GoPro Hero 11 Black review: the TikTok-ready action cam

A new 8:7 sensor and more powerful software plus added simplicity make GoPro's Hero 11 Black a champion action cam

5 Star Rating
A photo of the GoPro Hero 11 Black
(Image: © Basil Kronfli / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite the Hero 11 Black looking like every other GoPro this side of 2019, with upgraded hardware and software, it's a triumph on all fronts. The new, almost square sensor is supremely versatile, the camera's software has been simplified successfully, and GoPro's companion app, Quik has also been improved. With best-in-class stabilization and great-looking video in all but dimly-lit and dark scenes, as well as some fun new modes like light painting, the Hero 11 Black is an excellent addition to the line.


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    Captures versatile 8:7 content

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    Excellent image stabilization

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    Horizon locking at up to 5.3K

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    Simplified interface for beginners


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    Lowlight video isn't great

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    Front display not touch sensitive

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    GoPro membership required to unlock features

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Hot on the heels of both the DJI Osmo Action 3 and the Insta 360 X3, GoPro launches its latest action cam, the Hero 11 Black. Swimming in highlights, this all-action-adventure camera's headline feature is that 8:7, 27MP, 10-bit camera sensor, which captures virtually square 5.3K content that can easily be cropped to create native 4K clips in a host of aspect ratios. That means whether you're a traditional 1:1 Instagram lover, a 9:16 TikTok fan, or a 'long-form', 16:9 YouTuber, you can grab all three video formats from one 8:7 video. 

Building on the success of the Hero 10 Black, the Hero 11 brings back a virtually identical design, which means full support for all your old GoPro accessories. This time around, though, the camera software has been simplified, and the phone software – GoPro Quik, has been upgraded. 

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.