GoPro Inc. announced its new HERO12 Black camera, with 2x longer runtimes due to a redesigned power management system than its predecessor, HDR video in market-leading 5.3K and 4K resolution video, support for Bluetooth audio devices and improved HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilization. HERO12 Black is available today for preorder on GoPro.com for $399.99 as well as Max Lens Mod 2.0 for $99.99, or $79.99 for GoPro subscribers. Both products will be available in stores worldwide on Sept. 13.
A part of HERO12 Black’s new capabilities is its new Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory, which enables a wide 177-degree field of view at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. Max Lens Mod 2.0 can capture video and photos in three field-of-view settings—Max Wide, Max SuperView, and the all-new, hyper-immersive Max HyperView—fully exploiting HERO12 Black’s extra-large 8:7 sensor to enable perspectives that are 36% wider when capturing widescreen video and 48% taller when capturing vertical video, when compared to HER012 Black’s standard lens. Max Lens Mod 2.0 features 2x more scratch-resistant glass than its predecessor along with a durable hydrophobic lens coating that wicks water drops away.
“HERO12 Black resets the bar for immersive life-capture,” says Nicholas Woodman, GoPro CEO and founder. “Our new flagship camera is the culmination of GoPro’s 21 years of experience and our passion for helping you capture and share your life in an immersive, dream-like way that makes you and your audience feel like you’re right there again, reliving your favorite experiences in vivid detail.”
HERO12 Black features many new, powerful pro-minded capabilities:
- Wireless audio support for Apple AirPods and other Bluetooth audio devices such as earbuds, headphones and microphones.
- GP-Log with available LUTs for more control and color grading in post-production
- Wireless timecode sync an unlimited number of HERO12 Black cameras for easy multi-camera editing with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, and other editing apps
- Optimized encoding that delivers smaller file sizes with no compromise to image quality
More casual users who may be looking for the perfect blend of convenience and control will love HERO12 Black’s updated user interface, which includes simplified controls plus a new Vertical Capture Mode that captures vertical 9:16 aspect ratio 4K video while the camera is mounted horizontally—perfect for sharing straight to vertically-oriented social channels.
GoPro is also expanding its software experience and GoPro subscriber benefits with the launch of its new Quik desktop app. Quik desktop will be available exclusively to GoPro subscribers at no additional charge. Quik desktop brings the speed and convenience of the Quik mobile app to desktop users, but with an expanded list of features and capabilities that take advantage of a desktop computer’s processing power and screen size. Quik desktop and Quik mobile apps will sync with one another so the user can start an editing project on one app and seamlessly transition to the other. Quik desktop will be available for Mac on Nov. 1 and Windows in Summer 2024.
GoPro is also launching a new 48-inch-long extension pole that collapses to just 10 inches and is designed to work with HERO12 Black’s new 1/4-20 mounting threads. Mounting fingers are also included to ensure compatibility with all GoPro cameras. Included with the new extension pole is a detachable, wearable, and waterproof Bluetooth shutter remote that makes it easy to control HERO12 Black’s shutter even when the pole is fully extended. This convenient, new remote will be compatible with: HERO12 Black, HERO11 Black, HERO11 Black Mini, and HERO10 Black.
The all-new Extension Pole + Waterproof Shutter Remote will be available in October 2023.