At Flix Productions we have the inside scoop on the latest action camera showdown: the GoPro 12 vs 11.
Everything you want to know about the Go Pro Hero 12 vs its predecessor, the GoPro Hero 11 is below.
Released in September 2023, the Hero 12 is stirring up quite the buzz. But is it worth the upgrade? Let’s dive right in and find out!
GoPro Hero 12 Black
When the GoPro Hero 11 hit the market, it carried a price tag of $699AUD. Now, with the Hero 12’s debut, the Hero 11’s price has taken a dip, coming in at a budget-friendly $579 and may well suit your current needs.
The Hero 12 soon takes the reins as GoPro’s flagship camera, boasting a price tag of $649.
DESIGN & BUILD
In the realm of design, there’s no massive overhaul between the Hero 11 and its successor. The Hero 12 retains the rugged, waterproof construction of its forerunner, featuring dual LCD screens for touch controls at the rear and previews at the front. The size and weight stay consistent with the Hero 11, and both models come equipped with three microphones for top-notch audio recording.
But here’s where the Hero 12 edges ahead. It introduces a new power management system, ensuring improved thermal performance and a jaw-dropping battery life that’s 2x longer than the Hero 11’s.
GOPRO 12 VS 11: IMAGE QUALITY
Picture quality? Well, that’s where both Heroes shine. Delivering a maximum video resolution of 5.3K at 60 fps, 27 MP photos, and the ability to snatch 24.7 MP photo frame-grabs from video, the Hero 12 mirrors the Hero 11’s capabilities. Both models offer a variety of resolutions, including 4K at 120 fps, 2.7K at 240 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, and various frame rates.
However, the Hero 12 spices things up with a brand-new 9:16 aspect ratio, tailor-made for capturing those Instagram and TikTok-worthy vertical videos. Moreover, it supports HDR for both 5.3K at 30 fps and 4K at 60 fps videos, while the Hero 11 only caters to HDR in photos.
GOPRO HERO 12 BLACK IS A FEATURE FIESTA
When it comes to image stabilization, both the Hero 12 and 11 pack a punch, offering built-in Horizon Lock and AutoBoost to keep your horizons steady during those action-packed recordings. However, the Hero 12 takes the edge with its advanced HyperSmooth 6.0, a slight upgrade over the Hero 11’s HyperSmooth 5.0.
Both models share cool features like HindSight, letting you capture up to 30 seconds of footage before hitting the record button, and Voice Control for hands-free operation. Scheduled Capture, Duration Capture, and Timelapse modes are at your fingertips with both.
But, the Hero 12 introduces some fresh perks. It boasts a built-in Timecode Sync feature, simplifying multi-camera editing by synchronizing timecodes. Plus, it offers new wireless audio support, letting you connect your AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones to record audio and issue remote voice commands.
GOPRO 12 VS 11: FINAL VERDICT
The GoPro Hero 12 may sport a familiar design and similar image quality to the Hero 11, but it flaunts six game-changing upgrades. With longer battery life, a new 9:16 aspect ratio, HDR for videos, improved HyperSmooth 6.0 stabilization, Timecode Sync, and wireless audio support, it’s a powerhouse for adventure enthusiasts.
If you’re on the hunt for a new action camera, the Hero 12 is an enticing option, currently priced just $70 higher than its predecessor.
For existing Hero 11 owners, the decision to upgrade boils down to how much these six new enhancements matter to you. The choice is yours.
Remember, you could always fund the majority of your Go Pro Hero 12 in part by selling you Hero 11 on eBay. Recent sales (at the time of hero 12’s release) still have well maintained used Go Pro Hero 11’s selling for around $470AUD
Here a some more details about the NEW Go Pro Hero 12
• Includes Enduro Rechargeable Battery
• Longer runtimes, including 1.5 hours at 5.3K30 and over 2.5 hours at 1080p30²
• 5.3K60, 4K120 and 2.7K240 video resolutions
• HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video + Photo for more vivid images
• Large image sensor captures ultra wide 156° field of view in 8:7
• 27 megapixel photos with 24.7 megapixel stills from video
• Optional Max Lens Mod 2.0 lens accessory enables ultra wide angle, 177-degree field of view in 4K60
• New Bluetooth audio support for AirPods
• PLUS other bluetooth audio devices for wireless sound recording and voice control
• HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilization with 360° Horizon Lock³
• Waterproof to 33ft + legendary GoPro ruggedness
• New Timecode Sync to wirelessly synchronize multiple HERO12 Black cameras at once
• GP-Log and LUT support
• A microSD card is required, but not included