Do GoPros Have Screens?

Wondering whether GoPro cameras have screens? Early models didn’t, but newer models do. These are the GoPro models that do have built-in screens.

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Early models of GoPros didn’t include a screen.

At least, they didn’t have the type of back screen that you can use for live preview and operating the menu system. Several early models did include a small monochrome screen on the front that was just a status screen. And with some earlier models, you could add a screen as an optional accessory.

But since the HERO4 Silver, most (but not all) GoPro models have included a built-in back screen. The screen can be used for live preview when shooting, playing back photos and videos, and as a touchscreen for interacting with the camera’s menu system.

These are the specific models that have a built-in screen on the back:

  • HERO10 Black
  • HERO9 Black
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 Black
  • HERO7 Silver
  • HERO7 White
  • HERO6 Black
  • HERO5 Black
  • HERO (2018)
  • HERO4 Silver

And some of the newest models have improved the front screen to be a full-color live preview screen. It’s still much smaller than the screen on the back, and it’s not a touchscreen, but it has been a significant upgrade and is especially useful for vlogging or selfies.

These are the GoPro models with a full-color front screen:

  • HERO10 Black
  • HERO9 Black
  • Max

The Latest Model: GoPro HERO11 Black

Released in the fall of 2022, the HERO11 is GoPro's current model. Well, actually two models.

First, there's the flagship Black that has all the bells and whistles and sets the standard for action cameras.

GoPro HERO11 Black
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • Take 27MP photos
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m without a separate housing
  • Built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 In-camera Video Stabilization creates smooth video without a gimbal
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion

A couple of months later, they released Black Mini. It's smaller and shares many of the flagship models capabilities, but it's also stripped-down in important ways. For instance, it doesn't have a touchscreen, its battery isn't removable, and it shoots video only (so no photo mode).

GoPro HERO11 Black Mini
  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • Compact form factor
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m without a separate housing
  • 2x built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 5.0 in-camera video stabilization
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion @ 2.7K
  • Built-in battery
David Coleman / Photographer

David Coleman

I'm a freelance travel photographer based in Washington DC. Seven continents, up mountains, underwater, and a bunch of places in between. My images have appeared in numerous publications, and you can check out some of my travel photography here. I've been shooting with GoPros for years, starting with the HD HERO, and have owned and used every model since. More »

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