What You Need to Know About GoPro Models

History and details of each release, including the HERO8 series

When it comes to rough-and-tumble cameras, the first name that comes to mind is GoPro. GoPro currently has four models for sale, each with its own feature set and pricing.

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GoPro HERO8 Black

GoPro Hero8

 GoPro

Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom
Video Resolution: 4K60
Camera: 12MP + SuperPhoto with improved HDR
Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet
GPS: Yes
Weight: 4.44 ounces
Release Date: October 2019

Like it's predecessor, the GoPro HERO8 is a high-end portable camera capable of capturing video in ultra HD 4k resolutions. It features improved HyperSmooth 2.0 image stabilization as well as a multitude of digital lenses to customize and fine-tune your video to fit the needs and feel of your project.

The HERO8 also supports a host of mods. Mods are external additions that you can add to your GoPro device to improve certain functionality, like lighting, audio, and an extended display.

You can expect everything that made the HERO7 a hit from the HERO8, only better. Features like TimeWarp HRD have improved. New features like Live Burst, Night Lapse, and High Fidelity audio make the HERO8 a versatile device and a worthwhile upgrade.

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GoPro MAX

GoPro MAX

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom
Video Resolution: HERO Mode 1440p60 / 1080p60
Camera: 18 MP source, 16.6 MP Stitched 360 Photo, 5.5 MP HERO Photo
Waterproof: Yes, to 16 feet
GPS: Yes
Weight: 5.43 ounces
Release Date: October 2019

The GoPro MAX is probably the most groundbreaking GoPro to come along in a while. The MAX doesn't necessarily improve on the HERO8. Instead, it takes things to the next level with 360-degree recording across three cameras. That includes full 360-degree audio recording as well.

The GoPro MAX has many of the same features as the HERO8, but with a 360-degree twist. You'll still get HyperSmooth, TimeWarp, and digital lenses, but these are tweaked to support the MAX's innovative format. In addition, the GoPro MAX also features PowerPano for distortion-free panoramic photography.

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GoPro HERO7 Black

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom
Video Resolution: 4K60
Camera: 12 MP (with SuperPhoto)
Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet
GPS: Yes
Weight: 4.1 ounces
Release Date: October 2018

The GoPro HERO7 Black is a high-end model that captures 4K video at 60 frames per second (FPS) and comes with what the company calls HyperSmooth video stabilization. This stabilization reduces the nausea-inducing shaky video that's often the end-product of a wearable camera. It also has a livestreaming feature that works with a tap of the GoPro app.

The camera also has a time-lapse mode called TimeWarp. This mode has an adjustable speed so you can compress the duller parts of your footage, such as sitting on a chair lift heading up the mountain, into a faster-paced clip (up to 30x). You can also take 8x slow-motion videos.

There's a timer feature for selfies, as well as a video mode that lets you decide the length of a clip before recording, so you don't have to manually turn the camera off when your trick or whatever cool thing you're capturing is over. Another convenience is that you can wake up the device with your voice rather than fumbling with buttons.

The still camera has a feature called SuperPhoto. This is another way of saying high dynamic range (HDR), which outputs better images, especially if you're dealing with a subject that has a mix of light and dark tones. The HERO7 Black uses three mics to record audio, which reduces wind noise.

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GoPro HERO7 Silver

GoPro Hero 7 Silver camera with snorkeling woman on screen.

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom
Video Resolution: 4K30
Camera: 10 MP (with WDR)
Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet
GPS: Yes
Weight: 3.4 ounces
Release Date: October 2018

The GoPro HERO7 Silver is similar to the HERO7 Black in many ways, but it lacks a few of the latter's premium features. It shoots 4K video but only at 30 FPS. For still shots, it has a 10-megapixel resolution, compared to the Black model at 12 megapixels.

The camera has standard video stabilization (not Hypersmooth) and two-mic processing for wind noise reduction (rather than three). It captures 2x slow-motion video, compared to the 8x slo-mo that the HERO7 Black can shoot. Like the HERO7 Black, the Silver model is waterproof to 33 feet.

The HERO7 Silver has voice control, though you can't wake up the device with your voice like you can with the HERO7 Black.