- What IS an Action Camera?
- GoPro Hero 11 Specs
- GoPro Hero 11 Black Features
- OctoPad Camera Mount
- GoPro Protective Housing
- Dual Battery Charger
- Aluminum Tripod Mount
- Final Thoughts GoPro Hero 11
- 27MP 1/1.9” sensor
- 8:7 aspect ratio
- Cinematic 5.3K60, 4K120, and 2.7K240 video
- HyperSmooth 5.0 video stabilization with Horizon Lock
- Waterproof to 33 ft
- Cold-Weather Enduro Battery
- Automatic Highlight Videos
- Water-repelling lens cover
- Dual LCD Screens
- 24.7MP stills from video feed
- 8X Slo-Mo
- 27MP still photo capture
- Hindsight video capture
- Time-Lapse scheduled capture
- 9 GoPro Max Tips You Need to Know
- Tricks for Shooting B-Roll Solo
- How to Pack Light for a Photography Trip
- Simple Tips for Taking Photos with a GoPro Hero 10
- 4 GoPro Mounts for your Next Adventure
- Top GoPro Accessories for Traveling
The GoPro Hero 11 is the latest in the GoPro lineup of action cameras, and it is awesome!
While the form factor remains unchanged from its predecessor, the Hero 11 has some massive improvements under the hood.
Read on to learn about the GoPro Hero 11 Black and some excellent GoPro accessories to add to your purchase.
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What IS an Action Camera?
Some photographers look at all the excitement surrounding the release of a new GoPro camera, such as the GoPro Hero 11, and wonder what all the hoopla is about. In order to understand why the excitement for the GoPro Hero 11, maybe a quick review of just what is an action cam might help.
An action cam is a small camera designed for video and still images that is small, very heavy-duty, and is meant to be used in action settings. Action settings may be sports such as motocross, oval track racing, skydiving, snow skiing, wakeboarding, biking, horseback riding, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling…you get the picture.
Action cameras, such as the GoPro lineup of cameras, are very small, usually cube-shaped or close to cubes, and have wide-angle lenses. As you can see in the video above by GoPro, the Hero 11 is waterproof, shockproof, and has excellent video modes. It can be used in a huge variety of ways depending on what GoPro accessories you buy.
GoPro Hero 11 Specs
The biggest news concerning the GoPro Hero 11 is the new sensor. For an action cam, it’s huge! It is 27MP, 1/1.9” size, and has a new aspect ratio for GoPro of 8:7, which I’ll explain in a bit. Here is a list of the GoPro Hero 11 specs:
GoPro Hero 11 Black Features
The biggest new feature to talk about for the GoPro Hero 11 is that new sensor. Not only is it very high megapixels, it’s larger than any previous GoPro Hero. And it has a new aspect ratio, 8:7.
What this means is that you can just shoot and then later crop the footage or images into any number of other image and video aspect ratios, vertically and horizontally. Many users of the GoPro Hero 11 will probably leave it in that capture mode for the majority of videos and still pics.
Some other GoPro Hero 11 features that will be liked are the HyperSmooth stabilization and the Hindsight video capture, which provides 30 seconds of video before you start shooting, ensuring you don’t miss the action.
Here is a great video tutorial that will help you get started using the GoPro Hero 11 features to the full. It’s from the GoPro Tips YouTube channel, which has many excellent videos to answer your GoPro questions.
OctoPad Camera Mount
Some of the most useful GoPro accessories are mounts. One that I love for using a GoPro as a vlogging camera or as a B-Roll camera is the OctoPad camera mount. This compact mount allows you to securely place a GoPro Hero 11 on almost any type of surface, including those angled up to 45 degrees.
It’s a semi-rigid weighted disk with a tripod mount on top and a non-slip pad underneath. I use several of these when shooting video since they are easy to carry and very budget-friendly. Besides the camera, I mount auxiliary microphones or video lights to flesh out the captured footage.
GoPro Protective Housing
While the GoPro Hero 11 is waterproof already down to 33 feet, some users will want to go deeper. The GoPro Protective Housing is in the official GoPro accessories category and allows deep diving to 196 feet. It also provides extra protection above water for truly extreme action videos.
Dual Battery Charger
You don’t want your GoPro Hero 11 to go dead in the middle of your outing, so get an extra battery and also the GoPro Dual Battery Charger. It uses USB connections and charges a dead battery to full in about 2 hours.
Aluminum Tripod Mount
In order to use your new GoPro Hero 11 on other camera mounts like the OctoPad, you need to adapt the GoPro Accessories mount to a standard ¼ - 20 tripod screw. This all Aluminum Tripod Mount from HSU will fit perfectly with your GoPro Hero 11 action cam.
Final Thoughts GoPro Hero 11
You’re going to love the GoPro Hero 11 for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest draws for many action cam users is the large sensor with the large area aspect ratio. It really is a game changer for lots of videographers.
The GoPro Hero 11 is the best GoPro action cam yet. I’m sure newcomers will fall in love with it, and experienced GoPro users will want the extra flexibility and high quality of the new large sensor.