GoPro has announced they are slightly delaying their previously announced GoPro Hero 11 Mini camera, which was set to start shipping today (Oct 25th). This change is fairly last-minute, as things were still on-tap to start shipping just a couple of days ago (even behind the scenes). The camera will now start shipping on November 18th, about three weeks late.
GoPro announced the change in a press release:
“HERO11 Black Mini is an incredible camera and we’re giving ourselves a little more time to perfect the product for our excited customers,” said Nicholas Woodman, GoPro founder and CEO. “I’m absolutely loving my Mini and cannot wait for the public to get their hands on it.”
It’s not clear exactly what caused the last-minute delay, but I’d put my money on either product availability (quantities desired for a large international release), or a last-minute bug that would have been a cluster to deal with later on, after shipping started. Either way, I don’t think a three-week delay is too big a deal, especially in this Oct-November timeframe that’s sorta a lull for travel or exciting adventures (for most people). For the Northern Hemisphere, the summer season is well past us, but the winter snow season isn’t quite here yet. Had this been a bigger delay in missing the holidays, that’d be a legit problem.
Either way – GoPro’s quarterly earnings call is next Thursday, and historically speaking they tend to be quite enlightening. So I’m sure we’ll get some clarity there, either in the prepared statements section or in the investor Q&A portion.
As for the Hero 11 Black Mini, I’ll have a full in-depth review once it does release. The design goal of the Hero 11 Black Mini is to basically take all the video performance functionality of the full-sized Hero 11 Black, but put it into a smaller case without a rear display, and save $100. It sorta aims to be like the old days of the GoPro Session, but it’s not quite that small (though, far more powerful).
If you haven’t seen my initial hands-on video, I explain all the differences between the two cameras, as there’s a lot of nuance in the details:
But again, expect a full in-depth review on/about Nov 18th, once things start shipping.
With that – thanks for reading!