Photos of the GoPro Hero 8 have leaked – Will shoot 4K at 120fps

Aug 15, 2019

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Photos of the GoPro Hero 8 have leaked – Will shoot 4K at 120fps

Aug 15, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It looks like GoPro has gone with a complete redesign for the new GoPro Hero 8, expected to be announced at some point next month. Leaked photos posted to Photo Rumors show what looks like a rather impressive looking built-in microphone, and even a hotshoe mount for attaching various accessories.

Along with the photos, Photo Rumors also posted some rumoured possible specs for the new camera.

  • To be announced in September 2019
  • New design with optional housing and new accessories
  • GP2 processor
  • 4K video at 120fps, 1080p Full HD at 480fps
  • Improved lens and image quality
  • 12-megapixel sensor (not confirmed)

The GoPro Hero 7 was released in September last year and it was pretty impressive. The electronic image stabilisation was much improved over previous generations, allowing you to finally go handheld for a lot of shots and be pretty sure you’d get some decent footage. But then other cameras like the Insta360 ONE X and DJI Osmo Pocket were released, and it quickly started to look a little lacklustre.

Of course, image quality and stabilisation aside, the GoPro fits a particular niche that the other two cameras generally don’t. And that’s action. It’s waterproof and much more durable than many of the products with which it competes. But over the last few years, users needs have changed, and as other non-action segments have drifted towards other cameras, the GoPro has lost ground.

The design shown in the leaked images, though, looks like GoPro is trying to take back those markets. A new design for the Hero 8 had been predicted last month, as the design of the Hero 7 isn’t really any different to that of the Hero 5 released in 2016; a design that’s received a lot of criticism over the last few years.

The new design clearly shows a much bigger microphone, perched atop the corner opposite the camera lens, which should produce dramatically higher quality sound – a complaint about GoPro cameras since day one – and it also appears to have a hotshoe on top, to which you can attach accessories.

So far, the only accessories hinted at are those shown in the image. An LED light, although it’d have to be pretty good to beat out the likes of the Litra Torch 2.0, and an external LCD, which looks like it could be ideal for vloggers, particularly if the stabilisation has been improved even further from the Hero 7. Photo Rumors says that there’s also supposed to be an external microphone that goes into the accessory slot, too. Of course, for vlogging, you wouldn’t be able to use it if you’ve also got the LCD on top.

I’m sure as we get closer to an official announcement, more specs will be leaked and confirmed, along with more pictures. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

Do you like this new design, or do you prefer they keep it how it is?

[via Photo Rumors]

 

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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11 responses to “Photos of the GoPro Hero 8 have leaked – Will shoot 4K at 120fps”

  1. Mike Downey Avatar
    Mike Downey

    It’s still a GoPro… never again am I wasting money on their gear.

  2. Drew Liner Avatar
    Drew Liner

    Linear mode 4k? Better color options? Thank God for better audio. Hero 7 was fantastic. Looking forward to 8

  3. Jarek Niskiewicz Avatar
    Jarek Niskiewicz

    Will it keep on freezing like the 6 does?? Lol

    1. elemento Avatar
      elemento

      well the h7b freezes like crazy too so… (i got 4 replacements because of many issues…)

  4. jason Avatar
    jason

    It doesn’t look like a redesign, it looks exactly like a go pro 7, with a new modular case attached, I do feel the go pro line needs updating design wise…..

    1. BlueBomberTurbo Avatar
      BlueBomberTurbo

      If you keep updating the body, the accessories won’t fit, and GoPro will be accused (more so) of nickel and dimeing people for new/updated accessories. The last body update was the 5, which came after the 3 update. Maybe the 9 will have a new body, if deemed necessary, but the 5 was the first body that was waterproof without an additional case. The case only extends the depth the camera is waterproof down to.

  5. Steve Avatar
    Steve

    Is gopro illiterate or something! Action sports demands 8k 180+ degree field of view, you can then pick the action you want to see out of it at fullhd or 4k windows. This is true with drones, life and police cameras and for security. This ambarella 8k technology was announced years ago.

    Maybe it is lack of vision!

  6. Stratton Smith Avatar
    Stratton Smith

    Shite battery issues, you’d need 50 batteries to make any decent footage, software and connectivity issues…. fix these first and you might keep some customers before the all buy the better DJI products

  7. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    I’m glad I’m waiting….?.

  8. Peter Avatar
    Peter

    Is that a cold shoe on the left side under the microphone?

  9. Harlan Arliss Avatar
    Harlan Arliss

    depends on the 120fps crop… but that looks awesome.