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GoPro Hero 11 Black: what we want to see

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The Hero 11 Black is expected to be GoPro’s next flagship action camera. But what upgrades could it bring? We’ve done some digging to find out.
The GoPro Hero 11 Black will almost certainly be GoPro’s next flagship action camera. There are currently almost no reliable rumors about the upcoming camera, but a little informed digging around tells us a lot about what it may be like. So we’ve rounded up all of our thoughts, and wishes, in this Hero 11 Black deep dive. Despite its likely arrival, it’s quite possible that GoPro’s biggest news of this year won’t have anything to do with the Hero 11 Black. Earlier this year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman said the company plans to expand its range in 2022, beyond the Black and Max lines we have today. One of those new cameras is most likely the drone-friendly GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones. But could we also see a return of the White or Silver series? A new large-sensor GoPro Hero ‘Platinum’ to take on the 1-inch sensor action cameras from Insta360? Who knows, but we’ll be back with more on those future products as the information lands. In the meantime, we’re here to talk about the Hero 11 Black, or whatever becomes the direct successor to the Hero 10 Black once GoPro has shaken up its line-up. Here’s everything we expect, and hope, to see in its next flagship action camera as it strives to hold onto the top spot in our guide to the best action cameras. The GoPro Hero 11 Black is likely to be announced in September 2022, if we take previous release dates as a guide. All GoPros from 2017 to today were announced in September, bar the GoPro Hero 8 Black, which was announced in mid-October. GoPro has a consistent launch schedule for these mainline action cameras, a little like Apple and its iPhones. The GoPro Hero 11 Black pricing will be an interesting test of the increase in inflation across key GoPro markets. While we don’t expect the camera to have too many astounding new features that would cause a dramatic bump up from the Hero 10 Black’s current $499 / £479 / AU$659 tag, a rise of $50 or so seems possible. We also expect to see GoPro aggressively push its GoPro Subscription for the camera, which should again bring a $100 / £100 / AU$150 discount for those who don’t mind signing up to the company’s membership service (which can be canceled at any time). Right now, there are very few credible rumors about the GoPro Hero 11 Black. Given it isn’t expected to arrive until September, that isn’t too surprising. But by digging into the Hero 10 Black’s specs, and looking back at GoPro’s recent history and comments, we can get a decent idea of what to expect. Here are six things we’d like to see from the flagship action camera – and how likely we think they are. The last significant change to the GoPro Black series’ outer design arrived with the Hero 9 Black. Its shell was 9mm wider and 10mm taller than the previous version. This came with the series’s shift in sensor tech, but didn’t seem a huge issue compared to older generations’ designs, as the built-in mount fingers mean you don’t need a separate mount case. GoPro could make some tweaks to these replaceable mount fingers by including a 1/4-inch threaded mounting point. This is probably harder than it sounds, as it would likely require the mount’s base to run deeper in the GoPro Hero 11 Black’s camera body, as well as a redesign of the fingers’ hinge system. However, it would let you attach the camera directly to a tripod plate.

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