The new GoPro Hero 8 Black is available for pre-order just in time for fall. So let’s go over what’s new in this small piece of tech that will help you capture all your favorite action scenes this fall. Let’s start with the some nice changes … there is a shorter lens extension and built-in mounting rings that gives you the ability to mount the camera on anything from helmet to handlebars without a cage.
With the new GoPro Hero 8, are accessories referred to as Mods and affix to the camera via a rubber-band-like attachment. So far, the company has come up with three Mods for the redesigned camera. In addition to the various Mods, there’s an attachment with ports, a flip-up display and LED light.
Better overall design
The Hero 8 is slightly larger than the last iteration of the camera, but still feel relatively the same size and weight when handling it. But, then again, without the need for a cage with regard to the Hero 8, it’s smaller when mounted. The mounting rings underneath the camera can be conveniently folded when not in use and makes the entire package more svelte.
The GoPro Hero 8 has a small space on the side where you place batters and small MicroSD memory cards and some people may have difficulty pulling these out or replacing them due to the tight spacing issue. But the very nice thing here is that you don’t have to go through the process of taking off the cage every time you need to change the batteries or pull out the memory card.
Welcome to the Mods
However, there have been some trade-offs on the new action-cam. One of them being the removal of the HDMI port. That being said, you can buy back the HDMI port with the purchase of the Media Mod for $80 USD – the Media Mod is the add-on for extra ports, a 3.5 mm mic jack, HDMI port, shotgun mic, and two cold-shoe mounts. Also, it needs to be noted that the Media Mod is the base Mod required in order to attach the other Mods.
The lens housing has been changed to a square shape, which means that you will not be able to use your old filters, and you cannot remove or replace the cover. The glass on the cover is now a 2mm Gorilla Glass and could be more susceptible to damage in the process of filming. There is an additional tempered-glass protective cover available for the lens and back.
Great for action lovers and vloggers alike
It is surmised that the redesign of the Hero 8 and Mod mounts make the camera more vlogger ready and friendly in addition to the extreme sport and action fans the camera has traditionally been used by. The camera remains relevant to the action crowd, however, with an improved HyperSmooth 2 stabilization and wind-optimized microphone for better quality audio.
The HDR aspect in SuperPhoto looks better and handles moving objects and subjects better, and all software features have been given an update. Also, a TimeWarp mode has been added for ease in creating high-speed video, and improved time lapse mode. And users can now capture RAW images in modes used with wide lens and time lapse.
The new GoPro Hero 8 looks better than ever and offers customizable menu settings that can be pre-programmed to capture particular scenes in a jiffy – so you can spend more time filming the action and less time messing around trying to set it up. It sells for $399.99