GoPro made something of a comeback with the Hero 7 Black, and the Hero 8 builds on that success. While the core camera remains the same, the whole user experience feels much more refined. Some users will be bummed their filters are no longer compatible, and I’d always appreciate better battery life. Most importantly, the Hero 8 increases the odds of your footage being worth sharing, and that’s what it’s all about.
So, what’s new? The Hero 8 Black may look remarkably like a GoPro, but there are some design and feature changes that could tempt you to upgrade from your old action cam.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black at a glance
The GoPro Hero 8 Black is available to pre-order on October 15
It’ll cost £379
The GoPro Hero 7 Black will remain on sale as a cheaper £319 alternative
It has a built-in mount to help it connect directly to GoPro accessories
You now get HyperSmooth stabilisation in all frame-rates
It’ll be compatible with the Mods, a family of three accessories that won’t be available to pre-order until December 2019
How much does the new GoPro cost?
You’ll be able to pre-order the GoPro Hero 8 Black for £379 from October 15. That’s the same launch price as the GoPro Hero 7 Black when it arrived last September.
The Hero 7 Black will, though, remain on sale at its current price of £319, alongside the Hero 7 Silver and new GoPro Max.
When is the Hero 8 Black out?
You’ll be able to pre-order the GoPro Hero 8 Black, both online and in physical stores, from October 15.
What’s new on GoPro’s latest flagship?
Right now, there are three big new features on the Hero 8 Black compared to its predecessor: the built-in mount, more comprehensive HyperSmooth stabilisation, and improved audio.
Practical new design
Easy to use while maintaining pro features
New design renders some accessories obsolete
No onboard HDMI port
Battery life remains “acceptable”
Front-facing display only available with aftermarket accessory
Should I buy the GoPro Hero 8 Black?
If you want the best, non-360 action camera available and don’t mind paying a premium for it, then the Hero 8 Black is for you.
Its small video and audio quality improvements, plus that built-in mount, make it the best all-round GoPro so far. Some handy UI changes also make it more customisable and user-friendly than its predecessors (if not the DJI Osmo Action).
In return, we have what I think is the most comprehensive GoPro experience yet. All of the updates in the Hero 8 add value and work together in a logical way. The user experience has matured to a place where it is welcoming to new users but doesn't hide the power settings. The result is a camera that puts creativity first -- and that's ultimately what you're spending $379 for. The advent of mods to expand the hardware (albeit with an additional cost) should also mean you get more use out of the Hero 8 over time.