a compact action camera which is meant to record pro quality footage of your high-impact fast action adventures. The video quality of the latest GoPros, such as Hero 9 or Hero 8, are so good that it can give any average DSLR a serious run for its money.

However, when you talk about still images, DSLR cameras have a definite edge.

Now the question arises: Which is the best option for you if you’re considering buying one of these? Should you grab the compact and portable GoPro, or the high-quality image producer that is the DSLR? To help you make a wise purchase decision, I’ve come up with this detailed comparison between:

GoPro Hero 9 Black – The latest action camera by GoPro (as of beginning of 2021)

VS

Canon EOS Rebel T7 – One of the best entry-level DSLRs by Canon

 

Are you ready? Let’s compare!

 

GoPro Hero 9 Black


GoPro-HERO9-Action-Camera

Rather than being just an iterative upgrade, GoPro has made some radical changes in its 2020 model – The GoPro Hero 9 Black. You get a new sensor, colour LCD displays (both front and rear), and most importantly, the ability to shoot up to 5K video. In a nutshell, it has more resolution, more pixels, more screens, more stability and more acceleration as compared to its predecessor.

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Canon EOS Rebel T7


Canon EOS Rebel T7

Canon’s entry-level DSLR – The Rebel T7 features a 24-megapixel camera and offers continuous shooting up to 3 frames per second. It also has a nine point autofocus system along with a three-inch rear LCD. I’ve pitted this DSLR against Hero 9 because it’s fair to compare two cameras when they come at similar price points.

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  • 24 1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with is 100–6400 (H: 12800)
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GoPro Hero 9 vs DSLR Canon Rebel T7


Here’s a detailed, specification comparison between GoPro Hero 9 and Canon EOS Rebel T7:

Image Quality (Photography)

Since GoPro is basically designed to be a video camera, capturing quality images is its secondary feature. In fact, the main difference between these two cameras is the sensor size and the ability to mount different lenses, that is only possible on DSLRs. As a consequence, DSLRs – Canon EOS Rebel T7 in this case – is able to shoot images with a higher details and, possibly, less image noise.

Another major difference is that DSLRs (fast) lenses are able to produce a nice blurred background behind your subject, which it won’t be possible to produce with any GoPro camera. When we talk about the ISO Range, again the Canon DSLR is able to go a lot higher, thus giving superior images even in low-light.

GoPro Hero 9:

  • Image Formats: JPEG & RAW
  • Sensor Size: 20MP
  • ISO Range: Auto, 100-3200
  • Bursts: Up to 25 photos per second

Canon EOS Rebel T7:

  • Image Formats: JPEG & RAW
  • Sensor Size: 24MP
  • ISO Range: Auto, 100-6400 (H: 12800)
  • Bursts: Up to 3 shots per second

WINNER (for Photography): DSLR

Video Quality

As I’ve mentioned before, GoPros are built to be super compact, yet record good videos even in the shakiest situations. That’s the main reason why so many people love it as a travel camera! The GoPro Hero 9 supports huge variety of video formats including 5K and 4K at multiple frame rates. Therefore, you can create wonderful slomo videos in post-production.

In contrast, the Canon T7 specifically and entry-level DLSRs in general rarely get to the 4K-5k video resolution range. When it comes to frame rates, the Canon T7 only goes as high as 60 fps. While 60 fps is not bad, but for action-lovers it can be not enough!

GoPro Hero 9:

Video Formats:

  • 5K @ 30 fps
  • 4K – WideWide Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • – SuperView Lens @ 30, 24 fps
  • – Linear Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • 2.7K – WideWide Lens @ 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • – SuperView Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • – Linear Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • – Narrow Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • 1080p – WideWide Lens @ 240, 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • -SuperView Lens @ 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • -Linear Lens @ 120, 60, 30, 24 fps
  • -Narrow Lens @ 60, 30, 24 fps

Canon EOS Rebel T7:

Video Formats:

  • Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) @ 30, 24 fps
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) @ 60, 30, 24 fps
  • VGA (640 x 480) @ 60, 30, 24 fps

WINNER (for Video): GoPro

Video Stabilization

The built-in stabilization with the GoPro Hero 9 has improved substantially. It features the one of the best in-camera digital image stabilization I’ve seen around, called HyperSmooth 3.0. It’s highly impressive, to say the least! It’s so good that you don’t feel the need of a gimbal even in super shaky situations.

Canon Rebel T7 DSLR doesn’t have video stabilization capability. So, GoPro is the clear winner here.

WINNER: GoPro

Size & Weight

When we talk about size and weight, GoPro is again the clear winner. The Hero 9 is significantly lighter, compact and versatile as compared to Canon Rebel T7, becoming the perfect low-profile camera.

GoPro Hero 9:

  • Weight: 135 grams
  • Dimensions: 62 x 44.5 x 32 mm

Canon EOS Rebel T7:

  • Weight: 475 grams
  • Dimensions: 129 x 101.3 x 77.6 mm

WINNER: GoPro

Lenses

The GoPro Hero 9 has a fixed lens (meaning you can’t change it). The lens of Canon Rebel T7, on the other hand, is larger, and allows for replacements. As a result, in some occasions (especially for photography) you won’t get the quality images with GoPro that you will from the Canon Rebel T7.

WINNER: DSLR

Versatility & Accessories

The GoPro is built to be super-versatile. It has loads of accessories and mounts, which makes it very flexible and portable. You can carry it around even while you’re doing extreme adventure sports. Have a look at this article to know more about GoPro mounts and accessories.

On the other hand, DSLRs support some very basic accessories like a tripod or just to be hanging around your neck and used as a handheld.

WINNER: GoPro

Waterproof

The GoPro Hero 9 Black has been designed to be a waterproof camera. It’s able to go down to 33ft (10m) without a separate housing. With the housing from GoPro, you can take it down to 196ft (60m). So, there’s no competition here. DSLRs aren’t really meant to get wet, which is why the Canon Rebel T7 is NOT waterproof.

WINNER: GoPro

Price

GoPro Hero 9 Black is cheaper.

Have a look at the current prices of both the cameras on Amazon.

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  • 5K Video - Shoot stunning video with up to 5K resolution, perfect for maintaining...
  • 20MP Photo with SuperPhoto: Capture crisp, pro-quality photos with 20MP clarity. And...
  • Front Display + Rear Touch Screen: A new, larger rear touch screen with touch zoom on...
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  • 24 1 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor with is 100–6400 (H: 12800)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology
  • 9-Point AF system and AI Servo AF

WINNER: GoPro

 

Which Camera Is The Best For You?


Both GoPro Hero 9 and Canon Rebel T7 have their own pros and cons. There is no easy answer to the question: Which camera is the best? This depends on your needs and application.

Let’s say that if you are looking for a lightweight and low-profile camera that you can take with you in every trip, then a GoPro would be ideal.
However, if you are looking for quality photography or the ability to change lens and benefit from wide, all the way to zoom lenses, then a DSLR camera would do a better job.

If you are still on the fence, here below I’ve summarized the main technical specifications for both the GoPro Hero 9 and the entry level DSLR Canon Rebel T7. I hope it can help you with choosing the best camera for your needs…

GoPro Hero 9 Black

  • Compact and Portable
  • Built-in Video Stabilization – HyperSmooth 3.0
  • Supports high quality 5K and 4K video formats
  • Multiple frame-rates (Great for Slomo videos)
  • Waterproof out of the box
  • Lots of compatible accessories in the market (chest mount, helmet mount, underwater housing and many more)

Canon EOS Rebel T7

  • Image Quality (24MP)
  • Decent video resolution (1080p)
  • Lens options (zoom, blurred backgrounds and more)
  • Highly configurable image settings

 

Verdict: Choosing Between GoPro & DSLR


Choosing one amongst these is a difficult job because the two cameras are quite different. It’s a lot like comparing apples and oranges. But I’ll still attempt it. If you want a camera for traveling, sport, and underwater use, GoPro is undoubtedly the best bet for you. It’s easier to use and carry, and can create great videos up to 5K in almost any situation.

The DSLR, on the other hand, is the king of pro-quality images. Its sensors are larger, the lenses are better and the settings are much more customizable. All this translates into the fact that you will almost always be able to get a better image with a DSLR.

 

Enjoy your GoPro adventures!

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