Once again, the new GoPro Hero12 Black offers what appears at first to be a minor leap in specifications and performance. As we’ve discovered in the past, those small tweaks can make a significant difference to the use of the camera.
This year’s GoPro Hero12 Black release sees a significant leap towards professional-grade action cameras. Building on the foundation of the Hero11 Black, the Hero12 Black introduces features that cater specifically to the needs of professional filmmakers and content creators while still maintaining the user-friendliness that GoPro is known for.
One of the first features that had instant appeal was the ability to pair with Bluetooth headphones and microphones. This greatly enhances audio recording quality and flexibility, making it ideal for vlogging, high-quality scene narration, and capturing clear audio in dynamic environments.
Wireless timecoding is something all new for the small camera bit that will enable easy multi-camera setups, allowing seamless synchronization of an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras. This integration is particularly beneficial for professional editing workflows in software like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, simplifying post-production.
Another feature that will appeal to pros is the fact that the Hero12 Black optimizes file encoding, resulting in smaller file sizes without any compromise on image quality. This upgrade is crucial for managing storage, especially when dealing with high-resolution footage.
When the Hero11 Black was released, GoPro finally upsized the sensor from the standard 1/2.3″ to 1/1.9″ and coupled it with an 8:7 aspect ratio for plenty of flexibility. Now that the 8:7 aspect ratio is available in all video modes and offers unmatched flexibility in post-production cropping, it enables you to tailor your content ready for various platforms and formats without losing vital image details.
The new features enhance the camera’s utility in professional settings. For instance, Bluetooth microphone compatibility opens up new possibilities for audio recording, which is essential for producing high-quality content. The wireless timecode sync is a great move by GoPro and will enable filmmakers to make use of multiple cameras easily, which will simplify workflow.
While these Pro features certainly have appeal for action camera enthusiasts, the GoPro Hero12 Black continues GoPro’s ability to design easy-to-use cameras that are tough and can be taken anywhere. For most people, the impressive resolution, auto edits, extended battery life and ease of use should find broad appeal.