GoPro has announced its Hero 8 Black action camera with numerous new enhancements, including next-level image stabilization, an integrated frame-mounting system, and new accessories such as a directional microphone for improved recording quality.
outside, GoPro has removed the previous frame-mounting system that was needed to mount the camera, instead opted for built-in "folding fingers" at the bottom of the camera. The fingers can be folded into the camera when they are not being used and when they are opened, they offer a bracket with which the device can be attached to a holder. Now users don't have to remember to grab the mounting accessory required by earlier models, while the built-in fingers give access to the battery and the microSD card slot, which was previously blocked by the frame housing.
GoPro has also scrapped the removable lens cap ̵
The Hero 8 has even more interior improvements, not least of which HyperSmooth 2.0, the latest version of GoPro's electronic stabilization technology. Preliminary reports claim that the stabilization is so smooth that it can noticeably reduce the realism of your video. Fortunately, the function can be switched on at different levels, so you can shake it a bit if it improves quality in one way or another.
People who buy the GoPro Hero 8 can also look ahead to:
- LiveBurs t: Take three seconds of video – 1.5 seconds before and after you hit the shutter – with 90 individual frames that you can search to find some frames for photos. In the same way, raw photos can be captured in individual images, bursts, and time lapses.
- Time Warp 2.0: Adjust the recording speed settings from real-time to time-lapse. Now includes automatic speed selection instead of asking you what speed you want to capture, as well as the ability to tap the GoPro screen to speed it up or slow it down.
- Enhanced SuperPhoto and HDR: SuperPhoto is essentially the Intelligent Auto Mode of GoPro and it can now take photos with greatly reduced motion blur. It also results in shots with better contrast and overall quality in varying lighting conditions.
- Full HD l ivestreaming: Previously supported in 720p, the Hero 8 can stream live on 1080p.
- New presets and digital lenses : Presets include Standard, Action, Cinematic and Slo-Mo (as well as the ability to define your own lenses), while the Narrow, Distortion-Free Linear, Wide and Contain SuperView. Narrow is described as your typical smartphone lens while SuperView stretches 4: 3 to 16: 9 recording via digital processing.
Other improvements include the ability to record video at a maximum of 100 megabits per second, with a speed of 78 megabits per second. on the previous model; the ability to process night-time video & # 39; s from the camera; and a new horizon-leveling feature in the GoPro Quik app that allows you to correct cases in which you accidentally record video that is not straight.
While the built-in microphone is reportedly improved when it comes to wind noise reduction, GoPro offers an $ 80 Media Mod with a directional microphone for noisy environments. The company has also announced a 200-lumen LED-light Light Mod for $ 50, and a $ 80 Display Mod with a folding screen, each with its own power source so that the main battery in your camera does not run out.
GoPro Hero 8 Black is available today for pre-order at $ 399.99, including a free 32 GB SanDisk Extreme SD card. Units are shipped on October 15, while global retail availability starts on October 20. The Media Mod, Light Mod and Display Mod are available for pre-order in December.
Together with the GoPro Hero 8, the company has announced its GoPro Max, 360-degree camera consisting of double 180-degree lenses, one at the front and one at the rear. The Max has many of the features mentioned on the Hero 8, along with a Power Panorama mode that makes super wide-angle shots and processes them into a flat widescreen. The price is set at $ 499.99 and units will be shipped on October 24, with retailers receiving their inventory at 25.