The GoPro Hero 11 Black Mini is one of the most interesting action cameras we’ve seen in a few years, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait a little longer to see it – GoPro has delayed its expected availability until next month.
The Hero 11 Black Mini, which packs most of the GoPro Hero 11 Black’s shooting power into a smaller, cheaper form factor, was supposed to go on sale today. But GoPro has updated this expected availability to November 18th.
Interestingly, GoPro didn’t blame the delay on supply chain issues, which is the typical reason we’ve seen for the camera’s late shipment. Instead, GoPro CEO Nicholas Woodman simply said, “We’re giving ourselves a little more time to perfect the product for our excited customers.”
This hints at some sort of initial issue – we’ve asked GoPro for more details, but we’ll likely have to wait the extra three weeks and hope that everything has been resolved properly.
Given the relatively short delay, the problem is more likely to be software related. One of the big differences between the Hero 11 Black and its Mini sibling is that the latter doesn’t have a touchscreen, just offering a small monochrome screen on top next to the shutter button. That means changing your settings and shooting styles involves using the GoPro Quik app, which will likely be updated when the Hero 11 Black Mini launches.
Another challenge for the Hero 11 Black Mini will likely be battery life and minimizing overheating. The action camera has a non-removable 1,500mAh battery, and GoPro has yet to disclose its expected battery life per charge. The camera also has heat sinks on the back to keep it cool, but we’ll be interested to see how it performs when shooting continuously with and without airflow.
Analysis: A small delay is expected to mean small problems
The delay in shipping the Hero 11 Black Mini is both good news and bad news. On the plus side, it’s good that GoPro is planning to smooth out any early issues before the action camera launches, which isn’t always the case. Nor was it postponed to next year.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen many products, like the DJI Mavic 3, launch well before they’re ready, requiring a lot of firmware updates to reach the claimed levels of performance and feature sets.
On the other hand, we still don’t know why the Hero 11 Black Mini’s shipment has been delayed and that expected availability is getting dangerously close to the peak of the shopping season.
We will be testing the Hero 11 Black Mini ahead of the November 18th shipping date, so stay tuned for our full review before that. If you want a look at how the compact action camera stacks up against its big brother, check out the GoPro Hero 11 Black vs Hero 11 Black Mini comparison.
And, if these two new action cameras are a little over your budget, the Black Friday GoPro deals are worth keeping an eye out for. While we probably won’t see big discounts until November, our guide shows you what to expect and which older GoPro models are likely to offer the best value during this year’s sales.