GoPro HERO12 Black

The GoPro HERO12 Black was released in September 2012. It’s a relatively modest upgrade over the HERO11 Black and keeps compatibility with most of the same accessories and mounts as the HERO10 Black and HERO11 Black.
GoPro HERO12 Black

It uses the same GP2 chip and retains the same-size sensor, has improved runtimes thanks to more efficient power management, adds HDR Video (up to 5.3K30), upgrades HyperSmooth to 6.0, adds support for Bluetooth mics, better support for vertical shooting, new GP-Log video for capturing increased dynamic range, and adds compatibility with the new Max Lens Mod 2.0 for 177° field of view in 4K60 video.

  • Shoot 5.3K60 & 4K120 video at up to 120Mbps bitrate
  • HDR video up to 5.3K30
  • Horizon Lock keeps level even during movement
  • Take 27MP photos (5568 x 4872 pixels)
  • 1/1.9″ CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof to 33ft / 10m, so you can take it swimming, paddling, surfing, or snorkeling without a separate housing
  • Built-in mount point
  • HyperSmooth 6.0 In-camera Video Stabilization creates smooth video without a gimbal
  • Shoot up to 8x slow motion

The HERO12 Black does not have GPS. That feature, which has been a staple of many previous versions of GoPro cameras, has been left off this one.

GoPro HERO12 Black. Photo by David Coleman "

GoPro HERO12 Black Protune Options

The GoPro HERO12 Black’s Protune options give you more control and flexibility when shooting video, time lapse, or photos. Here’s a rundown of the Protune options available.

GoPro HERO12 Black. Photo by David Coleman "

The GoPro HERO12 Black is Waterproof Out of the Box

The GoPro HERO12 Black is waterproof out of the box without a separate waterproof housing or case. But there are still limits to how waterproof it is, and there are also ways to make it even more waterproof.

GoPro HERO12 Black with microSD Cards. Photo by David Coleman "

GoPro HERO12 SD Card Recommendations

Not all SD cards will work well in the GoPro HERO12 Black. Here are some practical recommendations for which microSD cards are fast enough to keep up with the HERO12’s high-bitrate 120 Mbps video recording and burst photo modes.

GoPro HERO7 Black Wet

Tips for Using GoPros In & Around Water

One of the things I like most about shooting with GoPros is that they’re fearless around water. Some of my favorite shots I’ve taken with them have involved water. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way for getting better results when shooting with GoPro cameras in and around the water.

GoPro Smart Remote with Multiple GoPro Cameras

How to Control Multiple GoPros with a Single Remote

Controlling a single GoPro camera remotely is pretty straightforward. The most obvious way to do that is to use the GoPro mobile app. But what if you want to control more than one camera? For that, you’ll need to use a dedicated remote. Here’s an overview of how it works.

External Microphones for GoPro Cameras

If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.