There are loads of opinions on the market for the Hero 9 already, so I needed to do one thing a little bit totally different. I made a decision to place GoPro’s newest to the check whereas hugging turns in my 1970 Chevelle.
I lately swapped the automated transmission in it for a Tremec Magnum 6-speed guide as a way to do one thing I’ve by no means finished earlier than: rev-match my downshifts. In different phrases, I needed a easy experience. And what higher approach to monitor my progress than file it with the Hero 9?
The digicam encompasses a front-facing display screen, detachable lens cap, webcam and streaming capabilities, Hypersmooth 3.0, and Hindsight with as much as 30 seconds of pre-recording. GoPro threw within the Zeus Mini, and I’m glad they did.
The rechargeable LED gentle has a 6-hour whole runtime at stage one brightness. There are 4 ranges in all, at a max of 2000 lumens. It’s waterproof as much as 33 toes and has a 360 rotating clip that’s additionally magnetic. There’s additionally a strobe mode for emergency signaling or partying. As a video producer I can all the time use various kinds of gentle sources.
Mounting the Zeus Mini was fast and easy because of the clip. It lit my pedals nicely. I set the brightness on stage 4 to attempt to match the sunshine coming in from the home windows. I’ve to say I’m very impressed with the utility of the sunshine. Not solely can it mount onto the chilly shoe of a media mod, you may clip it in your hat for tenting, or gentle up a bit below the hood that’s tucked away from gentle. It’s helpful.
I attempted mounting the Hero 9 a few locations to seize the highway, in addition to my shifting in the identical body – one with a head mount and the opposite on my chest. Neither one may seize each rather well, however the chest mount was undoubtedly higher than on my head. I additionally mounted DJI’s competitor, the Osmo Action, as a b-cam to chop between for comparability.
I shot each cameras with inventory settings. Of the 2, the Hero 9 typically had much less noise within the shadows, extra vibrant colours and a high-contrast picture high quality in comparison with the Osmo. I wish to shoot most of my work flat so I’ve the choice to create the look that I need as an alternative of getting it baked in, however on this case I actually didn’t thoughts having that inventory GoPro look.
Is the brand new Osmo Action digicam a GoPro killer?
Seeing your experience blast down the highway in 5k is superior and listening to your exhaust notice roaring by will be simply nearly as good. The sound high quality can also be significantly better on the Hero 9 than the the Osmo, particularly at decrease frequencies. DJI’s digicam appeared to have a excessive cross filter or further wind filtering baked in even when the non-compulsory wind noise discount was already turned off. The Hero 9 additionally has some wind noise filtering that was noticeable however it didn’t appear as intrusive.
One tjomg I didn’t like in regards to the Hero 9 is how each screens are concurrently on. I do know a number of of us love this characteristic, and I see why it may be helpful, however I simply assume you must be capable to flip them on and off independently. Maybe a double faucet on the mode button or one thing, as a result of, you understand, battery life.
The battery is improved from the Hero 8, however when recording side-by-side with the Osmo for steady recording, the Hero 9 depleted when the Osmo was nonetheless round 50%.
Another critique: the hypersmooth truly labored too nicely. A side-by-side from the rear reveals the Hero 9 drift from left or proper within the turns to maintain issues easy, whereas the Osmo drifted some however managed to maintain a lot of the sprint in body.
A typical nice-to-have characteristic on both motion cam could be a entrance contact display screen. But including that performance would doubtless imply rising the general measurement much more.
Watching myself rev matching in 5k is certainly useful and it’s solely a matter of time earlier than I get higher. The Hero 9 is a big enchancment on earlier generations. If you personal a Hero Eight and don’t have a necessity for a entrance going through display screen, 5k, or a detachable lens you then most likely don’t must improve. For me, the Hero 9 isn’t the silver bullet of motion cams however is a welcome addition to my assortment.
You can decide up the Hero 9 Black for $399.
GoPro’s Hero 9 Black arrives with a much bigger battery and front-facing display screen