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

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

With that stated, its predecessor – the Hero 8 Black – was and nonetheless is a superb motion digital camera. So must you stump up the additional for the 9 or will the Hero 8 do every thing 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 screen on the entrance
  • Hero 9: Color reside 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, releasing 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 an alternative, it built-in mounting arms to the underside of the digital camera, 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 scale of its flagship motion digital camera by a noticeable – however not large – quantity. It is a number 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 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 reside preview show, whereas the 8 Black has the extra conventional monochrome standing show which solely reveals you standing info. 

Each cameras characteristic 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. Nonetheless, 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 not possible to seek out by contact.

Simply beneath that, the Hero 9 additionally has a speaker designed to pump out water, much like the characteristic Apple has utilized in its watches for some time. So for those who 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 reside streaming

Each Heros assist a variety of decision and frame-rate mixtures at numerous focal lengths, due to the ‘digital lenses’ which are constructed into the software program. 

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

Each cameras can be utilized for reside streaming and each can achieve this at 1080p decision. Each additionally use a mix 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, for those who purchase the extra Max lens you get horizon levelling on every thing, even while you rotate the digital camera 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 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 an extra 500mAh on prime of the eighth gen’s 1220mAh battery to present a complete of 1720mAh. 

GoPro says you may get an additional 30% video seize time from that battery, and that’s undoubtedly helpful on the subject 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)

Probably the most cost-effective means to purchase a brand new Hero digital camera is with an annual GoPro subscription. When you purchase Hero 8 with the subscription, the digital camera will value you $299/£279, whereas Hero 9 is $399/£329. When you 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 alternative digital camera 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 loads of the identical stuff. 

With that stated, with its new color display screen, greater 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 barely somewhat greater than the worth of the Hero 8 Black and not using a subscription. 

If you would like one of the best motion digital camera going, seize the Hero 9. When you’d fairly save the money, or for those who’re coming from an older mannequin just like the Hero 5 or Hero 6, the Hero 8 will do you simply wonderful and continues to be a serious improve on these two. 

Writing by Cam Bunton. Modifying by Dan Grabham.

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