Back in July, GoPro launched a firmware update that lets you use your action camera as a wide-angle webcam. Unlike other manufacturers, GoPro launched the Mac version first – but from now on, Windows users can use their GoPro as a web camera, too.
GoPro cameras are best known for shooting action videos, but they can be surprisingly good for taking still photos as well. The trick is to work with their quirks and limitations, rather than fighting against them. It is obvious that results will be quite different from images taken from smartphones or cameras, but that´s the hidden beauty.
Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, there has been a shortage of web cameras and other gear necessary for working from home. But now you can use your GoPro Hero 8 as a webcam. Thanks to the latest firmware update, all you need is a USB cable to connect the camera to your computer and start using it for video calls.
GoPro has announced a new platform, GoPro Labs, that allows the GoPro community to start testing out experimental features they’ve been working on. GoPro says to not “think of it as a beta experience” and more as an “insider look at innovative features” that its engineers are playing with.
With the release, GoPro is offering two features for people to play with after they’ve upgraded their Hero8 Black to the new GoPro Labs firmware. First up are QR code camera settings for things like setting up timelapses, motion detection and remote control features. Also available is ReelSteady GO Optimisation since the ReelSteady joined GoPro last year.
For all their ups and downs, GoPro is still at the forefront when it comes to action cameras. The latest iteration of their flagship camera, the GoPro Hero 8 Black, has received very favourable reviews since its release last October. But how do the low budget “knock off” action cameras really compare?
That’s what Gene Nagata, otherwise known as Potato Jet, wanted to find out. So, he pairs them up to challenge them side-by-side. Ultimately, it looks like the $349 Hero 8 Black does win, which you’d expect given the cost, although the $119 Akaso v50 Pro doesn’t look too terrible for the price.
There have been rumours for a while, but now GoPro has officially announced the new GoPro Hero8 Black. Don’t get too excited, though, not much has changed in the camera itself since its predecessor. It does see a bump in max bitrate, though, going from the Hero7’s 78Mbps to 100Mbps for 4K footage. There’s also a new GoPro MAX 360° camera, follow up to the not-terribly-popular GoPro Fusion.
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.