GoPro HERO 10 vs 9 vs 8 (Buyer’s Guide 2022)

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1️⃣ GoPro HERO10 Camera *ON SALE NOW*


3️⃣ GoPro Hero 8

4️⃣ GoPro Media Mod Kit

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0:00 GoPro Hero Buyer’s Guide
0:41 GoPro Hero 8 Overview
2:10 Should You Buy the GoPro Hero 8
3:21 GoPro Hero 10 vs 9 Similarities
5:13 Color Science
7:11 Image Quality
8:01 Audio Test
8:52 Water Proof
9:34 Video & Build Quality
13:24 Final Thoughts

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In this video, Nolan compares the GoPro HERO 10 vs the GoPro HERO 9. This Full GoPro HERO Review is great for deciding which GoPro Camera to Buy.

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— So you’re looking to buy a GoPro

and you’re wondering if the
newest GoPro, the HERO10,

is actually worth $500,

or if you should get the HERO9 for $400,

or maybe even get the HERO8 for $300.

Well, by the time you finish this video,

I’m gonna make sure you
know exactly which GoPro

that you should buy.

Now, quick little spoiler alert,

I do recommend the HERO8,

but I also recommend the 9 and the 10,

all for different kinds of people.

It all comes down to how
you’re going to use the GoPro

and how much money
you’re willing to spend.

But don’t worry, I’m gonna let you know

which GoPro is the best and
which GoPro is the best value.

So stay tuned to find out
which GoPro you should buy.

You gotta just press record.
(camera beeping)

Hey guys, my name is Nolan Molt

with Think Media and I wanna start off

by talking about the GoPro HERO8

and who I recommend this GoPro for

because the 9 and the 10
are actually really similar,

but the 8 is a bit different.

Now, one of the main differences

with the 8 is you don’t have
that front-facing screen

like you do on the 9 and the 10.

Now, if you know that you really want

that front-facing screen,

then you already know to
go with the 9 or the 10,

and don’t go with the 8.

However, I think there’s a lot of people

who don’t need the front-facing screen,

depending on how they use the GoPro.

Overall, the GoPro HERO8 is
a fantastic action camera,

coming in at $300.

However, today on Amazon,
I saw it on sale for 289.

So make sure you check those
links in the description

because these GoPros can go on sale

and you can definitely
pick them up for cheaper.

As far as the image quality goes,

it’s not going to be
as nice as the 9 or 10,

but it is really close to
looking like the 9 or the 10.

It is a bit more contrasty,

so you’re not gonna get as
much detail in the skies

if there’s a really bright sunspot

or in the shadows if it is really dark.

Now, you’re still able
to shoot video in 4k

on the HERO8,

however, it’s not gonna be
as sharp as the 9 or 10,

but it’s a great 4k image.

It’s still sharp,

and a lot of us are still
doing 1080p videos on YouTube,

or whether you’re gonna upload
to Facebook or Instagram,

you might not really need 5k.

The 4k is good enough.

Now the HERO8, in my opinion,

was one of those first GoPros

that actually had a really
good HyperSmooth feature.

So if you are wanting to
get really steady shots

with your GoPro, whether you’re
using it as an action camera

or some sort of
walk-and-talk type of video,

this is still gonna provide
very stable footage for you.

All right, so who is
this GoPro 8 really for?

First of all, if you’re on a budget,

this is definitely the one to go with.

Once you start getting to the 7, 6, 5,

I really don’t think it’s worth it.

I think it’s worth spending
just a little bit extra money

to go ahead and get the 8.

Mainly because of that 4k footage

and the HyperSmooth being
much improved on the HERO8.

Now if this GoPro you’re
not gonna use all the time.

It’s not gonna be your main camera.

I definitely recommend
just saving the money

and going with the 8,

and you get a nice wide shot in 4k.

Whether you’re shooting
a wedding, an event,

you wanna get a time-lapse,

maybe you’re shooting a video podcast

and you just wanna get an extra angle.

This is definitely a good way to go,

and you can save some good money

because you don’t need
that front-facing screen.

And in those cases, also,

you don’t need super crazy
high resolution slow motion

if you’re just gonna be shooting 4k,

24 frames per second or
30 frames per second,

you can get a nice shot
out of this camera.

Now, of course, it’s not
gonna be a perfect camera.

There’s a lot of improvements
that they’ve made

to the 9 and the 10.

However, if you’re just
using this recreationally

or you wanna set up that extra angle,

I recommend going with this

because having a slower menu system

or having your photos and
videos take a little bit longer

to save.

It’s not really a big deal
if you’re not using this

in a professional setting.

Now that being said, the 9

and the 10 definitely do
have some major improvements.

And if you have the money

and you’re wanting to
get a really good GoPro,

you’re gonna wanna look
at the 9 or the 10.

Now if you’re in the boat for getting one

of these two cameras,

I’m gonna help you find out

which one is the best value GoPro.

Is it worth spending
a hundred dollars more

for the brand new 10?

Or should you save that a hundred dollars

and just get the 9?

Now there’s definitely a few
reasons you do wanna spend

that extra money to jump up from the 8

to one of these cameras,

and first of all, that is
that front-facing screen.

Like I mentioned,

it’s really nice having
that front-facing screen

if you’re doing YouTube
videos, if you’re vlogging,

really, if you’re setting up a car shot

or you’re just in a tight space,

having that front-facing camera is so nice

because you can set up the
shot exactly how you want

and you don’t have to
guess and kind of move it

to where you think it is
or connect it to a phone.

You just have everything
you need right here.

And for me, that has
been my favorite feature

about these cameras is
the front-facing screen.

The second reason to get one

of these cameras is you
have higher resolutions

and frame rates.

So you can shoot in 5k
and 5.3k on the GoPro 10.

And this gives you a really sharp image.

And in a professional setting,

you can still crop in and
still export videos in 4k.

Now, a lot of us don’t need 5k and 4k,

so you can still shoot 1080 in these

if you just wanna record
some cool memories,

record a hike, or whatever it is,

but the 5k image really
has a beautiful image

with a lot of detail in there.

And with the higher frame rates,

you can get really cool slow
motion shots on the GoPro.

And lastly, you’re gonna
get better stabilization

with these cameras.

They just continue to improve and improve

that HyperSmooth
stabilization year after year

and it’s getting really, really good.

Now, before I get into the differences

between these cameras,

I do wanna say that the
image is very similar.

If you look at these side-by-side

and you did a blind comparison test,

you probably could not
tell which one was which,

however, when shooting on these cameras

and doing those side-by-side comparisons,

I did find some things that
you guys are gonna wanna know.

Now on the GoPro 9, you
do have two color options.

You’re gonna have flat as well as GoPro.

GoPro is gonna be your regular
colors with the contrast

and saturation baked into the footage,

whereas flat is gonna be flatter.

It’s not gonna have as much contrast.

It’s not gonna have as much saturation.

And this is so that you can add

in your own colors during editing.

Now on the GoPro 10, it’s
a little bit different.

You still have that flat option,

but now you have a natural option

to replace the GoPro option on the 9.

And then you also have a vibrant option.

Now for this test that
you’re looking at right now,

we have the GoPro 9 in the GoPro color,

and we have the GoPro
10 in the natural color.

Now, what I noticed is

that the 9 was definitely more saturated.

The colors were more vibrant

and the 10 had a little
more of a warmer tone.

Now if this was the only
way to shoot the footage

and I had to choose one or the other,

I actually like the GoPro
9 better than the 10,

just the way that it looks.

It’s more saturated.

I think the colors look a little better.

And so, I’m choosing the 9 over the 10,

but really that’s just preference.

I can always boost the
saturation on the GoPro 10

or turn the saturation down on the 9

and mess with those colors in editing.

But one thing that I did
notice on the GoPro 10 was

that the blue sky had a
lot of noise in the shot.

When you look at the 9 and the
10 side-by-side in the sky,

you can see how much noise is in the 10.

And the 9 just looks nice and clear.

Now, both cameras were on
the same exact settings

when it comes to all the
exposure tools, ISO, the EV Comp,

all that stuff was set to the exact same.

Now, the interesting thing was when I shot

with these cameras in flat mode,

that noise was not in the
sky anymore on the GoPro 10.

And when I zoomed in on flat mode,

I saw that the 9 actually had
more noise and discoloration

in the shadows, specifically,
versus on the 10.

And the GoPro 10 seemed

to have a little more detail as well.

Now you do get a little
bit more resolution

with 5.3k on the 10 versus

just 5k on the 9.

However, that’s not that
big of a difference.

So it’s hard to tell if
that’s why it’s sharper

or if they just have a cleaner
image coming out of the 10

versus the 9.

I don’t know, but when it
comes to that flat profile,

I give the edge to the 10.

Now this is a good time to remind you guys

that the differences between
these two cameras are very,

very small when it comes
to the image quality.

Now, if you’re watching
this on your phone,

you probably could not tell any difference

between these two cameras

if I just showed them to you

and I didn’t zoom in and
actually point them out to you.

And that’s why I wanted to start off

and tell you guys that
the image quality is very,

very similar, but of course,
this is a comparison,

so I am going to nitpick.

Now on these cameras,

when it came to their natural modes,

the GoPro and the natural,
I just don’t really like it

when you compare it to the flat mode.

The flat mode just gives
you so much more detail

in those shadows and those highlights,

if you just add a little bit of contrast

and a little bit of saturation,

you’re getting a much better
image than the natural

or the GoPro colors.

For me, when it comes
to using these GoPros,

I’m for sure using the flat color profile,

because you can just
get so much more detail

out of the image.

Both these cameras, of course,
have built in microphones

so you can hear what that sounds like now.

This is an audio test to see how it sounds

on the GoPro 9 versus the 10.

Which one sounds better?

Do they sound the same?

Let me know in the comments,

but this is kind of the audio

that you’ll get straight out of the GoPro.

It’s not very good.

I definitely recommend
getting the Media Mod

and a shotgun microphone
if you plan on doing a lot

of vlogging with the GoPro.

Listening back to both of them,
there is a small difference,

but I couldn’t tell
which one I liked better.

So I’m just gonna give it
a tie on the audio quality.

And I was actually surprised

that it wasn’t as bad as I
remember GoPro audio being.

Still though, you can get way better audio

with that shotgun microphone

and the Media Mod plugged into the GoPro.

So I definitely would
recommend doing that still,

if you are going to vlog

or shoot YouTube video
straight into the GoPro.

(camera snapping)
This is a test

to see how it sounds on
the built-in microphones

on the GoPro.

And this is what it sounds
like with the knockoff version

of the Rode Video Micro.

When it comes to the design,

both are gonna be
waterproof up to 10 meters

and both have that removable lens cover.

However, on the HERO10,

there’s actually a
different type of lens cover

that repels water a lot
better than the 9 does.

Now after Willow got both
these cameras all soaking wet,

they kind of dried a little
bit as I was still shooting.

And I noticed that the 9 was

just a bit dirtier than the 10.

I think a lot of the water
kind of fell off that lens

like it’s supposed to versus the 9,

it kind of just dried onto that lens.

And you’d have to clean
that off as you go.

Now, if you have the 9,

you can actually just buy that lens cover

and it’s gonna fit onto your
9 even though it was made

with the 10 and comes
with all of the GoPro 10s.

Now, when it comes to video,

there are some big differences
when it comes to resolution

and frame rates.

On the HERO9, you can shoot
5k up to 30 frames per second,

but on the HERO10,

you can shoot 5.3k up
to 60 frames per second.

Basically, all the frame
rates have now doubled

to the GoPro 10.

So now the GoPro HERO10 can
shoot 4k 120 frames per second,

and 2.7k at 240 frames per second.

The HERO9 has HyperSmooth 3.0,

whereas you have a new
HyperSmooth of 4.0 on the HERO10.

Now I thought both of them
were really, really good.

However, I do have to give the edge

to their new and improved HyperSmooth 4.0.

Now in this shot, I’m literally
sprinting following Willow

and it does a really good job.

I was super surprised
when I looked back at this

because I thought it was
gonna be super shaky,

but it did a really good job
of stabilizing that footage,

even when I was sprinting
as fast as I could.

Now I definitely should
have used horizon leveling

for these shots.

It would’ve gave me a better
image that was more straight.

And that’s another category
that the 10 has improved.

You now have better
horizon leveling on the 10

versus the 9.

Both cameras are gonna feature
stabilized time-lapse video

and speed ramping, just like the HERO9.

And both cameras have the
ability to live stream

and use these as webcams.

They also have the same battery.

So you’re pretty much gonna see
the same battery performance

on both of these cameras.

Now, one of the big things
that GoPro talked about

when it came to the 10 was their new chip.

Now, when it comes to real-world
use, is it actually better?

Does the menus actually go through faster?

Well, it kind of does,

but I didn’t notice that
big of a difference.

On these GoPro, on the back screen,

it’s nothing like a
smartphone touchscreen.

It’s still a little bit clunky.

Sometimes when you try to hit a button,

it goes somewhere else.

And so, it’s definitely not perfect.

I don’t love it.

And the improvement is there.

I definitely noticed some improvement,

but it’s not as big as I hoped it would be

or thought it would be.

Now these cameras have quick capture.

So if you just hit the record
button while they’re off,

it’s gonna start recording
as soon as possible.

And I did this test three times

and guess which one was faster?

Not the 10.

It was the 9 every single time.

And I even turn these cameras
around to show you guys

because I was like, they
might not believe me.

So I had to turn the cameras around

and show you that the
9 was actually the one

that was faster.

Now when you just power the
10 on it’s barely faster

than the 9.

I do know that it does
have some processing

that is faster when it comes to photos,

but when it comes to us video
people just powering it on,

recording videos, saving those videos,

they’re very similar

and there’s not a huge difference there.

And you can actually see in this test

when they’re on and you
hit the record button

at the same time,

the record start times are the same.

So there is no improvement

when it comes to actually
just starting your video

on record.

Now I don’t wanna bash them for this

because it’s quick on both cameras,

but there is no improvement
with the new camera.

One of the things I love about
the 10 is the menu system,

when it comes to shortcut,
is so much easier to navigate

and find what you’re
looking for versus the 9.

Now on November 16th,

there’s actually supposed to
be a big update when it comes

to GoPro and a software
update for the new GoPro 10.

The HERO10 is gonna be getting
the Max Lens Mod support.

And also, we are gonna
get 24 frames per second

at all resolutions.

Right now you can shoot 5k
at 30 frames per second,

but not at 24, which is kind
of lame, but don’t worry.

That’s gonna be coming out very soon.

We’re also gonna get the Super
View Lens at 5.3k resolution,

at 30, 25, and 24 frames per second.

Now, from everything I’ve
said about the new chip,

it might sound like it doesn’t do much.

However, the front screen is much better.

And I think this is because
of their new GoPro 2 chip.

Now when I’m shooting in
5k and I’m waving my hands,

you can see how choppy it is on the 9.

It’s still good for framing up your shot.

And it’s still good to kind of see

if you’re still in the shot,

but it is so much smoother
when it’s on the 10.

Now the 9 is still usable for sure.

It is choppy.

It’s a little bit delayed,

but there’s been big
improvements on the 10

and so, if you’re looking for something

that’s super reliable for vlogging

or for getting that right shot
from the front-facing screen,

then the 10 definitely
wins in that category.

Now that’s a lot to cover.

So when it comes down to it,

which is the better camera?

Which one should you buy?

And is it worth an extra hundred dollars

to go with the new one?

Or should you just get the 9?

Now, if you were to ask me,

hey, what’s the best GoPro?

I don’t care about money.

I just wanna buy the best GoPro.

Well, I would say it’s the GoPro 10.

Now the one thing that was kind of funny

with the GoPro 10 was
the noise in the sky.

Now this probably could be
fixed in a software update,

but if you’re like me

and you wanna get the
best video image possible,

then you’re gonna be
shooting in flat anyways.

And you get a really clean
looking shot out of that.

But I know a lot of you guys are asking,

is the 10 worth a hundred
dollars more than the 9?

But before I answer that,

you can actually get the GoPro 10 for $400

if you have a GoPro subscription.

And I think for the next few
days, they are doing a deal.

If you get the GoPro 10 at $400,

you get a year free subscription to GoPro.

And in that case, I think
definitely go for the GoPro 10,

but when it comes down
to the best value GoPro

and which one I personally
would spend my own money on,

I would get the GoPro HERO9.

It’s still a fantastic camera

and it really doesn’t look
much different than the HERO10.

People would not really
notice if I’m shooting

on a 9 or a 10.

And so, you’re really paying
for some of the other things.

On the 9, though it’s choppy,

you still have that front
screen, which is so useful,

and you’re also still able to shoot in 5k.

And though you can’t shoot in
60 frames per second in 5k,

you can still get some
good slow-mo on the 9.

Yes, it’s not gonna be as sharp as the 10

because you have more
resolution on the 10.

But again, for most people
who are just viewing

on their phones, they’re not gonna notice.

So if you want the best GoPro possible

and you have the money or
you can find it on sale

or find a good deal,
definitely get the GoPro 10.

But if you wanna save some money

and still get a fantastic GoPro,

I recommend going with the 9.

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Let me know your thoughts in the comments,

and I’ll see you guys in the next video.

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