Gopro Hero 8 VS 9

GoPro Hero 8 Vs 9 – Check Which One Is Best & Why?


GoPro Hero 9 was released in Sep-2020 & Hero 8 in Oct-2019. Both are Amazing waterproof action cameras with some similarities & differences, but if you are looking for the best one I will recommend GoPro Hero 9 rather than the Hero 8

Why do I Recommend GoPro 9?

  • GoPro 9 has 23-megapixel sensor, whereas GoPro 8 has 12-megapixel sensor. A better megapixel camera helps to capture images and videos in higher Resolution with more details.
  • Its ISO range is 100-6400 which helps to get the perfect shoot ins low light conditions like underwater photography but Hero 8 doesn’t have any ISO range.
  • GoPro 9 has a touchscreen display that helps to focus on any specific object by tapping on the screen. In addition, 8 has a touchscreen display but you can’t focus. 
  • You can Record Maximum (5120 x 2880) resolution video With GoPro 9, but GoPro 8 video resolution is (3840 x 2160).
  • You can experience the ultimate smoothness with its advanced HyperSmooth 3.0 video stabilization, but GoPro Hero 8 gives you Hypersmooth 2.0 stabilization.
  • It gives you a 1720 mah lithium-ion battery, that helps to run for 2 hours on a full charge. The Hero 8 battery lasts around 50 minutes when continuously shooting 4k at high frame rates.

Maybe the GoPro 8 price can make you comfortable because it’s little bit cheaper than GoPro 9. But you have to compromise all the above-mentioned features, which is not a good idea.  After all, the choice is yours.


Side By Side Comparison

Specifications GoPro Hero9 Black GoPro Hero8 Black
Editor’s Rating 4.8 out of 5 4.6 out of 5
Sensor Megapixels 23 megapixels 12 megapixels
Max Sensor Resolution 5568 x 4192 4000 x 3000
Max Native Light sensitivity 6,400 ISO 0 ISO
Min Native Light sensitivity 100 ISO 0 ISO
Video stabilization Hyper smooth 3.0 stabilization Hyper smooth 2.0 stabilization
AF Touch Yes No
Battery Life 2 hour 50 mnt
Microphone Port No Yes
Lens Focal Range 15mm (1x) no lens
Screen Size 2.27″ 2.00″
Max Video Resolution 5120 x 2880 3840 x 2160
Weight 158g 126g
Dimensions 71 x 55 x 34mm 66 x 49 x 28mm
Price Check GoPro 9 Price Check GoPro 8 Price

What Both Cameras Can Do?

  • GoPro 8 & 9 both have the same shutter speed (1/1/2000s), Which helps you to capture fast-moving objects like flying birds or reaching cars without getting blurred.
  • Both can record 4k UHD video at maximum of 60 fps which helps to record smooth video of any fast-moving objects like a racing car or bike.
  • You can record super slow-motion video at 240fps with both of these cameras.
  • GoPro 8 & 9 are capable to do live streaming just you need to connect with the wifi.
  • Both feature High Dynamic Range which delivers higher contrast to shoot equally in shadow & light areas. 
  • They can do Timelapse Recording for creative shooting.
  • You can remotely shoot or record video using a smartphone with both cameras
  • Both are waterproof up to 10m/33ft.

Common Features In Both Cameras

Specifications GoPro Hero9 Black GoPro Hero8 Black
RAW Support Yes Yes
Manual Focus No No
Lens Mount fixed lens fixed lens
Max Aperture F2.8 F2.8
Screen Type Fixed type Fixed type
Touch Screen Yes Yes
Max Mechanical Shutter 1/1/2000s 1/1/2000s
Built-in Image Stabilization Digital only Digital only
Video Formats H.264, H.265 H.264, H.265
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Built-In
Environmental Sealing Yes Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year
Slow Motion Yes Yes
Price Check GoPro 9 Price Check GoPro 8 Price

Frequently Questions Asked About GoPro Hero 8 and 9

Can I use an external battery?

Yes, you can. The camera can be continued recording with an external source.

Can I use it as a computer webcam?

Yes, you can. This camera has a support article entitled How to use your GoPro as a webcam.

Is this camera lens replaceable?

The camera protective lens cover can be changeable.

Is this camera good for a race car?

 Yes, it’s good for race cars.


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