Gorgeous 6K 360-degree camera. Integrated editing software. HyperSmooth tech keeps footage steady in extremely bumpy situations. Features 4 digital lenses. Dedicated panorama shot button.
The MAX is GoPro’s priciest model.
Supports a wide range of accessories. Impressive video stabilization. Captures 4K video and photos. Premium audio recording. Supports voice commands. Waterproof.
Battery life is fairly short, so you may want to keep a backup on hand.
GoPro's advanced image stabilization, "HyperSmooth," really works and steadies any shaky camera work. It's as durable as they come, and the user-replaceable battery means you can bring as many extras as you want.
It's pricey when compared to other GoPro cameras. A single battery charge only lasts one to two hours, depending on what type of video you're filming.
Affordable. Clear 4K video. Slow motion and time lapse features. Voice controls. Simple touchscreen controls. Optimized for rapid photography. Durable. Waterproof.
Lacks the notable HyperSmooth stabilization of newer GoPro cameras.
Much like Band-Aids or Kleenex, GoPro makes products so good that their brand name is synonymous with the product itself. GoPro’s portable video cameras set the standard for action cameras: they’re durable enough to withstand just about any outdoor activity, they’re easy enough for anyone to use, and they include features typically reserved for far pricier cameras.
Whether you’re looking for a straightforward video camera to capture memories on your next family adventure, or you want to document every step of the way toward your next triathlon in 4K video, a GoPro is the perfect recording companion.
Ready to jump into the world of GoPro cameras? Here’s everything you need to know to pick the right one for yourself. And when you’re ready to buy, take a look at our top recommendations.
All the different GoPro cameras take high-quality video, but each model is designed with specific use cases in mind. Before you start comparing GoPros, consider these questions about how you’ll use yours, then find the model that best matches your needs.
Do you need a camera that can survive multiple days away from a power outlet?
Some GoPro cameras have user-replaceable batteries, and some don’t. If you need a camera for camping or several days away from home, you’re going to want the former. If you buy a GoPro camera with a swappable battery, you can keep extras with you, so you’ll never miss filming the perfect moment. On the other hand, if you’ll only be using your camera for an hour or two at a time, you can save money by getting a model without a user-replaceable battery.
Do you want to tag your videos and photos with GPS locations?
Plenty of outdoor adventurers love geo-tagging their content so others can see the exact locations of their footage. Having a library of geo-tagged content can be fun for tracking all of the different locations you and your GoPro camera visit, but it’s not supported by every model, so keep track of which models do (and don’t) have GPS.
Is 4K video critical to you?
Most GoPro cameras can film in 4K (3840 x 2160), but older models are limited to standard HD (1920 x 1080). Premium models can film in 4K at higher frame rates like 60 frames per second (fps), which results in smoother, more realistic video. If you need superior 4K video quality, you’ll need to look at the more expensive GoPro cameras, but if you need great but not amazing video, you can save a decent amount of money by getting a prior-generation model that records in HD.
All GoPro cameras cover the basics of action cameras: they’re portable, waterproof, and rugged enough to tag along on any outdoor adventure, and they also take high-quality video. Beyond that, however, there are some big differences across the product line, including some features that are worth paying extra for. Here are the GoPro camera capabilities to consider keeping on your short list.
GoPro is leading the charge toward consumer-created virtual reality (VR) environments, and their first VR-ready cameras make it happen with what they’ve dubbed “spherical capture,” which is pretty accurate, given the 360° field of view they record. VR is still a nascent technology, but it’s definitely the future. If you’re an early adopter, you’ll want to pick up a GoPro with spherical capture.
GoPro cameras are great at recording audio, too, and they each use multiple microphones to capture sound, so you get an accurate sonic mix of both your subjects and their environments. Naturally, the more microphones, the better the resulting soundtrack. If you’re serious about audio, you’ll want to get a GoPro with multiple mics.
Some GoPro cameras were made for connecting on the web and even support live-streaming video, so you can broadcast your adventures to all your friends. Whether you’re into video blogging your latest rock-climbing trip or just updating your followers with what you’re up to, you can do it on some GoPros.
Inexpensive: Between $200 and $300, you’ll find GoPro cameras that are perfect for most people. There are great 1080p models and some decent 4K models in this price range, and if you’re willing to look at last-generation models, you’ll find a lot to like here. If you absolutely need bleeding-edge features like spherical capture or live streaming, you’ll need to look at more expensive models, but if you just want an action camera that can take gorgeous video and go just about anywhere, you don’t need to spend more than $300.
Expensive: Between $300 and $600, you’ll see GoPro’s most impressive hardware: cameras that can shoot 4K, 60 fps video, or spherical capture for creating virtual reality environments. If you’re itching for GoPro’s most innovative features, you’ll need to spend more.
The GoPro HERO7 White is the company’s entry-level model, although the term “entry-level” is a little hard to apply to a camera so powerful. The HERO7 White has most of the same features as the other HERO7 models, with one big difference: the camera is limited to HD (1080p) video and doesn’t shoot in 4K. That’s not as big of a deal as it sounds. The resulting video is still excellent, and the price break more than justifies the concession in resolution. The GoPro HERO7 Silver is another good option for anyone looking for a good middle ground between the HERO7 White and HERO7 Black. It records in 4K at 30 fps, and it even has on-board GPS like its more expensive counterpart. If you need a dependable, affordable 4K camera and you don’t mind that the battery isn’t user-replaceable, the HERO7 Silver is your best option.
Q. Can I wirelessly transfer photos from a GoPro camera while it’s underwater?
A. No. WiFi doesn’t work underwater. While all GoPro cameras are great at taking underwater shots, they’re all land-lovers at heart and need to be above water to do any wireless transferring of files.
Q. Are GoPro cameras good for deep-sea diving photography?
A. Not without some extra gear. All GoPros have a waterproof rating that’s expressed as a depth; for example, most of them are rated as waterproof to ten meters, meaning you could swim about 30 feet down with your GoPro camera and it would still work. However, some users want to push those limits even farther, and for them, GoPro makes the “Super Suit,” a reinforced plastic housing designed to withstand water depths to 60 meters. If you’re shopping for equipment for deep-sea photography, plan on getting a Super Suit for your GoPro.
Q. How much video can I take with a GoPro camera?
A. It depends on how big of a memory card you use with your GoPro. GoPro cameras work with standard SD cards, which are affordable and come in all different quantities. In most cases, it pays to get a memory card with plenty of storage. GoPro videos, especially those shot in 4K, can produce especially large files that can eat up storage faster than you think. We recommend getting an SD card with at least 128GB of available storage.
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