Years ago, self-filming your own hunting and fishing adventures meant carrying all sorts of heavy, awkward, complicated video cameras and equipment into the field, setting up the scenes, and hoping things worked in your favor—otherwise you’d have to readjust angles and risk spooking your quarry. Thankfully, thanks to the action-camera revolution set off by the original innovators, GoPro, it’s easier than ever to mount cameras in several locations (even underwater) to capture the action as it happens. If you know someone who likes the idea of being their own DIY, on-location film crew, you’re in luck—because the GoPro Black Friday holiday shopping promotions have arrived early.
Of course, the most notable GoPro items for 2020 are the GoPro Zeus Mini light and the much-anticipated debut of the GoPro HERO9 Black. The great thing about the Zeus Mini is you don’t even need a GoPro camera to use it—it has a hands-free, magnetic clip that lets anyone attach it when they’re tinkering and need to shed a little light on the situation. The HERO9, however, is the most advanced GoPro camera to date—perfect for the adventurer that wants the best audio and visual quality available in an action camera. To help you zero in on something for the film enthusiast in your life, here are a few other suggestions.
Best GoPro Black Friday Deals 2020
Whether you’re shopping for friends or family, GoPro has something that will make their holiday season one of the most memorable yet. Right now you can get a bargain on the new HERO9 bundles, which includes a subscription to GoPro Live. Perfect for anyone who enjoys filming their own adventures.
GoPro HERO9 Black—$400 (was $450). The GoPro HERO9 cuts down on blur and produces stunningly clear visuals thanks to its 5K video resolution and 23.6MP sensor. In-camera horizon leveling with up to 45% tilt keeps every shot stable, even on the go. And when you find the shot, the Hero9 will capture 1.5 seconds before and after the picture itself, so you can find the best one or create a short video.
GoPro HERO8 Black Live Streaming Action Camera Holiday Bundle—$400 (was $450). This is the gift that will make any DIY filmmaker or vlogger lose their marbles. The GoPro HERO8 Live Streaming Action Camera bundle features the HERO8 camcorder, which shoots in 4k video, two mounts and a mini tripod for hands-free action, a head strap for POV shots, plus a spare rechargeable battery and 32GB SD card to ensure you never miss a moment.
GoPro HERO7 Black 4K Waterproof Action Camera—$250 (was $330). For action-packed shots, pick up the GoPro HERO7, which can withstand water up to 33 feet deep. 4K video resolution, 8x slomo, and built-in video stabilization makes for clear, smooth shots in every frame.
GoPro HERO8 Black 4K Waterproof Action Camera—$300 (was $350). Similar to its predecessor, the GoPro HERO8 can be submerged in up to 33 feet of water. But unlike the HERO7, the HERO8 features SuperPhoto technology, which applies HDR, tone mapping, and noise reduction to instantly retouch your shots. 14 voice commands let you capture the action hands-free, even if the camera is turned off, and three modes of stabilization keeps everything you want in-frame.
GoPro HERO8 Black—$300 (was $350). The pocket-sized powerhouse that is the GoPro HERO8 is made for filming on the fly—quickly slide in new batteries from the side door, and rest easy knowing the lens is now twice as impact resistant. Three levels of stabilization and in-app horizon leveling straighten your shots, and you can livestream to all your socials in 1080p.
GoPro Zeus Mini—$50. Not too long ago, GoPro made the jump from being just a manufacturer of action cameras to producing devices, like lights, that have more universal applications than recording film or taking photos. This year they debuted the Zeus Mini—a waterproof, magnetic, swiveling, clip-on light someone can use as a standalone lighting source, or situate in a hard-to-reach, dimly-lit area. It works just as well under a vehicle hood or suspended from the ceiling inside a tent. The swivel rotates a full 360-degrees and the 200-lumen lamp has four different brightness settings to conserve battery life. Oh, and if someone drops it in the drink, don’t worry; it’s waterproof down to 33 feet.
GoPro Storm Dry Waterproof Backpack—$100. What better way to protect valuable GoPro gear than with a dry bag made by the same company. For that, you can’t go wrong with the Storm Dry Waterproof Backpack. This amphibious design has a fast-loading rolltop that opens to 35 liters of storage space, plus an adjustable GoPro hands-free shoulder mount so the action doesn’t stop when someone carries the bag. It’s a terrific gift idea for anyone worried about ruining their equipment when water or harsh weather is involved.
GoPro Sparrow Lightweight Water-resistant Windbreaker—$70. Speaking of staying dry, everyone needs a lightweight, packable outer layer just in case the weather turns unpredictable. For those situations, GoPro created the Sparrow Lightweight Windbreaker. It’s constructed with an 82-gram fabric that offers protection but still has a soft feel and has a vented, anorak-style cut with a midway zipper and rubber pull tabs. At the collar, there’s a mesh-lined, three-panel hood with a structured rim for wrapping over a ball cap. All these features equal lightweight yet effective protection for long days spent outdoors.