With the release of the new GoPro Hero8 Black camera the camera makers flagship device. Many hardcore GoPro users and tech geeks look for each camera iteration to make big jumps in the resolution. Yes, this does help sell more new cameras to existing GoPro consumers. But is it always what a market needs? In my opinion, the answer is no. The GoPro Hero8 makes huge strides in stabilization. This is what A small camera needs especially when it already shoots video in 4K-60. Stabilization in almost all resolutions and a bunch of other great ways to capture life’s adventures and moments.
Stabilization is King
GoPro Hero8 has a stabilization option in almost every resolution that the camera shoots in. This in itself is a groundbreaking achievement. The Achilles heel of all action cameras has always been shaky footage, as a result, you end up with videos that are unusable.
What should I buy? GoPro Hero8 or Hero7
A big question with new consumers shopping for an action camera or a GoPro in general. What GoPro should I buy? I always answer this question in two ways. First off buy the best camera that “you” can afford. Secondly, when it comes to the current top two GoPro cameras Hero8 wins hands down. It all comes down to stabilization just like I talked about above. Having a GoPro Hero8 that can make your adventures smooth as butter is key. This is not to downplay Hero7 Black which has almost all of the features of GoPro Hero8. Key features that I enjoy that are not in Hero7 Black are NightLapse video and stabilization in far more resolutions.
GoPro Hero8 New Features
- HyperSmooth 2.0: Adding to the amazing HyperSmooth in Hero7 Black now you can choose different levels of stabilization to fit your shooting needs.
- Preset modes: Each shooting mode has standard presets. In the video section four Standard, Activity, Slo-Mo, Cinematic. Within each these can be customized to your personal favorites that you use most.
- TimeWarp 2.0: Now with Auto mode allowing you to change the speed of your TimeWarp captures. With just a tap you can speed up or slow down taking TimeWarp to new levels of creativity. First in Hero7 Black TimeWarp is now even better.
- New Battery: There is a new improved Hero8 1220mAh (Blue Bottom) battery. Older Hero5, 6, and 7 batteries will work in Hero8 Black. The only compatibility issues will be in higher frame rate modes such as 1080p-240fps and 2.7k-120fps using HyperSmooth. (I can also confirm that older dual chargers also work just fine with Hero8 batteries)
GoPro Hero8 is a powerhouse of an action camera. A good way to look at what you are getting is to compare these specs and features to any other video camera on the market. When you do that Hero8 Black stands out as not only a great camera but an even better value. Now go get your GoPro Hero8 Black and submit to the Million Dollar Challenge.
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