Why We Chose It: Max Lens Mod, 5k imagery, sturdy build
Capturing content when out in the hills can be tricky business. Yes, you may be able to use your phone to grab that summit selfie, but what if it runs out of battery? You can also look down the mirrorless camera route, but what if it’s chucking it down and you don’t want to get your £1,000 purchase out in the wet?
This is exactly where action cameras come in, and GoPro are the kings of the action camera world.
Who Is The GoPro Hero9 For?
GoPro releases a new camera like clockwork every September and for September 2020 it was this, the GoPro Hero9. This serves up a range of updates, many of which are extremely handy for us outdoor lovers.
GoPro has built in the ability to remove and swap out lenses and this not only makes for easy repairs on the fly (we’ve smashed our fair share of GoPro lenses in the past), but it also gives you the new option to change your field of view via the all new ‘Max Lens Mod’.
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The Max Lens Mod is an ultra-wide angle 155˚ FOV (that’s really wide) lens for enhanced perspective and improved depth of field. This is ideal for landscape photography and videography as it lets you capture as much of that epic mountain scenery as possible.
“GoPro are the kings of the action camera world.”
The regular lens that comes with the Hero9 is a pretty wide lens as it is but the Max Lens Mod (purchased separately) really turns the Hero9 into a landscape shooting machine.
If you’re someone who’s partial to a bit of ‘vlogging’ then the Hero9 is going to be right up your street, thanks to a few vlog-friendly updates. Most noticeable of these updates is, of course, that front-facing screen that’ll help you frame up your shot and get that all important summit selfie.
Then you’ve got the voice commands that let you control the GoPro by simply telling it what to do. Gone are the days of running back and forth to make sure the GoPro is actually recording.