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GoPro HERO8 Black - Waterproof Action Camera with Touch Screen 4K Ultra HD Video 12MP Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization
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- HyperSmooth 2.0: HERO8 Black has three levels of stabilization – On, High and Boost. Get the widest views, or boost to the smoothest video ever offered in a HERO camera. Works with all resolutions and frame rates, and features in-app horizon leveling
- Streamlined Design: The re-imagined shape is more pocketable, and folding fingers at the base let you swap mounts quickly. A new side door makes changing batteries even faster, and the lens is now 2x more impact-resistant compared to previous models
- Expandable Mods: Vloggers, pro filmmakers and aspiring creators can do more than ever imagined with our HERO8 Black mods (sold separately). Media Mod gives you shotgun-mic performance and lets you attach Light Mod and Display Mod to up your capture game
- Live Streaming in 1080p: Share while you’re there. Live stream in 1080p on social media, get HyperSmooth stabilization as you broadcast via the GoPro app and save footage to your SD card to check out later
- TimeWarp 2.0: Capture super-stabilized time lapse videos while moving through an activity. Automatically adjust speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting. Slow the effect to real time – savoring special moments – and then tap to speed it back up
- LiveBurst: Record the moments 1.5 seconds before and after your shot, so you can choose the best single frame for the perfect photo – or an amazing, shareable video
- SuperPhoto + HDR: Capture killer 12-MP photos with improved HDR – while in motion or stationary – with reduced blur and serious detail, even in low-light areas
- Video Capture Resolution: 4K UHD 2160p
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Capture high-quality audio when you connect an external professional-level microphone to your GoPro with the Pro 3.5mm mic adapter. Whether you want crystal-clear studio sound for music or clearer voice audio in action environments, you can quickly and easily connect a wide range of 3.5mm microphones.
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Battery door literally falls off when opened too far.
Mic adapter with external mic is hit and miss sometimes records sometimes doesn’t.
Battery / Sd slot in one spot that the door has to be removed to use an external mic adapter leaving battery and card slot exposed to elements.
Connecting to live streaming is a nightmare with hot spots. App constantly disconnects. Took an hour and multiple multiple tries to get it to start streaming.
The list goes on and on.
On paper this gopro looks awesome however all those issues listed above just drive you crazy.
Not wanting to loose all my data, I disregarded the FORMATING requirement, removed the battery, removed the SD card, then re-inserted both and voila... the Hero8 came back up WITHOUT formatting! That is until the next THREE TIMES this POS camera locked up again!!! Each time it locked up, the recording I received was a completely frozen still image, while the audio kept recording (and the audio recording is FAR INFERIOR to my old Samsung S7 phone!)
PLUS... this camera has ANOTHER GLITCH... when held perfectly steady with the selfie stick's end set directly on our table, the damn thing will FLICK LEFT to RIGHT about one time every 10 seconds for NO reason (no movement of the stick occurred). What a mess. Go figure...
Until these serious problems are (hopefully) solved, this camera is seriously a DNB (Do Not Buy). Hopefully, I will have a future update that solves this problem, or the Hero8 and ALL the accessories I bought (three extra "Hero8" Batteries w/one Dual Charger, lens protectors, storage case, SANDMARC Pole and more = $800+), will be returned to Amazon. What would YOU do???
PISSED OFF in SoCal...
As it turns out, for proper camera performance, you will need to update the original Hero8 camera's v00.15 software that's loaded from the factory which came with my Hero8, to the latest v1.20 to function properly (supposed to eliminate the Left to Right "image shake", and image Freezing/Lockup I experienced). It's a manual update that is very easy to do, and is easily downloaded from the GoPro website. If needed, simply "online chat" with the GoPro people and they will walk you through this required software update (which they did with me).
No idea why my new Hero8 wasn't already loaded with v1.20, but that seems to be the case with most all of them (I suspect too early of a release).
Ok... "so far, so good", and my rating goes from 1 star to 4 stars (if Amazon will let me increase my rating). The v1.20 software update seems to have eliminated the Left to Right "image shake", and image Freezing/Lockup problems I originally experienced. I performed a full one hour recording (one full battery), and there was NO image shake, NO lockup and NO image freezing. Seems all the Hero8 needed was this new v1.20 update and it was good to go. GoPro could have eliminated a LOT of complaints had they shipped the Hero8 with the v1.20 update, but as I said... this latest update may not have been available at the time of first release. Regardless, I feel the 10/31/19 release date should have been held back for a week or two until the original v00.15 could have been replaced with this new update. In any event, all seems well & good for now... until I get more recording hours on it!!!
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- Unlike previous models, the Hero 8 only has one door to access the battery, memory card and charging port. The Hero 5-7 models had a door for the battery and memory card on the bottom and a separate door for the charging and display-out ports on the side. While I'm sure this change was made to keep manufacturing costs down and perhaps also improve waterproofing, as someone who often uses the GoPro to record lengthy time lapses this change has become a bit of a notable frustration for me. The single door on the Hero 8 is on the side, which means you can still mount it while the door is open - this is a good thing. However, since this door now also houses the battery and memory card beneath it, it's much larger and is also not removable (at least as far as I know). On my previous GoPro Hero 5/6/7 I would simply remove the charging port door, pop it into my frame mount, connect it to my powerbank and I was good to go for a long time lapse or extended shooting. If I was ever concerned about potential bad weather, I could easily fit a piece of tape over the open door area for protection. This can still be done with the new design of the singular door on the Hero 8, but is not nearly as convenient since the entire door must remain attached but open in order to connect a USB-C cable. I have also experienced issues (particularly just when trying to charge the battery inside the camera) where the battery has not made proper contact while the door is open and therefore does not charge, even though it's plugged in. This has unfortunately happened on multiple occasions and as a result I've missed being able to record certain activities/events because the battery wasn't charging. Again, this is simply a result of the battery and charge port sharing the same door. Personally I preferred the double-door design of the Hero 5-7 models and I hope they reverse or fix this design in future models.
- It's nice that the Hero 8 provides several "loadouts" for each mode (photo/video/time lapse) - these allow you to quickly switch many settings at once to a different set. However, the loadout names are preset and cannot be changed (as far as I can tell) and you also cannot add or create new loadouts beyond the several that it provides for each mode - you can only change and edit settings for the existing loadouts. It would be much nicer if it allowed you to not only rename and customize these loadouts, but to also add and create new ones in addition to the 4 that it provides (and seems to limit you to).
Let me preface this review by saying that I've owned almost every single GoPro Hero model since the GoPro Hero 2 - with the exception of the Hero 3, I've owned each model from the Hero 2 all the way up to now this Hero 8 Black. I think the best hardware update arrived with the Hero 5 where you no longer needed a separate housing to make the camera waterproof, but the best software update is definitely the HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization you'll find on this Hero 8 (not to mention the increased shooting modes/resolutions that have been released since). Features like TimeWarp and HyperSmooth have really changed the way GoPros can be used and makes them much more versatile than they ever have been before. Not only that but the footage is a lot more usable now with the improved stabilization, since shaky video has always been a problem that has plagued GoPro footage in my experience with older models. HyperSmooth 2.0 is a total game-changer - it's super fluid and can even look gimbal-like if you take your time with filming (footage taken from activities like mountain biking and snowboarding may not look quite gimbal-like, but compared to what this footage would look like on older GoPros, the difference in stabilization is night and day). I used to have to run pretty much all my old GoPro footage through Warp Stabilizer in After Effects, even if I was trying to be as steady as possible while filming - now I only have to use that method if, like mentioned above, the camera is mounted on something or someone very movement-heavy (mountain biking is probably the best example of this, where footage is often rough relative to the terrain).
With this being said, the reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because compared to the Hero 7, aside from the improved HyperSmooth stabilization, there really aren't that many other improvements or features that make this particular model worth the price compared to the significantly lower price of the Hero 7 which has many of the same features, including TimeWarp. To put it simply, if you own a GoPro Hero 6 or older, I would say it is well worth upgrading to the Hero 8. However, if you own a Hero 7 and are wondering if it's worthwhile upgrading to the Hero 8, I would actually say it's not, unless you have about $500 burning a hole in your pocket. I think that compared to the Hero 7 Black, there aren't enough new features on the 8 to justify paying the full price unless you NEED the improved stabilization and framerates, because that's really the only difference in my experience. But like I said, if you have an older GoPro or are looking to buy a GoPro for the first time, you definitely won't be disappointed with the Hero 8!
I didn't mention anything about the audio quality on this GoPro because frankly I would never rely on or expect GoPro audio to be good. If you're buying this camera, it should be for videos and/or photos. If recording quality audio is important to you, I would suggest looking into an external microphone, or a different camera altogether. I think the audio on the 8 is likely the best GoPro audio there is, but in my experience, GoPro audio has always been pretty underwhelming (to put it nicely).
PS - GoPro batteries from the Hero 5, 6 and 7 models will all still work with the 8, as long as they are official GoPro batteries and not third-party batteries (GoPro removed support for third-party batteries through a firmware update several years ago, much to the disappointment of many GoPro owners including myself) - however, it is also important to be aware that only the new GoPro batteries (with the blue bottom) will support the use of HyperSmooth 2.0 on the Hero 8. The compatible batteries from previous GoPro models will let you use any other mode/feature but HyperSmooth 2.0 requires the new battery model in order to work properly.
Pic 1 - the box put together with celophine tape.
Pic 2 - gopro was synced to the app by previous user and named pavankb gopro.
I have a shoot lined up tomorrow and was very keen on using the 8.
Con: Night image needs work. You can capture night image, but if you're walking with the 8 (vlogging), you'll see street lights jitter and pixelated. The stabilization just isn't as good in night mode as it is in the day.
Overall, the 8 is great. I would still buy it, but until they improve the night mode to be as good as the day, it is a 4.5/5 stars for me.
Higher bit rate video files for 2.7k and 4k + upgraded glass and lens cover are an improvement over the 7 and definitely retain more detail than previous gopro's
Time warp feature is better than 7 delivers good hyperlapse videos.
No freezing issues so far.
Buying a protective housing + lens protectors is MUST.
Under ideal sunny conditions it works great, but I find that any type of dynamic changes in the lighting conditions -- going through tunnels, cloudy days, or moving from sunny to shady or indoors to outdoors and vice versa -- is pretty disappointing. Accessories cheap and overpriced. Battery door not thought through, annoying to remove the memory card. Battery life is pretty poor, and so taking long timelapses requires external power through USB which can be annoying with the battery and door design. Pretty easy for the battery to fall out.
The unit itself is overpriced, and so are most of the poor quality accessories which have had problems of their own.
Hero 8 - is a whole new level of convenience and stabilization quality. Not as good as a gimbal, but the convenience of being able to click a button (or voice activate in particular) and end up with very steady shots, means I will never go back. Check out the million and one reviews on you tube, and you will see the GP is dramatically better than everything out there stabilization-wise.