GoPro’s new flagship action camera the Hero 9 Black has arrived, bringing with it one of the most significant updates in years to the product lineup. In addition to a new design that features a front-facing color display, the Hero 9 Black improves on nearly every aspect of the device, with better resolution for stills and video, a larger battery, better video stabilization, and more.
The Hero 9 Black can shoot, with up to 20-megapixel stills and the option to shoot in 5K video for the first time. The removable 1,720mAh battery is 40 percent larger than on the Hero 8 Black. GoPro has also brought back the removable front lens cover, a feature that was missing on the 2019 model, and will be selling a new “Max Lens” mod for $99 this October that adds an even wider frame and horizontal leveling no matter the orientation of the camera.
Also improved are the screens: the front display now offers a full color panel for previewing shots, while the rear display is a bigger, 2.27-inch touchscreen. The bigger display and battery also mean that the new device is slightly bigger than the old models.
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is available today for $449.99 or $349.98 when purchased through GoPro’s website if you also buy a one-year GoPro Plus subscription, which costs $50 for a year.