Popular action camera maker GoPro has launched its brand new set of action cameras for 2019. The main one is the Hero 8 Black, the successor to the Hero 7 Black. It features a new frameless design with inbuilt mounting fingers; the ability to add mods; and improved HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation for even more fluid footage.
On the surface, the GoPro Hero 8 Black looks similar to the Hero7 Black and retains the similar traditional 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. GoPro has made it 14% lighter, added a foldable built in microphone, and everything down to 10m (33ft) has been kept waterproof.
It’s basic features are similar to it’s previous model, with the ability to shoot 4K footage at up to 60 frames per second and it will shoot 1080K footage at 240 frames per second. The Hero 8 Black can live stream at 1080p, upgrading from its ability to livestream at 720p on the Hero 7 Black. On the photo side, the Hero 8 Black captures 12-megapixel snaps, and users can now shoot RAW photos in time-lapse and burst modes instead of just in regular photo mode.
One major addition to the setup are the the bolt-on mods that can be used to turn this action camera into a vlog friendly set up for self-shooting. Three features that really stand out are: a shotgun microphone for improved audio, a small light to help in dim conditions and a flip-up screen, allowing vloggers to frame themselves. All of these bolt-ons should make life a bit easier for vloggers and social media creators.
The Hero 8 Black has been made available for sale from October 20 for a price of Rs. 36,500. This time. This time GoPro isn’t launching a Hero 8 Silver or Hero 8 White version of the camera, like it did last year. The mods for the Hero 8 will be available for pre-order in December. There are three mods which are, the Light Mod for $49.99 (roughly Rs. 3,540); Display Mod for $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,680), and a Media Mod for $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,680).
Alongside the Hero 8 comes a new 360° camera, the Hero 8 Black + Max. GoPro is giving the 360 camera thing another try, this time with the Hero Max. Hero Max is a $500 dual-lens camera that the company swears is a far more user-friendly device than its previous consumer version, the GoPro fusion.
It packs two different lenses and is designed from the ground up for 360 video. The Hero Max is capable of shooting 360-degree panorama video as well as shooting in “Hero mode,”. There are various other capture options you’d get with the Hero8 Black. It is much smaller than Fusion and users have been promised that the editing process will be much easier, thanks to the new app.