THE GoPro launched on Monday (18) its new action cameras in Brazil. With a suggested price of R $ 2,999, Hero 8 Black it has enhanced image stabilization and supports accessories that add ports, microphones and an extra screen to the camera’s compact body. The Max is another attempt by GoPro in the 360 degree camera market, costing R $ 3,799.
Hero 8 Black is the new action camera from GoPro for R $ 2,999
The Hero 8 Black has the same compact, rectangular shape as previous generations, but has gained an integrated retractable mounting rod. It is no longer necessary to use the extra housing to connect a tripod or other accessory, which makes the set more compact and facilitates access to the battery or the memory card slot.
It supports GoPro Mods, small modules that, for now, should be more useful for vlogs. Three accessories have been revealed so far. The Media Mod is the main thing: you get a compact shotgun microphone, a set of USB-C, HDMI and 3.5 mm ports, plus two additional mounts.
And what are additional Media Mod mounts for? For you to spend more money on other Mods, of course. O Light Mod is a waterproof light with an integrated battery that achieves a brightness of 200 lumens. The Display Mod it’s a 1.9-inch screen, also with its own battery, that can rotate 180 degrees: you can film yourself or take a selfie by viewing the frame in real time.
In Hero 8 Black, the main novelty is due to HyperSmooth 2.0, image stabilization that GoPro promises to have improved compared to the first version (which was already very good). Unlike the Hero 7 Black, the new action camera can use the enhanced stabilization in all possible resolutions and frame rates, up to 4K at 60 fps or 1080p at 240 fps.
There is also TimeWarp 2.0, which allows you to make timelapse videos, but now with “automatic rate adjustment and speed boost control by touch,” according to the company. And GoPro, which has so far failed to put a really good microphone on a Hero, says the new model has “enhanced audio with advanced wind suppression”.
In Brazil, Hero 8 Black will be sold from the last week of November for R $ 2,999, more expensive than the R $ 2,599 of the previous generation. In the United States, it is found for $ 399. GoPro Mods will be available in the Brazilian market from the beginning of 2020. Prices have not yet been released.
GoPro Max films in 360 degrees: now are you going?
The GoPro Max is a “3 in 1” camera, according to the manufacturer, because you can use it as a waterproof Hero action camera; as a dual-lens 360 camera; or to create vlogs with integrated front display and directional microphone. It allows you to shoot in Max SuperView mode, with “the widest and most immersive field of view created by GoPro so far”.
It is not as big as the Hero 8 Black and can use the same accessories as the company’s other action cameras, connecting them to the retractable mounting rod. The other features are very similar: waterproof body, HyperSmooth image stabilization, live transmission (in Full HD), voice controls and integrated GPS.
You can shoot at 5.6K at 30 fps with both lenses, or at 1440p at 60 fps with a single lens – so if you want to make a more normal video, other than 360 degrees, the GoPro Max is a little more limited than Hero 8 Black. The advantage of recording with both lenses is that you can edit the videos on the GoPro mobile app and choose the viewpoint later.
This is GoPro’s second attempt at the 360-degree camera market. GoPro Fusion was launched in 2017, promising to record at 5.2K at 30 fps and capture 18-megapixel images on a water-resistant body. It seemed like a good idea, but the product was expensive ($ 699) and editing the images was considered complicated. It didn’t work out so well.
GoPro Max has a suggested price of R $ 3,799 in the Brazilian market. It is sold for $ 499 in the United States.