Unreleased GoPro cameras have been spied online showing some major updates. Meet the GoPro Hero 8 and GoPro Max.
The development of the GoPro over the past few years has seen the popular action camera receive major upgrades. The current crop of Hero 7 action cameras don’t need waterproof cases, they feature colour touchscreen and class-leading image stabilisation, but the Hero 8 is going to be a major departure from what we know.
GoPro Hero 8
Leaked details show that the Hero 8 will remain physically similar to the current 7 and previous 6, but internally it will receive some major performance updates, and externally there’s a new and very impressive housing.
The GoPro Hero 8 is said to run a GoPro developed GP2 chipset, for improved 4K video performance at 120fps and 1080p video at 480 fps. The boosted image rate will be enhanced with improvements to the lens and overall image quality.
But perhaps the most important upgrade will be new optional housing for the GoPro Hero 8 that features a rotating colour screen, built-in microphone and optional LED light.
This case might not be so important for FPV riding footage, but with a growing number of Vloggers choosing the durable GoPro as their camera of choice this new housing makes a lot of sense.
At this stage, we don’t know if the case will be backward compatible with the Hero 7 and Hero 6, but as they both feature the same external design to the Hero 8 we don’t see why it wouldn’t work.
Also, leaked is the GoPro Max, a 360 camera that will replace the current GoPro Fusion. The GoPro max is pretty much confirmed with these official photos coming from the Japanese Ministry of Communications, and listing already sighted at the FCC.
We’re expecting GoPro to announce both the new Hero 8 and GoPro Max ahead of Christmas to make the most of the holiday shopping period. More details as we get them.