In a nutshell: GoPro has introduced the latest addition to its long-running line of action cameras. The aptly named GoPro Hero 12 Black sports a number of improvements over its predecessor and is available to pre-order from today ahead of its September 13 worldwide launch.
The Hero 12 Black includes the company’s Enduro rechargeable battery which, when combined with the camera’s improved power management system, can deliver up to 2x longer runtime compared to its predecessor (over 155 minutes of recording at 1080p30 / 95+ minutes at 5.3K30).
Speaking of quality, the new action camera can capture at up to 5.3K resolution at up to 30 frames per second. As GoPro notes, that’s 91 percent more resolution than 4K and 665 percent more than 1080p. Other recording modes include 8x slo-mo at up to 2.7K resolution and traditional 4K capture at up to 120 frames per second. Stills can be grabbed at up to 27 megapixels.
GoPro’s latest also supports wireless audio, allowing users to capture audio directly from Bluetooth devices like earbuds, headphones, microphones, and even Apple AirPods. A range of aspect ratio options caters to all sorts of content creators, and timecode sync makes it easy to sync an unlimited number of Hero 12 Blacks for multi-camera editing.
GoPro also announced its new Max Lens Mod 2.0, an attachable lens accessory that can expand the camera’s field of view up to 177 degrees at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The add-on is said to be smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and features a lens that is twice as scratch resistant as before. Other accessories, like an extension pole and a waterproof shutter remote, are coming in October, we’re told.
The GoPro Hero 12 Black starts at $399.99 and the Max Lens Mod 2.0 will set you back another $99.99 (or $79.99 for GoPro subscribers). A Creator Edition that bundles several additional accessories will also be available for $599.99. Pre-orders are open now ahead of a planned September 13 launch.