The GoPro Hero11 Black Mini stands in direct competition with GoPro Hero11 Black when it comes to video performance. Despite the different form factors, their video quality is strikingly identical. The 5.3K60 video capability ensures crisp and vivid footage. As for the 8:7 aspect ratio, while I’m not the biggest social media sharer, the camera’s design makes things smoother and that aspect ratio gives you plenty of options through the edit and upload. I also again really like the auto-highlight edits that pick the best bits based on motion and gyro sensor data which is all then edited on your phone.
As with the Hero11 Black, the 8x slo-mo feature is impressive. Shooting at 2.7K at 240fps is enough to blend in with 4K footage without a noticeable drop in video quality.
In low light and changing light conditions, the camera kept up with the exposure changes with ease and retained a good level of highlight and shadow detail as well as colour.
GoPro Hero11 Black Mini Stabilisation & Features
The current stabilisation features in the market are astounding. Be it GoPro, DJI, or Insta360, they all impress. GoPro’s HypreSmooth was the first out of the box, and while it had the lead on launch, it’s now running level pegging with the competition, in all seriousness they are all exceptionally good, and I’ll run a side-by-side review in the future.
The AutoBoost or Horizon Lock are the development of the original HyperSmooth. The more I use Horizon Lock I feel it does over-smooth footage, making it appear somewhat artificial, so my preference remains with AutoBoost as it retains some of its original intensity.
Saying that Horizon Lock, is amazing. Rotating the camera without affecting the footage is a leap forward in stabilisation, but does look like game footage rather than real life!
GoPro Hero11 Black Mini usability & Software
The one-button shooting mode makes things easy and cuts out any pre-ride faffing. Once set up, tap the shutter button or use the Quik App, and the camera starts filming with the red LED showing the status.
The GoPro Subscription service is a mixed bag. While the online storage and community platform are excellent, the real star is the Auto highlight feature. It would be game-changing if this feature could be used across multiple GoPro devices for multi-camera editing.
GoPro Hero11 Black Mini Battery & Connectivity
The built-in Enduro battery is unseen and just seemed to do the job, I gave it a charge and it worked supplying power to the camera for as long as any activity I was doing lasted, which was generally an hour and a half. As a matter of course I usually take a small power bank with me to keep everything topped up with the UGREEN 145W being my present choice. If both the camera and powerbank had wireless charging that would be an impressive step forward, however, at present charging is through cable only.
Connectivity via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is smooth. But I often run out of mobile storage, so direct downloads to my MacBook Pro are my more usual workflow.
On the whole workflow, there is one thing that I would like to note. While GoPro’s mount system has been iconic, some innovation would be welcome. DJI’s magnetic clamp system comes to mind.