While the GoPro Hero Black 11 comes with several improvements over the previous generation, its biggest upgrade might be the Mini model.
GoPro packed most of the Hero Black 11‘s features into its smaller cousin, while still offering next-gen video quality.
The new Hero 11 Black Mini comes with a larger sensor, making it capable of shooting in 5.3K. The company calls that “the largest vertical field of view ever” for one of its cameras.
At the same time, the update makes its now-iconic cameras even smaller — and supposedly less expensive. All the same functionality is here, just in a streamlined package.
Most significantly, the Mini offers more flexibility in mounting, thanks to an additional pair of dual-mounting “fingers” on the back, which provides a wider variety of angles.
So if you’re looking for a GoPro that still captures the sick moves on your latest outdoor adventure, the Black Hero 11 — or its Mini version — should get the shot you need.
GoPro Hero Black 11 vs. Mini comparison
Road bikers, bikepackers, or anyone else looking to minimize weight will like the Mini. It’s about 20g lighter than the Hero 11. The Mini measures about 13 percent smaller in terms of volume and weight, the company said.
But what about the most important thing: the video functionality? Mini video doesn’t differ much from the normal version of the camera. It comes with the same basic hardware, so users can expect equivalent frame rates and resolution.
Also, the Mini does away with the touch screen of the regular Hero 11. Instead, it’s primarily controlled by the Quik app. There’s just a small display showing the current resolution and frame rate, along with remaining recording time and battery life. It’s right next to the camera’s only button: record.
Either the Hero 11 Black or the Mini offer a stabilization upgrade from the GoPro 10. That’s because of the HyperSmooth 5.0 system, which can you can apply to improve shaky footage.
The cameras’ time-lapse preset allows for improving night-time videos. For those who don’t like delving into the nitty gritty functions, there’s the “Easy Controls” setting, which shows a simplified interface.
But if you’re used to the old-school interface, just set it on “Pro Controls” for the same thing from the Hero 10.
Pricing & Availability
Pricing of the GoPro Black 11 Mini depends on the company’s new annual subscription service, which it’s promoting heavily.
It’s a $50 annual service that comes with discounts on cameras, a trade-in program for broken gear, and access to auto-upload features when charging. It also results in different prices for the new Hero 11.
The Hero 11 Black is the same price as its predecessor: $400 MSRP if you sign up for the service — and $500 if you’re not. The Mini costs $100 less, with a price tag of $300 for subscribers and $400 for everybody else.
Though the Hero 11 debuts Sept. 14, GoPro won’t release the Mini until Oct. 25 — and even then only for subscribers. It hits retail shelves sometime after that. The company didn’t specify a date.