Check out the full GoPro Hero8 Black review here. There’s plenty of sample footage and an in-depth look at the new features.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black has been officially announced! GoPro has officially announced the long-rumoured Hero8 Black – price tag $399/£379 and a release date of October 15 – which builds on its video capabilities and some of GoPro’s signature technologies.
At first glance, the GoPro Hero 8 Black retains the same traditional body 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, also announced today.
What this means is that the traditional GoPro mount is now built into the camera and mounts and accessories can now attach directly to the camera itself. You no longer need to use the cage.
This is probably one of the most exciting innovations for GoPro cameras in some time because the folding fingers are also replaceable, which means that you can replace them with your own bespoke mount that bolts directly to the camera. This makes the whole system far more versatile. What’s more, the GoPro Hero 8 Black body is now 14% lighter.
Inside the GoPro Hero 8 Black is a 12-megapixel sensor that can record 4K (3840 x 2160) footage at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps in 16:9, as well as 4:3 4K at 30, 25 and 24fps. Slow-motion fans will appreciate its 2.7K at 120 and 100fps capability.
The Hero8 Black can also record 2.7K in 16:9 at 60, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps, or50, 50, 30, 25 and 24fps 4:3 footage.
You can also record super slow-motion movies at 240 or 200fps in 1080p, 960p or 720p resolution. This allows users to produce 8x slow-motion movies.
GoPro Hero7 Black users will no doubt clock that these are the same frame rates and resolutions available in their action camera. Despite the rumours of 4K at 120fps, GoPro has stuck to the Hero7’s capabilities and saved the big upgrades to some of its core technologies.
Along with expanded video capabilities, GoPro has integrated its HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation technology into the Hero8 Black. HyperSmooth, which debuted a year ago in the Hero7 Black, is advanced image stabilisation technology.
Like previous versions of GoPro’s EIS, it aligns your frames to take out the bumps and wobble that come from handholding a camera. But what HyperSmooth does differently is it analyses the content of your footage and processes the frames matching the content.
In the GoPro Hero7 Black HyperSmooth is available in 1080 at 60fps and then turns to standard stabilisation at 120fps. There is no stabilisation at 240fps. Shooting in 4K, the Hero7 Black offers HyperSmooth stabilisation at up to 60fps.
With HyperSmooth 2.0 GoPro has tweaked its algorithm to enable its EIS to expand its availability in all resolutions and frame rates.
What’s more, GoPro has added the ability for HyperSmooth to auto-correct your composition and level off your horizon. There’s also a new Boost function.
GoPro has somewhat cryptically said HyperSmooth 2.0 has “multiple levels of stabilisation.” We are speculating that this means GoPro has expanded its axes of stabilisation from three to five axes so that it now includes yaw, pitch, X and Y, as well as roll.
GoPro has also revamped its TimeWarp technology in the Hero8 Black. Debuting as well in the Hero7 Black last year, TimeWarp is essentially a stabilised time-lapse mode that smooths out your motion to produce more fluid movements through time.
You can adjust your speed and aspect ratio, and in TimeWarp 2.0 GoPro has added tap-control speed ramping capability to this effect.
The Hero8 Black debuts a new digital lens. What this means is that the GoPro Hero8 Black can now offer four different focal length ranges from which to shoot. These are SuperView, which is 16mm; Wide, which is 16-34mm; Linear, which is 19-39mm; and Narrow, which is 27mm.
The focal ranges available within the Wide and Linear options are likely down to different resolutions being available.
LiveBurst mode is another new feature to the Hero8 Black. LiveBurst mode enables users to capture 1.5 seconds of footage before and after you hit the shutter. This allows you to choose your favourite shot from 90 still images. Or you can share a 3-second 4K video clip.
Night Lapse Video
GoPro has also introduced a new Night Lapse Video mode that shoots low-light time-lapse videos in 4K, 2.7K, 1440p or 1080p, promising ‘epic detail.’
Is the GoPro Hero8 Black waterproof?
Yes. Like previous iterations of the popular action camera, the GoPro Hero8 Black is waterproof down to 10 metres.
Can the GoPro Hero8 Black live stream?
Yes. Like the Hero7 Black, the GoPro Hero8 Black supports live streaming. You can live stream videos at up to 1080p resolution.
Other key GoPro Hero8 specs
The GoPro Hero8 Black retains a lot of the signature features that users love, such as voice commands and an ever-widening ecosystem of accessories.
You’ll also find the same touchscreen capabilities, built-in mounting, SuperPhoto and HDR modes, as well as RAW shooting ability.
GoPro Hero8 Black Audio Improvements
GoPro has revamped the three microphones one the Hero8 Black body. The front mic has been wind-optimised to reduce noise, while all three mics have had high-fidelity audio improvements.
Audio also gets a boost by using the new Media Mod unit, sold separately.
GoPro has also launched a range of new Mod accessories that allow vloggers and other enthusiasts to expand the Hero8 Black’s capabilities depending on their needs.
GoPro Media Mod
Priced at £79.99, GoPro’s new Media Mod delivers shotgun-mic directional audio performance and features two cold shoe mounts for additional accessories, such as the Display Mod and Light Mod below. It also features Type-C, HDMI and 3.5-mm external mic adapter ports.
GoPro Display Mod
Also priced at £79.99, the Display Mod is a folding front- or rear-facing 1.90-inch display that attaches to the top of the Media Mod. This enables vloggers to more easily frame their shots. It also folds down and out of the way when not in use.
GoPro Light Mod
Priced at £49.99, the Light Mod is wearable and mountable, as well as waterproof down to 10 metres like the Hero8 Black itself. The Light Mod can mount to the Media Mod or attach directly to a GoPro mount. It also comes with a diffuser to soften lighting when filming with HERO8 Black.
We suspect the Light and Display Mods are just the first in what will be a new range of GoPro accessories.
Here’s the official Hero8 Black press release from GoPro:
“It’s been 15 years since the first GoPro camera, and from the start, we’ve been about enabling people to share their passions whether they’re fuelled by adrenaline or artistry,” said GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman. “HERO8 Black, the Mods and Max redefine what’s possible with a camera.”
HERO8 Black builds upon the success of its predecessor and brings unparalleled performance to the HERO line. HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilisation delivers dramatically improved pitch-axis stabilisation and now supports all frame rates and resolutions. Mind-melding TimeWarp 2.0 auto adjusts to your speed and can be slowed to real time with a tap. The revamped SuperPhoto feature delivers ghost-free HDR action photos, and all-new LiveBurst captures 1.5 seconds of 12-MP (4K 4:3) footage before and after the shutter. And if you need to hear it to believe it, HERO8 Black’s new wind-optimised front-facing mic and high-fidelity audio improvements will certainly do the trick.
Plus, new digital lenses help you to set up the shot like a pro every time with one of four options – ranging from GoPro-patented SuperView to zero-distortion linear – and customisable capture presets provide quick access to settings for any activity. All of this is housed in a streamlined, frameless design with folding mounting fingers.
HERO8 Black can also be transformed into a vlogging or production powerhouse with the new modular accessory ecosystem from GoPro. The Mods enable on-demand expansion of HERO8 Black’s capabilities without sacrificing the signature compact ruggedness of the HERO camera design
Key Features of the 379.99 GBP HERO8 Black
- Streamlined Design – Frameless mounting with built-in folding mounting fingers, more pocketable and 14% lighter. The frameless design also makes changing batteries and SD cards even faster; plus, the lens is now 2x more impact resistant.
- HERO8 Black Mods – Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than they ever imagined with quick-loading accessories that bring flashes, microphones, LCD screens and more to HERO8 Black.
- HyperSmooth 2.0 – Improved overall baseline performance and dramatically improved stabilisation in pitch-axis movement. HyperSmooth 2.0 also features a new Boost mode that cranks up the stabilisation when desired. Plus, HyperSmooth 2.0 works in all resolutions and frame rates and features in-app horizon levelling.
- TimeWarp 2.0 – Automatically adjusts speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. Tap to slow down to real time and again to speed back up.
- Digital Lenses – Toggle between Narrow, Linear, Wide and SuperView.
- Capture Presets – Customise up to 10 presets, or use pre-loaded video presets for Standard, Activity, Cinematic and Slo-Mo shots for quick access to settings
- On-Screen Shortcuts – Customise your screen with the shortcuts to the features you use most.
- LiveBurst – Record the moments 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, so you can choose the best single frame for the perfect 12-MP photo or share an amazing 4K 4:3 video.
- SuperPhoto with improved HDR – Capture killer 12-MP photos with improved HDR – while in motion or stationary – with reduced blur and serious detail even in low-light areas.
- Pro-Quality 4K60 + 1080p240 Video – Stunning video resolution, with studio-quality bit rate options of up to 100 Mbps and 8x slo-mo ultra-high frame rate 1080p240 video.
- RAW in All Photo Modes – RAW mode delivers the most flexibility and is now available for time lapse and burst photos.
- Night Lapse Video – Capture amazing time lapse videos at night in 4K, 2.7K 4:3, 1440p or 1080p, all processed in-camera.
- Live Streaming in 1080p – Get HyperSmooth stabilisation as you broadcast via the GoPro app and save footage to your SD card to check out later.
- Voice Control – Go hands-free with 14 voice commands in 15 languages and dialects; “GoPro, take a photo”.
- Advanced Wind-Noise Reduction – Enjoy crisper, clearer audio quality with a new front mic location and improved algorithms that actively filter out wind noise.
- Rugged and Waterproof – Waterproof without a housing to 10 m.
- GPS-Enabled – Track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app.
- Transfer to Phone – Your photos and videos transfer automatically when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing.
Below is GoPro’s official launch video for the new action camera.
And this clip shows off what the GoPro Hero8 Black is capable of, with some pretty stunning clips from extreme sports enthusiasts.