The GoPro Hero 8 Black has just been launched, there are some seriously awesome new features in this compact action camera.
At first glance, the GoPro Hero 8 Black retains the same traditional body design; however, eagle-eyed GoPro users will notice a slight, yet important, tweak to this design. GoPro has added folding fingers to the body of the Hero8 Black and the Max 360 camera, also announced today.
What this means is that the traditional GoPro mount is now built into the camera and mounts and accessories can now attach directly to the camera itself. You no longer need to use the cage.
This is probably one of the most exciting innovations for GoPro cameras in some time because the folding fingers are also replaceable, which means that you can replace them with your own bespoke mount that bolts directly to the camera. This makes the whole system far more versatile. What’s more, the GoPro Hero 8 Black body is now 14% lighter.
Inside the GoPro Hero 8 Black is a 12-megapixel sensor that can record 4K (3840 x 2160) footage at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps in 16:9, as well as 4:3 4K at 30, 25 and 24fps. Slow-motion fans will appreciate its 2.7K at 120 and 100fps capability.
The Hero8 Black can also record 2.7K in 16:9 at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps, or50, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps 4:3 footage.
You can also record super slow-motion movies at 240 or 200fps in 1080p, 960p or 720p resolution. This allows users to produce 8x slow-motion movies.
GoPro Hero7 Black users will no doubt clock that these are the same frame rates and resolutions available in their action camera. Despite the rumors of 4K at 120fps, GoPro has stuck to the Hero7’s capabilities and saved the big upgrades to some of its core technologies.
Along with expanded video capabilities, GoPro has integrated its HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization technology into the Hero8 Black. HyperSmooth, which debuted a year ago in the Hero7 Black, is advanced image stabilization technology.
Like previous versions of GoPro’s EIS, it aligns your frames to take out the bumps and wobble that come from handholding a camera. But what HyperSmooth does differently is it analyses the content of your footage and processes the frames matching the content.
In the GoPro Hero7, Black HyperSmooth is available in 1080 at 60fps and then turns to standard stabilization at 120fps. There is no stabilization at 240fps. Shooting in 4K, the Hero7 Black offers HyperSmooth stabilization at up to 60fps.
With HyperSmooth 2.0 GoPro has tweaked its algorithm to enable its EIS to expand its availability in all resolutions and frame rates.
What’s more, GoPro has added the ability for HyperSmooth to auto-correct your composition and level off your horizon. There’s also a new Boost function.
GoPro has somewhat cryptically said HyperSmooth 2.0 has “multiple levels of stabilization.” We are speculating that this means GoPro has expanded its axes of stabilization from three to five axes so that it now includes yaw, pitch, X and Y, as well as roll.
GoPro has also revamped its TimeWarp technology in the Hero8 Black. Debuting as well in the Hero7 Black last year, TimeWarp is essentially a stabilized time-lapse mode that smooths out your motion to produce more fluid movements through time.
You can adjust your speed and aspect ratio, and in TimeWarp 2.0 GoPro has added tap-control speed ramping capability to this effect.
The Hero8 Black debuts a new digital lens. What this means is that the GoPro Hero8 Black can now offer four different focal length ranges from which to shoot. These are SuperView, which is 16mm; Wide, which is 16-34mm; Linear, which is 19-39mm; and Narrow, which is 27mm.
The focal ranges available within the Wide and Linear options are likely down to different resolutions being available.
LiveBurst mode is another new feature to the Hero8 Black. LiveBurst mode enables users to capture 1.5 seconds of footage before and after you hit the shutter. This allows you to choose your favorite shot from 90 still images. Or you can share a 3-second 4K video clip.
Night Lapse Video
GoPro has also introduced a new Night Lapse Video mode that shoots low-light time-lapse videos in 4K, 2.7K, 1440p or 1080p, promising ‘epic detail.’
Is the GoPro Hero8 Black waterproof?
Yes. Like previous iterations of the popular action camera, the GoPro Hero8 Black is waterproof down to 10 meters.
Can the GoPro Hero8 Black live stream?
Yes. Like the Hero7 Black, the GoPro Hero8 Black supports live streaming. You can live stream videos at up to 1080p resolution.
Other key GoPro Hero8 specs
The GoPro Hero8 Black retains a lot of the signature features that users love, such as voice commands and an ever-widening ecosystem of accessories.
You’ll also find the same touchscreen capabilities, built-in mounting, SuperPhoto and HDR modes, as well as RAW shooting ability.
GoPro Hero8 Black Audio Improvements
GoPro has revamped the three microphones one the Hero8 Black body. The front mic has been wind-optimized to reduce noise, while all three mics have had high-fidelity audio improvements.
Audio also gets a boost by using the new Media Mod unit, sold separately.
If you want to capture beautiful over-under split shots as well as drastically improve the underwater field of view and clarity of shot.
You need to get your hands on the GDome for your Hero 8 Black right now!
If you go for the GDome Mobile, not only will you be able to use the GoPro Hero 8 with your GDome Mobile dome housing, you can also use it with your smartphone! It's a double win!
Want to go deeper and get a removable housing? Then the GDome SuperDive is for you! Individually pressure tested and depth rated to 40m, the super tough dive housing is perfect for shore breaks, deep dives and can take trigger systems!