The Mini perfectly embodies the essence of the previous Session versions.
GoPro’s latest Hero Black update is live on GoPro’s website, adding a new mini model to the regular Hero Black. As expected, there’s not only the Hero 11 Black, but also the Hero 11 Black Mini. There’s no price to speculate that the Mini is a smaller version of the flagship, but how the company implemented it is perhaps a little more interesting than the older ‘Session’ cameras (their spiritual predecessor). .
First, let’s take a look at what’s new in the Hero 11 Black. In terms of design, it is the same color as 10, but there is no change other than the other numbers on the page. Inside, there’s only one hardware change and that’s a new, larger sensor. The Hero 11 Black also comes standard with the Enduro Battery Pack, previously sold as an accessory.
Interestingly, the new auto-highlight video appears to be the flagship feature GoPro is touting. The idea is that as soon as you return from an adventure and plug in your camera, new footage will be automatically uploaded and fancy videos will be created automatically. It’s interesting because it’s not a Hero 11 feature, but something available to owners of cameras up to Hero 5, as long as they have a GoPro subscription. Of course, there are also some hardware-specific updates that take advantage of this large sensor. In particular, the leap in photography from 23 megapixels to 27 megapixels and the introduction of 10-bit color. There is also a “full screen” capture mode that captures all 8.
7 sensors at 5.3K. The idea is that you can later punch different videos in full resolution and with different aspect ratios.
A second benefit of the new sensor is an additional 360 degree horizon lock up to 5.3K/30. This is a useful tool for avoiding video bias. Or it can be used for creative effects when the activity involves some kind of rotation. For example, you can keep your subject horizontal and rotate only the sky.
The maximum resolution is still 5K/60 or 4K120, but in addition to full frame, there is now a “HyperView” that narrows down the entire sensor view to 16.
9 formats. This is basically the existing SuperView, but with more pixels. Great for first person shots as it really enhances the sense of action. Night Owl has some new tools in the Time Lapse section.
Car lights, star trails, light colors. The name matches the popular effect you’ve seen before, and you can now run it directly from your GoPro right from your preset.
The company’s software stabilization feature, HyperSmooth, is now in its fifth version and comes with Auto Boost for those toughest moments. Another new menu option is the ability to switch between Pro Mode and Easy Mode. “Pro” is the current default menu system, but Easy removes all but the best click-and-go settings for most situations. Perhaps the most interesting news for hardware fans is the new Mini model. It’s the exact same camera, just without the video display. Instead, it has a limited LCD to confirm the active settings and he two buttons. The takeaway here is that the Mini has two sets of built-in mounting fingers, making it a little more versatile than its larger siblings. The Mini also features a non-removable enduro battery. GoPro sticks to unconventional pricing. The Hero 11 Black remains priced at $399/$500 (excluding the sub) for the camera it replaces, while the Mini is $300/$400. The flagship launched today (review here) and the Mini launched on his October 25th.