GoPro Comparison Charts: Compare ALL Features Of The 2018 Range

Not sure which GoPro is right for you? We compare all features of the current GoPro range (2017 – 2018), with simple comparison charts.

Below, we’ve created various GoPro comparison charts including:

Video Quality

Video quality is the biggest difference between the new GoPro range and the old one.

So, let’s do a direct comparison between the three action cameras in their 2018 range, and one from 2017.

Which GoPro Has 4K?

4K is a resolution that takes footage from the amateur level, into the semi-pro and professional level.

The HERO and HERO 7 White don’t have 4k ability. But, you’ll get 4K with the HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO 7 Silver, and HERO 7 Black.

ModelMax ResolutionOptimum ResolutionYear
HERO 7 Black4K / 60fps1140p / 120fps2018
HERO 7 Silver4K / 30fps4K / 30fps2018
HERO 7 White1080p / 60fps1080p / 60fps2018
HERO6 Black4K / 60fps1440P / 120fps2017
HERO5 Black4K / 30fps1440P / 80fps2017
HERO1440P / 60fps1440P / 60fps2017

Video Stabilization

I know what you’re thinking. It’s all about resolution, and nothing else.

Well, it’s not.

It’s pointless being able to shoot in high resolution, if the footage isn’t stabilised.

ModelVideo Stabilisation?Year
HERO 7 BlackHypersmooth2018
HERO 7 SilverAdvanced2018
HERO 7 WhiteYes2018
HERO 6 BlackAdvanced2017
HERO 5 BlackYes2017
HEROYes2017

Not all filming scenarios need video stabilization.

At times, it’s not noticeable. But the harsher the conditions, the more it becomes a factor.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, there’s a good chance you need a camera with video stabilisation.

Fortunately all GoPros in the 2018 range have stabilisation built in.

Need video stabilisation on a pro level? You’ll need the HERO 7 Black, which features HyperSmooth Stabilization.

Wind Noise Reduction & Audio Quality

The single biggest factor affecting quality of the audio on GoPros, is the wind noise reduction system.

All cameras in the new range get a degree of noise reduction…

ModelWind Noise Reduction SystemYear
HERO 7 BlackAdvanced2018
HERO 7 SilverAdvanced2018
HERO 7 WhiteStandard2018
HEROStandard2017
HERO 5 BlackAdvanced2017
HERO 6 BlackAdvanced2017

For some reason, there’s not a single action sports camera brand that has managed to get this right.

There’s the lower end brands that have almost no wind noise reduction at all. 

Then there’s the higher end brands like GoPro, where the wind noise reduction system can be intrusive. It kicks in so harshly, that it makes sound throughout a shoot inconsistent.

That said, there’s an enormous difference between the standard wind noise reduction system offered by the GoPro HERO, and the advanced wind noise reduction system offered by the HERO5 Black, HERO6 Black, and HERO 7 Black.

The HERO wind noise reduction system covers little more than a light breeze.

The HERO5/HERO6/HERO7 wind reduction system is much more advanced, allowing for higher quality audio throughout a shoot.

The wind noise reduction system can be controlled, thanks to the GoPro Wind-Slayer foam (additional purchase).

Quality Of Stills

Like every feature in the new action cameras, you’ll see progression in quality as you move up the range.

ModelResolutionYear
HERO 7 Black12MP / 30FPS Burst with advanced HDR2018
HERO 7 Silver10MP / 15FPS Burst Time Lapse2018
HERO 7 White10MP / 15FPS Burst2018
HERO10MP / 30FPS Burst Time Lapse2017
HERO5 Black12MP / 30 FPS Burst Time Lapse2017
HERO6 Black12MP / 30 FPS Burst Time Lapse with HDR photos and touch zoom2017

Let’s face it. Most people don’t but a GoPro to take stills. But, if you’re travelling light, it’s nice to have the ability to do so with your GoPro, rather than taking a separate camera for stills.

The time lapse feature allows videographers to become photographers, creating beautiful videos like this one:

And, this is one of the features many GoPro owners overlook. If you want to create time-lapse videos using stills like the one above, 8MP is certainly not going to make the grade.

10MP is borderline, but 12MP is where you need to be at.

There’s a good reason why this is one of the only 8MP time lapse videos on YouTube, the quality of the stills just doesn’t cut it.

WIFI & Bluetooth

With the older GoPros, you’d only get both WIFI and Bluetooth with the higher-end camera; the HERO4.

You’d be limited to just WIFI with the HERO3, and the original HERO had neither.

Luckily, GoPro have upgraded the entire range.

So, all now come with WIFI and Bluetooth.

Touch Display

Touch display isn’t a new feature for GoPro, but it’s been improved considerably.

ModelTouch Screen?Year
HERO 7 BlackYes2018
HERO 7 SilverYes2018
HERO 7 WhiteYes2018
HEROYes2017
HERO 5 BlackYes2017
HERO 6 BlackYes2017

The new HERO/HERO5/HERO6 Black has a 2-inch touchscreen. 

The new scrolling menu replaces the old clickable display. If you’ve ever used a clickable display with cold and wet hands, you’ll know this is a welcome upgrade.

Menu items are bigger too, and the whole menu has been simplified. That means quicker and easier navigation.

Waterproofing

Gone are the days when you need to pay more than $500 to get a waterproof action camera. All GoPro cameras are waterproof up to 33ft (10m).

This is possibly one of the biggest overhauls of the range.

Previous GoPros needed an additional waterproof housing.

Not only does this add to the bulk of the camera, meaning you catch extra wind and decrease sound quality, it also added weight.

Voice Control

Voice control is another cool feature introduced by GoPro.

So, who is it designed for? 

Well, if you’re using a chest mount, or your GoPro is easily accessible, there’s a good chance you can live without it.

It’s really designed for those mounting a GoPro in hard to reach areas.

A few mounting examples might be:

In the heat of the action, you’re not going to be able to change what your GoPro is doing without stopping altogether.

You’ll need to get out of your car, get off your bike, take off your helmet or jump off the swell; not good.

Which GoPro Action Cameras Have Voice Control?

ModelVoice ControlYear
HERO 7 BlackYes2018
HERO 7 SilverYes2018
HERO 7 WhiteYes2018
HEROYes2017
HERO 5 BlackYes2017
HERO 6 BlackYes2017

Does Voice Control Work?

Like any new piece of technology, voice command by GoPro isn’t short of problems.

Wind Noise – GoPro Won’t Recognize Command

If you engage in a sport where you pick up speed (and wind noise), you’ll sometimes find it hard for your GoPro to recognize your command. 

A common way of rectifying this problem is to use the Wind-Slayer foam.

This eliminates an element of background noise, making it easier for the camera to recognize the command.

Not Sure If GoPro Recognized A Command

Now, this is the real problem. When a GoPro recognises a command, it will make a beep. That’s confirming you’re good to go.

External wind noise is unavoidable. If you’re flying down a Piste, surfing in rough conditions, or on a motorcycle, there’s a good chance you won’t hear that beep.

The solution? The GoPro Remo. A wrist mounted device that connects you and your voice, to your GoPro.

Voice Control Commands List

There’s a tonne of voice control commands you can use from starting recording, through to starting and stopping a time lapse.

Just shout out any of the voice commands below:

  • GoPro Start Recording
  • GoPro Stop Recording
  • GoPro Take a Photo
  • GoPro Shoot Burst
  • GoPro Start Time Lapse
  • GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  • GoPro Video Mode
  • GoPro Photo Mode
  • GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  • GoPro Burst Mode
  • GoPro Turn Off

Battery Life & Recharging

Battery life is a key concern for us action sports junkies.

It’s going to be affected by the mode you’re shooting in. A lower quality mode means more battery life.

If you’re looking to film for less than an hour at a time, you’re good to go.

ModelBattery LifeRemovable Battery?Year
HERO 7 Black1h – 1h 50mYes2018
HERO 7 Silver1h – 1h 50mNo2018
HERO 7 White1h – 1h 50mNo2018
HERO1h 20m – 2hNo2017
HERO5 Black1h 20m – 2h 20mYes2017
HERO6 Black1h – 1h 50mYes2017

Improving Battery Life

The options for improving battery life are minimal.

However, we’ve found that turning off WIFI and Bluetooth when they are not being used can give an additional 10-15 minutes.

Removable Batteries & Charging

The Session and HERO5 Session don’t have removable batteries. So, if you need more than 1.5-2 hours of film, you’ll need to charge on the move. 

If you can’t live with 1.5-2 hours and can’t charge on the move, the HERO5 Black/HERO6 are the only option options; they’ve got removeable batteries.

You’ll get the same 1.5-2 hours of filming time. But, GoPro sell genuine spare batteries too.

So, you can switch them out; fast.

Take a handful with you and you’ve got a full day of filming.

And they’re rechargeable, so set them charging over night and you’re good to go for day two.

Which GoPro Is Right For You?

Choosing which GoPro to buy boils down to two simple things.

#1 – Cost

GoPros start at around $150 (for low-end refurbished models), to over $700.

That’s a big jump in price, and most people are going to be restricted by budget.

#2 – Video Quality & Features

In this life, you get what you pay for; GoPros are no different.

The more you spend, the more you’re going to get out of your action camera.

And, one of the big deal breakers for the cheaper Session, is that it doesn’t shoot in 4K.

Let’s face it. Every action sports junkie wants to show off their latest adventure in 4K.

Do you?

Looking for more detailed reviews of the GoPro range? Check out our GoPro comparison guide.

Written by
David McSweeney

NoobNorm co-founder David writes about golf, fitness, and photography. He regularly tests new golf training aids, swing theories, and the latest DSLR and action cameras.

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Written by David McSweeney