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 according to the DJI Osmo Motion, and whereas it was at it determined we would have liked a much bigger battery too. Meaning you may lastly see your self once you’re filming, and you’ll shoot for longer. 

With that stated, its predecessor – the Hero 8 Black – was and nonetheless is a superb motion digicam. So do you have to stump up the additional for the 9 or will the Hero 8 do all the things 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 dwell 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 necessary 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 a substitute, it built-in mounting arms to the underside of the digicam, permitting you to mount it to all of the equipment, with no 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 number of millimetres taller, wider and thicker than the 8 Black, however the trade-off ought to show price 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 dwell preview show, whereas the 8 Black has the extra conventional monochrome standing show which solely exhibits you standing info. 

Each cameras characteristic the same 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. Nonetheless, 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 wanting. The Hero 8’s button is flush with the floor, and so just about not possible to seek out by contact.

Simply beneath that, the Hero 9 additionally has a speaker designed to pump out water, just like the characteristic 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 is going to 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 dwell streaming

Each Heros assist a variety of decision and frame-rate combos 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 may shoot as much as 5K decision at a 16:9 ratio with huge, linear and slender ‘lenses’. At 4K decision, it might go as much as 60 frames per second and as much as 240 frames per second at 1080p. It may 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 characteristic horizon levelling characteristic out there at sure settings. 

Each cameras can be utilized for dwell streaming and each can accomplish that at 1080p decision. Each additionally use a mixture of EIS and algorithms to stabilise footage utilizing a characteristic 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 characteristic. What’s extra, if you happen to purchase the extra Max lens you get horizon levelling on all the things, even once 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 massive 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 the next capability battery, with a further 500mAh on prime 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 undoubtedly helpful in terms of motion cameras. There’s nothing worse than working the battery flat throughout a downhill biking session. 

Each cameras have the identical picture/knowledge processor – referred to as the GP1 – and so they 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)

Essentially the most cost-effective means to purchase a brand new Hero digicam is with an annual GoPro subscription. If you happen to purchase Hero 8 with the subscription, the digicam will value you $299/£279, whereas Hero 9 is $399/£329. If you happen to 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 upfront with that worth. GoPro is clearly hoping customers stick round for greater than a 12 months and preserve subscribing afterwards. 


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

With that stated, with its new color display, greater decision sensor and longer battery life the extra outlay is certainly price it for the Hero 9. Particularly when you think about that its worth with the subscription is simply somewhat greater than the worth of the Hero 8 Black with no subscription. 

If you’d like one of the best motion digicam going, seize the Hero 9. If you happen to’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 superb and remains to be a significant improve on these two. 

Writing by Cam Bunton. Modifying by Dan Grabham.

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