As promised in its teaser a few weeks back, GoPro has unveiled its latest action camera, the Hero8 Black.
It’s obvious that pressure from the competitors out there — especially the DJI Osmo Action — has forced GoPro to really push what you can do with the new Hero8 Black. Here’s an intro of the new action cam:
At first glance, the GoPro Hero 8 Black retains the same traditional body design; however, GoPro has made it 14% lighter, added a foldable built-in mount, significantly enhanced the built-in microphone, and kept everything waterproof down to 10m (33ft).
Inside the GoPro Hero 8 Black there 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.
Many of the enhancements come in the way of software, with features like Hypersmooth 2.0 stabilization, the ability to stream 1080p video, a new LiveBurst mode that captures 90 photos total starting 1.5 seconds before you hit the shutter button, Digital Lenses the let you crop from “super view,” to “wide,” to distortion-free “linear,” to “narrow” views that give you more framing options, and a Nightlapse mode that lets you record day to night time-lapses in 4K, 2.7K, 1440p or 1080p.
In addition to third-party accessories, GoPro has also released its own line of “Mods” including a 1.9in flip-up LCD “Display Mod” and a waterproof LED “Lighting Mod.”
Presets have also been added to the Hero8 Black, which makes it easy for users to switch settings on the fly depending on what they anticipate filming. With the ‘Cinematic’ preset the Hero8 Black will shoot 4K/30p video, in ‘Activity’ it will shoot 2.7K/60p video and in ‘Slo-Mo’ it will shoot 1080/240p video. The exact settings can be further adjusted as with past Hero cameras, but these presets should provide a simple starting point for those who don’t care to dive into the settings too much.
The Hero8 Black is available to order today, with shipments beginning October 15th and retail availability starting October 20th.
The Media Mod, Light Mod, and Display Mods will all be available for pre-order starting in December for $80, $50 and $80, respectively.
More info on GoPro’s website.