GoPro Hero 8 Black vs GoPro Hero 9 Black: What is the distinction?

(Pocket-lint) – GoPro put a color display on the entrance of the Hero 9 Black, bringing it extra consistent with the DJI Osmo Motion, and whereas it was at it determined we wanted a much bigger battery too. Meaning you possibly can lastly see your self while you’re filming, and you’ll shoot for longer. 

With that mentioned, its predecessor – the Hero 8 Black – was and nonetheless is a good motion digicam. So must you stump up the additional for the 9 or will the Hero 8 do the whole lot you want it to? 


Design and Shows

  • Hero 8: 66.3 x 48.6 x 28.4mm
  • Hero 9: 71.0 x 55.0 x 33.6mm
  • Hero 8: Monochrome standing display on the entrance
  • Hero 9: Color stay preview display on the entrance
  • Each: Constructed-in mounting arms
  • Each: Color touchscreen on the again, Hero 9 bigger
  • Each: Waterproof to 10m

The Hero 8 Black was an vital product for GoPro, liberating the corporate from the constraints of needing to suit its tech into a particular dimension physique, simply so it would slot in the mounting equipment. As an alternative, it built-in mounting arms to the underside of the digicam, permitting you to mount it to all of the equipment, and not using a clip-on shell, and that has returned within the Hero 9. 

That is seen GoPro enhance the scale of its flagship motion digicam by a noticeable – however not big – quantity. It is a couple of millimetres taller, wider and thicker than the 8 Black, however the trade-off ought to show value it for the larger battery and extra highly effective internals. Plus, the larger display and color display on the entrance. 

Talking of these shows, the most recent mannequin’s entrance display is full color and can be utilized as a stay preview show, whereas the 8 Black has the extra conventional monochrome standing show which solely exhibits you standing data. 

Each cameras function an analogous design by way of button and port placement. They each have the shutter button on the highest and the mode/energy button on the left edge. Nevertheless, the mode/energy button on the ninth gen protrudes extra from the floor and is far simpler to press and to really feel with out trying. The Hero 8’s button is flush with the floor, and so nearly unimaginable to seek out by contact.

Simply beneath that, the Hero 9 additionally has a speaker designed to pump out water, much like the function Apple has utilized in its watches for some time. So if you happen to do take it underwater to check its 10m depth resistance, it’ll expel any water that seeps into the speaker channels.  

Video seize and streaming

  • Hero 8: As much as 4K/60 FHD/240 footage
  • Hero 9: As much as 5K/30, 4K/60, FHD/240
  • Each: 1080p stay streaming

Each Heros help a variety of decision and frame-rate mixtures at numerous focal lengths, because of the ‘digital lenses’ which can be constructed into the software program. 

So far as decision goes, the Hero9 is the champ right here. It will possibly shoot as much as 5K decision at a 16:9 ratio with large, linear and slim ‘lenses’. At 4K decision, it could actually go as much as 60 frames per second and as much as 240 frames per second at 1080p. It will possibly additionally shoot at 2.7k decision, and numerous resolutions utilizing up to4K at 4:3 ratio. Hero 8 is analogous, besides it maxes out at 4K decision. It additionally would not function horizon levelling function obtainable at sure settings. 

Each cameras can be utilized for stay streaming and each can accomplish that at 1080p decision. Each additionally use a mix of EIS and algorithms to stabilise footage utilizing a function referred to as HyperSmooth. With the Hero 9, that is been boosted additional, making it even smoother than earlier than whereas additionally providing the horizon levelling function. What’s extra, if you happen to purchase the extra Max lens you get horizon levelling on the whole lot, even while you rotate the digicam 360-degrees. 

Stills and efficiency

  • Hero 8: 12MP stills
  • Hero 9: 20MP stills
  • Each: SuperPhoto + HDR
  • Each: RAW help
  • Hero 8: 1220mAh battery
  • Hero 9: 1720mAh battery
  • Each: GP1 chip

There are two large efficiency upgrades with Hero 9: Picture decision and battery life. It has a 20-megapixel sensor versus the 12-megapixel sensor on the earlier mannequin. Equally, it has a better capability battery, with an extra 500mAh on high of the eighth gen’s 1220mAh battery to offer a complete of 1720mAh. 

GoPro says you will get an additional 30% video seize time from that battery, and that’s positively helpful relating to motion cameras. There’s nothing worse than operating the battery flat throughout a downhill biking session. 

Each cameras have the identical picture/information processor – referred to as the GP1 – they usually each help RAW picture seize in addition to GoPro’s superior HDR picture processing. 



  • Hero 8: $299 with a subscription ($349 with out)
  • Hero 9: $399 with a subscription ($499 with out)

Probably the most cost-effective method to purchase a brand new Hero digicam is with an annual GoPro subscription. For those who purchase Hero 8 with the subscription, the digicam will value you $299/£279, whereas Hero 9 is $399/£329. For those who purchase the cameras with out the subscription, the Hero 8 is $349/£329 and Hero 9 is $499/£429. 

Given the added worth of the subscription – which will get you limitless cloud storage, a substitute digicam when yours breaks and accent reductions – it makes full sense to go for that with the decrease upfront outlay. You get 12 months subscription paid for prematurely with that worth. GoPro is clearly hoping customers stick round for greater than a 12 months and hold subscribing afterwards. 


Given the value distinction, the Hero 8 Black is definitely superb worth for cash. It is $100/£100 cheaper than the Hero 9 however does numerous the identical stuff. 

With that mentioned, with its new color display, increased decision sensor and longer battery life the extra outlay is certainly value it for the Hero 9. Particularly when you think about that its worth with the subscription is just somewhat increased than the value of the Hero 8 Black and not using a subscription. 

If you would like the perfect motion digicam going, seize the Hero 9. For those who’d slightly save the money, or if you happen to’re coming from an older mannequin just like the Hero 5 or Hero 6, the Hero 8 will do you simply effective and continues to be a serious improve on these two. 

Writing by Cam Bunton. Enhancing by Dan Grabham.

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