The Buyers guide to...Which is the best GoPro Camera

Whether its the latest GoPro Hero8 Black with Hypersmooth and 4K at 60fps or the Hero5 Black there's no doubt about the quality, but which is the best GoPro camera for you?

GoPro Hero8 Black Review
Buyers Guide

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.

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The GoPro Hero8 Black may be the latest and greatest GoPro action camera to date, but what of those cameras that camera before? We take a look at the range.
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GoPro Hero8 Black Review

For

  • No need for waterproof housing
  • Incredible stabilisation
  • Stunning video quality

Against

  • Premium price for the brand
  • Mount can be tricky
  • Mods not available at launch

Price when reviewed

£329

$379
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GoPro Hero8 Black

  • Camera type : Action Camera
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 4k 60fps
  • Max photo resolution: 12mp
  • Screen: 2-inch touchscreen
  • Battery: Removable, rechargeable 1220mAh lithium-ion
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 66.3 x 48.6 x 28.4mm
  • Weight: 124g

The latest incarnation of the market-leading GoPro action camera may look the same as the past three generations, but the Hero8 Black is a very different.

Subtle design tweaks streamline the usability for existing extreme sports users, and a new generation of Vlogger will find appeal through the optional Mod system.

There are major design changes when compared with the Hero7 Black; firstly the cage has gone, the entire body is redesigned and there’s even a new workflow to the UI. 

Build and handling are good, but the new side door has a tendency to come off completely when released. 

The new drop-down finger mounts are very neat but can be a bit of a faff when fitting to mounts. 

Performance is undeniably good, clear crisp images, and TimeWarp with the new real-time option is fantastic. 

Is this all enough to warrant an upgrade? Maybe not, but once you factor in the upcoming Mod system this new GoPro goes from looking like a minor upgrade to a major one. 

GoPro Hero 7 Black review

For

  • HyperSmooth Image Stabilisation
  • Incredible Price
  • Ultra high-quality video

Against

  • Still requires cage for waterproofing
  • No framerate or resolution boost since the Hero6

Price when reviewed

£319

$329
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GoPro Hero7 Black

  • Camera type : Action Camera
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 4K 60fps
  • Max photo resolution: 12mp
  • Screen: 2-inch Touch Screen
  • Battery: Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 62.3 x 44.9 x 33mm
  • Weight: 116g

Don’t mistake the Hero 7 Black for a small update over its predecessor. It may have the same looks as the Hero 6 and match the resolution and framerate, but when it comes to performance, it’s a huge leap forward.

The colour is the most apparent change, from grey to black, and as the GoPro powers up for the first time, it reveals an all-new interface that gives the camera a fresh feel.

Linking to the mobile app has been streamlined, no passwords or faffing, just follow the instructions and within a few moments, all is connected.

Flicking through the options using the touch screen and it reveals the new features such as HyperSmooth and Live Streaming. Activating these, as with all setting changes, is as easy as a quick swipe and tap.

Back home and the footage reveals the power of the new HyperSmooth feature, the fluid motion is mindblowing.

Live Streaming is equally easy to master, sign into your FaceBook account and within minutes you’re launched on to a world social platform broadcasting live.

There may be no leaps forward in the usual sense of quality, but when it comes to usability the GoPro accelerates forward, and HyperSmooth isn’t just excited it’s the most groundbreaking advancement we’ve seen from GoPro since they launched.

For

  • Feature-packed
  • Amazing video quality
  • Touch Screen and voice control

Against

  • Requires waterproof cage
  • Image Stabilisation is OK

Price when reviewed

£225

$225
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GoPro Hero6 Black

  • Camera type : Action Camera
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 4K 60fps
  • Max photo resolution: 12mp
  • Screen: 2-inch Touch Screen
  • Battery: Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 62.3 x 44.9 x 33mm
  • Weight: 116g

The release of the GoPro Hero6 Black has been one of the most anticipated of 2017. Which would be surprising for a camera that fits in your pocket, but then this is a camera from GoPro, a company that more than most knows the importance of getting noticed.

The compact GoPro Hero6 Black has caused more speculation and intrigue than many cameras twice its size, but can it really live up to its hype? This last week we’ve been putting the Hero 6 through it’s paces and sure enough it is the best action camera we’ve used… but it’s not all been plain sailing.

GoPro Hero5 Black video sample

For

  • Great new design compared with the previous generation
  • Cheap if you can find one
  • Excellent video quality

Against

  • Specification are lagging behind latest models
  • Requires waterproof housing

Price when reviewed

£200

$200
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GoPro Hero5 Black

  • Camera type : Action Camera
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 4K 30fps
  • Max photo resolution: 12mp
  • Screen: 2-Inch touch-screen
  • Batttery: Removable, rechargeable lithium-ion
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 62.3 x 44.9 x 33mm
  • Weight: 116g

When the GoPro Hero5 Black arrived it marked a new dawn for the company. A new look, sleek touch screen interface and unrivalled specification.

However, GoPro had diversified and hadn’t focused on its core market. Users had started to look elsewhere and as suddenly the company that had dominated the action camera market for so long was struggling.

However, the Hero5, along with its host of accessories did get noticed and while the Karma Grip and ill-fated drone are now confined to history, the small Hero5 Black is still an excellent camera.

Under the hood, it is essentially much the same as the Hero4 Black, but the touch screen, voice control and host or refined features elevate the Hero5 Black well beyond the capabilities of the previous generation.

Supplies of the Hero5 Black are rapidly disappearing, but look around and you certain to pick up a bargain with this excellent if ageing action camera.

GoPro Max Review: performance

For

  • Shoot full 360º video
  • Features HyperSmooth image Stabilisation
  • Reframe your video for 1080p or 4K output

Against

  • Design still quite cumbersome
  • Requires a powerful computer to edit footage

Price when reviewed

£479

$464
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GoPro Hero Max

It’s GoPro’s latest 360º action camera and follows the GoPro Hero Fusion. Many of the old issues with the Fusion seem to have been sorted out and the performance and video quality that we’ve seen from the new camera is impressive.

This is a 360º camera truly designed by GoPro and features many of the same great options as the latest GoPro Hero8 Black. HyperSmooth makes an appearance offering unsurpassed image stabilisation and of course, you get to shoot in 4K.

What will really appeal to many users aside from the ability to shoot in full 360º is the re-frame feature.

This enables you to film in 360º and then reframe the shot when editing and exporting to flat 1080p or 4K.

GoPro HERO7 Silver

For

  • Very Easy to use
  • 4K at 30fps

Against

  • Battery built -in
  • Limited Feature set

Price when reviewed

£199

$199
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GoPro Hero7 Silver

  • Camera Type: Action Camera
  • Max video resolution and frame rate: 4K at 30fps
  • Max photo resolution: 10mp
  • Screen : 2-inch touch screen
  • Battery: Built-in
  • Storage: MicroSD USH-I
  • Dimensions : 62.3 x 44.9 x 28.3
  • Weight: 116g

Compared with the flagship Black models the Silver and previous White versions have received far less press.

That’s not to say that these small action cameras aren’t good, they still pack in many of the main features, it’s just that they’re out shadowed by the Black models.

On the surface, it would look like there’s little difference between the GoPro Hero7 Silver and many of the other action cameras on the market. To some extent this is right, you are paying a slight premium for the GoPro brand.

However, with the brand comes to build and video quality, you know what you’re going to get and you know that it’ll be good.

The Hero7 Silver may not be as awe-inspiring as the Hero7 Black or even 8, but it’s still a damn good camera.

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