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GOPRO HERO 11 Black Mini test: same processor in less space

The queen of the Action cam, GoPro, has come out with a mini version: lighter and more usable than its "big" sister.

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The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is the smaller version of the Gopro Hero Black 11: a few fewer features but its plus is its small size and lightness. In the test of the "old" GoPro Hero 9, I had mentioned how I dreamed of a GoPro that was lightweight and less invasive when placed on helmets open. And here is the answer in the MINI version, many years after the GoPro Session, a small cube marketed between 2015 and 2017.

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The big difference between the Black 11 and the Black Mini is that the Mini model has no screen. The camera is controllable entirely via the power and record buttons, as well as via voice control. Instead of a screen, the Hero 11 Mini comes with a large heatsink on the back and a second mounting bracket.

WEIGHT HERO 11 BLACK MINI AND HERO 11 BLACK

  • HERO11 Black Mini: 52,4 x 51,2 x 38 mm, 133 grams
  • HERO11 Black: 71,8 x 50,8 x 33,6 mm, 154 grams.
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The used Hero 11 Mini with its Chesty stand

MAIN FEATURES

  • stabilization HyperSmooth 5.0 with 360 degree horizon lock, so as to obtain straight shots even when the camera moves during recording, for example on the most bumpy paths; there is also AutoBoost, with which the camera automatically determines on a case-by-case basis the level of stabilization needed based on speed and movement
  • sensor in 8:7: video in 5,3K at 60 fps, 24,7 megapixels, 8x slow motion in 2,7K, 4x in 4K
  • new digital lens HyperView for wider 16:9 movies; It's ideal, GoPro says, for subjective shots of dynamic activities
  • three new timed presets with night effect: Star trail, Light painting e Vehicle lights
  • Time Warp 3.0 in 5,3K
  • mode Beginner e Professional for better control of the camera: Beginner allows you to record with maximum ease and settings that GoPro promises are good for any context or condition, Professional on the contrary puts maximum control over filming in the hands of the customer
  • Enduro battery which is integrated in Black Mini.

The Hero 11 Black Mini has exactly the same sensor as the Hero 11 Black. Same sensor, same processor. A smaller action camera, without a screen, but with the same video quality. The Hero 11 Black Mini uses the same battery Enduro technology than that of the Hero 11 Black, but offers a slightly lower capacity: 1.500 mAh against 1.720 mAh.

10 BIT VS 8 BIT

HERO11 Black Mini also has the ability to record video using a 10-bit mode, meaning it can capture over a billion color tones, as opposed to the 16 million colors recorded by 8-bit mode. This feature offers a significant advantage for those who want to make changes to their videos during post-production.

GOPRO HERO 11 BLACK VS HERO 11 BLACK MINI

 HERO 11HERO 11 Mini
Maximum video5,3K60/4K1205,3K60/4K120
Format(16:9) (4:3) (8:7)(16:9) (4:3) (8:7)
Digital goalsHYPERVIEW, SUPERVIEW, WIDE, LINEAR, LINEAR + HORIZON LOCKHYPERVIEW, SUPERVIEW, WIDE, LINEAR, LINEAR + HORIZON LOCK
Stabilisation phaseHYPERSMOOTH 5.0HYPERSMOOTH 5.0
 HORIZON LOCK INTEGRATED INTO THE CAMERAHORIZON LOCK INTEGRATED INTO THE CAMERA
10 Bit HEVCSISI
Maximum video bit rate120 Mbps120 Mbps
Tactile zoom2x2x
Slow-mo8x at 2,7K8x at 2,7K
Loop video recordingSISI
TimeWarp VideosTIMEWARP 3.0 AUTO, 2X, 5X, 10X, 15X, 30XTIMEWARP 3.0 AUTO, 2X, 5X, 10X, 15X, 30X
Time lapse video0,5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTES0,5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTES
Time lapse night video intervalsAUTO, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTESAUTO, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTES
HindsightSIDO NOT
Planned acquisitionSIDO NOT
Acquisition durationSIDO NOT
Live streaming1080p1080p
Webcam modeSIDO NOT
ProtuneSIWith Quik app
Advanced metadataSIDO NOT
VIDEO SETTINGS IN 8:7  
5,3K wide in 8:730, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
4K wide in 8:760 FPS60 FPS
VIDEO SETTINGS IN 16:9  
5,3K Hyperview30, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
5,3K Superview60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
5,3K Wide60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
5,3K Linear60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
5,3K + horizon block30, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
5,3K + horizon alignment60 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
5,3K tight--
4K Hyperview60 FPS60 FPS
4K Superview120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Wide120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear + horizon lock60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear + horizon alignment120 FPS240, 120, 60 FPS
4K Tight--
2,7K Superview120, 60 FPS120, 60 FPS
2,7K Wide240, 120, 60 FPS240, 120, 60 FPS
2,7K Linear240, 120, 60 FPS240, 120, 60 FPS
2,7 linear + horizon block120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
2,7K linear + horizon alignment240 FPS240 FPS
2,7K tight--
1080p Superview120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
1080p Wide240, 120, 60, 30, 24 FPS240, 120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
1080p Linear240, 120, 60, 30, 24 FPS240, 120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
1080p Linear + horizon lock120, 60, 30, 24 FPS120, 60, 30, 24 FPS
1080p linear + horizon alignment240 FPS240 FPS
1080p tight--
VIDEO SETTINGS IN 4:3  
5,3K Wide30, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
5,3K Linear30, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
5,3K Linear + horizon lock30, 24 FPS30, 24 FPS
5K Wide--
5K Linear--
5K Linear + horizon lock--
5K Tight--
4K Wide60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear + horizon lock60, 30, 24 FPS60, 30, 24 FPS
4K Linear + horizon alignment--
4K Tight--
2,7K Wide120, 60 FPS120, 60 FPS
2,7K Linear120, 60 FPS120, 60 FPS
2,7K Linear + horizon lock120, 60 FPS120, 60 FPS
2,7K Linear + horizon alignment--
2,7K Tight--
PHOTO  
Megapixels27 SM-
Extraction of frames from video24,7 MP FROM VIDEO IN 5,3K 8:724,7 MP FROM VIDEO IN 5,3K 8:7
Super PhotoWith HDRDO NOT
liveburstDO NOTDO NOT
SequenceSIDO NOT
Sequence speed (frames/second)AUTO, 60/10, 60/6, 30/6, 30/3, 10/3, 30/1, 10/1,5/1, 3/1DO NOT
Night photoSIDO NOT
RAW photoAll modesDO NOT
Exposure controlSIDO NOT
Time lapse photo intervals0,5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTESDO NOT
Time lapse night photo intervalsAUTO, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 SECONDS; 2, 5, 30, 60 MINUTESDO NOT
AUDIO FUNCTIONS  
Microphones33
Advanced noise reduction3-microphone processing3-microphone processing
Stereo audioSIDO NOT
RAW audioSISI
3,5mm microphone inputWITH OPTIONAL MEDIA DRIVE (HERO11 BLACK/HERO10 BLACK)* OR 3,5MM MIC PRO ADAPTER*DO NOT
CONNECTIVITY  
WiFi + BluetoothSISI
Quik AppSISI
Automatic upload to the cloudSISI
GPSSIDO NOT
USB-C to mobile deviceSISI
HDMIWITH OPTIONAL MEDIA DRIVE (HERO11 BLACK/HERO10 BLACK)*DO NOT
OTHER  
Custom settings/presetsSIDO NOT
Customizable on-screen shortcutsSI DO NOT
Voice controlSISI
ProcessorGP2GP2
DESIGN & DIMENSIONS  
Dimensions:71,8LX50,8HX33,6D(MM)52,4LX51,2HX38D(MM)
Weight with battery153 G133 G
Battery1720 MAH RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM ION ENDURO, REMOVABLE1500 MAH RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM ION ENDURO, NON REMOVABLE
Front ScreenColor LCD with real-time preview-
Rear touch screen2,27 "DO NOT
Robust and waterproofSISI

IMPRESSIONS

GoPro has achieved the goal of keeping the same processor as its older sister without sacrificing too much battery life and lowering the weight. However, we expected a greater weight reduction by sacrificing the screens and adopting a slightly smaller battery but the result is not bad (21 grams less than the standard one). But it saves a lot of space and allows you to have two fixings. The video quality, and stabilization, is at the highest levels. It should be noted that, on a rainy day, we found ourselves with condensation inside which did not allow us to take excellent shots (condensation disappeared once we returned to a warm and non-humid environment).

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Note the lower and rear fastening, which is very useful

If you are a user who can do without a monitor, have a smarter Action Cam and want to save €100, the mini is for you. We liked it a lot and it doesn't make us miss its older sister, although it must be said that the integrated battery is a big limitation.

PROS AND DEFECTS GOPRO HERO 11 BLACK MINI

DEFECTSThe Hero 11 Black Mini lacks the ability to take photos. Scheduled acquisition is missing (if we have to do a time lapse at dawn, we need to set the alarm). Non-removable battery: a catch in the event of a crash or problems but above all not having the possibility of having more than one.
ADVANTAGESReduced size and weight. Two mounting possibilities. Processor and stabilization like its big sister. Excellent video quality.

GOPRO HERO 11 BLACK MINI PRICE

  • 349,98 € for GoPro subscribers
  • 449,99 € for non-GoPro subscribers.

The Gopro Hero 11 Mini Black costs €100 less than the Black Standard version.



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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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