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  • - Just about every month, I'm testing a new camera,

  • but the month that I get an action camera

  • are by far my favorite.

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  • Anything for the verge.

  • (wind whooshes)

  • (upbeat music)

  • Do it again.

  • All right. We are headed up into Prospect Park

  • because I shot all the test footage

  • on the Hero 9 in nature, and totally

  • my apartment's just not going to cut it.

  • Well, we're on camera. Cool. Let's do it.

  • The GoPro Hero 9.

  • It is more robust in almost every single way.

  • It's got a bigger battery, a bigger body.

  • It's got bigger battery photo and video resolutions.

  • And for the first time ever, it comes in a reusable case

  • that is completely plastic free,

  • which honestly, thank God.

  • I, I love to see that, but first bigger thing,

  • it's actual physical size.

  • It is noticeably larger than last year's Hero 8.

  • A bit thicker, a bit wider, a bit taller.

  • And this never got in the way of

  • where I wanted to mount it

  • or how it felt to carry it around.

  • And it still has the same size dual mounting prongs for use

  • with all previous action camera mounts you might have.

  • With the larger size comes a larger back touchscreen too.

  • It's 2.27 inches diagonally.

  • It has that same USBC micro SD card slot

  • and battery compartment on one side,

  • along with the start stop button up on the top

  • and the power and mode button on the side.

  • Underneath the mode button,

  • there's also this like weird latch looking piece

  • that I really thought was removable.

  • It is, it is not.

  • GoPro explained that this is a drain mic.

  • Basically, it's the first mic to drain of water

  • when you go from being underwater to above water

  • so you can get that sweet underwater

  • to above water audio switched on.

  • How'd you do?

  • Tech is a tool,

  • and I certainly treat it as such

  • and within my two weeks of using the Hero 9

  • and absolutely not going easy on it,

  • there's no scratches or dings to be found.

  • Overall, the fear of breaking this camera

  • is just nonexistent.

  • If the lens were to get scratched though,

  • GoPro brought back a feature that the eight didn't have,

  • but the seven did and Oh, well I missed it on the eight,

  • a removable lens cover.

  • I think this creates a much better way

  • of mounting ND filters and lens modes,

  • which I'll get to in a little bit.

  • But unfortunately,

  • if you have ND filters for the Hero 7,

  • they will not fit on the Hero 9.

  • There's no backwards compatibility here. Okay.

  • And the next bigger thing,

  • which it also comes in the hardware department

  • and my favorite new feature to the Hero 9

  • is this front screen.

  • I would say 80% of the time when I'm using a GoPro,

  • I am facing the front of the camera when framing the shot.

  • Which leads to my favorite tradition

  • of shooting with a GoPro.

  • And that's what I call the GoPro face.

  • It's like that first frame that you get

  • when you click record and you're like

  • still kind of like hoping that

  • the shot is like framed well.

  • If you shoot on a GoPro, you know what I mean.

  • I'm usually putting the camera

  • in a location that I can't get behind to see the frame.

  • And I'll be honest with you,

  • it takes too much time still for me to pull out my phone,

  • to check the frame, to make sure it's all good.

  • And I always just kind of risk it,

  • but with having a front facing screen,

  • I can actually see my frame while mounting the camera.

  • And that is huge. Like dudes, I can not stress this enough.

  • That is huge.

  • And the Osmo Action had this and I loved it on that camera.

  • And I'm just so happy to see it come to GoPros line.

  • Within the settings menu,

  • you can also change the screen ratio of the front screen,

  • what information it displays or toggle it on and off.

  • There's a bit of a lag on

  • that front screen when you're recording,

  • but otherwise the colors are vivid.

  • And I was able to see all the information I needed

  • such as battery life and card space very clearly.

  • With more screens though comes more power use.

  • So GoPro bumped up the battery

  • from 1220 Milliamp Hours on the Hero 8

  • to 1720 Milliamp Hours on the Hero 9.

  • For heavy use, two batteries will still

  • be needed to get through a full day

  • and much like on the Hero 8,

  • but during my very chill vacation days

  • when I was only turning it on to use it

  • and then turning it right off and

  • really only watching playback.

  • Once I was back at the cabin at night,

  • I was able to get through one day on one battery,

  • which is right on par with the Hero 8.

  • Oh and I also always had both

  • the front and back screens on because why not?

  • Okay. The next bigger thing: resolution.

  • This camera's 20 megapixel sensor can record in,

  • All right, here we go

  • 5K 30 24, 4K 60 30 24, 2.7 K 120 60 30 24

  • 1080 240 120 60 30 24.

  • Wow. It's almost too many options.

  • Like I just don't think I could possibly use all of those,

  • but I'm sure there is a use case for every single one.

  • Now that 5k, that that's new and it is crisp.

  • Personally, I dig the GoPro color option

  • that is super punchy in the saturation

  • and keeps a high level of contrast

  • and pair those vibrant colors with

  • the amazing in-camera stabilization and bingo, bingo.

  • You have some really nice looking footage

  • that if you're out putting in 4K,

  • you can even punch in and reframe a little bit with.

  • And speaking of stabilization, there is even a bigger,

  • I guess, more robust, hyper smooth 3.0,

  • as opposed to the 2.0 that we had in the eight.

  • And it's still incredible.

  • I mean, I am constantly impressed

  • with hyper smooth.

  • And new this year is an in camera,

  • horizontal leveling option when shooting the linear frame,

  • which is a bit cropped in from the wide frame.

  • To a point, this keeps the horizon level on the screen,

  • straight out of the camera.

  • There's also a new duration capture

  • and a schedule capture mode

  • for time lapses and also a hindsight mode,

  • which can save the last 15

  • or 30 seconds of video that happened

  • before you hit the shutter button.

  • Now the one kind of downside to this is that

  • it does run the battery down just a bit more

  • because technically the camera

  • is constantly recording.

  • - (woman) That is perfect.

  • - It's beautiful.

  • (camera shutters)

  • The photos from the 20 megapixel sensor are pretty good.

  • And I was a bit disappointed with the speed

  • at which the HDR photos need to process.

  • And I was not overly impressed with how

  • the shadows are brought up to

  • a bit of extreme levels in HDR mode,

  • in my personal opinion.

  • But with the HDR turned off, the photos are punchy.

  • They're bright and they're crisp.

  • The next step would truly be

  • adding an astrophotography mode to this thing.

  • Hint, hint, nudge, nudge GoPro.

  • Last but not least GoPro is releasing some modes

  • with the Hero 9 and more specifically,

  • the max lens mode.

  • Now last spring, they released

  • a media mode for the Hero 8,

  • which had a directional mic on it,

  • had HDMI port on it.

  • It even had like a cold shoe mount on it,

  • which is really cool.

  • And they're going to have one of those

  • for the Hero 9 as well,

  • but for the first time ever, they're releasing a lens mode,

  • and that's this max lens mode

  • that I currently can't get the case off of.

  • Hold on. Yeah. Okay.

  • There it is.

  • Anyway, this creates a little bit wider frame

  • on your Hero 9 and it also allows

  • for complete horizontal leveling,

  • no matter the orientation of the camera,

  • because it creates a spherical image onto the sensor.

  • Now with that, you can only record up to 2.7 K,

  • which is a bit of a downfall, but if I'm being honest,

  • my favorite use case of this mode

  • was putting it on the Hero 9

  • and not telling the Hero 9 that I put it on.

  • And then it created this like awesome circle image

  • that looked like a, you know, Oh, gee fish I love.

  • Oh, look, I feel like I'm in a music video.

  • Good morning buds.

  • This video goes live in 24 hours.

  • And I just got the final firmware for the GoPro Hero 9.

  • What you've been seeing from the Hero 9

  • is pre production firmware.

  • So, let's crunch.

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  • (wind whooshes)

  • So right on. Yeah.

  • GoPro claims that this latest version of firmware

  • has some crisper image quality.

  • It has improved exposure.

  • And then it also improved touch sensitivity.

  • I found those all to be true. Footage looks great.

  • Camera's super touch responsive.

  • And the images is of course hella crisp.

  • So yeah, firmware looks good GoPro.

  • So the Hero 9, wow.

  • We, I mean, they brought that the removable lenses

  • and they're rolling out modes.

  • It's got a bigger battery, larger sensor.

  • It does 5K video. And most importantly,

  • they finally made the front screen useful.

  • But for all these big improvements,

  • there is a bigger price tag.

  • It's available today,

  • starting at $449 or $349 on GoPro's website

  • when you also purchase a one year subscription

  • to GoPro plus.

  • Know, in my mind, $449 is still a reasonable price

  • for bigger everything.

  • Sure. You can grab the Hero 8 Black

  • for $350 or DJI's Osmo action for 250,

  • but neither of those cameras can shoot at 5k.

  • And then there's Insta360 One R

  • with that one inch sensor mode for $500,

  • but that's $50 more expensive.

  • And I prefer the color that the GoPro puts out.

  • Add that all up and well,

  • the biggest baddest action camera in the game right now.

  • I think it's the GoPro Hero 9.

  • Is the GoPro back on top in terms of action cameras?

  • Is it thinking again? Let me know down below.

  • Thank you guys so much for tuning in.

  • It's officially September.

  • We are going to have so much coming your way,

  • so be sure to be sure.

  • So be sure to tune in and check it all out and okay.

  • Bye buds.

- Just about every month, I'm testing a new camera,

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