GoPro has announced its 2019 lineup of cameras with the HERO8 Black and Max.
GoPro HERO8 Black
The HERO8 Black builds upon the success of the HERO7 Black from last year.
The design of the new camera hasn’t changed that much. It can shoot up to 4K HDR video at 60 fps as well as 2.7K video at 120 fps, 1440p at 120 fps and 1080p Full HD at up to 240 fps.
“It’s been 15 years since the first GoPro camera, and from the start, we’ve been about enabling people to share their passions whether they’re fueled by adrenaline or artistry,” said GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman. “HERO8 Black, the Mods and MAX redefine what’s possible with a camera.”
The camera is waterproof up to 33ft (10m), can survive drops. Video stabilization on the HERO8 Black with HyperSmooth 2.0 which now has three levels of stabilization for even smooth video.
The three levels are On, High and Boost, that last setting will help you get “the smoothest video ever in a HERO camera.”
In addition to HyperSmooth 2.0, GoPro has improved introduced TimeWarp 2.0 for even better hyperlapse videos. TimeWarp 2.0 will now automatically adjust speed based on motion, scene detection and lighting.
GoPro has changed the placement of the front-mic, to get even crispier audio. You can still take 12-megapixel photos on the new camera and there’s improved HDR with SuperPhoto.
The GoPro HERO8 Black is available now for pre-order and starts shipping from October 15th in the US. It’ll launch in Canada and other countries on October 20th cost $529 CAD ($399 USD).
Mods for HERO8 Black
Alongside the new HERO8 Black, GoPro has introduced something called Mods for the camera. These are basically accessories for the HERO8 Black that don’t take away from the compact and rugged design of the camera.
Some of the Mods for the HERO8 Black include the Media Mod which has a built-in directional shotgun-mic with two cold shoe mounts and USB-C, HDMI and 3.5mm external mic adapter ports.
Next is the Display Mod which is a folding front or rear-facing 1.9-inch screen that works in tandem with the Media Mod, so you can easily use it for vlogging.
The last mod is the Light Mod which is a wearable, waterproof (up to 33ft/10m) light that can help brighten any scene and it’s rechargeable.
The Media Mod and Display Mod cost $109 CAD ($79 USD) each and the Light Mod costs $69 CAD ($49 USD). All three Mods will launch in December with pre-orders starting closer to release.
The GoPro Max is the company’s successor to the Fusion 360-camera. The Max camera has dual-lenses to stitch together for 360 videos.
The camera has Max HyperSmooth to help with ultra-smooth and next-level stabilization. There’s also Max TimeWarp and Max SuperView on the GoPro Max.
Using the GoPro app, you can make 360 edits using keyframe-based editing and easily reframe 360 footage. There’s also six-microphones on the Max for improved audio quality.
The GoPro Max is available for pre-order today and starts shipping on October 24th internationally (including Canda) and October 25th in the US. It costs $669 CAD ($499 USD) when it ships.
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