September 29, 2023

It’s been almost 20 years because the first GoPro hit the market. The story since then has been one in every of a number of ups and downs, however the line continues to be synonymous with the motion cam. After almost 20 years of GoPro, how does one proceed to push the state-of-the-art? “Battery life” is all the time an excellent reply to something. Nobody complains that their units’ batteries are too good. Heck, take a look at the just-announced Sonos Transfer 2. The replace is all about battery.

It’s a fair greater deal in GoPro land, the place recording time has been a longstanding ache level. Runtime is the marquee function for the Hero 12 Black. Right here the corporate is promising as much as double what you bought with final yr’s mannequin.

The said numbers put 5.3K video (60FPS) at 70 minutes. On the different finish of the spectrum, the corporate says you’ll be capable to greater than double that to 155 minutes recording in 1080p at 30FPS. Clearly, there are a whole lot of elements at play drastically influence that quantity in a single course or the opposite, so perhaps await the evaluations to get a greater grasp on what we’re speaking about in actual life figures.

One other good addition is Bluetooth assist for each headphones and microphones (and the dreaded headphone/microphone combo). Meaning you be capable to monitor issues with a set of AirPods (which get a shoutout in the press release) or add some in-camera voice over in actual time.

Video stabilization has been improved as effectively. “HyperSmooth 6.0 options next-generation AutoBoost that mechanically boosts video stabilization as wanted,” GoPro writes, “whereas sustaining the smallest cropping margin attainable with imperceptible transitions between crop ranges.”

GoPro additionally debuted the Max Lens Mod 2.0 accent, alongside the brand new digital camera. The add-on improves the captured subject of view to 177-degrees with 4K 60FPS video. The lens has three settings: Max Broad, Max SuperView and Max HyperView. So, max, maxer, maxest. It’s scratch resistant and hydrophobic.

The Hero 12 arrives September 13, priced at $400 (that value level was solely obtainable to GoPro subscribers with the final gen). That’s the identical value as DJI’s just lately launched Osmo Motion 4. The Max Lens Mod 2.0 runs one other $100 ($80 for subscribers).