GoPro Hero 8 Black Rumors – Must Have Functionality
GoPro Hero 8 is rumored to be released sometime in September if GoPro sticks to their regular refresh cycle of new action cameras.
Before we jump into the GoPro rumors we have to talk a little about the elephant in the room. Namely the DJI Osmo Action Camera.
DJI Osmo Action Camera
This year DJI introduced their own action camera, aka the DJI Osmo Action and threw down the gauntlet challenging GoPro for dominance in the Action Camera market.
With this new camera, DJI whipped out some rather cool tricks including a front-facing screen, electronic stabilization called RockSteady and HDR video mode.
Most people who have used the DJI Osmo Action say the camera body is better than the GoPro 7 and feels more professional.
Top GoPro Hero 8 Black Rumors
Two of the biggest complaints and frustrations GoPro Bloggers have is no front screen and no microphone jack.
With DJI Osmo coming out with a front facing screen, GoPro is now in the hot seat to fire back with their own front-facing screen.
GoPro also needs to address audio complaints and add a microphone jack rather than force people to purchase the GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter. Another option would be to provide digital audio capabilities via Bluetooth that would work similarly to the Sennheiser AVX microphone system.
New Body Design
CEO Nick Woodman in the May 2019 conference call mentioned that GoPro would be refreshing their lineup. “I’m happy to share that we’re planning an exciting refreshed lineup at all price points in Q4, including our next-generation spherical camera and an innovative multi-year roadmap that we believe will result in continued momentum, growth, and profitability for GoPro in 2019 and beyond.”.
Nick’s mention of the spherical camera (a.k.a Fusion 2) will certainly excite 360 enthusiasts.
I am quite sure that Nick and GoPro engineers got a good look at the DJI Osmo Action body style and came to the conclusion that the GoPro Hero Black 7 needs a facelift.
Many users complain that the black rubber casing isn’t holding up to usage and tends to look worn out after a few months. In contrast, the new DJI Osmo Action continues to stay fresh looking.
If GoPro decides not to make a front-facing screen on the Hero 8 Black they may opt for a larger rear edge-to-edge screen.
With GoPro moving production to Mexico, it’s almost guaranteed that production will be tweaked to make a new fresher looking GoPro. “In June, we will begin production in Guadalajara, Mexico of our U.S. bound cameras to support sales beginning in the third quarter,” said Brian McGee, Executive Vice President, and CFO. “We expect most of our U.S. bound cameras will be in production in Mexico in the second half of 2019. As stated previously, our decision to move most of our U.S. bound production to Mexico supports our goal to insulate us against possible tariffs as well as recognize some cost savings and efficiencies.”
Hero 8 Black Internal Upgrades
The GoPro Hero 8 Black will certainly have some internal upgrades including a possible new GP2 processor. While HyperSmooth stabilization is really good, it does struggle in low light situations. The new processor should help improve Hypersmooth and boost its capabilities.
PRO TIP: You can smooth out your footage even more (Using HyperSmooth) by using Touch Zoom or set the field of view to Linear to crop your shots before you start recording. This will give your camera an even bigger buffer to use when stabilizing your video.
Hero 8 Black Specs Rumors
- New chipset (GP2 chip and 4GB memory)
- Include at least three options: GoPro HERO 8 Black, HERO8 Silver, and HERO8 White. We could also see a new HERO, maybe in the form of a HERO Pro that would be a more professional version with more features.
- Possibly a new body design. Based on the positive feedback from DJI OSMO Action users, GoPro may opt to change the GoPro camera coating to something more professional feeling rather than the current rubberized coating the GoPro HERO 7 Black has.
- Could include 8K Video
- 4K capture at 120fps with HyperSmooth.
- Improved Hypersmooth, especially if an 8K video is added.
- Video + Image capture capabilities
- Mic adapter or bluetooth microphone capabilities.
- A larger rear screen and possibly a forward facing screen.
Hero 8 Black Rumors Frequently Asked Questions
The magic 8 ball says YES!
GoPro says they will be releasing the GoPro line up in the 4th quarter, so look for a September 2019 or October 2019 release date.
If GoPro is going to compete against the DJI Osmo Action, which is selling for $349, they will probably need to keep the Hero 8 Black under $400. My guess is the HERO 8 Black will list for $399.
So far I haven’t seen any leaks. The only official info has come from the company’s 1st Quarter conference call.
So far no specs have been released. That said you can almost bet that the company will try to improve their Hypersmooth stabilization, increased battery and up the video quality. Maybe capturing 8K video.
With DJI now in the game, GoPro will need to up their bag of tricks and come out with an new Hero 8 Black that crushes expectations.