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 $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:
|category||GoPro Hero 8||iPhone 11 pro|
|Sensor Size||12-megapixels||Rear: 12-megapixel (f/1.8) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) + 12-megapixel (f/2.0)Front: 12-megapixel (f/2.2)|
|Resolution||4K@ 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-Motion||2.7K@ 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/lenses||Super 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|
|telephoto||no||2x optical zoom|
|Stabilization||Hyper smooth 2.0||Cinematic video stabilisation (4K, 1080p and 720p)|
|waterproof||Yes (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?
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:
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?
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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