If there’s one name we can definitively associate with action cams, it’s GoPro. When the label’s first action camera (which used 35mm film) dropped in 2004, it would inspire the HERO lineup that would eventually launch the company into worldwide success. GoPro is still one of the best action camera manufacturers in the industry right now, and the HERO collection has only been getting better. More creator-friendly features are introduced with each new update, and when the HERO11 came out last year, it was clear the label was still dedicated to making high-quality cams for reasonable prices. Now, GoPro has announced the HERO12 Black, which features longer battery life and Bluetooth connectivity.
This updated action cam comes with a 1/1.9″ CMOS sensor and a variety of quality-of-life updates to improve the user experience, like the ability to shoot in a 9:16 aspect ratio in vertical mode, Bluetooth connectivity, and longer battery life (2x longer than the HERO11, according to GoPro). It’s waterproof up to 60 meters with the case on and features a variety of modes, like the Night Lapse feature, which lets you capture nature in new ways. You’re getting 27MP photos and 24.7MP frame grabs, which can easily be edited and uploaded through the Quik app.
Alongside the HERO12 Black base edition, an accessory bundle (including two enduro batteries, a grip, a headband, and a carrying case) and a bundle that includes the Max Lens Mod 2.0 (a new external lens with a 177-degree field of view that provides 4K/60 FPS) will be available. The camera also comes in this new speckled, paint-splatter-like design that’s definitely an eye-catcher.
The GoPro HERO12 Black is available for pre-order now, starting at $400 for the base version, $450 for the accessories bundle, and $500 for the Max Lens Mod 2.0 bundle (which is $480 if you pre-order).