The GoPro 8 is a powerful and innovative camera that is perfect for capturing exciting footage. This camera is packed with features that make it easy to use and produce high-quality videos. The GoPro 8 is a great choice for anyone who wants to capture amazing footage of their adventures. In this blog, we will take a look at the best features of the GoPro 8. It will help you decide if this is the right GoPro for you.
GoPro 8 Review
- Weight: 126g (no frame required)
- Dimensions: 66.3Wx48.6Hx28.4D (mm).
- Shoot Video: 4K60, 2.7K120, 1080p240
- Photo: 12MP
- Max video bit rate: 100Mbps (4K)
- Connectivity: Wi Fi, Bluetooth
- App: GoPro App integrated into Quik
- SoC: GP1 chip
- Digital lenses: SuperView, Wide, Linear, Narrow
- Burst: 12MP3, 5, 10, and 30fps with burst options for 1, 3, 6, and 10 seconds
- Time Lapse: 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30-second, 1, 2, 5 & 30-minute intervals
- TimeWarp 2.0: Recording speeds of 2x, 5x 10,10x 15, 15x, and 30x
- Night Lapse: 5, 10, 15, 20, 30-second, 1, 2, 5 or 30-minute intervals
- Touchscreen: Intuitive 2-inch LCD
- Waterproofing: 10m (33ft), without the use of a case
- GPS: Yes
- Voice control: Yes
- Three Microphones
- Removable 1220mAh lithium-ion battery
- HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization
- HDR: SuperPhoto and auto HDR processing
- Live streaming: Yes via app
- Other: Portrait mode, auto orientation
- Storage of memory: microSDs with at least class 10, or UHS-I ratings
- Optional ‘Mods’ add features like a 3.5mm mic jack, HDMI-out, selfie screen, and LED light
- A frameless design is more elegant
- Preset modes produce superb results
- Simple post-production via app
- Stabilized 4K at up 60fps
- Robust, waterproof design
- Crisp Touch LCD
- Mount integrated.
- Improved user interface.
- USB-C charging.
- Automated editing via Companion App
- Mod expansion system.
- Standard: No front-facing display
- Unreliable voice commands
- 12MP resolution photo has been replaced
- It May not be as rugged as earlier GoPro cameras
- Wi-Fi video transfer can take some time.
- It’s not as simple to fix a new fixed lens as it was with the older models
The GoPro Hero 8 is a versatile camera that can be used for a variety of purposes. Whether you’re looking to capture a video of your latest outdoor adventure or simply want to document your everyday life, this camera is perfect for the job. With its high-quality video capabilities, the GoPro Hero 8 is sure to provide you with stunning footage every time.
Although the New Hero 8 Black has many features, improvements in image quality are difficult to find the year over year. It is not easy to achieve 4K/60p in low-light conditions, particularly with a sensor that is extremely small. To quote Scotty: “You can’t alter the laws of physics”.
In the triangle of visual fidelity, pixel pitch, resolution, and size all play a direct role. It is not possible to improve the signal-to-noise ratio without increasing pixel size or finding a way to gather more photons per pixel.
GoPro 8 Black Review- First Impressions
The HERO 8Black has a more refined body and other innovations. It replaced the HERO7 Black. However, the H9/H10 have been removed from the official GoPro range. The GoPro Max 360-degree camera is also included in the lineup, and it was launched to replace the GoPro Fusion in October 2019.
- HERO 10 Black – $549.98 (with GoPro subscription, $4999.99)
- HERO 9 Black – $449.99 (with GoPro subscription, $3499.98)
- HERO 8 Black – $349.99 (with GoPro subscription, $2999.98)
Vloggers and others who were hoping to have a front-facing screen on the HERO8 Black action cam like the one on the DJI Osmo Action might be disappointed. You will need to purchase a separate GoPro Mod (also known as the Display Mod) if you want a front-facing display on your HERO8 Black. We will be discussing these accessories in more detail later.
How does the new GoPro compare to DJI Osmo Action’s first action cam? Check out the GoPro Hero 8 Black vs. DJI Osmo Action Head-to-Head.
Rumors circulated that the HERO8 Black would be powered with a next-generation GoPro System on Chip. This is false. The GP1 chip, which was used on the HERO6 Black, HERO7 Black, sits under this GoPro model’s hood (in fact, it was introduced in the H10).
GoPro is confident that the combination of the HERO 8 Black’s improved casing, easy-to-use new video modes, and a slicker and more powerful HyperSmooth image stabilizer software, as well as a plethora of other functionalities, will pack enough punch to compensate for the absence of an integrated front-facing LCD. Let’s see if this is true.
Design And Set Up
- Twice as shock-resistant
- In-built Mount
- Front-facing microphone
- Increased audio wind resistance
- 1-2 hours continuous battery life
- 3h Charge Time
The HERO 8 Black appears very similar at first glance to its predecessor. Although the Hero 7 Black is slightly larger in size, the HERO 8 Black’s body looks more modern.
It has cleaner lines and a less prominent lens. The GoPro HERO8 Black measures 62.3W x 44.9%H x 33D (mm), while HERO7 Black measures 66.3W x 48.6H x 28.5D (mm). The lens cover is longer and does not extend as far from the body.
The HERO8 Black eliminates the need to attach the camera to an additional frame (required by the HERO7 Black, DJI Osmo Action, and other GoPro competitors). Two ‘folding fingers” hinge from the base of the camera and attach to any mount or accessory. When not in use, these fingers can be magnetically laid flat at their base. This is a great addition.
To prevent slippage, the front and rear edges are coated with a high-quality rubberized coating. The HERO8 Black is lighter than its predecessor, weighing 126g (compared with HERO7 Black’s 142g frame), but the metal construction of the HERO8 Black still adds some weight.
It feels like the camera is bombproof. During testing, we accidentally discovered this while riding a mountain bike. The rear-drop-out-mounted HERO 8Black crashed into our rear wheel and smashed through it.
The accident bent the spokes and rim of the GoPro, but it managed to record video and continue recording throughout the whole thing. The HERO8 Black survived being whipped by brambles, bumping off roots, and being churned while surfing without sustaining any injuries.
The HERO-8 Black was the first model that used a dedicated accessory system called Mods (short for modular). It was designed to be used with GoPro’s frameless HERO camera. Three Mods are available for the HERO8 Black model:
- Display Mod – A flip-up screen that connects via Media Mod (55.99).
- Media Mod – Enhances audio with a shotgun microphone ($55.99).
- Light Mod – Adds 200 lumens to your shoot lighting ($34.99).
Although not practical for the HERO8 Black’s primary function as an action camera, these Mods can be funky and will increase the GoPro’s appeal for vloggers and anyone looking for a lightweight, premium video production tool.
The HERO9 Black has its own Mods, but both the Display and Light Mods can be used across both cameras.
The GoPro Hero 8 has a USB-C port, which is great for charging and data transfer. This means you can easily connect your GoPro to a computer or power bank without having to use an adapter.
Cold shoe mounts are a great way to keep your GoPro HERO 8 secure while shooting. By using a cold shoe mount, you can easily attach your GoPro to a variety of surfaces, including helmets, bikes, and cars.
GoPro 8- Interface and Controls
The Hero8 Black’s design is minimalist. The Power/Mode button can be found on the left, while Record is located on the top. These are the only buttons. You can also use voice commands to control the camera. For example, you could say “GoPro, start record,” and it will. The front of the camera has a monochrome LCD to display recording status and other settings.
The touchscreen interface allows you to adjust settings and other things. The rear screen measures approximately 2 inches diagonally and has a 461k dot design. The resolution is sufficient to display the view from the lens in good detail and render the menu text clearly. It is also bright, which is a bonus for a camera that will be used a lot outdoors.
The side button toggles between the main three shooting modes: Photo, Time Lapse, and Video. To adjust additional settings such as resolution, frame rate, and angle of vision, you’ll need the touch screen. Although the screen is small, GoPro has made improvements to it.
GoPro has replaced universal video settings with Capture Presets. You can switch between the best settings to vlog, slow motion and other purposes with just a few taps. You can create as many preset as you like.
The Hero8 has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connecting to your smartphone, as well as a GPS to record location. The GoPro app is available for free on both Android and iOS. It can be used to copy photos and videos to your phone and also includes a video editor.
QuikStories can automatically cut any video you send it. To test it, I created a quick and friendly clip using just a couple of minutes of footage from the local zoo. There are many templates and titles to choose from as well as music tracks.
This is a great tool for content creators, who might want to share a quick video and not have to do any editing. You can keep your clips short if you are using a phone-based workflow. They would transfer in almost real-time if they were shot at the highest quality.
In the same compartment are the battery, microSD slot, and USB-C charging port. Although the door is small and cramped, I was able to get the microSD card out of the compartment at times.
With the highest quality settings, the battery can record for approximately 70 minutes. You can fill your memory cards quickly with 4K footage at high frame rates that are stored at 100Mbps. A 32GB memory card will last you about 35 minutes.
GoPro 8- Features And Usability
We were delighted to discover that the HERO8 Black is incredibly easy to use and understand. You can charge it with the USB-C cable provided, then fire it up and choose between video, photo, or time-lapse modes.
The rear touchscreen allows you to scroll through four presets that can be used in video mode. Each preset is designed to suit a specific scenario. You can customize these presets to your liking, including Standard, Activity, and Cinematic. Six custom presets can be created that you can add directly to your easy-to-access list.
These are the default video presets:
- Standard: Records at 1080p. This is the ideal setting for slow-moving subjects.
- Activity: Record at 2.7K or 60fps to capture intense activities and fast-moving subjects
- Cinematic: Shoots at 4K resolution and a 16-9 aspect ratio. This is in addition to the 4:3 standard.
- Slo-Mo is HD video creation at 240fps. It’s perfect for high-speed action shots
- You also have the option to customize photo mode with four options: LiveBurst Burst, Night, and Photo.
These are the default presets for your photo:
- Photo: This is a single unprocessed photo
- LiveBurst: Record the 1.5 seconds before and after your shot. This allows you to select the best frame.
- Burst: Record a fast succession of images at 30fps by pressing and holding the shutter button
- Night: Automatically uses slower shutter speeds to capture images in low light conditions.
Time Lapse video mode allows you to easily create static and time-lapse sequences. You can also use the TimeWarp 2.0 function to create handheld, moving sequences that are ideal for communicating the passage of time or when traveling long distances. This new feature allows you to toggle between time-lapse and real-time recording by tapping the touchscreen. It was a great way to be more creative and had more fun with your videos.
Recording in dark and low-light conditions? You can use the Night Lapse mode to record in low light and nighttime conditions, or you can play with Slo-Mo (8x), which will highlight the best parts of your action edits.
The HERO8 Black can respond to voice commands just like the HERO7Black. This is useful for when you have other tasks. The camera can take 14 commands in 11 languages and six accents. We found that GoPro didn’t always pick up instructions when we were moving fast or when there was background noise. This is frustrating when we are mountain biking and surfing.
The camera can be used to edit images and videos, but the GoPro App offers a wider range of options and applications. The app syncs via Bluetooth with your Hero 8 Black to allow you to control your GoPro from your smartphone. You can stream to YouTube or Facebook Live and offload your content locally, as well. Subscription fees apply. You can also edit your clips and create amazing videos with Quik and its built-in themes.
GoPro has supported external microphones via USB since its inception, but mounting solutions for them have not been very elegant. The Hero8 Black introduces a new Mod system. Mods can be attached directly to the camera. The Media Mod Basic ($79.99) adds two cold shoes, a directional microphone, and a 3.5mm mic port.
Display Mod ($79.99) adds a front-facing LCD color LCD. This is an add-on to the Media Mod-GoPro figures. If you want to make sure your selfie video is perfectly framed, you will also need better audio.
The Light Mod ($49.99) is the third add-on. It’s a battery-powered LED flashlight. It can be inserted into the Media Mod’s cold shoe mounts.
Although I haven’t had the chance to test the Mods, GoPro has offered to send them to me for review once they are available. Although preorders will be accepted for Mods by GoPro in December, there is no set shipping date.
Video And Stills
Video and still images from the GoPro HERO 8 Black are rich and detailed. This is especially evident when shooting at 4K60. Although the video resolution is the same as the predecessor, the 100Mbps bit rate (compared to HERO7 Black’s 78Mbps) improves data transmission and produces better studio-quality shots.
Last year, with the Hero 7, GoPro introduced its new electronic image stabilization, which is called HyperSmooth.
HyperSmooth 2.0, GoPro’s incredible image stabilization software, was the talk of the town when the HERO7 Black arrived.
HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization now works across all resolutions and video modes. This is the most important update. You can also increase the level of stability by running HyperSmooth 2. in High or Boost settings.
The differences between unstabilized and HyperSmooth-stabilized footage are impressive. The additional gains from High or Boost mode are not significant, but that isn’t a problem when you consider that HyperSmooth already has the best action camera image stabilization.
The options for photo processing work in a similar way to the HERO7Black, but there are a few additional features. SuperPhoto automatically selects the best image processing for your shot, while HDR uses processing best suited for use in well-lit conditions with slower-moving subjects/surroundings. Your images can now be saved in unprocessed RAW or JPEG formats.
The HERO 8 Black’s 12MP still resolution was adequate for action cameras back in October 2019. However, the HERO9 Black boasts a 20MP resolution which is becoming more common with newer cameras. The H10 increases that resolution to 23MP.
The new GoPro Hero 8 promises significantly improved audio quality over its predecessor. This is thanks to a new four-microphone array that can capture 360-degree sound. This will be a welcome improvement for those looking to use their GoPro for video or audio recording.
The video quality is excellent. Video is recorded using HEVC compression at a high rate of bit-rate and has both flat and standard color profiles. Stills can be shot at 12MP resolution in Raw or JPG formats. An HDR capture is a great option for scenes with harsh lighting.
GoPro’s Best Hero Yet
The Hero8 Black retains all the great things about last year’s Hero7 Black and even improves them. It’s still excellent video quality with 4K footage at 60 frames per second. The Hero8 Black is tough and waterproof, so you can take it with you wherever you go.
There are also ergonomic improvements. Capture Presets make it easier to switch between recording options. It’s also very interesting to see the Mod system. It’s still not shipping, so I am eager to give it a go. Although it does add to the cost, if you are serious about your YouTube channel, it may be worth it.
The DJI Osmo Action is priced at $379 and includes a $39 microphone adapter. Although the battery life isn’t as long, it has a front LCD that allows you to monitor your shots without having to purchase an adapter. The Osmo was not able to replace the Hero7 Black is the top action camera. Anyone looking for the best action camera on the market will find the Hero8 Black to be a great choice.
The GoPro HERO 8 is the latest action camera from the iconic brand. It features an ultra-wide lens and is designed for extreme sports and outdoor activities. It is also water-resistant and can be used in all weather conditions.
It is the go-to action camera for anyone looking for great quality video and photos. This new camera is perfect for athletes, adventurers, and anyone who wants to capture their life in a creative way. The Hero 8 has many new features, including a stabilizer that makes your videos look smooth and professional.