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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.

If you can’t wait for the Hero 8, get a Hero 7 Black at a discount.

I haven’t been able to get a confirmation yet, but supposedly the GoPro Hero 8 Release Date is October 1st at 9am (10.01.2019) eastern time. As of right now, this is still a rumored release date, but it sounds reasonable and something is happening on that date.

Here is GoPro’s Twitter Account with 10.01.19
Above is an official GoPro image of the new GoPro that looks like the images below, at least with respect to where the GoPro logo is.

Here is the first unofficial look at the possible new GoPro Hero 8. The new action camera looks to have a hot shoe mount and would be able to accept a forward-facing screen and a flash. If true, this would make the GoPro a much more attractive camera for vloggers.

Rumored GoPro Hero 8 First Look

Some new pictures just popped up showing some more angles of the GoPro Hero 8 in some sort of ‘media module. It appears to allow the GoPro to have 2 hot shoe attachments and possibly an external microphone.

Image Credited WinFuture
Image Credited WinFuture

The image above also appears to show a hinged mounting plate that is built into the bottom of the GoPro. This would allow you to mount the GoPro without having to have a case.

The battery door has also been moved to the side of the camera versus the bottom.

Chinese sources say the new GoPro Hero 8 will be unveiled on September 2019.

The camera will receive a new housing design and several new accessories: an external microphone, an LED flashlight, an additional screen, etc.

New GoPro Hero 8 new housing Design
Rumored New GoPro Hero 8 new housing Design

With rumored pictures appearing on the net of the new GoPro Hero 8, it looks like GoPro has revamped the camera a bit. I am not exactly sure what the tube is on the side, but it could be a microphone or microphone port.

Rumored Hero 8 with a forward-facing screen
Rumored Hero 8 with a forward-facing screen.

The new concept Hero 8 looks like it can accept accessories like a forward-facing screen. What would be really cool is if the screen was a dual forward and backward facing.

Rumored GoPro Hero 8 LED Flashlight
Rumored GoPro Hero 8 LED Flashlight

One issue people have been waiting is better low light capabilities and it looks like having a LED Flashlight might help a bit.

According to rumors, GoPro Hero 8 will shoot 4K-video at up to 120 frames per second, and FullHD – up to 480.

The camera will use a new GP2 processor and a new improved lens. The sensor will be with the same resolution of 12 megapixels.

4K 120p video looks somewhat unexpected, however, if you imagine that the bitrate will be at the level of 4K 60p, then it is likely that the processor will cope with such a volume of data. But in this case, the average image quality will drop.

GoPro has been tight-lipped about any release for the Hero 8. When I called their support line, the support staff that answered seemed clueless to any new releases coming out. They kept on pressing me about how I heard about the Hero 8 and acted like they never heard anyone else reference it before.

I also tried to reach out to GoPro’s media relations about the GoPro Hero 8, but so far crickets.

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If you have any rumors about the Hero 8 or functionality you want to see, leave them in the comments section.

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

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 Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter
GoPro Pro 3.5mm Mic Adapter 

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 6K or 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

Will There Be A GoPro Hero 8 Black?

The magic 8 ball says YES!

What is the Release Date For the GoPro Hero 8?

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.

What Will Be The Price For The GoPro Hero 8?

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.

Are there any GoPro Hero 8 leaks?

So far I haven’t seen any leaks. The only official info has come from the company’s 1st Quarter conference call.

What Are The Specs for the GoPro Hero 8?

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.

Bottom Line

With DJI now in the game, GoPro will need to up their bag of tricks and come out with a new Hero 8 Black that crushes expectations.

About The Author

Tom Crandall

Tom has been writing about photography, cycling, running and fitness since 1988, covering everything from the product reviews to the latest in fitness trends. Tom is the Editor-in-chief of GearMashers.com, 10KstepsDaily.com, EndTheTrendNow.com, AntiqueOutings.com, MiniatureReview.blogspot.com and a few other publications, he began racing in college while getting an Information Resource Management degree at George Mason University. Based in the photography and cycling-crazed city of Austin, Texas, with his wife Kathleen and pug Olaf, Tom enjoys running, walking or riding most every day.

12 Comments

  1. Christian

    must have is an option for higher bitrates, especially in 1080p.

    Reply
    • Tom Crandall

      Higher bitrates would be nice. I would love to see it for 4K as well, but I am not sure that will be possible at this stage.

      Reply
  2. pakistan

    I hope they wireless charging or magnetic charging similar to macbook pro and apple iwatch. i hope, trust in God.

    Reply
    • Tom Crandall

      Magnetic charging would be pretty convenient.

      Reply
  3. Damian Dodd

    The DJI has no way of adding an external mic. It’s dead to me, front facing screen and all. GoPro took out the mic jack 4 or 5 versions ago (why? they are too focused on skydivers and don’t understand the Vloggers needs). I doubt they’re going to suddenly add it back.

    Reply
  4. Gator

    Would like to see ‘Motion Sensor’ added. That would be great for shooting wildlife. My $99 Cobra Dash cam has motion sensor.

    Reply
    • Damian Dodd

      My $65 Chinese action cam had it 4 years ago.

      Reply
  5. Makoto COle

    I would really appreciate a microphone in without an adapter. Also, the rubber coating doesn’t hold up the best with a lot of sun and water exposure.

    Reply
    • Tom Crandall

      Hi Makoto,

      I haven’t run into issues yet with the rubber coating on the GoPro Hero 7, but I have read several stories of people who have. People seem to like the casing of the DJI Osmo Action a lot more.

      I think more professional was the term used.

      A microphone port is also a huge request. We can only hope.

      Reply
  6. katie Homes

    My must-haves for the GoPro Hero 8 are
    Improved Stabilization
    Longer Battery Life

    My nice-to-haves
    Forward-Facing Screen
    Improved Body (Don’t really care for the rubber feel)
    Digital Zoom
    Easier Lens Protector Removal

    Reply
  7. Robert

    Looking forward to some of the new GoPro Hero 8 functionality. They will have to really Wow people this time, especially with the release of the DJI Osmo Action.

    Reply
    • Tom Crandall

      Agreed. GoPro now really has some true competition with DJI now in the game.

      Reply

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