I have always been a fan of the GoPro Action cameras. Well last year GoPro released the newest model the GoPro Hero 8 Black. I have owned the Hero 3, Hero 4, 5, 6 and still own a Hero 7. So, the question for me is, is it worth it. I have owned this camera for a couple months now and the answer is certainly.
One of the best features the new Hero 8 has to offer is mounting without the cage. The Hero 8 is larger than the Hero 7 but feels better in the hand. Even without the cage it gives you something more substantial to hold on too. The fold down mounting with the built-in mounting rings are a great extension to the body. I wonder how long they will last, is the question I have. They don’t feel as strong as having an entire cage to mount to but so far so good.
Moving on to other upgrades the lens is no longer removable on the Hero 8 like on the 7 but GoPro did upgrade the glass to 2mm thick Gorilla Glass. This should make for a strong lens to defend against bumps and tumbles. I would still recommend a temper glass lens protector just to be on the safe side.
Recording with the new Hero 8 has brought on another feature I really like. This is the customizable recording presets. This makes it a lot easier if your vlogging the first part of the day then hitting the trails the second half. You can touch a button on the touchscreen and choose your presets. This gives the user an amazing on the go adjustment. Also, don’t forget the Hypersmooth 2 stabilization when you are getting ready to hit the trails. This improved version of stabilization is awesome. Using this camera with hypersmooth 2 enabled then going back to watch the footage after a good day of riding can be unbelievable. I know I have been on some tough trails, but the footage is so smooth and steady that you can’t deny the performance.
The last thing I would like to touch on are the upcoming releases of the new Hero 8 vlogging accessories. The Media Mod, the Display Mod and the Light Mod.
The Media Mod will Offer
- Built-in directional mic delivers crystal-clear audio and reduces wind and ambient noise
- 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens
- 3.5mm mic port lets you add an external mic for enhanced audio
- HDMI-out port to monitor or play back your footage
- Unique and compact wraparound design adds portable expandability and ensures mounting remains easy
- Specially designed for use with Display Mod and Light Mod for HERO8 Black, and compatible with third-party accessories
The Light Mod will offer
- 4 levels of brightness—up to 200 lumens—for crisp detail
- Built tough and waterproof to 33ft (10m)
- Built-in rechargeable battery with up to 6 hours of runtime1
- Compact design is perfect as an add-on to your HERO8 Black, or as a standalone light for use with GoPro mounts
- Connects to HERO8 Black via Media Mod (sold separately)
- Maximum brightness for up to 30 seconds with Overdrive mode
- Strobe mode for signaling and visibility
The Display Mod will Offer
- 2-inch flip-up screen makes vlogging easy
- Built-in rechargeable battery and micro-HDMI connector
- Folding design for easy storage and transport
- Compact and sturdy with a low-profile appearance
- Connects to HERO8 Black via the required Media Mod1
The light mod is currently available for purchase and the display and media mod can be pre ordered for delivery. I can’t wait to get my hands on these products and take them through their paces.
In all the GoPro Hero 8 has some nice upgrades but video quality wise there is not a huge improvement from the Hero 7. So, I guess the question is would I still by it, and the answer is yes. I currently film with a Hero 7 and the 8. I use the 8 for Vlogging because it does a better job and I know with the new accessories coming soon it will just get better.