GoPro Hero 9 has been officially announced. Now we can finally confirm what we saw in leaked photos and unboxing video: yes, it does have a color selfie screen and it’s capable of shooting 5K video at 30 fps. But there are some other improvements over its predecessor, such as a 23.6 MP sensor. So, let’s check out what the new and improved Hero 9 brings to the table.
A few weeks ago, we had a chance to see some leaked photos of the upcoming GoPro Hero 9. Rumor has it that it will include some novelties such as a color front screen and 5K video capabilities. Well, if you’re curious to see more of the Hero 9 before it gets announced, take a look at this unboxing video that’s leaked before the official announcement.
According to recently leaked images, GoPro is about to get a big change in the Hero 9 model. It looks like the latest action cam will have a selfie screen in full color. In other words, the front display will no longer only show your camera settings, but it might come in handy for vloggers and selfie-takers, too.
Action cameras seem to come out with alarming regularity, and more players are jumping into the field every year. But there’s been very little real innovation in action cameras beyond improving on what already exists. Insta360, though has taken a very different approach with their entry into the world of action cameras.
Announced today, the Insta360 ONE R sees Insta360 team up with Leica to develop a modular action camera that offers three different ways to shoot. A dual-lens “Super 5.7K” 360° module, a 4K wide-angle module, and a 1″ 5.3K wide-angle module developed in partnership with Leica. And there’s even an Aerial Edition which lets you mount it to a drone.
Well, if this isn’t one of the weirdest but coolest camera modifications I’ve seen, I’m not sure what is. Canadian company, Back-Bone Gear has been performing camera modifications to GoPros and Sony RX0 cameras for a while now. They offer a range of modifications as well as kits you can implement yourself.
Their latest release is the elegant monster you see above, the Ribcage RXo II. It’s essentially a Sony RX0 II converted to accept Micro Four Thirds or C-Mount lenses, and boy does it look like it’d be fun to play with.
This summer, Canon turned to crowdfunding in an attempt to launch Canon IVY REC, a tiny clippable action camera. After a successful IndieGoGo campaign, Canon is now making IVY REC publicly available. This little action cam is made to go anywhere with you and shoot in harsh conditions, and it could hopefully succeed where Nikon KeyMission failed.
There have been rumours for a while, but now GoPro has officially announced the new GoPro Hero8 Black. Don’t get too excited, though, not much has changed in the camera itself since its predecessor. It does see a bump in max bitrate, though, going from the Hero7’s 78Mbps to 100Mbps for 4K footage. There’s also a new GoPro MAX 360° camera, follow up to the not-terribly-popular GoPro Fusion.
Recently, Insta360 announced the Insta360 GO, a super tiny portable, wearable, stabilised, 180-degree camera. Insta360 is exhibiting at IBC 2019, so we went to go check one out in person and have a chat with them while we’re here. Weighing in at just under 20 grams, the Insta360 GO is designed to go with you everywhere without getting in the way and is probably the smallest and lightest stabilised camera out there right now.
This is a little strange. Canon appears to be going the crowdfunding route with their new IVY REC camera. It’s the one they showed off at CP+ 2019 earlier this year that is rumoured to be one of three new cameras aimed at the younger generation scheduled for release this year. But instead of doing what they usually do and just announcing and releasing a product, they’re going to Indiegogo.