Richard Peterson/CNET Whether you’re a pro or just an enthusiast, GoPro action cameras are perfect if you plan to shoot outdoors. These cameras are...
Whether you’re a pro or just an enthusiast, GoPro action cameras are perfect if you plan to shoot outdoors. These cameras are well-known for their small size and powerful specs, plus their rugged build offers a lot for anyone trying to capture video in motion, whether that’s grabbing action shots or high-quality images. GoPro’s compact action cameras can get expensive, but that’s because they have a lot to offer. In fact, GoPro even won an Emmy for its video stabilization software, which has revolutionized the field of videography. And because newer models come loaded with plenty of editing features to make things simple when uploading to all manner of social media accounts, GoPro products remain a popular choice for many content creators, too.
With newer models, you can get near the quality of a high-definition video camera without the bulk or hassle of traditional DSLR cameras, which aren’t waterproof or dustproof. GoPros are easy to carry around and are submersible, so you can shoot clear videos underwater. The latest GoPro also boasts longer battery life, as well as GP-Log encoding with available LUTs. These cameras often come with a hefty price tag because of all the features they offer, but you can find some substantial savings on a number of models. Below, we’ve gathered the best offers currently available, so you can avoid paying full price.
At GoPro, you can save up to 50% off hardware when you also buy a $25 yearly GoPro subscription, which includes unlimited cloud backup. Don’t want to pony up for a subscription? Check out some other great deals on GoPros below.
GoPro’s current flagship camera is the Hero 12. It shoots up to 27-megapixel photos and 5.3K-resolution video and has HyperSmooth 6.0 stabilization. GoPro also added GP-Log encoding with available LUTs, which means you’ll have more control over color and dynamic range. There’s also wireless timecode syncing, which is helpful for multi-camera setups. And this model boasts improved battery life as well.
The GoPro Hero 11 Black is the previous-gen camera from GoPro, but it still has a lot to offer. It has a new image sensor that allows for 27-megapixel photos and 5.3K-resolution video with an 8:7 aspect ratio. Essentially this means that when editing you can make a single clip fit YouTube, Instagram, Facebook or TikTok much easier than you could in previous cams.
The Hero 11 Black Mini is an even more compact camera than the regular GoPro. It’s 13% smaller in volume and weight than the full-size version of the GoPro Hero 11, but it offers the same video performance, meaning it captures 5.3K-resolution clips at 60 frames per second, 4K at 120fps and 2.7K at 240fps.
The GoPro Hero 10 has won an Emmy for HyperSmooth video stabilization. That’s right — an Emmy. You get unlimited Cloud backup and auto uploads, as well as unlimited use of the Quik app. This camera can shoot 5.3K video and has a 23-megapixel camera. The price has dropped over time, but it usually goes for $250 these days and that’s currently the best price you’ll find.
The Hero 9 offers 5K video and a 20-megapixel camera. It can be submerged up to 33 feet and includes HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization. The camera comes with a detachable lens as well as two screens: one in the front for selfies and a touchscreen in the back for intuitive control.
The GoPro Max is basically a 3-in-1 camera. It shoots traditional Hero-style video and photos and captures immersive 360 footage, which makes it a solid option for vlogging. Just note that its single-lens video resolution and frame rates top out at 1080p60 (or 1440p60 with 4:3 framing), so if you’re looking for 16:9 4K-resolution, you’ll want one of the more updated models on this list.