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The 3 Best GoPro Sports Cameras in 2023


Whether you board, bike, hike, drive, ride, ski, skydive, surf, skate, run-or all the above-you need a sports camera that can keep up. And even more importantly, GoPro understands that you dont want to get delayed dealing with complicated gadgets, mounting options and settings. Instead, you want to live in the now!

Which is the best GoPro camera for sports?

This quick guide to the three best GoPro sports cameras of 2023 steers you in the right direction.

1. HERO11 Black Mini

GoPro HERO11 Black Mini is designed to be a smaller, extremely durable camera to capture action sports and fit in hard-to-mount areas without losing quality.

There are times when a smartphone or SLR camera just wont do, and, mainly, thats because you dont want to be left standing around with some bulky device or worried about your phone when youre racing down a mountainside. HERO11 Black Mini is the perfect companion for sports fanatics due to its lightweight design, compact build and similar capabilities to the original GoPro HERO11 Black.

GoPro sports cameras are designed to be tough straight out of the box, making them suitable for all extreme sports and outdoor activities. Mini is no exception. The idea is that you can point and shoot. Its perfect for capturing immersive, fast-moving action when youre in the moment. It also comes with a reusable travel case, curved adhesive mount and short mounting buckle that is compatible with all GoPro camera mounts and accessories.

It features a new larger sensor to bring an immersive, extra-large field of view with cinematic 5.3K60 2.7K240 video. You can also take 24.7 megapixel frame grabs. Try outfitting your Mini with the Max Wide Lens Mod for an ultra-smooth Max HyperSmooth experience and wider angle for the most immersive footage.

2. HERO11 Black

Serving as the bigger sibling to Mini, the original GoPro HERO11 Black is a top-tier option for athletes who want a little more bang for their buck.

The new image sensor captures a more vertical view with higher quality. It also features HyperSmooth 5.0 with AutoBoost and Horizon Lock built-in, ensuring a smooth shot under any condition. HERO11 Black uses 10-bit color, which elevates all your videos with a richer, cinematic look. It boasts the same 5.3K60 2.7K240 video and even 4K120 ultra slo-mo video.

Plus, you can take 27 megapixel high-res photos. That means you can capture silky smooth slow-motion footage, or an epic frame grab, as youre snowboarding down a mountain or dropping in on a gnarly wave. Pair HERO11 Black with the GoPro Sports Kit, and youll be ready to face anything!


GoPro MAX 360 camera offers a unique perspective for athletes and action nuts because it houses three cameras in one. You can vlog, capture 360-degree spherical footage or capture traditional 2D HERO videos and photos of all your greatest moments. In addition, you get many other features that make MAX a no-brainer for sports video cameras. For example, users can enjoy:

360 Mode with stunning 6K video

Unbreakable stabilization from Max HyperSmooth

Waterproof reliability to 16ft

Premium 360 stereo audio from 6 mics

Vlogging with 1080p live streaming

Max TimeWarp, PowerPano 4 digital lenses

Easily Reframe 360 video to a traditional viewing experience on the GoPro Quik app

One of the best ways to use MAX is to reinforce it with the Vented Helmet Strap Mount paired with the Boom Extension Mount to record everything around you. Easily set it and forget, and trust that youre capturing all the precious moments of your summit to the mountaintop, hucking it out of a plane or cycling into the sunset.

GoPro sports cameras keep you ready for anything!

No matter what situations you find yourself in, you can trust that GoPro has the device to fit your needs. And once you start using GoPro as a sports camera, be sure to submit your shots to GoPro Awards with the Quik app!


What is the best video camera for water sports?

Well, it depends on your water sport of choice.

For example, MAX may be a good option if youre a wakeboarder doing flips and tricks because of its 360-degree FOV and Horizon Lock capabilities. However, keep in mind that MAX is only waterproof up to 16ft, so we recommend it for above-water activities. On the other hand, if youre a scuba diver or surfer, HERO11 Black and Mini are solid choices because theyre waterproof up to 33ft. Both cameras also have protective dive housing options available. Pair these portable sports cameras with the Bite Mount Floaty accessory, and youre set.

How do I choose a sports camera?

You must know what kind of footage you want to film and from what perspective. If youre unsure where to start, look at our Shop by Activity page to get ideas for the sport you love most.

What are the best GoPro accessories for sports?

The best GoPro accessories for sports are the ones that make your experiences more enjoyable and simple. For amazing hands-free POV footage, Chesty is the best option for any model of GoPro you have. To help take your GoPro sports cameras to new heights, there are many camera accessories to add to your kit.
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