GoPro is practically synonymous with action cameras, and the company has continued to expand its offerings year after year, whether you're looking for a traditional action camera or a 360-degree camera like the GoPro Max. You can typically rely on GoPro cameras to have excellent build quality, high resolution and plenty of frame rate options, and a solid companion app, making GoPros a sure bet if you want a high-quality action camera.
We've tested four of GoPro's flagship action cameras, and while we don't currently test 360 cameras, below you'll find our picks for the best GoPros at different price points. While GoPros aren't cheap overall, older models are thankfully still available long after their initial release, creating more options for users with different budgets and needs.
The GoPro HERO10 Black is the best GoPro that we've tested (we've yet to get our hands on the GoPro HERO11 Black). This iteration is a step up from its predecessor thanks to a new and improved processor that gives it smoother overall performance and better low-light video quality. The HERO10 also marked a big improvement in frame rates, offering 5.3k 60 fps and 4k 120 fps video for the first time, making it extremely versatile for capturing everything from smooth, fast action to slow-motion in a variety of resolutions.
On top of that, you get reliably fantastic 'HyperSmooth' stabilization, along with horizon leveling and a front-facing display that lets you easily monitor yourself when using the camera in selfie mode. Last, the HERO10 has the typically rugged and waterproof build quality that GoPro has set the standard for. Though it's been superseded by a newer model, the HERO10 is still a fantastic all-around action camera that's sure to give you your money's worth.
If you want a camera that performs similarly to the GoPro HERO10 Black but aren't willing to spend as much, we recommend the GoPro HERO9 Black. While you can get older models for even less, the predecessor to the HERO10 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 nearly identical in design and build quality, with waterproofing down to 33 feet. The previous version of 'HyperSmooth' still performs incredibly well to produce buttery smooth stabilized footage.
The biggest difference is that the HERO9 uses an older processor, so it doesn't perform quite as well in low light. It's also got fewer frame rate options, though 5k up to 30 fps and 4k up to 60 fps is nothing to sneeze at, and you still get 240 fps when shooting in 1080p, giving you a lot of flexibility and options. 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, making it one of the best GoPro cameras you can get for the price.
Finally, if you're on an even tighter budget, consider going back 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 that you might expect, and it's also waterproof to an advertised depth of 33 feet.
The biggest thing you'd be giving up with this model is the front-facing Live View screen, which is handy for vloggers but may not be necessary if you're planning to mount the camera for interesting POV action shots. Although it doesn't shoot 5k video like the two GoPros mentioned above, it can still record 4k video up to 60 fps and 1080p up to 240 fps, and its stabilization feature still does a fantastic job smoothing out camera shake, albeit with a larger crop. Overall, if you don't need 5k video capability or a front-facing screen for vlogging, this is still a great GoPro that's a little easier on the wallet.
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, exceptional build quality, and impressive video stabilization.
Oct 12, 2022: Renamed the GoPro HERO9 Black as the 'Best Mid-Range GoPro Camera' and updated text for clarity.
Feb 03, 2022: Reviewed article for accuracy with no change to recommendations.
Jan 04, 2022: Minor updates to text for clarity and accuracy.
Dec 10, 2021: Renamed the GoPro HERO9 Black to 'Best Value GoPro'.
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'.
GoPro originated the action camera, and the brand reliably delivers features like impressive video stabilization and fantastic build quality. While there's still room for improvement in video quality, especially in low light, you really can't go wrong with a GoPro if you're looking for a high-quality action camera.