GoPro presents its new remote control The Remote, which is waterproof and can be attached to any media to control its cameras more easily, as well as new firmware for the Hero 9 Black, which is expected to optimize HyperSmooth electronic stabilization in cold weather and bring an increase in the speed of wireless transfers, among other things.
The New Remote to control its cameras at distance
The famous action-cam manufacturer GoPro presents its new accessory dedicated to remote camera control: the Bluetooth remote control The Remote. Compact, robust and waterproof up to 5 meters, it can be attached to different supports: wrist, hand strap, handlebar, etc…
See more easily the status of the camera!
The remote control allows you to see more easily the status of the camera, turn it on or off, trigger remote recording, change the mode or control the shutter. An essential accessory when the camera is fixed on support not easily accessible, especially during a sporting exploit.
The Remote has keys that are easy to use with gloves on for a secure grip.
Control five GoPro cameras at the same time!
The remote control can control up to five GoPro cameras simultaneously from a distance of 60 meters. It is also compatible with the latest cameras: Hero 9 Black, Hero 8 Black, and MAX. It uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to increase battery life and is USB-C rechargeable.
Price and availability of the Bluetooth The Remote
The Remote is available at a suggested retail price of $79.99 or with a 30% discount for GoPro subscribers. It is currently available only in North America, with a worldwide release planned for February 2021.
New firmware for GoPro Hero 9 Black
In conjunction with this announcement, new firmware for the recently introduced GoPro Hero 9 Black was released.
With this new firmware, the manufacturer aims to further improve the performance of the HyperSmooth 3.0 electronic stabilizer, especially when used in cold weather. Indeed, image stabilization consumes a lot of energy. As the battery life is reduced at low temperatures, the use of this mode may become impossible in very cold weather, especially when you want to shoot in high resolution 4K 60p, 24p, or 2.7K 60p. The camera then indicates that it is impossible to use HyperSmooth stabilization.
To get around this problem, it is recommended to switch to a lower resolution or change the battery. Despite the arrival of a new 1720 mAh battery integrated with the Hero9 Black, which is supposed to better withstand the cold and save 30% of autonomy (about 20 minutes), we imagine that this is still a problem too frequent. The new firmware should therefore extend the limits related to this problem, which is too penalizing for winter sports and scuba diving enthusiasts.
Increased wireless transfer speeds
The new firmware is also expected to increase wireless transfer speeds to the GoPro application by up to 30 percent. That’s a great way to share files faster.
Shortcut to Idle mode
A shortcut to Idle mode also appears GPS lock accuracy improves, and the camera now supports the 3.5mm Microphone Adapter Pro for those who wish to use an external microphone instead of the media module for the Hero9 Black.
Live streaming support
Finally, support for live streaming with the Max lens module, which enables live streaming while taking advantage of HyperSmooth stabilization, SuperView Max 155° ultra-wide perspective, and horizon locking is added.
Firmware update is also available for GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max
Firmware updates for Hero8 Black and GoPro Max are also available. These minor updates increase wireless transfer speeds by up to 15% and 20%, respectively, and enable compatibility with The Remote we mentioned earlier.