GoPro Hero 11 Mini Review: Big Upgrades at Affordable Price!

GoPro Hero 11 Mini Review

Surprisingly, GoPro announced another camera, which is a compact version of the Hero 11 Black and less expensive. According to GoPro, this mini Hero 11 is mainly designed for those who want peak performance while maximizing portability and simplicity. 

GoPro Hero 11 Mini 

In this article, we are going to see which features and specs Hero 11 Mini boast. And is it really worth it to buy it instead of Hero 11 Black? 

Design and Display

In terms of design, we would like to mention that the Hero 11 Mini lacks a touchscreen, unlike the original Hero 11 Black, and can be controlled via GoPro’s Quik App. Thankfully, GoPro added a small display on the top, which you can find next to the record button. This display doesn’t do that much but can allow you to monitor battery life, recording time, resolution, frame rate, and many more. Unfortunately, you have to do the framing on your smartphone. Furthermore, the lens on Hero 11 Mini looks exactly the same as the Hero 11 Black. Also, at the front, Hero 11 Mini has a Bluetooth button to connect it to your smartphone. It even comes with two mounting fingers, one at the bottom, and one at the back, so you can have flexibility with the various mounts. 


When it comes to shooting video, the Hero 11 Mini equips the same 27 Megapixels camera as the regular Hero 11. It is also capable of shooting 5.3K resolution videos at 60fps. The new thing is that now you can capture videos with an ultra-versatile 8:7 aspect ratio. The idea is here, you can bring out different videos at different aspect ratios with full resolution. It also lets you shoot even wider in the 16:9 aspect ratio with the help of HyperView mode. Moreover, for a slow-motion effect, you can record 4K videos at 120fps. 

GoPro Hero 11 Mini Review
GoPro Hero 11 Mini

Features and Performance

The mini Hero 11 is almost identical to Hero 11 Black in terms of features and performance. It has the same custom GP2 processor, 10-Bit color, and pretty much all the same features. As for stability, the Hero 11 mini also adopts GoPro’s upgraded HyperSmooth 5.0, which can now be applied automatically based on your speed and movement for the smoothest video possible. With the built-in horizon lock feature, your horizon will stay level even if the camera tilts while recording.

Most importantly, it is now part of HyperSmooth 5.0 to keep things easier than ever and consistent when you rotate the camera. Furthermore, Hero 11 Mini also has new time-lapse presets like Hero 11. Three new modes, like star trails, light painting, and vehicle light trails, will take your time-lapse game to a whole new level. In addition, it doesn’t feature GPS and stereo audio.

Battery and Weight

Besides the screens, you will not have another thing in the mini Hero 11, which is a bigger battery. Instead of a 1720mAh enduro battery, the mini one is equipped with a 1500mAh enduro battery. We think that’s not gonna be a problem due to not having a screen. So, a 1500mAh battery will do the job. Plus, Hero 11 Mini is 20 grams lighter than the Hero 11 Black, and it is built tough to withstand water up to 33ft.

Wrapping Up

“In short, GoPro Hero 11 mini has almost everything that the original Hero 11 boast. It only lacks the colorful touchscreen and bigger battery life. The mini one is even 20 grams lighter. So, we think going for the mini version is really worth it if you don’t have any problem controlling it with your smartphone.”

Joe Pfeffer

Joe Pfeffer

What started off as just a dream for Joe Pfeffer, turned into his passion and livelihood. He started his career as a wildlife photographer and then transitioned into becoming a cinematographer. With a decade of raw on-the-field experience, Joe Pfeffer has all the technical knowledge about the ins and outs of cameras. Now, he uses his vast experience to educate others about photography.