GoPro Hero 8 Available in Nepal: Change Your Way of Capturing Moments
The latest and greatest camera module of GoPro is GoPro 8 and with its design and improvement, it seems like lots of bloggers, youtube content creators and travelers will love the upgrade over GoPro 7. The major change GoPro 8 has are streamline design, improved app, higher bit-rate and support for FHD live streaming and support for additional accessories. Even though GoPro 8 has minor upgrades over GoPro 7, it is better to buy GoPro 8 instead of 7 as you can buy GoPro 8 at Rs. 51,500/- from Oliz Store. And soon other official GoPro distributors like Icefall Technologies will also make this device available in Nepal.
Overview of GoPro Hero 8
GoPro Hero 8 has landed the market of Nepal and tons of featured had packed over its predecessor. To make a better overall user experience GoPro organization has improved the hardware as well as tweaked its software significantly. Looking side by side with GoPro 7, GoPro 8 has a slightly smaller footprint, and there is a foldable build-in mount, latest wind cancelation microphone, and slightly saturated footages provide a nice look to captured photos and videos out of the box.
There is a 12MP sensor on GoPro Hero 8, and no resolution bump or dynamic range, or details on shot had been changed. The battery performance, water resistance has been improved and major of all the Hyper Smooth mode can stabilize shot even better than that of GoPro Hero 7. New features that had been added to GoPro Here 8 are listed below.
Features of GoPro Hero 8
- Hyper smooth 2.0
- Timewarp 2.0
- 8x Slow-motion
- Cinematic recording at 4K resolution
- Live Burst Mode
- Improved Night shots
- Increased bit rate at 100Mbps
To capture a moving or shaking shot especially while traveling, running or involving in sports make blur and shaky videos. So GoPro decided to provide ultrasmooth footages even in the unprecedented situation of adventure so that your memories can last forever. Across all resolution GoPro Hyper Smooth 2.0 is available and developers claimed that the video stabilization they provided is the best. Three modes of stabilization: On, High and Boost will crop about 10% of the field of view. The higher the stability more crops will occur to provide smooth framerate using EIS technology. Boost mode can only be used up to 60 fps while Hyper Smooth Mode can be turned on for slow-motion footage up to 240fps.
Time Warp 2.0
Similar to timelapse, Time Warp 2.0 will capture photos at a certain interval of time. With better stabilization now users can play footage within a short period of time which covers the entire moments or events. With a single touch, you can show the part of the video footage at a normal pace.
Specifications of GoPro Hero 8
- Dimensions: 66.3W x 48.6H x 28.4D (mm)
- Weight: 126g (no frame required)
- Video: up to 4K @60fps, 2.7K @120fps, and 1080p @240fps
- Photo: 12MP resolution
- Max video bitrate: 100Mbps (4K)
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- GPS: Yes
- Voice control: Yes
- App: GoPro App integrated with Quik
- Memory storage: microSD with at least class 10 or UHS-I rating
- SoC: GP1 Chip
- Digital lenses: SuperView, Wide, Linear, Narrow
- Burst: 12MP 3, 5, 10 and 30fps with burst options of 1, 3, 6 and 10 seconds
- Time Lapse: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals
- TimeWarp 2.0: 2x, 5x,10x 15x and 30x recording speeds
- Night Lapse: 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30-second and 1, 2, 5 and 30-minute intervals
- Touchscreen: Intuitive 2-inch LCD
- Waterproofing: 10m (33ft) without a case
- Microphones: three with reduced wind noise
- Battery: removable 1220mAh lithium-ion
- Stabilization: HyperSmooth 2.0 with High and Boost options
- HDR: SuperPhoto with improved auto HDR processing
- Live Streaming: Yes, via app
- Other: Portrait mode, auto orientation
With Hero 8 users can add capture present up to 10 image capture mode and color setting for various activity so that with the change in environment users can easily switch between custom preset to preset for a better image. During photography use of Super Photo mode for improved lighting conditions using the HDR algorithm will provide a better shot even if the shot has different lighting situations.
Similarly using LiveBrust shot mode allow users to capture multiple shots 1.5 seconds before and after shots using a wide lens. Once captured users can choose the best shot among 90 taken pictures or save all footage in 3 seconds 4K video. Additionally, during low light or Night photography, GoPro Hero 8 will automatically decrease the shutter speed to capture a better image with proper adequate light situations even in very low light conditions.
There are four video modes based on which users can capture their moments. SuperView, Wide, Linear and Narrow lens prospectives are all available with Hero 8. About the footage size, we can capture 4K videos up to 60fps. The bit-rate has been bumped from 78Mbps to 100Mbps so that the footage could look like professional shots. Similarly, live-stream feeds can now be shared in 1080p resolution. Additionally, HyperSmooth 2.0 and TimeWrap 2.0 features are great. Not only that, the footage can be recorded in Full HD at 8X slow-motion(240fps). For improving the audio quality 3 mic are placed to actively reduce wind noise.
- Frameless sleek design
- Best smooth stabilization
- Stronger lens and body
- Customize preset mode
- Hyper Smooth and TimeWrap mode
- No front-facing display
- Unreliable voice commands
Its the first time that GoPro comes with additional attachments. Customers can attach 3 modules to extend the functionality of the camera. Media mod includes a 3.5mm mic input, HDMI output, additional USB Type-C port, Shotgun-mic, and Two cold-shoe mounts. Similarly, if users opted to attach Display mod, it will have a 2-inch flip-up screen for framing as well as an additional 689 mAh battery. Finally, the light mode allows users to attach a flashlight that will comes in handy in low light situations.
Nowadays smartphones are moving up in their camera departments and lots of improvement can be seen. Using standard smartphone users can capture shots using 48 or even 64MP primary sensors and can record 4K videos at 60fps. But if we compare the quality of photo and video with GoPro, then definitely GoPro wins. The modular design of GoPro Hero 8 comes in handy if you love to be adventurous as well as record what you are doing. The stable shots, smooth footage with additional features all packs in GoPro Hero 8.
Additionally, it has a GP1 SoC and a 1220 mAh removable battery. With this battery size, 4K or 2.7K footage can be recorded continuously up to 50 minutes, while 1080p footage can be recorded for around 2 hours. While the recharge time for the battery is around 3 hours, and we strongly recommend you to carry extra battery if you prefer recording for a longer time. In Nepal, GoPro Hero 8 can be purchased from Oliz Store at Rs. 51,500/- while official distributor “Icefall Technologies” is working on to sell products from their store.
Finally, do you think GoPro Hero 8 is better than GoPro Hero 7? Are you planning to buy one? Let us know in a comment below.