GoPro Comparison: Which GoPro Should You Buy In 2020?

Confused about which GoPro to buy? Our 2020 GoPro comparison covers everything you need to know about new and discontinued GoPro models.

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Welcome to our GoPro comparison guide.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know exactly which GoPro to buy based on your budget, and the type of filming you want to do. We review the new GoPro range, and also take a look at older models which are still available.

Summary: Which Is The Best GoPro In 2020?

There are 3 cameras in the new GoPro range, the HERO 7 Black (top), the HERO 7 Silver (mid range), and the HERO 7 White (entry level). Last year, we picked the mid range HERO 5 Black as our top GoPro, but this year, we feel that the new features of the top of the line HERO 7 Black (including Gopro’s best stabilisation to date) make it the best buy.

Update: GoPro have now launched the HERO 8 Black, which although not a major upgrade, still manages to up the game from the HERO 7. So if you have the $, the HERO 8 is the camera to go for.

GoPro HERO 8 and HERO 7 Reviews

Use the links below to jump straight to the review of a specific GoPro model.







GoPro HERO 8 Black Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 98%
Stills Shooting 97%
Weather Proofing 96%
Audio Quality 95%
Connectivity 98%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • Improved HyperSmooth stabilization
  • Improved TimeWarp for time lapse
  • Improved battery life
  • Upgrade HDR for more pop in your stills
  • Live streaming

Room For Improvement...

  • With the HERO 7 being such an impressive camera, the HERO 8 feels more like evolution than revolution

Last year’s GoPro HERO 7 (still available and reviewed below) was a big step forward for GoPro and comfortably the best action camera available on the market. So it’s no surprise that the new HERO 8 is more evolution than revolution.

The video specs remain the same – 4K at 60fps optimum resolution, and 2.7K at 120fps for slowmo (or 240fps at 1080p).

And once again, you’ll get 12MP on your stills. But you will see an improvement in HDR, which gives better performance in low light and a little more pop in general. And there’s also a new ‘Narrow’ lens perspective, which is ideal for closeups and portrait photos.

So with the camera specs being similar, is the HERO 8 worth the upgrade?

In a word: probably.

There’s been a step up in stabilization with HyperSmooth 2.0. As the stabilization in the HERO 7 was already impressive, the fact that GoPro have once again managed to up the game here is noteworthy. If you’re riding bumpy tracks, you’ll see a noticeably more stable shot.

The popular TimeWarp feature has also improved (no surprise GoPro are calling it TimeWarp 2.0), and when combined with HyperSmooth 2.0, makes creating pro level timelapse footage a breeze.

The mic has been moved to the front of the camera and there’s also an improvement in wind resistance, giving noticeably clearer audio. But that being said, you’ll still want to plug in an external mic if you really want crystal clear sound.

All in all, while the HERO 8 is not a game changer like the HERO 7 Black was, this is still GoPro’s best camera yet.

Whether you go for the HERO 8 or HERO 7 is really going to come down to budget. If you can afford the extra $70 or so, go for the HERO 8. If not the HERO 7 won’t let you down.

GoPro HERO 7 Black Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 98%
Stills Shooting 95%
Weather Proofing 96%
Audio Quality 95%
Connectivity 98%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • Great value for 4K video recording
  • 1080p at 240fps for smooth slow-mo playback
  • GoPro’s best stills camera
  • Incredible stabilization
  • Live streaming

Room For Improvement...

  • Battery life hasn’t improved, however, this may be down to the enhanced image processing

The new top of the line GoPro HERO 7 Black has a lot going for it. Not least of which is the fact GoPro have managed to add a raft of new features, while keeping the price the same as last year’s top model, the HERO 6.

Pretty impressive, and easy(ish) on the wallet. So, let’s talk about those new features.

Firstly, GoPro have really upped their stabilisation in the last few years, and they’ve smashed it out the park here. GoPro is calling their new stabilisation technology HyperSmooth, and, well, it does exactly what it says on the tin.

They’re still using electronic stabilisation (EIS), but it’s a big improvement on the HERO 6 (which was already pretty decent), with the camera’s tech supposedly predicting your swerves and jerks, and compensating accordingly. Sounds a little too good to be true, but whether the camera is clairvoyant or not, the results are what matters. And the results are the most stable, and smooth, footage we’ve seen from a GoPro to date.

Next up: live streaming.

It’s true that you’ve been able to live stream from your GoPro before, but it was a bit fiddly, and not something built into the camera. Now? If you want to stream live video from your new Hero 7 Black, it’s as simple as firing up the GoPro app and clicking a button. We’ll definitely be annoying our friends with this feature over the coming months.

The GoPro HERO 7 Black features native portrait shooting

There’s not a huge change in video shooting, with max resolution remaining 4K/60fps. But what is new is something GoPro is calling “TimeWarp”. In a nutshell, this tech will add stabilisation to your time lapse videos, making them super smooth (yes, there’s a theme here) and easier on the eye. We do shoot a lot of time lapse footage, particularly on longer bike runs, so this is something we’ll be playing around with. And initial results look impressive.

For super smooth slow-mo, you can shoot in 1080p at 240fps.

One other video upgrade worth mentioning is the ability to set your HERO 7 to record for a specific time (say 15 or 30 seconds). It’s a small add on, but one that can be useful, saving you having to fiddle around looking for the stop button while you’re in the moment, and going easy on your memory card.

Where GoPro have made significant upgrades is in stills shooting. GoPro are calling their new tech “SuperPhoto”, which is basically an enhancement to the camera’s HDR. If you’re just interested in the results, the bottom line is more detail and definition in your images. If you’re interested in the “how”, the HERO 7 Black achieves this by using local, rather than global, tone mapping.

The HERO 7 Black snaps photos at 12MP, with a maximum burst of 30fps.

Finally, there are some UI upgrades worth mentioning. You can now navigate between modes by swiping up, down, left, and right, which really does make things quicker and more intuitive (once you get used to where everything is). And we also liked the fact that that the HERO 7 Black allows you to shoot natively in portrait mode, saving you having to flip the image in post.

All in all, the HERO 7 Black is the best GoPro to date, and the fact that they’ve kept the price the same as the HERO 6 Black, makes this our #1 choice from the 2019/2019 range.

GoPro HERO 7 Black
  • Great value for 4K video recording
  • 1080p at 240fps for smooth slow-mo playback
  • GoPro’s best stills camera
  • Incredible stabilization
  • Live streaming

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GoPro HERO 7 Silver Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 90%
Stills Shooting 80%
Weather Proofing 96%
Audio Quality 90%
Connectivity 95%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • 4K video recording
  • Stabilization has been improved
  • Stills camera has been upgraded
  • Great value for money

Room For Improvement...

  • Max frame rate of 30fps in 4K
  • Not a huge upgrade from HERO 6

The GoPro HERO 7 Silver is GoPro’s new mid-range action camera and replaces the HERO 5 Black.

Last year we picked the HERO 5 as our top choice, but this time we do feel it’s worth shelling out the extra for the top of the line HERO 7 Black.

But with that being said, if you opt to save yourself a hundred bucks and go for the Silver, you’ll still be getting a lot of camera for your money.

Video wise, you’ll get 4K shooting, but you’ll only get a maximum frame rate of 30fps as opposed to the 60fps you’ll get with the Black. Although if you need to up the frame rate for slow-mo, you can always go down to 1440p/60fps, which is still pretty decent resolution wise.

You won’t get the HyperSmooth stabilisation of the HERO 7 Black, but the built in stabilisation is pretty good, and slightly improved on the HERO 5.

The stills camera is solid, if unspectacular, with 10MP photo capture and a burst rate of 15fps (as opposed to 12MP/30fps with the HERO 7 Black).

We’re perhaps being a little harsh here. Don’t get us wrong, the stills camera is good. In fact, it’s very good, but when compared with the Black there is a marked difference.

And overall, that’s our feeling with the HERO 7 Silver. We like the camera, it’s great. And if you buy one, you won’t regret your purchase one bit. But if you have a HERO 6 (or perhaps even a HERO 5), we don’t feel it’s necessarily worth upgrading, whereas the HERO 7 Black packs in enough new features to make the upgrade feel almost essential.

Our verdict: A great camera, with impressive features, and an attractive price point. But not an essential upgrade this time.

GoPro HERO 7 Silver
  • 4K video recording
  • Stabilization has been improved
  • Stills camera has been upgraded
  • Great value for money

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GoPro HERO 7 White Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 84%
Stills Shooting 80%
Weather Proofing 96%
Audio Quality 80%
Connectivity 90%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • 1080p at 60fps
  • 10MP stills with 15fps burst
  • Built in stabilization
  • Voice control
  • Very affordable

Room For Improvement...

  • We would have liked to see 4K shooting in GoPro's entry level HERO

Finally, we have the entry level camera in GoPro’s 2019/2019 range, the GoPro HERO 7 White.

We must admit we were a little disappointed not to see 4K this time. GoPro have been upping the specs on their entry level cameras each year, so we did expect that the HERO 7 White might have been the first “budget” GoPro with 4K. But for those looking to dip their toe into the water (literally or figuratively) of the action cam world, 1080p at 60fps will shoot perfectly acceptable footage, even if it lacks a little of the professional sheen of the HERO 7 Black/Silver.

Like the HERO 7 Silver, you’ll get stills shooting at 10MP with a 15fps burst rate, and built in stabilisation.

And like last year’s HERO, you’ll get an LCD touch screen for controlling the camera. And again, we’re impressed that GoPro is able to offer this in their entry level model.

Overall, the HERO 7 White does everything you need an action camera to do. It’s rugged, it’s waterproof (up to 33ft), it shoots HD video, it can capture nice stills, and it even has voice control. If you want to get into GoPro, the HERO 7 White is a good place to start.

Our verdict: A step up from last year’s HERO, and the best entry level GoPro to date. 4K would have been nice, but perhaps we’re being greedy (and were spoiled with the HERO 7 Black).

GoPro HERO 7 White
  • 1080p at 60fps
  • 10MP stills with 15fps burst
  • Built in stabilization
  • Voice control
  • Very affordable

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Last Year's GoPro Range

We tested the 2017/2018 GoPro range (and have used most of the older models over the years). We also took into account online customer reviews and the opinions of other trusted camera and tech sites.

Overall we feel the best value for money in last year’s lineup is the HERO5 Black. It’s $100 cheaper than the HERO6, and you’re not really losing much in terms of features. It’s also a clear step-up from the entry level HERO.

Of course, if you need 360 degree shooting, you’ll need to fork out $650+ for the Fusion. In fact, we would choose either the HERO5 or the Fusion (if you want fully immersive shooting), and skip the HERO6 altogether.

But that’s just us, so let’s dig a little deeper.

We’ll start with a quick rundown of the 4 cameras in last year’s GoPro lineup

GoPro HERO 6 Black Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 92%
Stills Shooting 90%
Weather Proofing 92%
Audio Quality 85%
Connectivity 90%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • The 4K at 60fps looks great
  • Slow-mo playback was super smooth when we captured at 1080p, even at 10x slower than regular speed
  • The stabilization is impressive
  • The best GoPro from their 2017 lineup

Room For Improvement...

  • You’ll still probably want to plug in an external mic if you want crystal clear audio

The HERO6 is the top of the tree in the 2017 lineup (we class the fusion as a specialist camera). And there’s no denying, in terms of quality, it is the best GoPro in the 2017 range.

We picked the HERO5 as our #1 camera in 2017, but that’s really because we feel it offers the best value for money. If you want the actual best GoPro, then you’ll want to shell out for the HERO6.

Where does the HERO6 beat the HERO5?

First up you’ll get 4K video at 60fps (as opposed to 30fps with the HERO5), and you’ll also get up to 240fps at 1080p. So frame rate is basically double for the 2 primary resolutions. Needless to say, regular speed footage is ridiculously good quality, and slow-mo is simply gorgeous.

gopro hero6 displayThe stabilization in the HERO6 is also a step-up from the HERO5. We found that even the bumpiest of rides (we tested it out on the Nevis range MTB track in Scotland, home of the world cup) looked super smooth in playback.

Under the hood, the HERO6 is powered by GoPro’s new GP1 chip, which delivers both enhanced image quality (in addition to the upped resolution) and the additional stabilization.

There’s also a touch zoom feature, which you won’t get on the HERO5, and 5GHz Wi-fi for uploading footage to your phone.

But really, just like the choice to make the step-up from the HERO to HERO5 is about whether you need 4K, the choice here is whether you want 4K in slow-mo and the best video quality on an action cam this year. If you do, and you have the budget, then the GoPro HERO6 is the camera you need to buy.


GoPro HERO 5 Black Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 87%
Stills Shooting 85%
Weather Proofing 92%
Audio Quality 80%
Connectivity 90%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • Great value for 4K video recording
  • 1080p at 120fps for smooth slow-mo playback
  • External mic port
  • Built in GPS

Room For Improvement...

  • If you want smooth slow-mo playback in 4K, you’ll have to go for the HERO6 or a HERO7 camera

We’re glad that GoPro decided not to ditch the HERO5 Black when they launched the HERO6. Why? Because it’s a truly awesome action cam. In fact, it’s our #1 action cam from last year’s range.

You’ll get 4K shooting at 30fps, and full HD at 120fps, meaning you can slow down your video in post up to 4x and still have it playback super smooth.

And talking of 4K, it is truly glorious. We know it’s not really needed for most amateur footage (ok, it’s overkill), but when we played back our recordings on the big screen here in the office there were a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.

GoPro HERO5 Black - rear display
The 2 inch display is the same as the one you’ll get on the HERO

We’ll be honest: 4K is really the big differentiator between the HERO5 and the entry level HERO. As we already covered, they’ve chucked a 2” touch screen into the HERO, and you’ll get the same one in the HERO5. You’ll also get the same connectivity options (Wi-fi + bluetooth),

Admittedly, you will get a 12MP stills camera instead of 10MP on the HERO. And you’ll get some control over the exposure (you don’t in the HERO) if you’re into that sort of thing. You can also plug in an external mic, which you can’t do with the HERO.

But that being said, all in all, we really think forking out the extra $100 for 4K (and the above extras) is worth the money if you can afford it. If nothing else, it’s going to future proof your footage a bit. Because let’s face it, resolutions are only going to improve over the next few years. Which means that eventually 1080p footage is going to start to look a little dated.

And that’s why the HERO5 Black is our favorite GoPro from last year’s range.

GoPro HERO Review

Our Verdict

Video Shooting 80%
Stills Shooting 80%
Weather Proofing 90%
Audio Quality 75%
Connectivity 80%
Overall Rating

We Liked...

  • Pretty impressive specs for the price
  • No need to fiddle about too much with settings
  • Full HD video at 60fps
  • The touch screen, voice control, and connectivity

Room For Improvement...

  • 120fps would be nice, even in a lower res
  • Battery life isn’t incredible. We got just under 2 hours at 1080p/30fps (they claim 3.5hours)
  • Inserting the battery is a little fiddly

This is the entry level camera in GoPro’s 2017 range, but it’s MUCH improved on their previous lower end options (like the HERO Session).

You won’t get 4K shooting, but you will get 1440p at 60fps. And let’s be honest, for most of us that’s going to be plenty. Slow-mo isn’t going to be supersmooth, but you can just about get away with it at 60fps. Anything other than half speed though is going to start getting a bit jerky.

You’ll also get a (2 inch) touch screen, which is pretty impressive for a GoPro at this price point. And in case you’re wondering, yes, this is the first time that a touch screen has been included in the “budget” GoPro.

Indeed, the fact you have a screen at all is a big plus for the HERO. Last years’ “HERO Session” was basically a grey cube that you could hit record and stop on. If you wanted to review your footage, you’d have to use the app. It was ok for what it was, but this is a big step-up in quality.

Anything else?

Yep, you’ll get waterproofing to 33ft, video stabilization, and a 10MP stills camera.

Not too shabby at all for a GoPro that’s going to cost you just under $200. If you don’t need 4K and are just looking to capture your riderun, or whatever sport you’re into, then it’s a pretty decent option that you won’t be disappointed with.

(oh, and you’ll also get Wi-fi + bluetooth connectivity built in)


GoPro Comparison Charts

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

GoPro Video Quality Comparison

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 2019 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 / 120fps2019
HERO 7 Silver4K / 30fps4K / 30fps2019
HERO 7 White1080p / 60fps1080p / 60fps2019
HERO6 Black4K / 60fps1440P / 120fps2017
HERO5 Black4K / 30fps1440P / 80fps2017
HERO1440P / 60fps1440P / 60fps2017

GoPro 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 BlackHypersmooth2019
HERO 7 SilverAdvanced2019
HERO 7 WhiteYes2019
HERO 6 BlackAdvanced2017
HERO 5 BlackYes2017

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 2019 range have stabilisation built in.

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


GoPro 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 BlackAdvanced2019
HERO 7 SilverAdvanced2019
HERO 7 WhiteStandard2019
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).


GoPro Quality Of Stills Comparison

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

HERO 7 Black12MP / 30FPS Burst with advanced HDR2019
HERO 7 Silver10MP / 15FPS Burst Time Lapse2019
HERO 7 White10MP / 15FPS Burst2019
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 BlackYes2019
HERO 7 SilverYes2019
HERO 7 WhiteYes2019
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.



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 BlackYes2019
HERO 7 SilverYes2019
HERO 7 WhiteYes2019
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

GoPro 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 50mYes2019
HERO 7 Silver1h – 1h 50mNo2019
HERO 7 White1h – 1h 50mNo2019
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?

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David McSweeney

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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