GoPro Hero 12 Black review: one for the editors

While the hardware updates are few, pro features make the GoPro Hero 12 Black a powerful tool for editors and an excellent action camera

A photo of the GoPro Hero 12 Black action camera
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Hero 12 Black is a great little action camera with fantastically steadied 5.3K footage at up to 8:7 aspect ratio and a newfound freedom to shoot in log, capture HDR video, and record external audio with a Bluetooth microphone. The added dual-channel audio recorded is also welcome. GoPro's limitation has always been lowlight recording, and nothing changes this year, but if you want high resolution and frame rates, and prefer GoPro's sound tuning and color science to DJI's on the Osmo Action 4, the 12 Black is an excellent choice.


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    Excellent stabilization

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    Dual-channel audio

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    Useful 1/4" 20 tripod thread

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    Higher resolution than Osmo Action 4


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    Struggles in low light

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    Misses out on magnetic mounting

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    Very similar hardware to 11 Black

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The Hero 12 Black is GoPro's 2023 action camera, and if you've used a Hero 11 Black, you might be wondering, what's new? Other than some cosmetic tweaks, it looks the same with identical dimensions, its sensor specs are the same, and the shooting resolutions serve up a hefty dose of deja vu. 

Dig a little deeper, and it becomes clear, for 2023, there are a handful of meaningful updates: a new mounting option, Bluetooth mic support, dual-channel audio, and HDR video being the headliners.

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.