GoPro Hero 11 Black Review

GoPro Hero 11 Black Review

I’m not new to GoPro cameras, but when I recently covered India Mobile Congress using the new Hero 11, I found it to be less of an action camera and more of a tool aimed at creative users. In recent years, the narrative surrounding the GoPro camera has largely focused on outdoor enthusiasts and somewhere this impression left me with no interest in the product category. But the launch of the GoPro Hero 11 Black has changed that narrative, at least for me. I have been using the GoPro Hero 11 Black for about a month now and I have to say that the new action camera can co-exist with the iPhone 14 which is still my main camera.

Here is my review of the GoPro Hero 11 Black.

GoPro Hero 11 Black price in India: Rs 51,500

How I tested the GoPro Hero 11 Black

I’m not an ‘action hero’… but that doesn’t mean GoPros aren’t designed for people like me. Anyway, I brought the Hero 11 to the massive India Mobile Congress event earlier this month, where I used the action camera a lot to record professional-looking content. I tried to use my iPhone 14 to record videos, but holding the phone upright, recording content, and communicating with the team on WhatsApp at the same time didn’t work. That’s when I switched to Hero 11 and covered the entire event with GoPro. I’m glad I had the Hero 11 camera with me in my bag. Stabilized video footage looks amazing (more on that later) and goes way beyond what you can achieve on a smartphone. Personally, I keep my travel bag limited to a select few devices, but if I’m carrying an action camera, it should be versatile enough to use in everyday life. I have used Hero 11 to cover events, vlogs and to take pictures and videos.

The Hero 11 is small, compact and super easy to use. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

small and robust

The GoPro Hero 11 Black looks identical to last year’s model with no changes to design or aesthetics. The new model has the same black frame, a power button on the side, a record button on the top, and if you swipe to the side, there’s USB-C, microSD, and a replaceable battery. On the front is a small 1.14-inch color screen that can be used for selfies and other POV shots. The front screen is not touch sensitive, so you have to control it using a combination of buttons and the main rear touch screen. On the back is a 2.27-inch touch screen, where you control the camera.

The Hero 11 is small, compact and super easy to use. Once you turn on the camera, you have access to the main functions and features with quick link buttons to the most common settings such as frame rates, field of view, image stabilization and video quality settings.

Like the Hero 10, it’s waterproof to depths of 33 feet. This means you don’t need to buy a separate waterproof case, which is impressive. Since the dimensions of the Hero 11 are exactly the same as its predecessor, it works with most accessories, such as the Media Mod and the Max Lens Mod. I reviewed the Hero 11 Black media child, which includes not only the flagship camera but recent from GoPro, but also a 32GB microSD card; the new rubber mount; the endura battery (more on this later) and other accessories.

I have used Hero 11 to cover events, vlogs and to take pictures and videos. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/indian express)

Performance and battery

The new Hero 11 uses the GP2 processor that debuted last year with the Hero 10, which not only boosts performance where it’s needed, but also increases camera responsiveness. This year, however, the Hero 11 will have a larger sensor, 10-bit color, and a simpler on-screen menu system. The new camera is built around a 27-megapixel sensor, sized at 1/1.9-inch. The larger 1/1.9-inch sensor is a massive upgrade and captures more light. It also has better color fidelity, closer to “cinema quality” at 10-bit, allowing around 1.07 billion colors. It can shoot up to 5.3K video at up to 60 frames per second (fps), 4K at up to 120fps, and 2.7k resolution at a ridiculous 240fps for super slow motion footage.

The larger 1/1.9-inch sensor is a massive upgrade and captures more light. (Image credit: Anuj Bhatia/Indian Express)

In my tests, the video footage captured was remarkable with the amazing quality that only GoPro can offer. I found noise in low-light situations to be minimal, but the GoPro Hero 11 Black shines in a variety of scenarios, including time-lapses and well-lit outdoor activities. The sensor can capture video in a square 8:7 aspect ratio, essentially giving you the largest vertical field of view of any GoPro and enabling the new 360-degree horizon lock feature.

The 8.7 aspect ratio is a boon for content creators. This allows the camera to capture extra tall 9:16 vertical video for Instagram and high resolution 16:9 video for YouTube. On the photography side, the camera produces a 27-megapixel image with options to shoot in both JPEG and RAW for the best image editing capabilities. I was able to capture good quality images in well-lit outdoor environments with a wide field of view lens designed for shooting vast landscapes and big mountains. Although I should add that the Hero 11 is not a replacement for the iPhone 14 when it comes to capturing photos.

I also liked the UI menu, which is now divided into two options: Easy and Pro controls, which can be turned on or off in settings. If you are a beginner, choose the easy mode. But if you’re a seasoned GoPro user who understands color, scan and ISO settings, go for the Pro controls. What also worked for me is the accompanying Quik app with its auto highlight feature that grabs all the footage, makes selections and edit a video for you. Then there’s an auto-edit feature that takes highlight images, uploads them to the cloud, edits a video, and sends it to you.

When I reviewed the Hero 10 last year, I didn’t like the battery life. If you shoot videos at higher frame rates, the battery drains quickly. GoPro has been offering an optional Endura battery that increases recording time by 40 percent with a 13 percent faster recharge time, but you have to pay more for it. This year, however, GoPro has included Enduro lithium-ion batteries in the box. While it’s a nice move and the camera lasts a bit longer, I’m still not 100% convinced. The improved Enduro battery lasts longer when shooting quick videos, but when you spend a lot of time with the camera, you still need a spare battery. On top of that, the battery recharge time is about 3 hours, which is slower.

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Should you buy the GoPro Hero 11 Black?

After using the Hero 11 for quite some time, the idea came that an advanced action camera like this can be used for everyday activities. If you’re a traveler, getting into Vlogging, or just want to have fun, you’re a potential GoPro user. At the same time, I also see adventure sports enthusiasts and mountaineers turning to GoPros for all sorts of crazy activities. Its small size and the fact that you can mount the camera anywhere along with its impressive video stabilization in almost all scenarios works in favor of the Hero 11. But I also want to add that the GoPro Hero 11 Black is not replacing your iPhone or professional. mirrorless camera After all, GoPro uses a wide-angle lens, so shallow depth of field isn’t possible.

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