GoPro’s new Hero8 Black is right here and we completely like it — however final yr’s Hero7 Black stays within the product lineup at a decreased price, and continues to be a succesful motion cam. At $400 and $330, respectively, the worth distinction isn’t large — so which is best for you? Right here’s all the pieces you could know concerning the variations between these two motion cameras so you may resolve whether or not the $70 premium is price it for the Hero8 Black.
The Hero8 Black is the primary new bodily design in 4 generations of GoPro. It incorporates a mount into the digicam physique itself, which implies you not want a mounting body or case. This makes the digicam smaller general in comparison with the Hero7 Black, and likewise permits you to swap the battery and reminiscence card with out eradicating the digicam from no matter it’s mounted to. The lens additionally protrudes much less from the physique and its cowl glass is now twice as robust.
So does the Hero7 Black keep any benefits right here? Presumably. A part of making the lens extra compact, the Hero8’s cowl glass can not be eliminated and changed with a filter. So in case you use filters in your motion digicam, the Hero7 could also be a bit simpler. The Hero8 would require a further adapter to make use of filters.
Each the Hero7 Black and Hero8 Black are constructed across the identical sensor and GoPro’s customized GP1 processor (which truly dates again to the Hero6 Black). However GoPro has discovered methods to push the tech additional within the Hero8, main to raised stabilization and extra options not out there on the Hero7.
Total picture high quality needs to be largely the identical — each cameras can shoot 4K/60 video — however the Hero8’s improved stabilization, higher HDR processing for nonetheless pictures, and computerized horizon leveling imply it is going to be capable of offer you higher leads to extra conditions.
HyperSmooth and TimeWarp
The Hero7 Black launched each of those options when it launched. HyperSmooth set a brand new bar for digital picture stabilization, and TimeWarp was a enjoyable Hyperlapse mode for creating super-smooth movement time-lapses.
The Hero8 Black turns these options up a notch with HyperSmooth 2.Zero and TimeWarp 2.0. Stabilization is healthier than earlier than with out altering the 10% crop and it’s out there in all framerates and resolutions, whereas a brand new enhance mode gives even stronger stabilization with a further crop. TimeWarp 2.Zero can now robotically set the time-lapse velocity based mostly on the quantity of digicam motion, and likewise allows you to sluggish the Hyperlapse all the way down to real-time at any level.
These are fairly strong enhancements that make the Hero8 Black each extra succesful and extra enjoyable. Nevertheless, HyperSmooth was already excellent on the Hero7 Black, and many individuals — particularly if those that aren’t excessive athletes — could discover it’s loads for what they want.
The Hero8 Black encompasses a new front-facing microphone proper under the lens and new audio processing algorithms. GoPro states its sound high quality is now higher in each loud and quiet environments.
For its half, the Hero7 Black’s audio was already fairly good. The Hero8 can have an edge, and we did discover it did a very good job at choosing up voices even within the presence of loud background noise, but when audio isn’t vital to you, the Hero7 needs to be simply wonderful.
Nonetheless images could also be a secondary focus of GoPro cameras, however they really do a reasonably good job of it. New to the Hero8 Black is Dwell Burst mode, which frequently buffers 1.5 seconds of frames earlier than you press the shutter button. It then saves that 1.5 seconds plus a further 1.5 seconds after the shutter is pressed. From right here, you may choose one of the best body to save lots of as a nonetheless picture, or just save your complete clip as a 3-second video.
GoPro’s Tremendous Picture mode has additionally seen an improve with higher HDR processing. When photographing shifting topics, the Hero8 Black is far much less vulnerable to “ghosting” on this mode in comparison with the Hero7 Black.
Alongside the Hero8 Black, GoPro is rolling out a brand new sequence of equipment known as Mods. The Show Mod will add a selfie display; the Media Mod provides a shotgun microphone, 3.5mm mic jack, HDMI out port, and two chilly sneakers; and the Mild Mod is a small LED gentle that may be connected to the Media Mod or any GoPro mount.
These Mods are designed for vloggers and different video storytellers and make the Hero8 Black a extra versatile digicam. Because of the totally different bodily design, they won’t be appropriate with the Hero7 sequence or earlier.
Each cameras include built-in live-streaming, however the Hero8 Black can now stream in 1080p. The Hero7 Black tops out at 720p.
The Hero7 Black could also be a steal at $330, nevertheless it’s additionally priced shut sufficient to the Hero8 Black at $400 that it most likely gained’t take a really large nudge to get you to go for the higher digicam. In our opinion, the Hero8 Black is price it for the brand new design alone, particularly in case you suppose you suppose you could wish to use one of many Mods sooner or later.
However in case you simply want an important motion digicam and wish to avoid wasting cash, the Hero7 Black is a strong selection.