Are you thinking about buying a new DJI or GoPro action camera? Unless you need one for an imminent trip, we’ll keep the fire going for now, as new rumors suggest that DJI may be joining GoPro in releasing a new model soon.
DJI regular leak @DealsDrone (opens in new tab) stated that a new DJI Action 3 “will be released in mid-September”. This would be a successor to the modular DJI Action 2, although the leak claims that “its appearance is almost [the] equal to [the] Osmo Action”.
In this case, that means DJI plans to release a more traditional action camera that would again directly compete with GoPro’s Hero lineup. The original Osmo Action, released in 2019, outperformed its GoPro rivals with many features, including a front-facing display for vlogging.
DJI Action 3 will be released in mid-September, and it looks almost the same as Osmo Action pic.twitter.com/piOJMcg4dFAugust 20, 2022
But this camera could soon compete with a new GoPro flagship. While we have yet to see any leaks for a GoPro Hero 11 Black, all GoPros from 2017 to date were announced in September (except the GoPro Hero 8 Black, which arrived in mid-October).
That means the odds are high that a Hero 11 Black will launch next month, particularly as GoPro CEO Nick Woodman stated earlier this year that “in late 2022, we plan to increase our hardware offering of both types.” of products we have today. , Hero and Max, to four distinct camera products”.
So far this year, the action camera king has only released the GoPro Hero 10 Black Bones, a stripped down version of its flagship model for FPV (first-person view) drones. That means we expect updates to its Hero and Max lines, and perhaps a new type of camera, by the end of the year.
But the main one will likely be a Hero 11 Black, which will apparently soon be competing with an updated DJI Action 3 for the hearts of action adventurers who need a compact, waterproof camcorder with powerful stabilization.
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Action cameras have managed to stay relevant by acting as stuntmen for our smartphones, which are still too important (and awkwardly shaped) to risk putting in the line of fire during action-packed adventures.
But over the past couple of years, the best action cameras have also just been relatively minor upgrades to their predecessors. More powerful processing provided superior slow motion modes along with useful features like horizon leveling, and the DJI Action 2 also provided a unique modular design. But major advances were not really possible with the technology currently available.
That means if you need to buy an action camera right now, getting a Hero 10 Black or DJI Action 2 certainly wouldn’t be a bad move. Both are excellent action cameras in different ways, and the new models from DJI and GoPro will likely focus primarily on software-based improvements.
Based on recent history, we don’t expect a Hero 11 Black to have a new sensor, for example, as the GoPro typically uses the same Sony chip for three generations before moving on to a new one. The current Sony IMX677 has so far only been in two GoPro models, although it’s possible that the GoPro will change course for its next flagship.
Either way, it’s wise to hold your fire when buying a new action camera for a few weeks, if only because current DJI or GoPro models are likely to see discounts as a result of new releases. In late September, we’re likely to have new DJI and GoPro flagships – and as a result their cheaper models should offer better value than they currently do.