Our Verdict
The action camera market may now be considered a two-horse race since DJI launched the Osmo Action, however when it involves stabilization, GoPro just took the lead with the Hero8 Black. What’s more, GoPro has innovated using its proven design while still nailing the fundamentals, and supporting higher frame rates across higher resolutions compared to the competition. This makes the Hero8 Black pricey, but sensationally stable.

For
Superb image stabilization
Built-in mount that folds away neatly
Great video quality
Plenty of modes
Against
Rear screen could possibly be bigger
No selfie screen
There are cheaper action cams!
Lowlight performance could possibly be better
The GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Max certainly are a testament to the actual fact GoPro isn’t resting on its laurels – and particularly given that its faces fierce competition from DJI and its own Osmo Action in the race to own best action camera.

As the Max reimagines just what a 360-degree camera is and does, the Hero 8 Black (or Hero8 Black, as GoPro prefer to write it) rethinks the original Hero line’s design, adding folding feet for easy, housing-free mounting. In addition, it delivers four focal lengths, even though it only packs one optical field of view, and introduces a variety of video enhancements, like the smoothest action camera footage we’ve ever seen. It really is, in short, the very best GoPro we’ve seen to date.

Design and screen

The Hero 8 introduces folding feet in to the GoPro mix (Image credit: CAMERA World)
Regardless of the Hero 8 Black not looking too dissimilar to the Hero7 Black, meaningful enhancements set it aside from its predecessor.

On leading is a familiar monochrome display, but alongside this is a fixed lens without removable glass protector. Instead, the lens is shielded by scratch and smash resistant glass that’s 2x stronger than that of the Hero7. Naturally, this implies alternative party ND filter options won’t be quite as convenient – no simple screwing on, but GoPro claims the proceed to a set lens means the microphone below it could capture better music – and the mic is definitely, better.

At the base will be the folding feet, which fold out like butterfly wings, closing to make a traditional action camera mount. A removable waterproof door is on the left, underneath that is a microSD card slot and battery, and on the proper is a power button. Up top, there’s an archive button, while to the proper is a power button.

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It’s a lttle bit taller and thinner than its predecessor, but in most cases packs an identical footprint, this means its incredibly lightweight and pocketable in every however the skinniest jeans.

On the trunk, the screen hasn’t changed much if. It’s small, attentive to the touch and bright enough in every however the sunniest conditions. Its aspect ratio is somewhere within the camera’s photography and video capture dimensions, and we are able to understand why GoPro opted to provide photography and video takers a middle-ground, nonetheless it ended up feeling similar to a compromise, given the actual fact we mainly utilized it for video. DJI has plainly focused on a video-first approach on its Osmo Action using its slightly larger 16:9 display.

Video

The GoPro Hero8 introduces TimeWarp 2.0 (Image credit: CAMERA World)
Footage shot on the GoPro Hero8 Black could be captured across multiple resolutions starting at 1080p 240fps to 4K 60fps. It shoots at either 4:3 or 16:9, and betters your competition by being in a position to capture Hypersmooth 2.0 stabilized footage across all resolutions.

Supply the Hero8 Black good light and it captures beautiful content that’s held together incredibly steadily. There’s a fresh Boost feature for scenarios when stability is more important than clarity. Alternatively, you can shoot with Hyperboost 2.0 on high, standard or off – we tended to stick to high and it worked to great effect.

The Hero8 Black also adds yet another artificial lens, or focal length, to the mix. Furthermore to SuperView, Wide and Linear, which we saw on the Hero7 Black, there’s a fresh Narrow option, which shoots at an identical angle of view to a smartphone – 27mm. That is capped at 1080p, but continues to be a great feature since it grabs footage without noticeable distortion.

(Image credit: CAMERA World)
GoPro’s default video capture profile exposes footage a lot more than the Osmo Action’s, which pulls out more info from shadows. It’s also more inclined to blow out skies and hotspots though, particularly noticeable in darker scenes.

Noise handling in low light is aggressive – way more compared to the competition, and that’s not really a bad thing. The Hero8 Black captures brighter images with less grain than most action cameras during the night, though we wouldn’t choose it over our smartphone when the lights decrease.

One very smart shooting mode introduced on the Hero8 is TimeWarp 2.0. That is, in place, a time-lapse, but unlike other action cameras, you can tap the screen to smoothly decelerate to real-time, and tap it again to speed things up again. That is simple to use, works at up to 4K 30fps and over the three widest digital lenses, SuperView, Wide and Linear, creating high-impact fast-slow-fast footage, simply perfect for walking through a city for the very first time.

The actual fact the Hero8 Black also captures 100Mbps 4K video over the 78Mbps footage captured by the Hero7 Black is merely yet another boon for quality chasers.