GoPro announced the Hero 11 Black and Hero 11 Mini

The latest update of GoPro’s Hero Black is live on the GoPro website and the standard Hero Black is joined by the new Mini model. As expected, there is the Hero 11 Black but with it is the Hero 11 Black Mini. No prizes for guessing that the Mini is a smaller version of the flagship, but how the company implemented it is a bit more interesting than perhaps the old “Session” cameras (its spiritual predecessor).

First, let’s see what’s new in the Hero 11 Black. In the design, there are no changes at all bar the different numbers on the side, although it uses the same colors as the 10. Inside there is only one change in the hardware, and that is a new higher sensor . The Hero 11 Black is now also included in the Enduro battery as standard which was previously sold as an accessory.

Intriguingly, the flagship feature that GoPro is promoting seems to be the new automatic highlight videos. The idea is, once you get back from your adventure and plug in your camera, it will automatically upload your new footage and automatically create a spiffy video for you. It’s intriguing because this isn’t a Hero 11 feature, it’s something available to owners of any camera back to the Hero 5 as long as you have a GoPro subscription.

There are, of course, some hardware-specific updates that use that higher sensor. At least the jump from 23 to 27-megapixel photos and the introduction of 10-bit color. There’s also a “Full Frame” shooting mode that captures everything on the 8:7 sensor in 5.3K. The idea here is that you can punch different videos in different aspect ratios – at full resolution – after the fact.

GoPro Hero 11 Black press photo.

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A second benefit of the new sensor is the addition of 360-degree horizon lock up to 5.3K/30. This is a practical tool to avoid lop-sided video or can be used for creative effect if your activity involves any kind of rotation – you can keep the subject level and just rotate the sky, for example.

The maximum resolution remains at 5K/60 or 4K120, but with Full Frame, you now have “HyperView” with the entire view of the sensor squeezed into a 16:9 format. This is basically the existing SuperView, with more pixels. This is great for first person view shots because it really dials up the sense of action.

Night owls will find some new tools in the Time Lapse section: Car Lights, Star Trail and Light Paint. The names correspond to popular effects we’ve all seen before and now you can create them right from your GoPro from a preset.

As for HyperSmooth, the company’s software stabilization, which is now in its fifth incarnation and includes Auto Boost for super heavy moments. Another new menu option is the ability to switch between Pro and Easy mode. “Pro” is the current standard menu system while Easy removes all but the best click-and-go settings for most situations.

Perhaps the most interesting news for hardware fans is the new Mini model. It’s the exact same guts of the camera, without any of the video displays. Instead, there’s a limited LCD to see what settings are active and two buttons. The party-piece here is that the Mini has two sets of built-in mounting fingers, making it more versatile than its bigger sibling. The Mini is also powered by a non-removable Enduro battery.

GoPro is sticking to its funky pricing scheme which means you’ll pay less if you choose to include a subscription. The Hero 11 Black keeping the $399/$500 (without sub) price of the camera it replaces while the Mini is around $300/$400. The flagship is now on sale (and our review It’s here), while the Mini will ship starting October 25.

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