GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On and Unboxing Picture Gallery

GoPro’s latest action camera, the Hero12 Black, brings a refreshing touch with its new Blue color variant. What sets it apart even more is the inclusion of the Enduro battery, promising a significant boost in recording time compared to its predecessor, the Hero 11 Black. Here, we present our GoPro Hero12 Black hands-on experience along with an unboxing gallery for our readers.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-on

Firstly, let’s talk about the packaging. The Hero12’s box doesn’t deviate drastically from its predecessor’s design.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

On one side of the box, GoPro has thoughtfully listed all the key specifications of the camera, highlighting a few noteworthy features:

  • HDR video/shooting
  • 27MP image capture (f/2.5 aperture)
  • Supported resolutions: 5.3K/60p, 4K/120p and 2.7K/240p
  • HyperSmooth 6.0. Image Stabilization
  • Voice commands
  • FullHD Livestream
  • Water resistant 33ft, equivalent to 10m (without protective case) and 60m (with protective case)
  • 10-BIT color
GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

Naturally, you can still connect the camera to your smartphone using the Quik app. However, it’s worth noting that the software update for the Hero12 Black, scheduled for September 13, will bring further enhancements to this connectivity.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

As I powered on the device, I encountered this initial setup screen.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

Inside the box, you’ll find the following components, along with the user manual:

  • The Hero12 Black camera itself
  • A mounting accessory for securing it to your helmet, car, or other surfaces
  • A USB-C cable (though, regrettably, not a C-to-C cable)
  • Most notably, the package includes the invaluable Enduro 1720mAh battery, promising extended shooting sessions.

The Enduro battery included with the GoPro Hero12 Black holds significant value as GoPro itself claims it can double the recording time compared to the Hero11 Black, especially when using Enduro batteries. Many previous GoPro users have opted for this type of battery as their primary choice over the default green battery that comes with the device. This choice helps prevent overheating issues and unexpected mid-recording interruptions.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

To delve into specifics, this battery allows for continuous recording of up to 70 minutes at 5.3K/60p, over 95 minutes at 5.3K/30p, and an impressive 155 minutes at 1080/30p, all while benefiting from HyperSmooth 6.0 image stabilization. Additionally, the GoPro Hero12 Black boasts a water resistance rating of up to 33ft (approximately 10m).

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

In terms of physical dimensions, the device remains unchanged in size. However, this year’s GoPro Hero12 Black features a new design element with blue patterns integrated into the rubber parts. To provide exact measurements, the GoPro Hero12 Black comes in at 71.8 x 50.8 x 33.6 (mm) with a weight of 121g (excluding the battery).

You’ll find the GoPro logo along with a front microphone. Below, the device sports GoPro’s signature multi-function mount, renowned for its versatility in accommodating over 40 different accessories within the GoPro ecosystem.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

When you open the left edge, you’ll discover dedicated slots for the battery, memory card, and USB-C port. In my experience, this camera features a snug-fitting foam layer, making it a tad more challenging to access compared to the DJI Osmo Action 4.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

Turning on the device provides the customary settings, showcased on a 2.27-inch screen boasting a resolution of 368 x 552.

At the top edge, you’ll find the power button alongside the record/snapshot button.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

On the opposite side, there’s a button for customizing functions and setting the device’s identity: 12 Black.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

The Hero12 Black maintains its 1/1.9-inch sensor size with an 8:7 aspect ratio, but it offers various ratio options, including 9:16, 16:9, 4:3, and the full 8:7 frame, which includes TimeWarp, Time Lapse, Night Lapse, and Night Effects modes.

GoPro claims that the Hero12 Black delivers superior video quality compared to its predecessor, thanks to improved software that reduces file size while preserving quality. Additionally, the inclusion of vertical recording mode caters to content creators on platforms like TikTok, Reels, and Shorts, eliminating the need for cropping or changing filming positions.

GoPro Hero12 Black Hands-On review

With the Hero12 Black, you can effortlessly capture movies, and it offers GP-LOG and color LUT options, relieving you of any concerns. Furthermore, this year’s model enables users to connect to Bluetooth headsets, such as Airpods, microphones, or headphones, enhancing the audio experience.

Go Pro HERO12 Black price and release date

The GoPro Hero 12 Black is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Bhphotovideo.com, and Amazon.co.uk. It is set to hit the market on September 13, retailing at $399. Furthermore, a new waterproof camera remote control and tripod for the device are slated for release in October, with the Max Lens Mod 2.0 available for $99.99 or $79.99 for GoPro subscribers.

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