GoPro Hero 8: Stabilization at its finest
GoPro Hero 8 has recently delighted adventurers and vloggers alike with the Hero 8 Black. That’s right, the successor to the popular GoPro Hero 7 is here. And it has brought some mighty refinements with it. While it may look almost identical to the previous GoPro there have been major design improvements with the Hero 8 Black. These are some of the biggest changes that have come to the GoPro since quite some years. If you had been waiting for the new GoPro, your wait has been more than rewarded with.
The most groundbreaking difference in the GoPro Hero 8 Black which sets it apart from all the previous ones is that it now comes with built in mounting rings. That means you can now pop out the mount and attach it to a helmet without the need for an external cage. The next major change is the addition of mods in the Hero 8 Black.
Now you can attach different accessories to the GoPro Hero 8 Black and customize it better to your needs. There is a Media mod that adds a built-in shotgun mic for more natural audio. A 3.5 mm headphone jack and an HDMI out so you can view shots directly from your camera, and two cold shoe mounts. The next is the Display mod, which is a front-facing screen so you can clearly see what you’re shooting. The last is the light mod which is a strong LED light for when you are facing darker conditions. The Digital lens feature has been added which gives you four lenses to capture from SuperView, Wide, Distortion Free linear and Narrow. As for the traditional accessories, you can check them out here
With the GoPro Hero 7 the Hypersmooth feature was added. The Hero 8 Black builds on that with Hypersmooth 2.0 which is even more superior than the previous iteration. You now get extremely smooth video regardless of shake. Boost has been added which gives you exceptional leveling built-in so if feels the camera is moving on the same level at all times. TimeWarp 2.0 has been added. The popular time lapse mode has been improved upon to now include automatic speed selection.
The previous feature of SuperPhoto, which made use of AI to adapt light settings to the environment has also been improved. With the inclusion of improved HDR, the contrast gets better. Blurs become clearer and more detail is now possible than ever before. LiveBurst captures 1.5 seconds before and after you click the shutter giving you 90 shots to choose from or a 3-second 4K video. A new nighttime time lapse has been introduced which beautifully captures the night scenery in multiple resolutions from 4K, 2.7K 1440p and 1080p.
UI and Audio
The User interface of the GoPro Hero 8 Black holds the same features as previous models. You can operate the Hero 8 Black hands-free thanks to voice commands. This allows you to start and stop recording and turn the device on and off. The native audio quality of the Hero 8 Black has improved. Now with 3 built-in mics, you get the natural sound despite high wind. The GoPro App allows you to view and edit your recent captures directly from your phone. Both available for iOS and Android. Needless to say, it wouldn’t be a GoPro if it didn’t have built-in dust and water resistance. The device is completely safe to operate in depths up to 10 meters.
Overall the GoPro Hero 8 Black is indeed a stunning improvement over the previous GoPro model which was already a stellar device. It seems that GoPro has taken DJI’s entry in the action camera market quite seriously.