If you downhill mountain bike or skydive or heli-ski and you don’t record your descent with your GoPro, did it really happen? Though, these days, even non death-defying activities are ripe for first-person action footage — showing off your favorite hike, or strapping a camera to the family dog to see what he sees all day. GoPro just released its latest action camera, the HERO8 Black and it packs improvements over the HERO7, bringing the HERO8 closer to the capabilities of the GoPro Max but a lower price point.
To start, it’s 14% lighter than the HERO7 and features the second generation of GoPro’s image stabilization tech, HyperSmooth 2.0, with multiple levels to stabilize your images, including a Boost option for when it’s really rough out there. The new LiveBurst option captures a three second 4K video when you hit the shutter, offering you 90 still images to choose from (or go with the quick 4K video). The addition of HDR ups the contrast and lowers blur for better imaging and the live streaming resolution has gone high def at 1080p. The cool TimeWarp feature has also gone 2.0 with auto speed selection (which can be altered with a tap).
Also new for the HERO8 is the built-in mounting hardware. Flip down the prongs and mount your GoPro to any one of the (many, many) mounts out there with no mounting frame required. If you feel you’ll miss the action of popping your camera into a housing, GoPro will be releasing three Mods — Lights, Media, and Display — that will fully kit out your new GoPro so you can make yourself the ultimate HERO8 hero.
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