GoPro has announced its new HERO12 Black camera, raising the bar yet again for the small, rugged, ultra-versatile cameras the company is famous for.
GoPro’s newest flagship camera has an RRP of $749.99 NZD. It builds on the groundbreaking performance of its predecessor, enabling up to two times longer runtimes thanks to a redesigned power management system, stunning high dynamic range (HDR) video in market-leading 5.3K and 4K resolution video, support for Bluetooth audio devices, including Apple AirPods and improved HyperSmooth 6.0 video stabilisation, along with a host of powerful new camera features designed to serve new users and professionals alike.
An exciting part of HERO12 Black’s new capabilities is its new Max Lens Mod 2.0 accessory, which enables the market’s widest 177° 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 percent wider when capturing widescreen video and 48 percent taller when capturing vertical video, compared to HER012 Black’s standard lens. These market-leading wide-angle perspectives capture everything from “feels like you’re there” first-person perspectives of your favourite sports and activities to dream-like immersion in natural settings when travelling or adventuring with friends and family outdoors. Max Lens Mod 2.0 features two times more scratch-resistant glass than its predecessor and a durable hydrophobic lens coating that wicks water drops away.
GoPro CEO and Founder, Nicholas Woodman, said that HERO12 Black resets the bar for immersive life-capture.
“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 favourite experiences in vivid detail,” said Woodman.
HERO12 Black features many new, powerful pro-minded capabilities that will also benefit more casual users thanks to their intuitive and convenient design. Some of the features include GP-Log with available LUTs for more control and colour 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 leading editing apps, and optimised 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 video. At the same time, 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 that you can start an editing project on one app and seamlessly transition to the other for maximum convenience and flexibility. Quik desktop will be available for Mac in early November and Windows in Summer 2024.
HERO12 Black is available for preorder on GoPro.com for $749.99, as well as Max Lens Mod 2.0 for $199.99, or $159.99 for GoPro subscribers. Both products will be available in stores worldwide on the 13th of September.