GoPro Hero 8 vs iPhone 11 pro – a weird comparison.

GoPro Hero 8 Vs iPhone 11 Pro a weird comparison

Recently GoPro launched the Hero 8 in October and also iPhone 11 pro launched in September and as always people started comparing these two. GoPro Hero 8 Vs iPhone 11 pro, these videos started popping up on YouTube. GoPro Hero 8 a $399 device which is an action camera and iPhone 11 pro a $999 device which is an uhh …a phone. Seriously though are they worth comparing? I mean the use case and the price difference just kills the motive of comparing but still I see this thing floating on the internet. So let’s see why people are comparing these 2 devices, are they worth comparing and my take on the entire subject matter.

GoPro Hero 8 a perfect action camera:

GoPro Hero launched this October. Its a successor to the Hero 7. It is an around great action camera and also a casual video camera. To know more about its feature read here, I have written a blog on What’s all-new with GoPro hero 8

GoPro is famous for its strong design, waterproof body, a camera that can be taken anywhere, small and compact. Just mount it and start with the adventure. It’s an Adventure sports camera, that’s the main point. It has a special use case.

It is meant to be taken to places where you cannot take your phone with you, its too risky, the phone might just die but GoPro will survive.

All this build quality with super awesome picture quality, the video quality of a GoPro in the action camera space is still unmatched “for now” I mean the DJI Osmo is the first real challenge to GoPro.

iPhone 11 pro for photography and video:

iPhone 11 Pro a perfect photography and videography camera phone.

iPhone 11 pro a $1000+ device that can time travel, open portals and can travel at lightspeed, Okay jokes apart, its a great phone for photography and videography, the specs, the software is really good. The only problem I personally have with phones as a tool for photography is that I consider it as a side tool and not a primary tool. And it’s stupid to spend a 1000 dollars for a side tool. In that much money, you can buy an awesome DSLR or a mirrorless.

iPhone 11 pro has 3 lenses and all the good stuff that I would probably be known by now. The video quality the photo quality is top-notch and that extra wide-angle lens now is cherry on top. You could check this blog by verge on iPhone 11 pro.

The durability of an iPhone or any phone is not that great, especially that of an iPhone. These things break easily. And egg might survive a fall but an iPhone cannot, okay that’s a bit too much of exaggeration, but you get the point right?

GoPro hero 8 Vs. iPhone 11 pro: Specifications:

categoryGoPro Hero 8iPhone 11 pro
Sensor Size12-megapixelsRear: 12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 12-megapixel (f/2.0)Front: 12-megapixel (f/2.2)
Resolution4K@ 60,50,30,25 & 24fps in 16:94K@ 30,25 & 24fps in 4:32.7K@ 60,50,30,25 & 24fps in 16:9
4K video recording at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps1080p HD video recording at 30 fps or 60 fps720p HD video recording at 30 fpsExtended dynamic range for video up to 60 fps
Slow-Motion2.7K@ 240 & 100fpsSuper slow-mo- 240/200fps in 1080p, 960p, 720p (allows 8X slow mo.)Slow‑motion video support for 1080p at 120 fps or 240 fps
Focal lengths/lensesSuper View, which is 16mm, Wide, which is 16-34mm, Linear, which is 19-39mm, and narrow which is 27mm.3 lenses: Ultra Wide: ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of viewWide: ƒ/1.8 apertureTelephoto: ƒ/2.0 aperture
telephotono2x optical zoom
StabilizationHyper smooth 2.0Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)
waterproofYes (up to 10 meters underwater)Not waterproof, but water-resistant (i.e is splashes and all)

*And all the other software mumbo-jumbo stuff that is there with both the GoPro and iPhone.

Why are people comparing GoPro and iPhone?

why are people comparing gopro and iphone

GoPro is an action camera and the iPhone is a phone with a camera.

But, GoPro is no longer bought and used just as an action camera anymore. People have embraced it as an everyday use camera. It has kinda become a family camera if I may say. People are taking GoPro’s on their trips to shoot videos of them while walking, videos at the beach and also the adventure sports part is still there.

iPhone is a phone, but phone nowadays is characterized by how good their cameras are. It has become an important part of the phone. But, iPhone 11 Pro is a phone after all. 

So what people are comparing and trying to say is that you can get GoPro like a camera on a phone then why to buy a GoPro? A valid argument but with a flaw.

The Durability flaw in the Gopro Vs. iPhone Comparison:

GoPro Hero 8 specification, features, price - a durable design
picture credits: Gopro

Let’s not compare these 2 on video spec front, you are the judge on that. I have given a spec comparison table. But, let’s compare these 2 on the durability side.

Okay, before we even start we know who the winner will be in this comparison, it’s the GoPro. Its been built for extreme conditions. There have been so many cases that Gopro’s have been found at the bottom of the sea/lake/river and are still in working condition, maybe a crack on the screen. What I am saying is these tiny things are tough and are built for adventure.

Can you say the same about any phone, that too about an iPhone and just kudos to you if your attaching an iPhone on a cycle and going down the trail in a jungle or a hilly area or say taking it with you on a scuba dive.

That glass back of an iPhones crack so easily, even the screens and I don’t wanna get into apple care and all the costs involved and heart attacks when your iPhone cracks. So it’s so not worthy to be compared with a GoPro.

Be smart on how you spend and what you spend on:

If you are buying a GoPro just to make home videos, making generic videos where the GoPro is not gonna go through extreme places, don’t buy it, just don’t. If you own an iPhone use it if you are buying because you are an apple fan or having an iPhone is a thing for you, get an iPhone.

But if that’s, not the case and you are a photographer, don’t spend your money on an iPhone. iPhone 11 pro costs more than 1000 dollars, in that much money you can buy a GoPro Hero 8 and also a decent DSLR with a good kit lens. And I am sure you would be having a phone already and mosts phone cameras are really good to get by just for Instagram stories and few posts.

Invest smart, phones are constantly evolving, if you are a photographer spend your money on good lenses rather spending on a new iPhone.

Conclusion: Who wins? GoPro or iPhone?

GoPro Hero 8 is the winner in GoPro Vs iPhone

If the use case scenario at the base of this comparison is GoPro type usage. GoPro is the clear winner. There’s no reason why anyone would compare these 2 totally different devices with different use case scenario.

As I told above if you just want to make videos, just the point and shoot type, then Gopro is not for you, use your phone. But if you are a creator and will be using the GoPro smartly for awesome shots or your adventure sports type of person the GoPro is for you.

In the end, it is your decision on what you pick up. But I just wanted to give out my opinion on how baseless this comparison is.

Compare things based on Use Case and not just on specs.

Update: GoPro Hero 9 has launched, to read about that go here

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15 thoughts on “GoPro Hero 8 vs iPhone 11 pro – a weird comparison.”

  1. Sorry to hear that it was not helpful, but I was not making a typical comparison (that’s why the topic: “a weird comparison”). I have linked my detailed blog on the GoPro hero 8 here and also in the blog and I have linked a blog by verge on iPhone 11 pro in this blog. I just wanted to address a point on videos I was seeing on youtube on this topic.

  2. I think the reason people compare is that they already own an iPhone 11 and are curious if they should also own a Hero or if it would be redundant and they should just buy a waterproof case for the iPhone. That’s what I am debating. They seem fairly similar from your spec comparison. I’ll have to watch some YouTube footage…

    1. Never looked at it that way, thanks for that perspective. The argument that I am putting is risking a GoPro for underwater and adventure stuff is safer than using an iPhone with a waterproof case. Because an iPhone is built for certain experience and GoPro is built for a certain experience.

  3. I love photography, so I have a mirrorless camera with several lenses. But I don’t always bring it with me, but I do have my iPhone with me everywhere. So I think a mirrorless camera, or DSLR, is a complement to my iPhone. My camera will not make my iPhone redundant. And since I enjoy photography, why not have the best iPhone with the best camera?
    The GoPro is also a complement to both the camera and iPhone. All three of them have their uses. They are all tools, for different situations.

    1. Yes true, every camera has its place and none will replace the other. For example, a GoPro can do a vlog and stuff so can an iPhone or a DSLR, but would you strap any of the later to…say an arrow (those corridor crew videos) and shoot it? or strap it to a mountain bike or mob on a jetski with it? NO. A GoPro is an ACTION camera, that’s its primary function.

  4. Do you have a second please to answer a question I have? I’m looking at a new DSLR and it seems like Nikon and Canon are the 2 big players. Do you think those are the best brands? And do you prefer one over the other? Or is there another brand that you think is just as good but maybe cheaper? I’m trying not to break the bank of course. Thanks!

    1. Hi there, Between Canon and Nikon I will always choose canon, why? for the really good quality glass available. Nikon cameras also come with good glass but canon cameras, in general, are way better than Nikon.

  5. I believe the topic warrants a good comparison and you allude to that point. The iPhone is good for basic shoot and post for family and on the spot while the GoPro is more of a planned thing and to be able to go places that the iPhone cannot. “ACTION” is the key word.
    I believe as consumers we are bombarded with all the niche toys along with their niche user culture and learning curves while we have a limit to either what we can or want to spend. We are not always sure if we need such a device or if we will use it.

    I know that I purchased a bunch of camera stuff three years ago that I have not gotten around to using or learning about and I feel guilty- Mavic Pro with goggles, Hero 5, Sony A6500 to name a few and have barely touched them though I love tech and gadgets.

    1. Thanks a lot. I thought about writing on this topic after coming across a video on youtube where he was comparing his iPhone with the GoPro and trying to make a point that the iPhone was an all in one package due to wide-angle lenses and all that. But he was totally forgetting the point that GoPro is an “ACTION” camera and is for a very different use case.

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