GoPro introduced two new waterproof action cameras, both of which have received a larger, almost square sensor, which should offer users much more flexibility than before. The GoPro Hero 11 Mini presents itself as a cheaper and smaller alternative to the GoPro Hero 11 Black.
The brand new GoPro 11 Black looks almost confusingly similar to the older Hero 10 Black (approx. $450 / £449 on Amazon) apart from the large “11” printed on the left side of the housing. The dimensions of the case and the two displays remain practically unchanged. However, the GoPro11 Black now comes standard with GoPro’s upgraded 1,720mAh “Enduro” batteries instead of selling them separately.
The biggest innovation is the 27-megapixel sensor, which is designed in 8:7 format, which makes it almost square. It should give users significantly more flexibility when choosing the image format, as the GoPro Hero11 Black can record 5.3K videos at 30 frames per second, which use the entire 8:7 format, making it easier to upload or edit clips afterward that can be cut horizontally. It is still possible to record 16:9 videos (5.3K / 60 fps) and 4:3 videos (4K / 60 fps).
The camera supports 4K slow motion at 120 frames per second, 2.7K slow motion at 240 fps, and time-lapse recording at up to 30x speed. While the regular Hero 11 Black offers hardly any innovations apart from this sensor, GoPro presents the Hero 11 Black Mini, a brand new camera that is significantly more compact and cheaper but uses the same sensor and the same GP2 processor, therefore promising the same image quality.
The improved HyperSmooth 5.0 stabilization is said to work even more effectively than the Hero 10 Black. The Mini does without the two large displays, but the camera has at least a tiny screen on the top that can provide information about the battery, storage, and settings. The 1,500 mAh battery is integrated and cannot be replaced by the user. The mini model lacks a GPS module and stereo microphones.