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The best GoPro cameras in 2022: from the new Hero10 Black to thrifty older models

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While the best GoPro camera is without a double the latest, GoPro Hero 10 Black, it might not be the best one for you. Depending on what you need it for, some of the featured on the Hero 10 might be too advanced and you could actually save yourself a lot of money by investing in one of the earlier releases. GoPro now have a huge range of cameras to suit every need from basic actions cams to 6K 360-degrees cameras for when you want to be a little more creative. 

Unless you shoot professionally, chances are you won't need the 5.3K resolution offered by the Hero 10. If you can settle for 4K, you'll still get excellent image quality and you can spend the excess money on some of the best GoPro accessories

One of the main reasons people buy GoPro's is because of how tough they are. If you're planning to use it for action and adventure sports it's a no-brainer. You'll need something shockproof and waterproof and GoPro's HyperSmooth stabilization means your footage will be ultra-smooth too.

GoPro's are among some of the best waterproof and underwater cameras you can buy and the latest models are waterproof down to an impressive 10 meters. Of course, GoPro's don't have to be used solely for sports and actions, they make great cameras for vloggers, content creators and YouTubers which is why they appear in our best YouTube cameras guide. 

A few of GoPro's older models have now been discontinued so if you want to get your hands on one earlier than a 7, eBay will be your best bet. The advantage of investing in an older model such as the Hero8 Black is that as new models are released, the previous ones get cheaper. This means you can spend any spare cash on the best GoPro accessories and there are so many to choose from including selfie poles, body mounts and grip handles. 

Of course, in terms of specs, the GoPro Hero 10 really is the best GoPro you can buy at the moment with the GoPro Hero 9 coming in a close second. The Hero 10 is capable of 5.3K video, it has a front-facing screen and HyperSmooth 4.0 image stabilization for super-steady shooting but at nearly $450/£480 it's a hefty investment. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to GoPro entirely, it would be worth checking out our guide on the best action cameras which includes a few models for less than $100!

Now, without further ado, let's get to the cameras...

The best GoPro camera in 2022

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The only action camera to offer 5.3K video recording

Specifications
Weight: 153g
Waterproof: 10m
5K video: up to 60fps
4K video: up to 120fps
1080P: up to 240fps
Stills resolution: 23MP
Battery life: 1-32hrs estimate
Reasons to buy
+Faster user interface+Increased frame rates+Hydrophobic lens coating
Reasons to avoid
-Incremental upgrade on Hero9 Black--Bigger than the Hero8 Black and Hero7 Black-Not compatible with older batteries

The GoPro Hero 10 might be a little more than you need if you just want a helmet cam for safety purposes, but if you're looking for a camera that's going to record super-smooth high-quality video this can't be beaten. It might look a lot like the GoPro Hero 9 but it is a pretty significant upgrade. It features the new G2 processor which makes the interface super responsive, doubles the frame rates and fuels the best image stabilization tech available in action cameras. 

The stand-out feature is its ability to record 5.3K 60p using GoPro's new HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization. It also has the ability to shoot 23-megapixel photos and is has the best low-light performance of any GoPro yet. You can buy a wealth of accessories separately so as well as mounting it on your helmet, you could attach it to your chest, your head or even onto one of the best selfie sticks.

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Last year's flagship is now better value

Specifications
Weight: 158g
Waterproof: 10m
5K video: up to 30fps
4K video: up to 60fps
1080P: up to 240fps
Stills resolution: 20MP
Battery life: 1-3hrs estimate
Reasons to buy
+Superb image stabilization system+Excellent 5K video+Built-in accessory mounts
Reasons to avoid
-Bigger than the Hero8 and Hero7-Not compatible with older batteries

The most obvious difference between the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Hero 9 is the addition of a front-facing LCD screen. Now, if you use it mostly mounted to a helmet, your chest or your handlebars you probably won't find it all that useful, however, if you're using it for vlogging, as a webcam or for selfies it's a great addition. It also boasts a 20-megapixel sensor and can shoot up to 5K video which might be a bit overkill but it's certainly nice to have! You can also capture 14.7-megapixel still grabs from the video which is ideal for sharing on social media. 

The 2.27-inch rear screen is larger than that found on the Hero 8 black and its Hypersmooth 3.0 video stabilization has also benefitted from improvements. Thanks to its removable lens over, there's also the option to add a Max Lens Mod accessory to the GoPro Hero 9 Black which adds a few GoPro Max-style features such as 360-degree horizon lock and ultra-wide 155-degree Max SuperView mode. It's a fantastic bit of kit that will help you capture moments to remember in high definition. 

• Read more GoPro Hero 9 reviewGoPro Hero 8 vs 9 Black

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The latest 360-degree GoPro model and perhaps the best 360 cam of all

Specifications
Megapixels: 16.6MP
Screen: Touchscreen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max continuous shooting speed: 30fps
Max video resolution: 5.6K (30fps)
Waterproofing: 5m
Voice control: Yes
GPS: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Super-stabilized 360 footage+Video quality is customizable
Reasons to avoid
-No 4K video capture-A little pricey

The GoPro Hero Max has been slightly overshadowed by the Insta360 cameras but nonetheless, it is still an incredible bit of kit that deserves to be talked about more, It's a significant improvement on the previous GoPro Fusion which was GoPro's first 360-degree camera. It's a professional tool with the capability of shooting 5.6K in all directions, it has four digital focal lengths, horizon leveling, HyperSmooth stabilization and ProTune video editing software. It might not have the same raw resolution as the Hero 8 but it's so feature stuffed we can let it slide. In fact, we were so impressed with the Max in the initial tests we really think it could change the look and feel of YouTube and vlogging in the future. 

Read more: GoPro MAX review •  GoPro Max vs Hero 8

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Released in 2019, the price has dropped massively and it still shoots 4K

Specifications
Weight: 126g
Waterproof: 10m
4K video: up to 60fps
1080: up to 240fps
720: up to 240fps
Stills resolution: 20MP
Battery life: 1-3hrs estimate
Reasons to buy
+Great image stabilization system+Excellent 4K video+Great range of frame rate options+Built-in acccessory mounts
Reasons to avoid
-Screen is smaller than some rivals-No front-facing screen

Despite now being surpassed, 2019’s GoPro model remains one of our favorite action cameras available. Sure, it doesn’t do 5K and it has an older image stabilization system, but like the Hero 9 Black it has the mount built-in. Like the Hero9 Black, you can accessorize the Hero8 Black with a series of bespoke optional extras called Mods; Media Mod improves the production value of your videos, Display Mod adds a second monitor that’s perfect for vloggers, and a Light Mod LED light adds illumination. These add-ons cost you more, but if you’re looking for a good value action camera and you don’t need 5K or a front-facing screen, then the Hero8 Black is a great option. 

• Read more GoPro Hero8 reviewGoPro Hero 7 vs 8 Black

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5. GoPro Hero7 Black

If you're looking for a GoPro on a budget, look no further

Specifications
Megapixels: 12MP
Screen: 2in touchscreen
Connectivity: Wi-Fi (5GHz), Bluetooth
Max continuous shooting speed: 30fps
Max video resolution: 4K (60fps)
Frame rates: 60fps (4K), 240fps (1080p), 240fps (720p)
Waterproofing: 10m
Voice control: Yes
GPS: Yes
Battery life: 1-3hrs estimated
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous 4K video+HyperSmooth feature impresses
Reasons to avoid
-Voice commands need refining-Occasional unresponsive screen

Ok, so the GoPro Hero 7 might've been released in 2018 but it's still a pretty good camera. If you don't have the funds to fork out for the latest GoPro, it's worth considering an older model. The GoPro Hero 7 was the first camera to feature GoPro's HyperSmooth stabilization which enables smooth, steady, handheld video. Before the GoPro 7, it was really hard to get usable footage and HyperSmooth has completely changed that. You can create time-lapses while moving with TimeWarp and increase speed up to 30d for short, shareable clips. Considering its now four years old it still has some nifty features and it's a much more tempting price. 

Read more: GoPro Hero 7 vs 8 Black

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Hannah Rooke

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specialises in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylised product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.