Outings, exercising, or traveling, you must record some wonderful moments, and a small and lightweight action camera is a good choice for such scenes. GoPro’s Hero 11 Black and DJI’s Osmo Action 3 were also released in mid-September, so this time I’ll test these two machines and take a look at their features.
GoPro Hero 11 Black
Although the current generation of GoPro Hero 11 Black still uses the GP2 processor, it has been upgraded from the previous generation’s 23 million pixels to 27 million pixels, and the image stabilization system has been upgraded to HyperSmooth 5.0. In terms of appearance and shooting specifications, there has not been much change, and it is still the highest at 5.3K@60fps. However, by increasing the photosensitive element, users can shoot 8:7 aspect ratio videos, which can be turned into 16:9 videos during post-editing. The Hero 11 Black features a 10-bit color depth, capable of representing 1 billion colors. Especially in sunsets, sky, and ocean, the color gradient is smoother.
The GoPro Hero 11 Black has shock-resistant modes of Horizon Lock and Horizon Leveling and has also added the AutoBoost function, which can turn on the shock-resistant mode when vibration is detected.
- Upgrade to 1/1.9 inch sensor. Provide an 8:7 video ratio, easy to make a straight video.
- The 27-megapixel shooting has improved compared to the previous generation, and the image is clearer.
- Shooting supports 10-bit color depth, and the latitude of post-processing will be higher.
- The video format has not been upgraded, the same as the previous generation Hero 10.
- Battery life is short.
Anti-vibration mode: Horizon Lock, Horizon Leveling
Battery life: 137 minutes
Applicable objects: Those who prefer to shoot most of the scenery and have requirements for detail.
GoPro Hero 11 Black SPEC
- Processor: GP2
- Sensor: 27MP 1/1.9 inch
- Anti-vibration system: HyperSmooth 5.0
- Shooting pixel: 5.3K 5,312×2,988@60fps
- Size: 71.8×50.8×33.6mm
- Waterproof: 10 meters
- Battery: 1,720mAh
- Battery life: 137 minutes
- Weight: 127g
- Price: About $3,990 (HKD)
DJI OSMO Action 3
DJI has been actively researching action cameras in recent years. This time, the OSMO Action 3 adopts the original design, which has changed back to the conventional one, and no longer uses a split body. As for the shooting specifications, it is the same as the previous generation, up to 4K@120fps. It has a total of RockSteady, Horizon Balancing and Horizon Steady. Among them, Super Steady is most suitable for starting from a first-person perspective and can cancel all vibrations. The latter two modes can be shot on the bicycle handle to reduce the tilt of the picture.
- The bare metal is waterproof up to 16 meters.
- Magnetic quick-release accessories are convenient for shooting straight.
- The newly added D-Cinelike color mode will give you more freedom when editing colors later.
- Effective pixels are only 12 million.
- Standard mode has slightly higher color saturation.
Anti-shock mode: Horizon Balancing, Horizon Steady
Battery life: 160 minutes
Applicable object: Suitable for users who often take selfies and like higher color saturation.
DJI OSMO Action 3 SPEC
- Sensor: 12MP 1/1.7 inch
- Anti-vibration system: RockSteady 3.0
- Shooting pixel: 4K 3,840×2,160@120fps
- Size: 70.5×44.2×32.8mm
- Waterproof: 16 meters
- Battery: 1,770mAh
- Battery life: 160 minutes
- Weight: 145g
Price: About $2,690 (HKD)
GoPro Hero 11 Black and DJI OSMO Action 3 test
TEST 01: Picture quality
In terms of detail, GoPro Hero 11 Black is indeed slightly better than OSMO Action 3. Whether it is the texture of leaves or stones, it can be clearly presented, which is more solid. The Hero 11 Black performs well in highlights, clearly showing the white clouds in the sky and their layers. On the other hand, OSMO Action 3 is acceptable in highlight. Although it can restore to blue sky and white clouds, the level is not enough.
As for the dark level, Hero 11 Black can display the details of the black level, especially the outline of the leaf pile. But OSMO Action 3 can’t do it, and the black-level objects can’t be fully presented.
TEST 02: Color
There are quite obvious differences in this test. The color of Hero 11 Black is relatively light, the color of OSMO Action 3 is high, and the contrast ratio of the two is similar. Combining color, detail, and face analysis, the author believes that if you just love to shoot scenery, Hero 11 Black is worth considering, but if you want to appear on the camera to record your life, or be a Vlogger, OSMO Action 3 will be more suitable.
OSMO Action 3 seems to have a layer of filters, which makes the screen feel like an automatic beauty. When it comes to beauty, I think that OSMO Action 3 will automatically help me beautify my face. I can see that half of the acne has been removed on the screen, making the skin whiter. And Hero 11 Black is to restore the real self, without whitening.
Both the Hero 11 Black and OSMO Action 3 have a straight shot mode, but the actual approach is quite different. The Hero 11 Black has a different shooting ratio, while the OSMO Action 3 uses the quick-release mode, which changes from horizontal shooting to straight shooting. Users need to change the shooting mode of Hero 11 Black to Full Frame, and you will see a 5.3K@30fps 8:7 ratio, which actually allows us to edit in post-production, making it easier to make vertical videos or change to 16:9 video output.
The method of OSMO Action 3 is very simple, install the case, then use the quick release, and use the connection on the side of the machine to take a straight picture. Users do not need to convert the shooting pixels or sizes.
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Title: GoPro Hero 11 Black vs DJI OSMO Action 3 action camera showdown