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Full Review GoPro Hero 8 Black

Better Stability, Good Recording, Optimized for Vlog Recording

Goreview4u rated GoPro Hero 8 Black (UK Amazon) as a complete version of both the design and features of GoPro Hero 7 Black, rather than a major upgrade like the Hero 4 Black model for the first time recording 4K @ 30fps video, Hero 5 Black is water-resistant and Hero 7 Black is shock-proof.

GoPro has been well-known in the action camera market in recent years, and each year the company improves its products to provide users with a powerful action camera, many utilities and easy to use. . For outdoor photo and video shooting, always have the best experience. This year, with Hero 8 Black , GoPro took its action camera to the next level.

Table of contents

  • What is the design of the Hero 8 Black compared to the Hero 7 Black?
  • Multi accessories, powerful support for Vlogger
  • How well does GoPro Hero 8 Black take photos and record videos?
  • How long does GoPro Hero 8 Black record videos?
  • Should you upgrade to GoPro Hero 8 Black?

What is the design of the Hero 8 Black compared to the Hero 7 Black?

For the past few years, the Hero lineup has remained the same in design and shape. It can be said that in addition to the colors, there is very little change between the Hero 6 and Hero 7 series. Regarding Hero 8, GoPro has synthesized a little more and more completely.

GoPro Hero 8 Black is significantly larger than Hero 7 Black

Starting from the front, there are a few key changes as the GoPro logo has moved to the left to make room for the advanced microphone system, which significantly improves the sound quality of the video; second, the non-removable lens cover is more square and has a thicker layer of Gorilla Glass for better protection.

The front of Hero 8 Black and Hero 7 Black have many differences
The curved notification light in the upper left corner of the Hero 7 Black has been replaced by a small LED light on the Hero 8 Black

Around the edges, the matte gray paint has been replaced with a stiffer, almost sparkling finish. More importantly, the Power / Mode button has been moved to the left (or right depending on the view from the front or back of the camera), while the right side has a mount to open the battery cover, microSD card slot and USB Type-C port.

The new lid is thicker and made of metal

In GoPro Hero 8 Black, users will not need the “divine” frame to help attach to other accessories. Because the lower frame of the camera has two built-in pins, if you want to attach to any accessory, just screw it over and you’re done.

The two prongs on the bottom edge of the Hero 8 Black can be turned up / down freely

The calculation of adding two new pins under the lower frame makes GoPro Hero 8 Black bigger than GoPro Hero 7 Black but in return will be more compact when GoPro Hero 7 Black installs the frame. The touchscreen on the back of the GoPro Hero 8 Black still has the same design as its predecessor.

The upper frame is still where the shutter button is located

Goreview4u had an unfortunate incident with GoPro Hero 8 Black, when the author was trying to mount the car when the GoPro Hero 8 Black accidentally fell down the road, less than 1 meter high but caused the screen of the device to be broken. severe cracking.

This raises the question of the long-term durability of Gopro Hero 8 Black

And yet,  Goreview4u judged GoPro Hero 8 Black to tend to get hotter after shooting about 15 minutes of video in 4K24 format with image stabilization enabled. The bottom of the camera is quite hot to the touch. This is very unstable when shooting video in a country with weather on hot days.

Multi accessories, powerful support for Vlogger

The new set of accessories (MOD) for GoPro Hero 8 Black will become an effective assistant for vloggers, including: Media Mod, Display Mod and Light Mod.

Media Mod when attached to GoPro Hero 8 Black will increase sound performance with integrated shotgun-mic and two Cold shoe brackets; Display Mod is a folding screen design of 1.9 inch display front or behind the camera; Finally, the Light Mod, a versatile multifunctional waterproof light at depths up to 33 feet (10 meters), can be worn and attached to other handheld accessories.

How well does GoPro Hero 8 Black take photos and record videos?

While most of the sensors and image processors are similar to the GoPro Hero 7 Black, improvements in image algorithms and artificial intelligence make a big difference to the quality of footage shot from the Hero. 8 Black.

With the HyperSmooth 2.0 upgrade, GoPro Hero 8 Black’s anti-shake capability is taken to a whole new level, supporting all aspect ratios and resolutions. This feature is also supported by an additional Boost mode and the ability to balance horizontally when used at high speed vibration.

Goreview4u records videos of walking to driving, especially the roads on the west with many “potholes” and degraded but the image stabilization of GoPro Hero 8 Black is too great, as if using a gimbal. support. Previously  Goreview4u  thought GoPro Hero 7 Black Stabilization “delectable peach branch” best before, but now GoPro Hero 8 Black was born, then looked back GoPro Hero 7 Black “to no avail” – at least the comparison between the two models this.

Besides HyperSmooth 2.0, GoPro Hero 8 Black can automatically adjust speed quickly or slowly in real time with a single operation with the TimeWarp 2.0 function. At the same time, the LiveBurst feature is also significantly improved, helping to capture 12 MP (4K, 4: 3) picture frames for 1.5 seconds before and after the shot.

GoPro Hero 8 Black is also a product line that has a high level of noise reduction capability to further improve sound quality when recording. In addition, GoPro Hero 8 Black also supports streaming video in 1080p instead of 720p as on GoPro Hero 7 Black.

The interface for taking photos on GoPro Hero 8 Black

Goreview4u rated GoPro Hero 8 Black to be able to capture beautiful, detailed and sharp images in bright enough outside environments, especially when HDR and Super Photo modes have been improved. However, when taking photos indoors and in low light, the image quality is not as expected, noise appears quite a lot.

Photos taken during the day bright enough are of very good quality

The photo enlarged below shows that the image quality taken from GoPro Hero 8 Black is not as good as the camera on the Galaxy S9 Plus. Although GoPro has improved the ability to shoot in low light as well as night mode on this 2019 model of Action camera.

Auto mode shot of GoPro Hero 8 Black (SuperPhoto) vs Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus (right image)

With the option of RAW photography, users can freely post-edit photos with Lightroom, for example, but if you just want to take a quick snapshot and post it immediately to your favorite social networking sites via your phone, SuperPhoto has enough for you “virtual life”.

How long does GoPro Hero 8 Black record videos?

The shape, size and battery capacity on the Hero 8 Black are similar to previous models. However, the bottom of the Hero 8 Black’s battery is green instead of the overall black.

GoPro representatives said the new battery allows for a higher discharge rate, thus enabling HyperSmooth 2.0 to be enabled at all resolutions and frame rates. Although it is possible to use the batteries of Hero 5 Black and Hero 7 Black instead of Hero 8 Black, the features will be limited.

Goreview4u performed two battery tests, the first time recording 4K24 video with Linear, HyperSmooth 2.0 enabled High, Wi-Fi and GPS enabled. GoPro Hero 8 Black lasts up to 72 minutes.

Going to the second test, shooting 4K24 videos with Wide angle, other features are turned off and low bit rate settings, GoPro Hero 8 Black works for nearly 91 minutes.

Should you upgrade to GoPro Hero 8 Black?

GoPro Hero 8 Black is developed and perfected based on Hero 7 Black, providing more powerful image and video processing, more stable footage, and many new specialized accessories that are very suitable for Vloggers.

For ordinary users who own a GoPro Hero 7 Black (UK Amazon) with a full range of specialized accessories, there is no reason to upgrade to GoPro Hero 8 Black. But if you are a Hero 6 or younger user, or a Vlogger and want the videos shot in low light to have better quality and better sound (because the mod support), GoPro Hero 8 Black is well worth the upgrade.

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