Gopro Hero 8 Black Review - K&F Concept
Is Gopro Hero 8 Black the best action camera in the market? In this review, we are gonna go over all of the new features on Gopro Hero 8 Black and along the way, we'll be making comparisons to the GoPro HERO 7 Black and the DJI OSMO Action.
Action Cameras have always been a unique existence in photography. It is mini, portable and there are so many powerful capabilities hidden under this tiny body. Action cameras have attracted a bunch of vloggers, recording crews for its versatility.This new Hero 8 Black keeps the same 12-megapixel sensor with a GP1 image processor but features with a bunch of improvements over its predecessor.
- HyperSmooth 2.0
- TimeWarp 2.0
- Live burst photos
- Improved HDR
- Better low light image processing
- RAW Photos
- 100Mbps bitrate for 4K and 2.7K
- Capture presets
GoPro HERO 8 Black VS GoPro HERO 7 BlackIn this review, we have an extra shorty mini selfie tripod and orange silicone case here.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black inherits the classic GoPro HERO look, but also with a lot of surprises.
Let’s take a closer at everything the Gopro Hero 8 Black has to offer!
GoPro HERO 8 Black VS GoPro HERO 7 Black
Compared with GoPro Hero 7, the GoPro Hero 8 Black is actually larger. The reason for that is the built-in foldable mount which allows directly mounting the accessories such as selfie sticks, suction cups without any extra frames.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black foldable built-in mount
GoPro Hero 8 Black with a tripod
GoPro Hero 8 Black silicone case
Because of the built-in mount at the bottom of the camera, the battery and memory card position have bee adjusted to the side of the camera body. What's more, the position of the power button and mode button are also adjusted.
Close-up of interface details
Different from GoPro HERO 7 Black, the GoPro Hero 8 Black eliminates the Micro HDMI port, only keeping the USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer.
GoPro Hero 8 Black battery compartment and interface details
The GoPro Hero 8 Black uses the 1220mAh battery same as its predecessor.
Users can use old batteries in this new gear.
The front of the GoPro Hero 8 Black
The appearance of the GoPro Hero 8 Black has not changed significantly from the Hero 7 Black , except for the GoPro logo position.
The screen shows the shooting modes, the battery left and memory card storage capacity.
A front microphone is added in the lower right corner of the camera for improving the reception.
Hero 8 Black still comes with a familiar 2-inch touchscreen to allow users to directly set the parameters.
GoPro Hero 8 Black Screen
Presets and shortcuts are 2 new great additions to the HERO 8 Black that highly speed up the process of switching settings.
You can quick set the frames, anti-shake mode, screen angle ect without entering the menu.
You can also customize those four shortcuts to meet the shooting demand.
In addition, the GoPro Hero 8 Black also comes with pre-sets, which allows you to make specific adjustments to the specific scenes.
The HERO8 Black comes with standard Presets for each shooting mode:
Time Lapse Modes:
- TimeWarp - 1080/Auto/Wide
- Time Lapse - 1080/0.5/Wide
- Night Lapse - Auto/Auto/Wide
- Standard - 1080/60/Wide
- Activity - 2.7k/60/Superview
- Slo-Mo - 1080/240/Wide
- Cinematic - 4k/30/Linear
- Photo - Wide
- Live Burst - 8MP/Wide
- Burst - Auto/Wide
- Night - Auto/Wide
GoPro Hero 8 Black VS DJI OSMO Action
Video anti-shake comparison
DJI OSMO Action features with RockSteady anti-shake function while The GoPro HERO 8 Black's GP1 processor provides HyperSmooth 2.0 shake resistance.
1: HyperSmooth works at any resolutions and frame rates.
2: 3 HyperSmooth levels: Normal, High, Boost.
In this video, both the camera's anti-shake mode are on. We can see that they both have excellent electronic anti-shake function. But it is obvious that to that DJI OSMO Action has a noticeable dealing process when the lens moves, and some frame drops. The GoPro Hero 8 Black can naturally deal with the movements.
In this video, we turn on the "enhanced" anti-shake mode of the GoPro Hero 8 Black. Although the viewing angle is somewhat narrower, the anti-shake effect of the video is quite obvious, comparable to the effect of using a video stabilizer.
The amazing part is that the GoPro Hero 8 Black isn't equipped with any mechanical equipment to provide stability.
As for the video quality, we filmed some videos in the same camera position. We cut one of the frames and zoomed in to 100% for comparison.
Screenshot of a GoPro Hero 8 Black video
SCREENSHOT OF OSMO Action
First, the GoPro Hero 8 Black retains darker and highlight details than the DJI OSMO Action. From the architectural details, we can find out the GoPro Hero 8 Black is superior to DJI Osmo Action in video resolution.
On the GoPro Hero 7 Black, the highest bitrate is 78Mbps, while on the GoPro Hero 8 Black, when you're recording 2.7 K or 4K video, the bitrate is 100Mbps, so there's a bit of an advantage in picture quality.
Still Image comparison
Both action cameras can document the still images besides recording. They both come with the 12-megapixel sensor, but with different Lens views.
The sample images below were shot in the same position.
DJI OSMO Action
GoPro Hero 8 Black