Gopro Hero 9 Front Screen Off

Exactly one year ago today GoPro announced the Display Modern, as part of the larger Hero eight suite. At the time, a year before the Hero ix would come out, it promised a manner to see yourself from the front end of the camera, aimed somewhat at vloggers, just realistically anyone that just wanted to frame the subject area from in forepart of the camera (which I call back is way more than people than merely vloggers). Undoubtedly information technology was a response to the DJI OSMO Action with its dual front and rear color screens.

Unfortunately, with delay later on delay after delay, it wouldn’t finally run into the low-cal until just a week or ii ago. By then, the GoPro Hero 9 had launched, which featured a similar front end-facing screen as the DJI OSMO Activeness, negating the value for most people. Still, enough of people have the Hero 8 cameras, and the Display Modernistic also offers a larger screen than the Hero 9’south front facing brandish. So perhaps there was even so some value there – it was time to find out!

If ya wanna leap correct in, here’s my total video on it:

Thus, I set out to give things a whirl and see whether it’s worth spending the $79 for.

The Basics:

To brainstorm, the Display Mod comes with both a USB-C charging cable (just like a normal GoPro would), as well every bit a small case for it, keeping it prophylactic for when it’s non on your camera:


If we have the Display Modern out of the instance you’ll see it’south got i push on the side, 1 USB-C port for charging, and 1 micro-HDMI cablevision swinging out the side of it.


The GoPro Brandish Modern requires the GoPro Media Mod. In the case of the Hero viii, that’south the Hero viii Media Mod, and in the case of the Hero ix, that’s the Hero nine Media Modernistic. These are different models and aren’t cross-uniform considering the GoPro Hero 8 and Hero 9 are different sizes, thus their shells are different sizes:


But, the good news is that equally long as you lot take the appropriate Media Modern for the right camera, so you tin can employ the aforementioned Display Mod with either. Also, for fun, I tried using the Media Mod with the GoPro Hero 7 (which has an HDMI port on it), and while it would illuminate, it would simply show a gallery view of existing content on the carte du jour (like plugging into a Goggle box), except half the navigation icons are cut-off, so you’re basically navigating blindly with the Hero 7 Mode & Power Buttons, hoping you don’t delete annihilation in the procedure.


Ok, so to use it as it was intended you’ll need to showtime slide it into the upper cold-shoe adapter on the Hero 8 or Hero ix Media Mod, like so:


And so, you lot’ll become alee practice a funky twisting snake maneuver with the cable to get it into its micro-HDMI hole without it flopping all over the place. It’ll look like this when done:


Finally, you lot’ll snap the cablevision holder thingy to the cablevision, to keep the loop-de-loop in place (as seen above):

Now, you’ll twist up the Display Mod, which has the screen on the front-facing side. This hinge seems well congenital in terms of up/down movement, but wouldn’t do well with a strong shear (lateral) or twisting forcefulness on it. Long term I think disconnecting and re-connecting the wire is probably what volition break first.


Next, go ahead and concur down the left push, this turns it on. If you take the screen on, just not yet the GoPro, you’ll see this (which assumes you haven’t connected the cablevision). You’ll also run into the battery state in the corner (of the display modernistic). In one case you lot turn on your GoPro, you’ll run into yourself on the Display Modernistic, and the GoPro Hero 8 or ix back screen volition plow off:


On the front Display Mod screen you lot’ll only always run across the exact same thing: Yourself and the Display Modern battery. Meanwhile, on the forepart GoPro condition screen you’ll see the recording time details more or less similar normal. You’ll see the way you’re in, recording time, battery life of the GoPro, etc…


And here’s what information technology looks like on the Hero 8:


And thus, we make it at arguably the worst office of the GoPro Display Modernistic, turning it around and finding your rear brandish turned off:


At showtime y’all’re similar – OK, no biggie, right? Except…biggie. See, you lot can’t conform any settings at present unless you literally plough off the Display Modern (which ways it’south at present sitting in that location flipped up and off – crusade if it’southward flipped down, it blocks your rear touchscreen):


Come across, the Display Modern isn’t a touchscreen, and it *NEVER* shows display settings, or allows you to conform settings. It just shows yourself. That’s it. Over again, information technology but shows yourself. Take for example this super cool new audio feature on the Hero ix Media Mod (green lines at the lesser) – this is when the Display Mod is turned off:


That’d be brilliant on the Brandish Mod, and arguably, there’s no ameliorate place for that than facing yourself – since that’s kinda sorta when you want to know whether the audio is working (perhaps wireless mics you’ve got plugged in like I practice). Except nope.

Or, possibly yous desire to arrange from Broad to the new GoPro Hero ix Linear Horizon Leveling way. Nope, you lot can’t do that either without shutting off the Display Mod, waiting for it to slowly disconnect itself, and and so illuminate the other screen. And then of course once that’s done, yous’ll turn back your Brandish Modern on.


So when you’re not having the Display Mod in use, then you lot tin can flip down the screen like this (shown partially, it goes all the way down as shown higher up elsewhere):


And that’due south fine, you can still see the GoPro screen. Except it doesn’t get to sleep like the normal screen does. And then it’ll just burn bombardment forever. Too, again, you can’t adjust any settings, or even meet the recording times from the dorsum – because that’s just on the condition.  Heed, you, all this is the aforementioned on the Hero eight or Hero 9.

Further, information technology ignores the GoPro brandish timeout settings as well. It’ll simply stay on forever, until the GoPro turns off physically, in which case two minutes later the Brandish Modernistic turns off too. Just this doesn’t match the normal settings where the displays go to sleep (timeout) before to foreclose battery drain.


And…that’s it.

As in, in that location’s nothing else to talk almost. That’south the sum total of the GoPro Display Modern’south capabilities. It’due south basically a simple non-touchscreen display that you clip on the summit and information technology reduces the functionality of your GoPro, by only very slightly increasing one aspect (seeing yourself on the front if on the Hero eight, or slightly bigger on the Hero nine). Simply that’south a massive tradeoff for the functions.


Since every bit of this writing at that place isn’t any public manual all the same available (coming presently I’m told), I figured I’d cover some FAQ type items hither. As well, information technology’s sometimes faster for me to put answers to common questions here than wrap a bunch of fancy text around them in a paragraph.

Volition the GoPro Display Modern work without the Media Mod?

No, the Media Mod is required for either the Hero 8 or Hero nine, since neither camera has a micro-HDMI port. The Media Mod does, which is required for the Display Mod.

Is the GoPro Display Mod waterproof?

Not exactly. It sounds like it’s calorie-free rain resistant, simply definitely not dunk proof. Its got open ports (the USB-C port on the side for example), and openly plugs into other open ports (the micro-HDMI port on the Media Mod).

Is the GoPro Display Modernistic a impact screen?

No, that’d be incredibly useful if it were.

How large is the GoPro Display Mod?

The screen measures 2” diagonal and has a resolution of 480×320, the verbal same equally the GoPro Hero 8 rear screen (but smaller than the Hero 9 rear screen).

Does the Display Modernistic drain the GoPro camera’south battery?

No, information technology has its ain battery that you lot must charge separately. Meaning, yous’ll demand to plug in 2 cables (i to your GoPro to charge that battery, and one to your Display Mod to charge that battery). The Media Mod doesn’t have an internal battery, and so no need for a tertiary cable there.

How long does the battery last?

GoPro says the 680mAh bombardment has a runtime of about 90 minutes, which seems about right in my testing.

Does the Display Modernistic output at the same fourth dimension as the Hero 9 back screen?

No, according to GoPro “Current hardware limitations forbid output to the Display Mod and enabling the full functionality of the Hero 9 Black back touchscreen at the same time”. Which, is exactly what I’ve seen. It volition show status on the Hero 9 front display screen, but like the Hero eight front display screen.

Does the Display Mod output at the aforementioned fourth dimension as the Hero 8 back screen?

No, same restriction equally the Hero 9 above, basically one or the other.



When GoPro announced the Display Mod, information technology was conspicuously in response to DJI. Some mean solar day we’ll notice out for real whether this was in the hopper earlier DJI appear their OSMO Activity 5 months earlier. My gauge is it might have been on a napkin somewhere, but that’s well-nigh it. When GoPro held various media events leading up to the Hero 8 launch last September, the Display Modern was nowhere to exist institute, save nether a glass example…untouchable. Yet, it was nonetheless slated to be released by December 2019 (something I was skeptical on at the time).

Fast forward to January 2020 and the Display Mod made its first appearance at CES in the booth for all to touch and caress. From briefly playing with it so, information technology was clear information technology was a hot mess. Which, probably explains why it was delayed and delayed and delayed until now.

I’ve bought literally virtually every product GoPro has made. Every activity cam, almost every mount, and even that drone. Yes, the remotes and accompaniment cables too. And ultimately, I call back this is the most disappointing matter GoPro has made.  It’southward as if the concept never actually left the napkin stage and went through a proper productization. It’s as if someone shipped the napkin off to a manufacturer in Asia, and they shipped back this hardware with a java-stained half-ripped sticky note that says “KThxBye!”.

For Hero 8 users this would have helped bridge the gap, and certain, if y’all’ve already got the Hero 8 + Hero viii Media Modern, and don’t care well-nigh irresolute settings or often changing the direction of your camera to point at something else, and so possibly this is a adept intermediate selection for ya. Merely if you’ve got a Hero viii with no Media Mod, you lot’re basically looking at $160 for both the Media Modern + Display Modern, which is about half-way to the cost of a Hero 9 assuming you lot’ve got GoPro Plus.

Even in the case of the Hero nine, there’s and then much real potential for the Display Mod for its intended target audience – vloggers. Why couldn’t GoPro have put the sound levels on the screen? Why not an exposure graph? Why non additional ProTune metrics on the screen like ISO or shutter speed? Why not the ability to change zoom levels similar the Hero nine screen? Why not a 16:9 overlay when recording four:3 content? Why non even GoPro GPS-based metrics that are available through the app, similar speed? Why not dual-screen back up like their actual production page originally showed? Why doesn’t it auto shut–off the screen per the GoPro screen savings settings? Why tin can’t I change settings when the Display Mod is enabled?

While I can hope some of those things happen, the reality is that I suspect they won’t. Which is likewise bad, every bit I think there actually are some use cases for the Display Modern, but as of today I’d take a actually hard time recommending it to anyone. But hey, on the bright side – the Hero ix Media Mod and Hero 9 Max SV Modernistic are really more often than not pretty absurd…so more on those shortly.

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