The GoPro brand of camera has certainly captured some interest in the camera world, especially those who are the rugged, beat-em-up type of person. Known for it’s rugged design and built to be a true “Sports” camera, the GoPro continues to grow in popularity.
GoPro announces a winning camera coming soon.
You might want to hold-off of spending your money just yet, as GoPro Hero 11 rumors have started to get some traction, which could see the action camera brand take a step further by offering some premium solutions to professional filmmakers. Finally, GoPro may go after the serious videographer.
GoPro to release 2 cameras this year!
“At the end of 2022, we plan to increase our hardware offerings from two product types we have today, HERO and MAX, to four distinct camera products.“ CEO Nick Woodman said: “we expect to expand that further by the end of 2023”. This statement suggests that GoPro do plan on expanding their range in the future, but for now the plan is to launch only a new Max and Hero product this year, but in two variants.
Is this the start of a new “lite” and “professional” models? It could be… and more words from the GoPro CEO could confirm the next move. “We think it’s important to build very differentiated specialized solutions for different use cases to appeal to entirely new groups of users”.
A pro-grade GoPro does seem like the logical solution. “I think it sometimes gets missed that GoPro’s are used by professionals the world over, whether it’s for film, television, their own commercial purposes, or their own research purposes,” said Woodman, whilst going on to point out GoPro had just won its second Emmy for its services to the film industry..
This pro-grade solution is already apparent, with the likes of modification company Back-Bone(opens in new tab) doing just that – offering and modifying current GoPro cameras and giving them a radical new look, with better lens options, infrared conversions, and even internal filters, but for an astronomical price tag.
Wish list for the GoPro 11:
Right now the GoPro Hero 10(opens in new tab) Black edition currently shoots 5.3K at 60fps and 4K up to 120fps for slow-motion, We could see this being increased to 6K for the Hero 11 and the slow-motion capabilities improved to 240 frames per second 4K.
Even the best action camera can struggle in low-light conditions, offering at best sub-par performance when compared to consumer-grade mirrorless or DSLRs. If GoPro find a way to offer better low-light performance, while maintaining their small form factor the company could be on to a winner.
Bigger sometimes is actually better, and if GoPro implemented a 1/1.7-inch sensor into the new Hero 11 it could provide better video resolutions and offer vast improvements over low-light performance. Yes, this could come with the drawback of the 11 series being slightly bigger than its predecessor, but that size increase wouldn’t be enough to but off GoPro being a great option.
Of course, all of this is just a wish in the wind, a hope on a prayer, until GoPro officially announces the next generation of action cameras. There is a lot of room to grow for GoPro, and now is the time for the company to take a big step and offer something game-changing, and now, spec-updating.
This is what GoPro may look like:
Unsurprisingly, the GoPro Hero 11 Black looks very much like its predecessor – as they say, if it’s not broken, don’t fit it. Judging by the leaked images on WIN FUTURE, it looks nearly identical on the outside to the GoPro Hero 10. It still features a large front-facing screen, a touch rear screen, an on and off button on the side and a sleek-looking finish. The most important updates are of course what’s inside but until the official specifications are announced we can’t be certain what they might be.
Looks like another September Release
GoPro Hero models are updated annually almost like clockwork – so if the past is anything to go by, we would expect the GoPro Hero 11 to be unveiled in September 2022.