GoPro Max 2021-2022
PRICE: £480 / €530 / $500
If the Hero9 is GoPro’s clean-cut model child, then the GoPro Max is the rebellious younger brother with more than a couple of tricks up their sleeve. It more than deserves its Max title, with a heap of crazy features making it one of the most creative action cameras currently on the market.
The Max’s main draw is its 360 degrees shooting capabilities. With two lenses on either side of the camera, the GoPro Max is able to shoot high quality 6K 360 videos with ease. Perfect for shooting immersive footage wherever your board takes you.
The Max also features GoPro’s Max Hypersmooth which is their most advanced stabilization technology to date and has some awesome horizon-levelling capabilities. The camera also takes advantage of four different lenses (Narrow, distortion-free Linear, Wide and Max SuperView) so you can get the best angle for every shot.
It’s easy to edit 360 videos on the fly with GoPro’s Quik app. It’s specifically designed to withstand some bumps and scrapes and is even waterproof down to 5 metres. The GoPro Max really does have it all. WIth its boatload of cool features, it warrants a creative and experimental touch that will really help create some awesome footage.
GoPro Hero9 Black 2021-2022
PRICE: £330 / €380 / $350
The GoPro brand has become synonymous with the action camera and for good reason. Their ever-popular range of Hero cameras continues to improve and impress with every update. Their latest offering, the Hero9 Black, builds upon its predecessor in a number of interesting ways.
The key difference between the Hero9 and Hero8 is the 9’s new front display. Instead of the 8’s status-only screen, the 9 has a 1.4” colour LCD screen with live preview and status, making shooting yourself from the front a breeze.
The Hero9 also has some awesome technical upgrades. It can shoot video in 5K compared to the 8’s 4K and it captures pictures in 20 megapixels when the 8 can only capture them in 12. It has horizon-levelling capabilities built into the camera, and GoPro also offers an ultra-wide angle Max Lens Mod that can be purchased separately.
For those who still use and love their trusty Hero8, you may not be interested in all the upgrades the 9 offers just yet. But for those who need a new action camera with some proper top quality shooting capabilities and great features, the Hero9 from GoPro is a quality choice.
Insta 360 One R Twin 2021-2022
PRICE: £440 / €510 / $480
When it comes to versatility within the action camera market, I think anyone would have a hard time trying to find something better than the Insta 360 One R Twin Edition. Due to its ingenious modular design, you’re able to switch out different components of the camera easily to adapt to what you want to shoot.
The Twin Edition comes with a Dual-Lens 360 module and a 4k Wide-Angle Lens, allowing a simple switch between 360 video and high quality wide angle footage on the fly. There’s also a tonne of other accessories available that easily fit to the camera. These include a boosted battery base, an invisible selfie stick that removes itself from footage, and even an aerial mod that turns your modular camera into a drone!
The One R also has loads of cool and clever features, including night shot for better shooting in low light conditions, target locking capabilities and a load of fun creative edits available through Insta 360’s Shot Lab software.
The Insta 360 One R Twin Edition is a truly great action camera. It may be more expensive than the GoPro models on offer, but with its wealth of extra features and impressive modular technology, it’s not really surprising. It ticks a lot of boxes for just one little camera.