THE GoPro announced on Tuesday (1st) the Hero 8 Black, its new action camera that arrives with improved image stabilization and support for GoPro Mods, which add ports, microphones and even an extra screen. The company also showed that it still hasn’t given up on 360 degrees and unveiled the GoPro Max, capable of filming with up to 5.6K resolution.
GoPro Hero 8 Black and GoPro Mods
The GoPro Hero 8 Black has minor design changes. We continue with a compact and rectangular shape, but the body now has 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 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. O Media Mod the main thing: for $ 79, 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 ($ 49) is a waterproof light with an integrated battery that achieves a brightness of 200 lumens. The Display Mod ($ 79) is a 1.9-inch screen, also with its own battery, which 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”.
The price in the United States remains the same: $ 399. GoPro has not revealed when the new camera will be available in Brazil. Hero 7 Black arrived in the country in November 2018 with a suggested price of R $ 2,599.
GoPro Max has dual lens and shoots 360 degrees
Remember GoPro Fusion? I didn’t remember it either, because it wasn’t exactly a success. But GoPro did not give up and launched the Max, a camera with two lenses (one at the back and one at the front) that allows you to shoot in 360 degrees.
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.
There is still no forecast for the launch of GoPro Max in Brazil. In the United States, it will sell for $ 499.