GoPro has just launched its latest flagship action camera called GoPro Hero 8. Though the core camera remains the same as Hero 7 but there are a lot of significant improvements or changes in Hero 8. There are a number of mods which will be available in order to enhance the functionality to the next level. GoPro Hero 8 is priced at US $399 and will start shipping from 15th October 2019.
GoPro Hero 8 Black
Due to tough competitions in action camera field from various manufacturers like DJI, Mi and noise who are providing almost the same features at a fraction of its cost. Which demands some significant changes to be made on their half which can make them stand out from the rest in the niche which they invented them self.
GoPro Hero 8 Black specifications:
- The new GoPro Hero 8 black weighs around 126grams.
- It can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second, 2.7K at 120 frames per second and 1080p at 240 frames per seconds.
- WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
- 2 inch touch sensitive LCD touch screen display
- Waterproof upto 10m or 33ft without the case.
- 1220mAh removable lithium ion battery.
- It can live stream via the app as well.
- Bust, timelapse, time warp and night lapse mode are available.
- Hyper smooth 2.0
- Super HDR and HDR modes
There are 3 GoPro mods as well which haven’t been launched yet. According to sources, these mods will be launched later by GoPro, so we can expect them to be available by the end of this year (maybe December 2019). These 3 mods are:
- Light mod ($49.99 US) It’s a compact light capable of producing 4 levels of brightness up to 200 lumens. It comes with a built-in rechargeable battery and is waterproof up to 33ft as well.
- Display mod ($79.99 US) is just a 1.9inch display, which can be folded in front or back. It also comes with a built-in HDMI port and micro HDMI connector.
- Media Mod ($79.99 US) this media Mod includes a built-in shotgun microphone and 2 cold shoe mounts for display and light mod.it also features Type-C port, HDMI and 3.5mm audio jack as well.
Also check: DJI Osmo Action camera
As a result of all the changes made to the GoPro Hero 8, the accessories collected by the users which were compatible with Hero 5 to 7 might not even work with Hero 8. The front lens cover is non-removable now hence all the ND filter and similar another filter will not be compatible with Hero 8. The size of the battery used in Hero 8 is identical to its previous generation and are even compatible with Hero 8 but there is a catch there. Thought the batteries are compatible, if you use any older battery then some functionalities might not even work then.
Differences between GoPro Hero 7 and Hero 8:
- The biggest and most distinct change in hero 8 is its design it’s slightly slimmer and taller as compared to hero 7. The position of microSD card slot and the battery has been moved to aside. Hence it’s even possible to swap batteries when it is mounted.
- It features a new and improved interface design.
- Hyper smooth 2.0, according to GoPro hyper smooth 2.0 is supposed to provide even better stabilization than GoPro Hero 7. There is also a boost mode which crops the frame a bit more for a better-stabilized output.
- There is a built-in the mount in GoPro Hero 8, which can just be flipped out in order to mount it on most of the GoPro accessories.
- The front lens element is made with gorilla glass now and around twice as thick when compared to the lens element on the hero 7. The only drawback being the lens element cannot be replaced now.
- New front mic of Hero 8 offers a slight improvement over hero 7 in the audio department as well. It definitely helps to remove the wind noise a bit but its, not anything significant.
- Live burst is also a significant addition there, basically shoots 3-second video instead of clicking a single picture, from which you can choose the best picture amongst those 90 frames.
With GoPro Hero 8, GoPro has tried their best to keep up with the competition for sure. Overall it’s a good upgrade to the preexisting Hero 7 series. Hyper smooth 2.0 is definitely a game-changer and it being available though each and every resolution and frame rates is a delight. But some reports do suggest some overheating issues with GoPro Hero 8 while recording in maximum resolution and frame rates for more than 15 minutes straight. Only time will tell if it’s a fault in a few selected pieces or it’s a worry some problems persisting in the latest GoPro Hero 8. GoPro Mods are definitely something which is quite unique, it will be quite interesting to see how other brands react to these. Currently, GoPro 8 is available for pre-order at their official website, it is expected to start shipping from 15th October 2019 with GoPro mods beings available as late as December 2019.
Update: Polar pro came up with a new magnetic ND filters specially for GoPro Hero 8. You can check the video of Polar pro filters by clicking here.