GoPro Hero 11 Black first look: The world's best action camera gets even better (2023)

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The world's best -- and most recognizable -- action camera gets an upgrade with the release of the GoPro Hero 11 Black.

Bigger sensor, better colors, better stabilization, and the widest, most expansive field of view ever found natively in a Hero camera -- all built into a durable, lightweight package.

GoPro has released three new cameras in the Hero 11 Black line today:

  • Hero 11 Black: The base model action camera.
  • Hero 11 Black Creator Edition: Adds a battery grip with built-in buttons for one-handed camera control capable of over four hours of 4K recording per charge. Also includes an optional directional microphone, external mic input, HDMI port for connecting to external displays, a high-output LED light and two cold shoe mounts for mounting additional accessories.
  • Hero 11 Black Mini: A smaller, lighter, simpler version of Hero 11 Black.

Here I'm going to focus on the Hero 11 Black, because that was the camera sent to me for testing.

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GoPro Hero 11 Black tech specs

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  • Sensor:1/1.9-inch
  • Max video resolution: 5.3K60 / 4K120
  • Aspect ratio: (16:9) (4:3) (8:7)
  • Video stabilization: HYPERSMOOTH 5.0
  • Video file format: H.265 (HEVC)
  • Max video bitrate: Up to 120Mbps
  • Photo resolution: 27-megapixels
  • Weight: 153g
  • Battery: 1720mAh Enduro Li-ion battery
  • Max battery video runtime:137 minutes shooting 1080p at 30fps
  • Waterproof: To 33ft/10m
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Bigger, better sensor

The bigger 1/1.9-inch sensor is a huge upgrade, not only capturing more light but also more colors (over a billion), with 10-bit color capturing 64 times the amount of colors that the previous 8-bit color GoPros could manage.

This means being able to capture more vivid and easier-to-process photos and videos no matter what the conditions.

The bigger sensor means the camera can capture more light, which, for people like myself who shoot in low-light or nighttime conditions (and for those who shoot underwater), means much better shots straight out of the camera.

Combine this with the new Star Trails feature built into the Hero 11 Black, and it opens up some amazing new possibilities.

It also does an amazing job when there's a bright moon in the sky. Capturing stars when pointed at a full moon is hard, but the Hero 11 Black managed it no problem.

It even captured the formation of wispy clouds.

This is amazing performance for such a small camera, and something that's actually quite tricky to do with a modern mirrorless camera costing several times what the Hero 11 Black costs.

And with the Hero 11 Black it was literally a case of set up the shot, choose the Star Trails setting, and pressing the button to start shooting.

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The sensor inside the Hero 11 Black can capture video in an almost square 8:7 aspect ratio, which gives it the the largest vertical field of view of any GoPro so far. This allows the camera to simultaneously capture extra-tall 9:16 vertical video for Instagram or TikTok and high-resolution 16:9 video for YouTube.

All from a single capture.


As for durability, the Hero 11 Black is just as rugged and waterproof as previous editions, and doesn't mind being left out overnight in the rain and dew, and dropped onto the floor and shook about when attached to vehicles.

And just in case you break the protective cover over the lens, this is removable just like the lens on the Hero 10 Black.

Better battery

Another feature of the Hero 11 Black that I like is the inclusion of the Enduro Li-ion batteries in the box.

These 1720mAh lithium-ion batteries not only boost the camera's runtime by up to 40% and offer up to 13% faster charging, but also improves cold-weather performance in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C), and oPro.

These are batteries that should have been included with the Hero 10 Black, so it's nice to see them included as standard now with this new camera.

Here are the battery runtimes for the Hero 11 Black with the Enduro battery compared to the Hero 10 Black with the standard battery:

  • 5.3K30: 80 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 73 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 4K120: 54 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 39 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 4K60: 70 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 57 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 4K30: 88 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 77 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 2.7K60: 83 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 67 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 1080p60: 89 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 80 minutes for Hero 10 Black
  • 1080p30: 137 minutes for Hero 11 Black vs. 123 minutes for Hero 10 Black

Recharge time for the battery is approximately 3 hours.

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In the box with the Hero 11 Black are all the standard mounts and bits and bobs that you'd expect to come with a GoPro (there's even a cloth bag to carry it in), as well as a 32GB microSD storage card.


Everything you need to get going and start capturing photos and video.

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On the bottom on the GoPro are two flip-out mounts (same as found on the Hero 10 Black) that allow you to attach the GoPro to a myriad of accessories

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It also comes with Gumby.

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What is Gumby?

It's a clamp with twisty-tie arms for allowing it to be lashed onto objects.

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I've used the Gumby for lashing the camera to a variety of objects and found it super useful for a wide range of applications, far more so than the tiny tripod that was included with earlier GoPros.

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Visually, no change

Physically, the Hero 11 Black is identical to the Hero 10 Black. This means that cases and other accessories for the earlier model will still work. Also the identical button and screen layout means that there's no having to relearn where everything is located.

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When it comes to controlling the GoPro, it's the setup that existing GoPro owners will be familiar with. There's an on/off/mode button on the side, a shutter button on the top, and a touchscreen LED on the back. There's also a smaller LCD display on the front that makes vlogging and selfies easier.

The touchscreen LCD on the rear now offers two different modes:

  • Easy Controls: These offer the simplicity of point-and-shoot and let the Hero 11 Black make all the decisions when it comes to what settings to use
  • Pro Controls: Full access to all the features and settings that the Hero 11 Black has to offer

You can easy toggle between the two settings depending on your experience level and how much control you want to have over the GoPro.

This ability to switch between a simplified layout and having full control means that you can pick and choose when you want to camera to make the technical decisions, and when you want to take the helm and control everything.

It also means that you don't need to spend hours reading the manual and experimenting to get good shots. Use the Easy Controls and start taking shots as soon as the battery is charged up!

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The GoPro Hero 11 Black is available today at $399.98 for GoPro Subscribers (regular price $499.99).The GoPro Hero 11 Black Creator Edition is for $579.98 for GoPro Subscribers (regular price $699.99).

The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini will be available October 25 for $299.98 for GoPro Subscribers (regular price $399.99 MSRP).

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