Specifications for GoPro Hero 8
|Weight||126g (no frame required)|
|Dimensions||66.3W x 48.6H x 28.4D (mm)|
|Video||4K60, 2.7K120, 1080P240|
|Max video bit rate||100Mbps (4K)|
|App||GoPro App integrated with Quik|
|Digital lenses||SuperView, Wide, Linear, Narrow|
|Burst||12MP 3, 5, 10 and 30fps with burst options of 1, 3, 6 and 10 seconds|
|Time Lapse||0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals|
|Time Warp 2.0||2x, 5x,10x 15x and 30x recording speeds|
|Night Lapse||4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals|
|Touchscreen||Intuitive 2-inch LCD|
|Waterproofing||10m (33ft) without a case|
|Battery||Removable 1220mAh lithium-ion|
|Stabilization||Hyper Smooth 2.0 with High and Boost options|
|HDR||Super Photo, auto HDR processing|
The GoPro Hero 8 is the best GoPro till today but it is only a minor update on its predecessor. The Hero 8 offers a more streamlined design, new microphone and improved app. It also provides a higher bit rate and a 1080 p live streaming. It is heavy duty and waterproof.
The GoPro Hero 7 Black was a major return to make the best action cam king. With few major changes on that model, GoPro has avoided making any drastic changes for its Hero 8 update. It is not pushing any major drastic design changes with any new external accessories.
The build itself feels very rugged and sturdy for travel purposes and it feels ready for any environment.
The GoPro Hero 8 has twice the shock resistance than the previous model and also provides a built-in mount. The new model also has a front-facing mic for a quick vlog and an improved wind resistance for the audio so it is clearer.
The new GoPro Hero 8 provides a Hyper Smooth 2.0 that offers three modes of stabilization. It helps in slow-motion footage shot at 120 fps and 240 fps. It also provides a Time Warp 2.0 which can shoot 2x, 5x, 10x 15x and 30x recording speeds.
Not to forget the Time Lapse feature which allows to shoot 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals and the Night Lapse feature which allows 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals.
It has also improved HDR for SuperPhoto and auto HDR processing and a Live Burst photo feature which can shoot 12MP 3, 5, 10 and 30fps with burst options of 1, 3, 6 and 10 seconds.
Hero 8 has a better low light image processing capability and it can also take RAW photos. It has 100MBps bitrate for 4K and 2.7K and offers capture presets for quick footages.
While the Hero 8 has a lithium-ion battery which is for a higher capacity than the one used in the Hero 7, and the new camera also draws slightly more power and so it will be very similar to the 1,220mAh lifespan.
The battery lasts around 50 minutes when shooting in 2.7 or 4K at high frame rates continuously, but you can stretch that out to 2 hours for lower resolution footage or Time Warp videos.
It takes around 3 hours and 10 minutes to fully recharge the GoPro Hero 8.
Pros and Cons
|Best-in-class digital stabilization||Sub-smartphone picture quality|
|Time-saving Capture Presets||Poor low-light performance|
|Unique time-lapse modes|
|New built-in mount|
|New Media Mods|
The GoPro Hero 8 has not released yet but is available for pre-order. It will cost around $500. In India, it is expected to cost around Rs. 35,000 and in Nepal, it will probably cost upwards of Rs. 55,000.
You might also want to check out GoPro Hero 7.