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Release Date, Specs, Price of GoPro Hero 8; Compare Hero 8 with Hero 7

GoPro had remained the undisputed king in the world of action cameras until Spring 2019 when DJI's Osmo Action suddenly popped up and stole the thunder right away. To keep things in their favor in this utterly competitive world, GoPro manufacturers decided to surprise their loyal fan base with the brand-new Hero 8. And on October 1st, 2019, GoPro Hero 8 Black was officially coming to us. Fans just can't wait to experience the cool new features their favorite action cam is stacked with. And we are here to give you a heads up about the latest news and inside stories of the GoPro radar.

GoPro Hero 8

What's New In Store for GoPro Hero 8

Design: Much changes are not expected in the department of design over and above its predecessor GoPro Hero 7. However, a new housing is in the cards which shall house different slots to plug-in an external light, microphone and an external screen.

Screen: Compared to Hero7, Hero8 camera screen is a little smaller, but features a to-the-edge screen.

Microphones: GoPro cameras allow attaching of external microphones such as Rode VideoMicro although the end result might not seem very compact. The accessory case of Hero 8 can serve as a portable solution to this problem while also retaining and improving the audio quality of intense videos.

Processor: Hero 6 cameras saw the introduction of GP1 processor in 2017 which made its way into the Hero 7 models for creating HyperSmooth image stabilization. And Hero8 Black still has this type of chip, so our previous speculation that it is most likely that Hero 8 will incorporate the GP2 processor to render a 'HyperSmooth' effect even to HDR videos, which had been kept outside the radar of GoPro franchisee till now, does not come true.

Lens: A new lens is in Hero 8 for boosting up its image quality. While, the feature of shooting 4K videos at 120fps as well as full HD frames at 480fps is still not on its list.

GoPro Hero 8: Price Talk

GoPro had been struggling to maintain its market stronghold following the launch of DJI's Osmo Action. The fact that this action cam was extremely aggressively priced made the whole thing tougher for GoPro. Presently you can get your hands on Osmo Action by shelling out just £319. And the new GoPro Hero 8 is priced at $399.99. That is pretty close enough to the Osmo Action cam range.

Comparison Chart: Compare Hero 8 with Hero 7

Hero 7 was launched in three different variants of black, silver and white. And for now, Hero 8 is just with black color option. And we have complied a comparison chart of these three GoPro 7 variants so that it becomes easy for you to take your pick even amongst the upgraded Hero 8 ones as and when they hit the market. (Also know: Hero 7 Black vs Hero 6 Black)

Points Of Difference

Hero 8 Black

Hero 7 Black

Hero 7 Silver

Hero 7 White

Photo Quality

12MP (With SuperPhoto)

12MP (With SuperPhoto)

10MP (With HDR)

10MP

Video Quality

4K/60fps

4K/60fps

4K/30fps

1080p/60fps

Video Stabilization

HyperSmooth 2.0

HyperSmooth

Standard

Standard

Slo-Mo

8x

8x

2x

2x

Maximum Video Bit Rate

100 Mb/s (2.7K/4K)

78 Mb/s (4K)

60 Mb/s (4K)

40 Mb/s (1440p)

Video File Format

MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC)

MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC)

MP4 (H.264)

MP4 (H.264)

Live Streaming

x

x

TimeWrap Video

x

x

SuperPhoto

x

x

Wake on Voice

x

x

Karma Compatibility

x

x

Protune

x

x

Advanced Metadata

x

x

Stereo Sound

x

x

RAW Audio capture

.wav format

.wav format

x

x

Advanced Wind Noise Reduction

3-mic processing

3-mic processing

2-mic processing

2-mic processing

How to Process GoPro (7/8) Videos Easily?

Once you are done capturing videos using your GoPro device you need to edit the same for adding to its beauty quotient and hiking up your chances of online engagement. With tonnes of GoPro video editors available in the market, it can be pretty tasking to choose the one which serves you best.

This is exactly where VideoProc comes in to help you process footages captured by your DSLRs, DJIs, smartphones and most importantly GoPros in a smooth and easy manner. This multifunctional 4K video editor is compatible with both the new HEVC format and the traditional H.264 codec which makes it ideal for importing clips directly from Hero 6 and 7 for seamless processing. Even newbies can benefit out of this intuitive software featuring an easily-navigable interface making it easy to find all the necessary menus. The functional editing tools can also be readily accessed from the tool box which can help you merge, trim, flip, rotate and even split GoPro videos. It also becomes possible to correct fisheye, convert videos from MKV to MP4, reduce audio noise and stabilize shaky footages with the advanced options of VideoProc.

Bottom Line

GoPro cameras can help you capture footages in near impossible conditions whether you are several feet underwater or out on a biking trip in harsh weather conditions. But the real magic starts once you edit those footages to impart a professional flair. VideoProc can serve as your constant ally in processing slow-motion, 4K (60fps) and even SuperView videos to perfection.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Sharma (Sam)

I am Sam, a gadget-savvy tech buff with indomitable passion for latest technology and how-to guides. Tech news serve as my morning cup of coffee and reviewing the latest software charges me up to get going throughout the day. If I am not rattling my brain on technical content, you would find me swinging my bat to rain down sixers in the cricket pitch.

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