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The 3 Best GoPro Cameras of 2022 Reviews

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Best GoPro Cameras

We've tested four of GoPro's flagship action cameras. GoPro is practically synonymous with action cameras, and the company has continued to refine its offerings each year. That said, we haven't tested models like the GoPro Max, the company's latest 360-degree camera, due to limitations with our current test methodology since we don't currently test 360-degree cameras. Still, you can typically rely on GoPro cameras to have excellent build quality, high resolution and frame rates, and a solid companion app, making GoPros a sure bet if you want a high-quality action camera.

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Best GoPro Cameras


  1. Best GoPro

    The GoPro HERO10 Black is the best GoPro that we've tested. This latest flagship model features the latest technology GoPro has to offer and has an upgraded processor that's advertised to give it smoother overall performance, as well as improve its low-light video quality. This camera can record high-quality 5.3k video at up to 60 fps and 4k up to 120 fps, and 2.7k and 1080p up to 240 fps. That means you can capture a wide array of footage, from smooth fast action to slow-motion, in a variety of resolutions. Its 'HyperSmooth' stabilization does an exceptional job smoothing out camera shake, although it does incur a slight crop to your footage. The camera also has a horizon-leveling feature that keeps your videos level even when tilting the camera from side to side. It's also advertised to be waterproof to a depth of 33 ft, and you can easily mount it to any number of action rigs, helmets, and objects, making it suitable for all kinds of extreme sports.

    That said, it doesn't have any inputs and outputs aside from its USB-C port, though you can buy a GoPro media mod at an additional cost if you want a built-in directional mic and HDMI port to connect to an external display. The camera's battery life is slightly worse than previous GoPro models we've tested, though it isn't bad overall. One thing to keep in mind is that the camera can sometimes overheat during longer sessions. However, battery performance can also vary depending on your settings and usage habits. Overall, this is the best GoPro camera you can get if you're looking for an action camera with all the latest features.

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  2. Best Value GoPro

    If you want a camera that performs similarly, but you aren't willing to spend as much, we recommend the GoPro HERO9 Black. While you can get older models for even less, this is the latest flagship GoPro behind the GoPro HERO10 Black and offers many of the same features, including a front-facing Live View screen that you can use to monitor yourself while recording and 5k video capability. It's advertised to be waterproof to a depth of 33 ft and, for the most part, has a very similar design and the same sturdy feel as the HERO10. Its 'HyperSmooth' digital stabilization feature does a fantastic job smoothing out camera shake, though enabling it does incur a noticeable crop. It offers several frame rate options, including 5k up to 30 fps, 4k up to 60 fps, and 1080p up to 240 fps, allowing you to shoot a range of video styles to suit your needs, from smooth, fast action footage to slow-motion video.

    Unfortunately, however, the camera's video quality is a bit lackluster. Though it's largely better than most other action cameras, it doesn't perform well in low light due to the size of its sensor, particularly when compared to the HERO10, which has an upgraded processor that gives it better low-light performance. It also lacks ports and inputs, but you can purchase a GoPro 'Media Mod' at an additional cost if you want a built-in directional mic, headphone jack, and HDMI output. All in all, if you can live without the additional frame rate options and better low-light performance of the HERO10, this camera offers most of the same features at a lower price point, giving it a lot of value for its price.

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  3. Best Budget GoPro

    Finally, if you're on an even tighter budget, consider going back yet another generation and getting the GoPro HERO8 Black. Though it's an older model, it's still a very capable action camera. It's highly portable, even a tad smaller and lighter than either the GoPro HERO9 Black or the GoPro HERO10 Black. It has the same sturdy build quality you might expect, and it's also waterproof to an advertised depth of 33 ft. It has four different digital lens simulations that let you adjust the field of view from a classic wide-angle with fisheye effect to a more linear field of view. Although it doesn't shoot 5k video like the others, it can still record 4k video up to 60 fps and 1080p up to 240 fps for up to 8x slow-motion footage of high-speed action. It uses an older version of GoPro's 'HyperSmooth' stabilization, but it still does a fantastic job smoothing out camera shake. The only downside is that enabling it introduces an even greater 1.5x crop on your footage.

    That said, this camera doesn't have the front-facing Live View screen that you see on newer models. It does have a front-facing LCD, but it's limited to providing information like battery life, shooting mode, and remaining storage space. Though this can vary, this model has the worst battery life of the three, though it's only about 5 minutes shorter than the HERO10. Also, if photos are your thing, this camera has a lower effective resolution for photos, resulting in noticeably worse image quality. That said, its overall video quality is comparable to the HERO9. All things considered, if you don't need 5k video capability or a front-facing screen for vlogging, this is a great budget choice for action video.

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Compared to other brands


  • Well-built, waterproof design. GoPro cameras typically feel well-built and are designed to withstand the elements. They're advertised to be waterproof up to a certain distance, although we don't currently test this.
  • High-speed recording capability. GoPro cameras support high frame rates at high resolutions for high-speed recording. Most offer up to 240 fps recording in FHD and up to 60 fps in 4k, so you can smoothly capture fast action.
  • Good photo capability. GoPros tend to have better photo capability, with the latest flagship model allowing up to 20MP photos. They typically have a wider ISO range and faster continuous shooting speed than competitors.
  • Lack of accessories in the box. Most GoPro cameras come with just the basics in the box, meaning you'll have to buy mounting accessories or mods separately.
  • Video quality is unremarkable. GoPro cameras tend to deliver okay video quality, but there's still a lot of room for improvement, especially when it comes to low light performance.

GoPro vs AKASO

GoPro cameras tend to have much better video quality, support higher frame rates, and feel better built than AKASO action cameras. If you're looking for a basic action camera that delivers lots of value for the price, AKASO cameras typically come with a wide array of accessories in the box. This includes various mounts, cables, and even zip ties, so you can get out there and start shooting right away.

GoPro vs DJI

DJI is one of GoPro's biggest competitors, offering a solid alternative that competes with GoPro in build quality and affordability. That said, GoPro cameras tend to deliver higher-quality photos and video and better stabilization.

GoPro cameras deliver when it comes to features and performance, but brand recognition also comes with a premium price to match. While there are alternatives that can save you some money or come with more accessories right off the bat, GoPro cameras stand out due to their typically higher-quality video, greater photo capability, and impressive video stabilization.

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 03, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy with no change to recommendations.

  2. Jan 04, 2022: Minor updates to text for clarity and accuracy.

  3. Dec 10, 2021: Renamed the GoPro HERO9 Black to 'Best Value GoPro'.

  4. Nov 08, 2021: Substantial article restructuring. Replaced GoPro HERO9 Black with GoPro HERO10 Black as 'Best GoPro'. Replaced GoPro HERO7 Black with GoPro HERO8 Black as 'Best Budget GoPro' due to current availability. Recategorized GoPro HERO9 Black as the 'Best GoPro For Vlogging'.

  5. Sep 10, 2021: Minor updates to text for clarity and accuracy; no change to recommendations.

Conclusion

GoPro originated the action camera, and the brand reliably delivers features like impressive video stabilization and fantastic build quality. While the video quality still leaves something to be desired, especially in low light, you can't go wrong with a GoPro if you're looking for a high-quality action camera.

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