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

(Pocket-lint) – GoPro has lastly executed it: put a color display screen on the entrance of a digicam, bringing it extra consistent with the DJI Osmo Motion, and whereas it was at it determined we wanted a much bigger battery too. Which means you may lastly see your self whenever you’re filming, and you’ll shoot for longer. 

With that stated, its predecessor – the Hero 8 Black – was and nonetheless is a good motion digicam. So do you have to stump up the additional for the 9 or will the Hero 8 do every part you want it too? 


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 screen on the entrance
  • Hero 9: Color stay preview display screen 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 selected dimension physique, simply so it would slot in the mounting equipment. As a substitute, 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 improve the dimensions of its flagship motion digicam by a noticeable – however not big – quantity. It is just a few 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 screen and color display screen on the entrance. 

Talking of these shows, the most recent mannequin’s entrance display screen 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 reveals 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 way simpler to press and to really feel with out wanting. The Hero 8’s button is flush with the floor, and so nearly unimaginable to search out by contact.

Simply beneath that, the Hero 9 additionally has a speaker designed to pump out water, related the function Apple has utilized in its watches for some time. So in case you do take it underwater to check its 10m depth resistance, it would 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 assist 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 might probably shoot as much as 5K decision at 16:9 ratio with huge, linear and slim ‘lenses’. At 4K decision, it will probably go as much as 60 frames per second and as much as 240 frames per second at 1080p. It might probably 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 does 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, in case you purchase the extra Max lens you get horizon levelling on every part, even whenever you rotate the digicam 360-degrees. 

Stills and efficiency

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

There are two huge efficiency upgrades with the 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 a further 500mAh on prime of the eighth gen’s 1220mAh battery to offer a complete of 1720mAh. 

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

Each cameras have the identical picture/knowledge processor – referred to as the GP1 – they usually each assist 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 approach to purchase a brand new Hero digicam is with an annual GoPro subscription. In the event you purchase the Hero 8 with the subscription, the digicam will value you $299/£279, whereas the Hero 9 is $399/£329. In the event you purchase the cameras with out the subscription, the Hero 8 is $349/£329 and the Hero 9 is $499/£429. 

Given the added worth of the subscription – which will get you limitless cloud storage, a alternative 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 upfront with that worth. GoPro is clearly hoping customers stick round for greater than a yr and preserve subscribing afterwards. 


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

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

In order for you the perfect motion digicam going, seize the Hero 9. In the event you’d relatively save the money, or in case you’re coming from an older mannequin just like the Hero 5 or Hero 6, the Hero 8 will do you simply effective and remains to be a significant improve on these two. 

Writing by Cam Bunton.

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