GoPro Goes to 12 For Track Night

“Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not 10. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at 10. You're on 10 here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on 10 on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?”

Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel had a point – and for them, the answer was to go to 11. But what happens when 11 isn’t enough? For that, SCCA® partner GoPro has introduced the GoPro HERO12 Black – and for SCCA members (especially those running Track Night in America® Driven by Tire Rack events), that means better on-track footage.

GoPro has been around for a while – more than 20 years, if you can believe it – and along the way has become the de facto motorsports action camera thanks to its affordability, compact form factor, and ease of use. Attach an adhesive mount, click the GoPro into place, hit record, then head on track – it couldn’t be more straightforward. In that way, GoPro’s early offerings and its HERO12 Black are no different, but when you dive into the details, it’s quickly apparent that GoPro’s latest iteration is head and shoulders above its predecessors.

The HERO11 and HERO12 are both capable of 1080, 4K, and 5.3K recording, with frame rates varying from 30 fps to 120 (depending on the definition setting), but the real difference is runtime. At 5.3K and 60 fps, the HERO12 can record for up to 70 minutes – that’s twice the capability of the HERO11. At 4K and 120 fps, the runtime gain is 107 percent, with the HERO12 offering nearly an hour of recording.

Many track enthusiasts will set their GoPro at 1080 and 60 fps, and for that, the HERO12 Black can now record for 102 minutes, a nice bump when compared to the 89 minutes of the HERO11 – but with the HERO12, you’ll want to push the limits since this camera can record at an 8:7 ratio, allowing you to record once and then crop to the desired aspect ratio for sharing, like 9:16 and 4:3 for social media, or 16:9 for traditional screens.

The new version also has upgraded stabilization, creating smoother footage than in the past.

There’s waaaay more to this action camera than we’ve said, so we suggest you check out GoPro’s website for all the details (like 15-percent off select items, and free shipping). You’ll obviously need a HERO12 Black, but might we suggest the GoPro Grab Bag as your second item?

Then with your new GoPro gear in hand, check out a Track Night in America near you!

Photo courtesy GoPro