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GoPro’s new Hero 8 Black and Max add unprecedented versatility to their line-up

By Marcus Wong - on 2 Oct 2019, 3:09pm

GoPro’s new Hero 8 Black and Max add unprecedented versatility to their line-up

The Hero8 can take new accessories and gets HyperSmooth 2.0.

GoPro has just announced the launch of two new cameras – the Hero8 and the Max.

The former is obviously the latest addition their Hero series, and this gets GoPro’s brand new HyperSmooth 2.0 video stabilization technology. This works in all resolutions and frame rates, features a new Boost mode and has in-app horizon leveling.

Also new, is the TimeWarp 2.0 feature. This has automatic rate adjustment and tap-control speed ramping so you can quickly go from a timelapse to a hyperlapse. The HERO8 Black now gives you four digital lens equivalents (Narrow, distortion-free Linear, Wide and SuperView) so you can easily select a field of view.

There’s also improved audio with enhanced wind suppression thanks to a new wind-optimized front-facing mic, customizable mode presets and a lighter, frameless design featuring folding mounting fingers.

L to R: Light Mod, Display Mod, and Media Mod.

The camera is also compatible with GoPro’s new Mod system – basically add-ons that let you throw on a shot-gun mic (Media Mod), folding display (Display Mod),or a waterproof LED light (Light Mod). So you can easily customize your setup according to your needs.

Here's a quick video taking you through the features of the Hero8:

 

Meanwhile, the Max is probably GoPro’s most versatile camera ever. It works as a stabilized Hero camera, a dual lens 360 camera, or a vlogging camera. Six built-in microphones work to capture immersive 360 audio, while also providing great directional audio thanks to improved wind-noise reduction.

Use the Max for 360 capture or like any other Hero camera.

It’s also waterproof to 5 meters and offers four digital lens equivalents: Narrow, distortion-free Linear, Wide and Max SuperView. The last option is a 13mm lens equivalent, and is the widest view GoPro has offered to date, so is certainly something different.

Here's another quick video taking you through the features of the Max:
 

The Hero8 is available for pre-order for S$599 at the GoPro website now, while the Max is also available for pre-order at S$740. The mods will be available for preorder in December at the following prices:

  • Media Mod - S$120
  • Display Mod - S$120
  • Light Mod - S$75

 

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