GoPro Hero8 Black adds improved stabilization, Media Mod, Digital Lenses and more

02 Oct

As promised in its teaser a few weeks back, GoPro has unveiled its latest action camera, the Hero8 Black.

The GoPro Hero8 Black now features Hypersmooth 2.0, GoPro’s second-generation stabilization technology that features a ‘Boost’ mode and an auto horizon leveling mode. TimeWarp (GoPro’s hyperlapse mode) also received a 2.0 update that will automatically adjust the playback of the video to the speed you’re traveling and can slow down to capture prominent moments with a tap of the screen.

Moving onto the hardware side of things, the Hero8 Black features the leaked ‘Media Mod,’ which adds additional ports and makes it possible to add a number of add-on accessories. When secured inside the Media Mod housing, the Hero8 Black gains a shotgun microphone, a 3.5mm microphone port, a Micro HDMI out port, a USB-C Port and two cold-shoe mounts.

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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.’

GoPro has also added a new feature called ‘Digital Lenses.’ As its name suggests, this new functionality will effectively crop the image to adjust the framing in four different settings: Narrow, Linear, Wide and SuperView.

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.

GoPro has also updated its SuperPhoto and HDR functionality to deliver more ‘detail you never thought possible.’ Other improvements include the ability to livestream Full HD video, a 2x stronger lens and a dedicated Night Lapse Video mode.

Below is a detailed video of all the new and improved functions of the Hero8 Black:

The GoPro Hero8 Black is available to pre-order starting today for $ 399.99. The first shipments are expected to go out October 15th with in-store availability starting October 20th. The Media Mod and Display Mod will retail for $ 80 and the Light Mod will retail for $ 50 when they become available to pre-order in December.

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