2020 has taught us one thing: prepare for the worst. You've got your mask, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and a stocked pantry. Now you need a camera that can capture this hellish nightmare without breaking down on you. You need a GoPro Hero 9 Black.
A bigger mirrorless or DSLR is going to weigh you down when you're running from the zombies, errr, virus. The Hero 9 is small, rugged, waterproof, and shoots up to 5K resolution. It's built for doomsday scenarios. The battery lasts longer than the previous Hero 8 and there's a screen on the front for vlogging. Nobody's gonna believe you survived the apocalypse if you don't vlog it.
At a glance, the Hero 9 photo looks alright. But take a closer look and just what is going on with my skin? The image processing is so aggressive it's mushing all the details and turning them into worm-like oil paintings. (We've seen this bad image processing in new phones like Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.) Just to be sure, I took many more comparisons. Here's one more from another day.
There's clearly some kind of step back for HDR. The sky is overexposed again. The Hero 9 photo isn't as squiggly in this second set, but it goes overboard with the image sharpening. It's like someone sprayed my face with salt and pepper. Does any of this matter when you post it to your Instagram? Not at all. But it's becoming a trend that more resolution ≠ better photos.
In all seriousness, whether you're documenting the world burning down or just trying to start as a YouTuber, vlogger, or creator, the Hero 9 Black is a great little camera. This kind of stabilization is unheard of in such small cameras.
It's got some limitations, but the Hero 9 is hands down the best action camera you can get. I rarely leave my house without it now since it slips in my pockets so easily. Just in case some crazy shit goes down and I need to vlog it. Hey, you never know!