GoPro Hero 12 Black: No new 1-inch camera sensor for DJI Osmo Action 4 rival as leaker reveals pricing, release date and humdrum specifications
Roland Quandt has shared specifications, pricing and availability for the Hero 12 Black, which GoPro will stylise as the HERO12 Black when it arrives next month. As expected, the Hero 12 Black retains its predecessor's boxy design. Incidentally, DJI also returned to this design last year, ditching the modular and magnetic solution that it debuted with the Action 2.
Based on an earlier leak, it seemed that GoPro would adopt a new 1-inch camera sensor this year, a huge upgrade from the 1/1.9-inch equivalent in the Hero 11 Black. As we discussed at the time, the new sensor would be roughly 2.3x larger than its predecessor, which should significantly improve image quality. Additionally, the leaked images revealed an edge-to-edge display and a 4K/240 FPS video mode, both improvements over the Hero 11 Black.
Unfortunately, it appears that GoPro has now shelved all these changes. Instead, the Hero 12 Black will maintain its predecessor's core features, including its 1/1.9-inch sensor that outputs at 27 MP and peaks at 5.3K/60 FPS. Likewise, GoPro's next action camera will still have 1.4-inch front and 2.27-inch rear-facing displays, as well as 1 ATM water resistance.
Purportedly, GoPro will distinguish the Hero 12 Black from its predecessor in two areas. Namely, the Hero 12 Black will last for 70 minutes when recording 5.3K/60 FPS footage, an increase of 9 minutes. Furthermore, the default 1,720 mAh Enduro battery should last 90 minutes if you drop to 5.3K/30 FPS or 150 minutes for 1080p/30 FPS footage, 10-minute and 13-minute improvements, respectively. Also, GoPro will integrate HyperSmooth 6.0 technology, a refinement of the company's electronic image stabilisation.
In short, the Hero 12 Black will be a minor update over the Hero 11 Black. While the whereabouts of the rumoured 1-inch model is unknown for now, Quandt adds that the Hero 12 Black will be available from September 13 with a €449.99 starting price. Hence, this year's GoPro Hero will price match its predecessor, which is unsurprising considering the lack of changes between models.