In this article, we are going to look at all the official, unofficial, and leaked information about the upcoming 360 action camera GoPro Max 2 release date, specs, etc. Last update: June 20, 2022.
It’s been two and a half years since the last GoPro 360 camera i-e GoPro Max was launched. Do you know how long ago that was? We didn’t have a pandemic when the GoPro Max came out. Yes, it’s been that long.
So, will we see an upgraded GoPro Max 2 this year? The chances are pretty good and here is why.
During the annual shareholder meeting earlier this year, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced an expansion of its product line to a total of 4 cameras for different markets.
Here is what Nick said.
“At the end of 2022, we plan to increase our hardware offerings from two product types we have today, HERO and MAX, to four distinct camera products.”GoPro CEO Nick Woodman
The GoPro currently has two distinct camera offerings a normal action camera i-e GoPro Hero 10 Black and a 360 action camera i-e the GoPro Max.
We can safely assume that GoPro will add two new categories to its line including a professional camera & a smaller camera like the GoPro Session to compete with DJI’s Osmo Action 2.
GoPro Max 2 Release date
This year is GoPro’s 20th anniversary and I think they will do something special this year. A combined product launch event where they unveil all 4 camera lines is a possibility.
As discussed in my article about GoPro Hero 11 release date, this event could be in September this year. So, the GoPro Max 2 release date could be as soon as September 2022.
There are good reasons for GoPro to refresh the 360 action camera line. When it comes to normal action cameras, GoPro is the ultimate king BUT the 360 action camera line has some serious competition.
The Chinese brand Insta360 has been coming up with impressive products in the 360 camera category and if you compare their latest models 1-1 with the GoPro Max, the Max is a little outdated (see below comparison in major areas)
If GoPro is to keep its market dominance in the action camera category which the pioneered starting in 2002, they have to release more options and one of them will be the all-new GoPro Max 2.
GoPro Max 2 Specs
Although it is too early to say anything about the possible specifications of the GoPro Max 2, we can still look around, see the current competing products and make a good guess.
GoPro has been pretty consistent with its signature design in its HERO line. They made a great camera design and they are sticking to it for the last 6/7 releases.
Some might call this lack of innovation but I would say it’s brave. Why change something that is already great?
On the other hand, the 360 line is comparatively new. The first 360 camera was GoPro Fusion released in 2017. The next version was GoPro Max released two years later.
Design-wise, both were quite identical with an addition of a color screen on the Max. That was incline with the HERO line as GoPro was adding color LCDs to all its action cameras.
In fact, GoPro Max was the first camera to come with an LCD screen and later, the GoPro HERO 9 got it a year later.
Considering the design history of GoPro, I believe we won’t see any significant change in the GoPro Max 2.
We might see a better screen, a slightly different lens, and mic placement but that’s just about it. There are not many items on the block for GoPro to move around. However, a slightly narrow form factor might help with better stitching of videos.
Now, this is the juicy part. The GoPro Max record videos in 6K but when they are stitched together, the resolution is reduced to 5.6K. The highest frame rate is only 30 fps which is pretty disappointing especially if you want to slow down the video in post-production (there is no SloMo by default)
I am pretty much certain that that is about to change with the GoPro Max 2. We might see a new camera sensor and lens (or lenses if they included Mods) to bump up the specs compared to the Max.
We might see a 5.7K or even a 6K final resolution (post stitching) and the frame rate might be bumped up to 60fps.
Anything above 6K and it will be very difficult to edit in post-production. Especially editing on mobile will become near impossible due to the enormous file size.
The Max 2 camera might be able to record slo-mo videos at a higher frame rate natively. For any good slow-mo capture, a frame rate of 100 or greater is required.
One problem I am wishing they solve in the GoPro Max 2 is the lens refraction when the camera is taken underwater. The water mess up the lense and the ends are stitched imperfectly due to lens refraction. Insta360 has solved this already so fingers crossed.
New software features
The mobile app that accompanied the GoPro Max was decent at best. I am hoping they revamp the app from the ground up to create something easy to use and noob friendly.
With the GoPro Max, you have to transfer the file to your phone first before editing. If the phone is connected to the camera via cable and the video is edited directly inside the camera, that would be a nice time saver.
A new desktop editor that can handle the high resolution 5.7K or 6K stitched videos would be a huge selling point as well. The immediate competitor Insta360 has Insta360 Studio which is quite advanced with intuitive workflow processes.
The current GoPro Quik App is basic and people prefer Premiere Pro with the GoPro plugin but you have to pay for that which is not ideal. GoPro needs to invest in its software.
Another software area they can focus on is shooting in HDR mode with a 10-bit dynamic range. Will it increase the file size? Maybe. But that would be worth it. The Insta360 One X2 offers HDR mode.
Better stabilization with HyperSmooth 5.0
HyberSmooth is a game-changer for GoPro cameras that don’t have mechanical stabilization like the ones you see on DJI Pocket 2.
The GoPro Max came out in 2019 with HyperSmooth 2.0 which is already 2 generations old. The latest HERO 10 uses HyperSmooth 4.0 which is leaps & bounds better than its predecessors.
So, with GoPro Max 2, we might see the next version i-e HyperSmooth 5.0 which will take the stabilization abilities to the next level.
New GP3 Processor
The HERO line is using the new powerful GP series processor and we might see the next version of the processor in GoPro Max 2. The new processor will be more energy-efficient, and fast and will enable functions like AI editing via Machine Learning.
GoPro Max 2 Price
GoPro Max was priced at $549 at the time of release (now available at $399). Since the Max 2 will be an improved version of the predecessor with no major changes, I would expect it to be available at the same price point.
That’s all for now. I will be updating this article as new information comes to the market. What do you want to see in the new GoPro Max 2? Mention in the comment section below.
If you are looking for a 360-action camera now and can’t wait for the Max 2 to drop, below are your top 3 options.
- 5.6K 30 fps video
- 16.6 MP still images
- Three cameras in one to shoot 360
- Max HyperSmooth unbreakable stabilization
- Live streaming in 1080p
- Premium 360 plus stereo audio with six mics
- Choose from four digital lenses in hero mode to get the best shot
- 5.7K 360 captures
- Digital stabilization and horizon leveling algorithms
- Shoot with the Invisible Selfie Stick and then watch it disappear
- IPX8 Waterproof up to 10 meters (33ft)