GoPro has released new versions of its Hero line and its newer rugged 360 degree action cameras. The main change to the $ 399 GoPro Hero8 Black is that it gets a new body design that incorporates GoPro’s signature mounting system right into the case, eliminating the need for additional frames to attach it to selfie sticks , Suction mounts, body mounts and attach more.
The GoPro Hero8 Black shoots at resolutions between 1080p and 4K and also receives HyperSmooth 2.0, the aptly named version of the second generation of GoPro’s proprietary digital stabilization technology. The first version, which premiered at the GoPro Hero7, was hailed for its effectiveness, and the follow-up seems to be even more powerful – plus it offers new customization options that allow you to tweak the aggressiveness.
GoPro’s proprietary variable speed recording mode TimeWarp is also updated to 2.0, and there is better wind suppression on board for micro-free recording. Due to the changes to the housing, the lens is no longer removable. However, GoPro plans to release a new filter mounting system shortly to compensate for this limitation.
In addition to the new design, there are a number of new aftermarket add-ons that GoPro refers to as “mods” to provide add-on functionality. There’s a Media Mod ($ 79.99) that includes a built-in shotgun microphone. a Display Mod ($ 79.99) with a flip-up LCD viewfinder for vlogging; and a Light Mod ($ 49.99) with a 200 lumen continuous LED video light source.
The other new camera, the GoPro MAX, is a successor to the GoPro Fusion for $ 499 and offers 360-degree shooting. It’s designed to make great single lens and traditional wide-angle footage too, and has its own version of HyperSmooth stabilization called Max HyperSmooth (which you know has to be extreme because it’s called “Max”).
The MAX seems less geared towards 360 video than more advanced content creators who want maximum editing flexibility and the ability to vlog more easily, as it also includes a front-facing display.
GoPro faces increasing competition from legitimate sources in its home category, including competing devices from DJI and Insta360, but the list of new upgrades here really sounds like quality, significant improvements over the existing Hero7, and the new all-in-one body design should make it even more convenient for general on-the-go use.
The pre-orders for the cameras are now live. Shipping for the GoPro Hero8 starts on October 15th and shipping for the Max starts on October 24th.