Like most other GoPros, the HERO11 Black includes Burst Mode photos. This allows you to shoot rapid sequences of still images.
It can be useful in several ways. You might be putting together a string of photos together to show a skateboard jump or baseball swing or whale breaching.
The way I use it most often is to maximize the chances of catching the photo I want with fast, short action.
On the minus side, you end up with a bunch of photos to sort through and discard. On the plus side, there’s a much greater chance of getting the shot you want.
The HERO11 Black also has an improved feature for grabbing 24.7-megapixel still frames from video. That’s another good option for accomplishing similar results, especially since the HERO11 doesn’t have LiveBurst.
Burst Photo Rates Available on the HERO11 Black
While there’s a lot of overlap on what burst mode rates are available on different GoPro models, they’re not all exactly the same. And that’s true here, where the options have been tweaked between the HERO10 and HERO11.
Here are the rates that are available on the HERO11:
- 60 photos in 10 seconds
- 60 photos in 6 seconds
- 30 photos in 6 seconds
- 30 photos in 3 seconds
- 30 photos in 1 second
- 10 photos in 3 seconds
- 10 photos in 1 second
- 5 photos in 1 second
- 3 photos in 1 second
That last one—Auto—works a bit differently from the others and deserves its own explanation. It captures up to 30 photos in a second. 1
The “up to” is the important bit here. The key is that it’s affected by exposure. The camera calculates the appropriate shooting rate based on the lighting conditions. So in dark conditions, you might get only 10 frames per second. In bright conditions, you might get the full 30 frames per second.
With the other settings, you get that many photos in that amount of time no matter what, even if that means that some images will be underexposed.
But if you don’t specifically need that rigid number of shots, the Auto setting is a great option to maximize the chances of getting correctly exposed images while still shooting burst.
I have put together separate a more detailed explanation of how the auto setting works.
Things Worth Knowing
If you’re familiar with shooting in burst mode on other GoPro cameras, the way it works on the HERO10 will be pretty straightforward. But there are still some things worth knowing.
File Formats Available in HERO11 Burst Mode
Available image formats:
- JPG (Standard)
- RAW (.gpr)
On some older models, Burst Mode only worked with JPG output. But on the HERO11, both RAW and JPG is available as an output format for Burst Mode.
Lens Options Available in HERO11 Burst Mode
There’s a choice of two lenses when using Burst Mode:
The Wide is the standard GoPro field of view (although the HERO11 comes with SuperView set as default in other shooting modes).
The Linear field of view minimizes the fisheye lens distortion through digital manipulation; it’s not a true optical lens change.
The HERO11 doesn’t have LiveBurst.
But it does have an improved feature for grabbing still 24.7-megapixel frames from video, which is another good option to accomplish similar ends.
Burst Mode vs Continuous Photo
The HERO11 does not have Continuous Photo.
Several previous models of GoPro cameras have had a related feature called Continuous Photo. The gist is that rather than a preset number of images over a specific duration, you control the duration by holding down the shutter button. But it’s a moot point on the HERO11–it doesn’t have that feature.
These features use in-camera post-processing to achieve their effects, and it’s not practical for the camera to apply that processing to all images in a burst sequence.
Zoom & Field of View
You can set the zoom and field of view (or lens) with Burst Mode, but only if you have the output set to standard (i.e., you can’t use those with RAW files in any shooting mode).
Sorting GoPro Burst Photos
The downside of shooting in burst mode is that you end up with a lot of photos to sort through. The methods for doing it aren’t specific to the HERO11, but here are some good options.
On-camera playback. You can view and delete photo sequences on the camera’s back screen using the usual playback functionality. So it’s convenient to have it right there. The downside is that it’s only a small screen, and it can be tedious to sort through large numbers of images on it.
GoPro Quik mobile app. The mobile app provides a somewhat more convenient method of sorting through large numbers of images. The screen is a little bigger, and most of us are better at controlling a smartphone screen quickly than the GoPro touchscreen.
Computer Software. There are many good options for sorting large numbers of images using a computer. It does mean the extra step of downloading the images to your computer. But you get a much larger screen to really see the images, quick controls using a keyboard and mouse or touchpad, and built-in tools for selecting and batch editing large numbers of images at once.
- The GoPro Quik desktop app isn’t a bad option, although it’s slower than I like, and there’s other software I prefer for this. GoPro has also discontinued development (although you can still find it here). One strong plus in favor of Quik is that it works with the GoPro RAW image format (.gpr). And it’s free.
- Lightroom Classic is what I usually use. That’s mostly because it’s my usual image editing hub–it’s not something specific to GoPro burst sequences. It’s a paid app and not everyone’s cup of tea (here are some good Lightroom alternatives). A strong plus for Lightroom Classic is that it’s one of the few apps that’s compatible with GoPro’s RAW (.gpr) images.
- FileLoupe is a paid Mac app that’s lightning-fast for sorting and viewing photos and videos. I’ve covered it before.
- Other Options. There are plenty of other apps that are good for sorting and culling large numbers of images. On the top end, Photo Mechanic is the gold standard but isn’t cheap. But long-established free apps like XnView and IrfanView can also be used effectively.
- It’s worth noting that the Auto setting on the HERO10 Black captured up to 25 photos per second. It has been increased to 30 on the HERO11.