Is Hypersmooth Boost Too Much?

The next iteration of the GoPro Action Camera has been released in the Hero 9 Black. The amount of setting options, updates and format changes are vast. As I start to talk about the GoPro Hero 9, I am going to focus on how it can be best utilized for dirt bikers (that’s us!), mountain bikers and those looking to capture their adventures on the trail. To quickly get started with this review of the Hero 9 Black, let’s start with the Hypersmooth 3.0 updates.

Hypersmooth 3.0 is a software upgrade. The camera itself crops into the footage and does it’s best to ‘smooth out’ the footage. Boost Mode is the most amount of hypersmooth available, while High Mode is the step down from Boost. There is also ON mode, which is the lowest amount of hypersmooth available.

A new ability added to the software features of the Hero 9, which I do not go into here, is Horizon Leveling. This wasn’t available on the action camera when it came out of the box. There was an update awaiting that added horizon leveling and more. One note about horizon leveling is it’s only currently available with the Linear lens. If you like to shoot in wider lens modes, horizon leveling is not yet available. It’s probably a few software updates away.

For me personally, I want to see Boost, High and On modes next to each other. Hypersmooth Boost is too smooth for my tastes. Hypersmooth High looks ok, but it might also be too smooth for what I like to see when watching single track riding footage. Having the three hypersmooth features next to each other will tell me which one I like the best, and you as well hopefully, allowing me to ‘choose wisely’.

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