Action-camera industry leader GoPro’s latest releases really are its greatest (to date): the HERO8 Black lets you concentrate on your sport or activity while it brings new levels of smoothness and ease of use to your 4K video capture. The versatile MAX offers both 360˚ capture with in-camera stitching and a HERO-style mode, 270 panoramic photos without the need to pan, and a large touchscreen display.
Highlights of the HERO8 Black and its accessories include a new, pocket-friendly streamlined design, quick-change mounting, and new extended battery and accessory-mounting options. And evolving from the standard action camera wide-angle view, you can now simply tap on the HERO8 Black to switch between Narrow, Linear, Wide and SuperView digital lens modes.
While maintaining the crisp UHD 4K60 video capture, 33′ waterproofing, and 1080p live streaming of the HERO7 Black, this newest iteration shines in multiple upgrades such as HyperSmooth 2.0. Available in all resolutions and at all frame rates, HyperSmooth 2.0 offers a choice of a wide, stabilized view or a tighter view with maximum smoothness, while improving low-light performance, and featuring in-app horizon leveling for your more off-kilter moves.
Built-in, folding “fingers” enable you to swap mounts on the HERO8 Black in mere seconds, and a new side door is designed for faster battery changes. In addition to offering multiple fields of view, the HERO8 Black’s lens provides twice the impact resistance of its predecessor. Use the optional Media Mod to attach pro-style accessories like mics, small lights, or a second LCD to your HERO, or opt for the Battery Mod to get 2.5x extended run time when filming a longer event.
Use the TimeWarp 2.0 feature to record super-stabilized time-lapse videos with the ability to slow down the speed to real time when you want to focus on a particular moment. TimeWarp 2.0 can also automatically adjust its speed based on your motion, type of scene, and lighting. For your night owl activities, Night Lapse offers a choice of 1080p to 4K night time-lapse videos.
Still photo options at 12MP have been ramped up with improved HDR (high dynamic range) in SuperPhoto + and with the LiveBurst feature. This short burst of frames captures 1.5 seconds before and after your shot so you can choose the best frame or share it as a quick video. And while it won’t “throw another shrimp on the barbie” for you, the GoPro HERO8 Black understands up to 15 voice commands in more than 12 languages, including Australian-accented English.
The GoPro MAX may be small, but its in-camera stitching, 5.6K30 capture, HyperSmooth stabilization, and touchscreen display are huge! Now you can view your footage directly on your MAX, frame your shot more easily, and even grab a selfie in HERO mode. The ability to switch between the 360 mode and the HERO mode gives you in effect, two cameras in one.
The MAX shares the same ability to “punch in” and reframe your 360˚ video as its Fusion predecessor, as well as offering 16′ waterproof depth, built-in GPS, still photo capture, voice commands, and 360˚ audio. New features include PowerPano for capturing spectacular, distortion-free 270˚ panoramic photos without having to act as your own motion-control head, in-camera stitching for quicker, easier offloading and editing, and user-assignable on-screen shortcuts for your favorite functions.
As with the HERO8, in the MAX HERO mode you can choose between Narrow, Linear, Wide and SuperView digital lens modes, capture amazing time-lapse sequences in TimeWarp, and use the Horizon Leveling to keep your craziest stunts or silliest antics on a stable plane. You can also use the HERO mode to live-stream in 1080p, frame up a selfie with the on-camera display, and use Scene Detection for the best results at the beach, ski slopes, or underwater.