GoPro More Everything live stream: What to expect from today's action camera event
2020 has been the year of delayed product releases, but seemingly not for GoPro. The company unveiled the Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max on October 1 last year, but it has scheduled its 2020 event over two weeks ahead of that anniversary. Dubbed the 'More Everything' event, GoPro has been fairly obvious as to what it will be announcing later today. The event commences at 14:00 UTC and can be watched on YouTube or via the embedded video below.
GoPro has hyped its next product as offering more battery life, resolution and versatility than its existing cameras, but there are some caveats to this. Firstly, it seems that the company will only release a successor to the Hero 8 Black this year. Not only has GoPro certified just one camera with regulatory bodies like the FCC this year, it is not offering any discounts on the Max which it continues to price at US$499.99. By contrast, the Hero 8 Black is now down to US$299.99, US$100 off its launch price.
So, one should only expect GoPro to announce the Hero 9 Black today, which it has essentially already confirmed in several teasers. Based on information published by Roland Quandt and WinFuture, the Hero 9 Black will offer a 40% larger battery and 30% better battery life than the Hero 8 Black. Additionally, the camera will see the return of the replacement protective camera lens that GoPro phased out last year. The Folding Fingers from last year's models return, so it seems that the Hero 9 Black will be more versatile than its predecessor by virtue of having a replacement lens cover.
The Hero 9 Black will also be able to record videos in 5K at 30 FPS courtesy of its new camera sensor, a step up from the 4K and 60 FPS limit for the Hero 8 Black. While this means that the Hero 9 Black will offer 'more resolution', the GoPro Max can record at 5K and 30 FPS.
These improvements will come at a cost too. GoPro is expected to launch the Hero 9 Black for up to 11% more than its predecessor, at least in Europe anyway. That may put the Hero 9 Black at around US$449.99, only US$50 less than the GoPro Max.