Should I get a GoPro? If you want a compact action camera to capture your travel adventures, outdoor activities or even want to vlog. The answer is ‘yes’. Depending on what you are looking for and what you intend in creating. GoPro has released the new HERO8 Black, MAX and the upcoming Mods (available from Dec 2019).
GoPros can be used as standalone cameras, thanks to a great updated mobile app, it pairs perfectly with any Android and iOS devices, allowing you to add more functionality and versatility. Using built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, users gain full control over their GoPro camera and can even display a live feed of what’s being captured right on their mobile device.
The app also allows you to edit content, allows filters to be applied to single clips as well as multi-clip edits and now streams live at full 1080p resolution on both HERO8 Black and MAX.
The app’s auto-generated video edit feature also has four new themes inspired by iconic GoPro
edits from the company’s in-house media team. Choose between Adrenaline Seeker, Adventure
Travel, Cinematic and Memory Curator and share directly to social media or store within the
app as an editable draft to revisit.
I did spend a day with the GoPro team to test out these two new devices. Click here to read my previous article.
HERO8 Black (AUD $599.95) sends it big with next-level HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilisation – dramatically
improved stabilisation over HyperSmooth 1.0 (if you can believe that!) HyperSmooth 2.0 works in all resolutions and frame rates, features a new Boost mode and has in-app horizon levelling. Also new, TimeWarp 2.0 features automatic rate adjustment and tap-control speed ramping. HERO8 Black sports four digital lenses so users can easily select a frame of view, improved audio with enhanced wind suppression (front-facing mic), customisable mode presets and a lighter, frameless design featuring folding mounting fingers.
Plus, new digital lenses help you to set up the shot like a pro every time with one of four
options – ranging from GoPro-patented SuperView to zero-distortion linear – and customisable capture presets provide quick access to settings for any activity. All of this is housed in a streamlined, frameless design with folding mounting fingers. A couple of other key features for the GoPro HERO8 Black, visit here.
Whilst the GoPro MAX (AUD $799.95) is a dual-lens GoPro camera that maxes out on versatility – it’s like having three cameras in one. Use MAX as a waterproof, maximum-stabilised single lens HERO camera, dual lens 360° camera or next-level vlogging camera with its built-in front-facing display and shotgun-mic audio capabilities. No matter how you use it, MAX delivers next-level, unbreakable video stabilisation with Max HyperSmooth. MAX also features four digital lenses, including the new ultra-wide Max SuperView – the widest field of view ever in a GoPro.
Additional updates include in-camera 360° video and photo stitching plus keyframe-based editing of 360° content in the GoPro app.
Max HyperSmooth, with its next-level, unbreakable stabilisation and in-camera horizon levelling, entirely eliminates the need for a gimbal. Max TimeWarp bends time and space with expanded control and performance over traditional TimeWarp. And Max SuperView delivers the widest, most immersive field of view ever in a GoPro.
When creating 360° edits, MAX users now have Reframe, the GoPro app’s new keyframe-based
editing experience. It’s now easy to quickly “reframe” 360° footage into a traditional video with
super-smooth pans and transitions. Reframe matches the power of desktop 360° editing
solutions but with the convenience and usability of the GoPro app.
And when it comes to vlogging, MAX is a complete solution with its unbreakable video
stabilisation, four digital lenses for the ideal “look”, front-facing touch screen for easy framing
and six mics that enable shotgun-mic audio performance. Add one-click 270° PowerPano
photos, in-camera 360° video and photo stitching and the convenience of Reframe, and MAX is
truly like no other camera in the world. A couple of other key features for the GoPro MAX visit here.
The HERO8 Black can also be transformed into a vlogging or production powerhouse with the new modular accessory ecosystem from GoPro. The Mods enable on-demand expansion of HERO8 Black’s capabilities without sacrificing the signature compact ruggedness of the HERO camera design.
The Media Mod (AUD $139.95), Display Mod (AUD $139.95) and Light Mod (AUD $84.95) are
modular accessories that add professional-grade audio, a front-facing display and enhanced
lighting to your HERO8 Black.
Media Mod delivers shotgun-mic directional audio performance and features two cold shoe mounts for additional accessories along with Type-C, HDMI and 3.5- mm external mic adapter ports.
Display Mod is a folding front- or rear-facing 1.90-inch display that attaches to the top of the Media Mod. It’s the perfect size for both framing up vlogging shots and folding down and out of the way when not in use.
Light Mod is waterproof to 10 metres, wearable and mountable on gear. Ready to brighten any scene and it comes complete with a diffuser to soften lighting when filming with HERO8 Black.