GoPro HERO9 Black Firmware Update and New Remote Accessory

December 23rd, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 1
GoPro HERO9 Black Firmware Update and New Remote Accessory

GoPro recently released a new firmware update v1.5 for the GoPro HERO9 Black action camera. This update includes up to 30% faster wireless offload speeds, improved HyperSmooth 3.0 performance in cold temperatures, and much more.

The company also launched a new accessory called The Remote, a tough Bluetooth waterproof remote, compatible with the HERO9 Black, Hero8 Black, and GoPro MAX.

The GoPro HERO9 Black is the company’s latest action camera, released in September 2020. If you missed it, you could also look at our in-depth review of the camera here.

GoPro HERO9 Black Image Credit: CineD

GoPro HERO9 Black firmware update v1.5

In a nutshell, the GoPro HERO9 Black can capture stills at up to 20MP resolution and video at up to 5K 30p. Also, other resolutions and framerates available for video are 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120, 1080p240 and more. We were really pleased by the image coming out of this tiny camera and the Hypersmooth 3.0 stabilization algorithm.

The company recently released a GoPro HERO9 Black firmware update v1.5 that improves the camera’s capabilities. Below is the entire list of everything they improved:

GoPro HERO9 Black – Lens Max Mod. Source: GoPro
  • Up to 30% faster wireless offload speeds for faster transfers to the GoPro app.
  • Improved HyperSmooth 3.0 performance in cold temperatures.
  • A slo-mo shortcut slider button.
  • Improved GPS lock accuracy.
  • Support for live streaming with the Max Lens Mod, bringing HyperSmooth video stabilization, ultra-wide 155° Max SuperView perspective, and powerful in-camera horizon lock to live streaming.
  • Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter support for those seeking an elevated audio input option outside of using the Media Mod for HERO9 Black.
  • Added compatibility with the GoPro The Remote.

All these new features and improvements are much-welcomed and make a great action camera even better. For GoPro Hero8 Black and GoPro MAX users, firmware updates are also available that increase wireless transfer speeds by up to 15% and 20%, respectively.

All firmware updates are available now via the GoPro App, or you can download these directly on GoPro’s website here.

GoPro – The Remote

Last but not least, GoPro also introduced a new accessory called The Remote. This accessory is compatible with the GoPro HERO9 Black, Hero8 Black, and MAX. This existed in a simpler form for GoPro cameras years ago already.

The Remote for GoPro HERO9 Black, Hero8 Black, and Max. Image credit: GoPro

This Bluetooth remote has a maximum range of up to 60m; it is waterproof (5m), wearable, and mountable via the included wrist strap. It features a large high-resolution display that lets you check your camera’s status.

There are tactile buttons that allow you to start/stop recording, change presets, and switch camera functions.

The GoPro The Remote is available now for $79.99. For more information, please visit the GoPro The Remote’s dedicated page here.

What do you think about this GoPro HERO9 Black firmware update? Do you think The Remote would be useful for your shooting style? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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