GoPro lead the action camera field with a range of compact, ultra-tough cameras that enable you to capture the action anywhere.
Recently the incredible GoPro Hero8 Black has been released, once again upping the game when it comes to features and quality.
But, while the Hero8 may be the pinnacle of GoPro’s action camera expertise what of the rest of the range: the mid and entry-level action cameras, and of course not forgetting the excellent Max.
Then, of course, there are the older cameras that no longer exist in the official range: the Hero6 Black, Session and dare I say it even the old Hero5 Black.
These were not just phenomenal cameras of their time but still exceed the capabilities of most of the current crop of action cameras. Don’t just dismiss them because they’re old.
How does each GoPro stack-up?
While each new iteration of the GoPro has added features and tweaked the design the basic feature set has now remained much the same since the GoPro Hero5 Black.
With the release of the GoPro Hero5, the company rolled out an all-new design. It was sleeker and at the time much needed as the competitors closed round having, in many cases, caught up and exceeded the features and quality of GoPro.
The Hero5 Black was a turning point and with the new design came touchscreen usability and voice control. Yet despite these developments, the actual specifications of the camera remained the same as the Hero4 Black.
A year later and the GoPro Hero6 Black arrived and finally a hike in resolution and framerates with 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps. This advancement was due to GoPro developing their own processing chip the GP1.
Move on another year and the GoPro Hero7 Black arrives with HyperSmooth. The initial reception was lukewarm as the main specifications remained the same as the Hero6 Black, but then people start to see the results of HyperSmooth.
In 2019 the GoPro Hero8 Black arrived and while at first, the camera looks identical to previous versions, a quick look over shows the latest GoPro Hero8 Black to be something very different.
A new design which loses the need for a waterproof housing or cage and a range of advanced accessories that can greatly enhance the usability of the cameras.
With the full present range and many past, all still widely available and supported it’s well worth considering which is best for you.
Here we aim to take a look at the range, past and present so you can decide which is the best GoPro camera for you.