GoPro has launched the eighth edition of its popular action camera, the GoPro Hero 8 Black. The action camera will start shipping from 15 October and the pre-orders have begun at $399. In India, the GoPro Hero 8 Black will be selling for Rs 36,500.
The big highlight is HyperSmooth 2.0 which promises even smoother video compared to the Hero 7 Black. There’s a Boost mode which, crops the frame a bit more for even more aggressive stabilization.
The interface has been redesigned a bit for easier accessibility. You can now easily switch between different fields of view or ‘Digital Lenses’ as GoPro calls it; create up to 10 presets for various types of activity you typically capture; Horizon Levelling for a cinematic effect and TimeWarp 2.0 lets you vary the speed of the hyperlapse video when you need it, by simply touching the display.
The mounting fingers are now built-in, which means you no longer need to bother about the plastic cage for attaching the Hero 8 Black to GoPro accessories. The camera is still waterproof up to 10m; can shoot 4K video up to 60fps; slow-motion video at up to 240fps at 1080p; live streaming; voice control and can recognize voice commands.
The Hero 8 Black has a slightly more compact body compared to the Hero 7 Black; a front-facing microphone for better audio and a single flap on the right which houses the microSD card slot, battery, and USB Type-C port. The camera can now be used for professional blogging too as the Media Mod features a built-in shotgun microphone and two cold shoe mounts for a secondary display and LED fill-light.
It also has a Type-C port, HDMI and one for an external 3.5mm microphone. The Display Mod is an external 1.9-inch display, which can fold in the front or back. The Light Mod is waterproof up to 10m and helps brighten the scene or your face when vlogging in low light.
To sum things up, the Hero 8 Black comes across as an incremental update on the predecessor, but there’s plenty of new features to keep the adventure seekers happy. Advanced stabilization, a new microphone, and a more streamlined app make Hero 8 Black easy to use in fast-paced environments, while the new live stream feature allows pros to share high-quality footage instantly. There are also new accessories, called Mods, coming later in the year, that should help keep the Hero 8 Black ahead of the pack.