The GoPro Hero 8 Black has been officially announced with Pre-Orders live right now.
A few images of the GoPro Hero8 Black and GoPro Max 360 were leaked a couple of weeks ago.
The form factor of the Hero8 remains similar to the Hero7 with the exception that there is no longer a need for a cage (more on the cage later) for mounts as the Hero8 has a new mounting system that allows it to bolt directly to the standard GoPro QR mounts (and other accessories). The removal of the need for cage saves around 14% in weight. Helmet mount users will welcome this.
Inside the GoPro Hero7 Black is a 12-megapixel sensor that can record 4K footage at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps in 16:9, as well as 4:3 4K at 30, 25 and 24fps.
The Hero7 Black can also record 2.7K in 16:9 at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps, or 4:3 at 50, 30, 25 and 24fps.
No typo the Hero7 and Hero8 shoot at the same frame rates. ???!!!!???
The key questions for Hero7 users is should I upgrade and what is actually different?
- HyperSmooth 2.0
- LiveBurst photos
- Narrow FOV setting
- RAW photo capture in all modes
- Custom presets
- Custom on screen shortcuts
- 1080p live streaming
- Superphoto with improved HDR
- 3.5mm audio mic in with Media Mod
- HDMI Video out with Media Mod
What about the cage that was mentioned earlier. Although the camera doesn’t require the cage to attach it to mounts there are some mods with cages that will be available later in the year.
- Built-in directional mic delivers crystal-clear audio and reduces wind and ambient noise
- 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens
- 3.5mm mic port lets you add an external mic for enhanced audio
- HDMI-out port to monitor or play back your footage
- Unique and compact wraparound design adds portable expandability and ensures mounting remains easy
- Specially designed for use with Display Mod and Light Mod for HERO8 Black, and compatible with third-party accessories
RRP is £79.99
To use the Display Mod, you’ll already need to own the Media Mod.
- 2-inch flip-up screen makes vlogging easy
- Built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector
- Folding design for easy storage and transport
RRP is £79.99
To use the Light Mod you’ll already need to own the Media Mod.
- 4 levels of brightness—up to 200 lumens—for crisp detail
- Built tough and waterproof to 33ft (10m)
- Built-in rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of runtime
- Compact design is perfect as an add-on to your HERO8 Black, or as a standalone light for use with GoPro mounts
- Connects to HERO8 Black via Media Mod (sold separately)
- Maximum brightness for up to 30 seconds with Overdrive mode
- Strobe mode for signaling and visibility
- Light Specifications:
Overdrive mode: 200 lumens, 200 lux @1m
Level 3: 125 lumens, 120 lux @1m
Level 2: 60 lumens
Level 1: 20 lumens
Runtime: 1 hour at Level 3, 2 hours at Level 2, 6 hours at Level 11
Color temperature without diffuser: 5700K
RRP is £49.99
So the full set up is going to add a considerable amount to £379 of the actual camera.
That’s not all. GoPro have also replaced the Fusion with the Max 360. The Max 360 has the ability to shoot 360 footage and standard GoPro footage.