GoPro Hero 8 Black Unboxing and Initial Impressions!

by birtanpublished on March 13, 2021

It is finally that time the GoPro Hero 8 black oh I am so excited about this camera if you know anything about being you know I love action cameras today we're gonna crack this box open and see what it comes with and we're gonna play around the settings a little bit do look really quick initial impressions and find out is it actually worth buying is the new version worth upgrading from my standard my bus buddy the hero 7 black let's get to it what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad if I can figure it out you can figure it out so again nobody provided this to me I bought it let's not waste any more

Time let's crack this sucker open the hero 8 black man look at that 12 megapixel 4k 60 33 feet waterproof 1080p live streaming hyper smooth 2.0 hyper smooth 1.0 was insane hyper smooth 2.0 what else does it say you can do in the box slow-motion yep 4k then know that surprising time warp to point a lot of 2.0 's a lot of 2.0 is I'm not really seeing a lot of like evolutionary changes but what we got here – GoPro app it's already got it here is ok whatever boom I you know what I do not like how GoPro does that I don't like it at all they started do now with what the hero 5

Black and ever since then it's like oh well I ruined the box hopefully the camera is good cuz if I want to return it like well that's kind of out of the window so here we go we've got the hero 8 what do we got probably not much action camera companies don't really put much in the box anymore and hooray they've they've kept it there they've kept their word not not too much in the box we've got a single there's a single mountain yeah well I guess there's one on the camera so we got the GoPro mount we've got the battery with the blue I wonder what the blue means

That's new that blue is new and we've got a USBC cable pretty pretty standard stuff there but now we've got the camera which you know who knows I'd love they're never that big of like an upgrade they do lots of little upgrades but I always love I love action cameras and generally I love GoPros and this seems like a much smaller it doesn't have a case does it then case think it's a case look at that thing well that's kind of that's kind of neat so doesn't so if you look at the hero seven against the hero eight it definitely the hero eights a little the

Hero eights a little thinner um that's kind of an elegant solution though to have the instead of needing a case to have the mounts built right into it but what I don't like is that what do you do if these break it's like it's an actually camera right it's not like a it's not my cellphone I don't bring this around in environments where it's not gonna get dicey so we'll see I like it I like the ingenuity I think that's clever because there's a lot of times where I'll forget to bring the case and then I just can't attach to anything so I'll I might like that I'm not sure if I like

It yet or not what else how's that ooh that just comes straight off there is a battery compartment SD card slot USB C for charging so they separated it instead of having USB and HDMI on the side and that on the bottom because they couldn't put it on the bottom anymore I get it do they still have HDMI I don't see is it I wonder if you can do video through the USB see again I just got this out of the box I don't know anything really about the camera yet will left it we'll have to learn all this together and it just turned on on me which I'm not ready for so let's

Close that let's turn it off because you are not ready to be on you mister it is thinner button on top power button on the side here o8 hold on I am just realizing something they got rid of the why would you do that they got rid of the removable lens cover so one of the things that I really like the GoPro did is on these cameras they don't they don't live in a case they've got this removable lens cover so in case you cracked this in case you scratch it now you can just remove it and pop it off and replace it I do I really do not like that they it's not removable at all I

Don't like that I don't like that at all I get it that this is probably some kind of super tough glass but it could scratch like you scratch this thing what look then I don't I do not like that we got the display let's peel the little sticker off look that's me oh they're taking pictures of me on my mountain bike again that's not that's not be that screen looks real nice but again this is I've had this for a year now and it's kind of gross with just a little it's held up fine though let's see we already found out we

Got some battery power let's see what the settings look like there are some things I would very much like to see inside of this camera GoPro date it is January 19th 1 a.m. standard ok ah so we got the slo-mo this is looking like the interface from the hero 7 white and we all know how much I like to hero 7 wife the answer is not at all ok yes I get it let me change the settings what is so you click on that you get the standard so I don't get to I don't get to pick what there's gotta be use I'm I've got to have this on like kid mode or something right well I really do not

Like this interface I did like this hero 5 black I like to hear a 6 black and I you know they change it up for the hero 7 black and I didn't mind that but initial impressions I do not like this interface cuz look you have to then click and click again well no I have to click click on the side then I can start picking wide super view linear narrow okay they brought in oh I like that they've got I do like that they show you the the millimeter range so like why doesn't 16 millimeter would be like a super wide angle wide 16 to 34 because you can do the digital zoom linear

Narrow okay I can deal with that what I would like to see can we do linear with 4k 30 huh can we do that GoPro lens wide to super view now that's disappointing GoPro give us linear mode in 4k like that's that is the thing that you guys don't do that is so frustrating it's so frustrating that in a brand new camera almost 2020 I've got to go to 2.7 K that's that's very disappointing to me lens do we still got it super view so 2.7 K you can do linear alright 2.7 K you can do linear pipe

Smooth honor I don't I appreciate it a GoPro if you watched my videos where I said I like you know swiping I like the Osmo action interface where you can like scroll through to pick instead of like tapping I appreciate that you added that kind of but I do not appreciate the way you're doing this high bitrate low bitrate okay I like that you can change that will keep I so you got to turn that iso maximum down because they're auto iso is rough sharpness you don't want sharpness will turn it to medium for this will turn it to flat because i like the flat

Color raw audio oh you can do raw audio I like that you know we already change the white balance we'll keep it now will do that's kind of elegant 5600 will put it to 5500 I guess as close to the daylight is we're gonna get flat but blah blah we'll try this out inside in just a second okay so we got the hyper smooth we'll try it the hyper smooth in a little bit I don't like it that's how that's like slow motion what like oh wait okay so you do slow motion okay if you pop it into what okay I got it now if you have it in a setting that could be used like

So say you're shooting in 60 frames per second now some people use 60 frames per second as slow motion so if you have it in 60 frames per second if you have it in slo-mo mode it will automatically record that slowed down instead of recording it at like regular speed okay I'm on board with that so we've seen the settings what else do we get we've got the the quick set we've got voice command I never used voice command what is this landscape lock okay so you can lock it instead of will just landscape lock that grid will turn the grid on so we can well we're not gonna

Be able to see it anyway man I do kinda I do kind of like this the screen is very bright it looks good the build quality is fine I really do not like that lens this could be neat this little thing right here but again it's an action camera I'm not bringing this into play like here's my thought on physical construction of things the more moveable pieces there are the more like parts is another place to break so these are points of failure and it doesn't come with a case so if these break I can't connect this to I'm sure there's a case that I could buy

But I don't like having things that I can't replace so if this breaks can I replace it it doesn't even look like it looks like there might be little screws in there that you can take off maybe I don't like that I don't like that at all I really wish they hadn't had that something I do like though looking at the body something I'm noticing is there's a big old front-facing microphone right there look at that the front-facing microphone on the hero 7 is up over here that's a gigantic microphone so let's actually let's grab an SD card real quick let's pop it and

See how it looks indoors because I was very impressed at how the hero 7 looked indoors so let's see how this looks one second okay there we go we now have the micro SD card let's pop it in this bad boy I have a feeling I'm gonna be doing that a lot what is this thing at least it's made of metal I guess it's unlike the Osmo action where the thing keeps falling off and it's made of plastic so I'm always nervous that that's gonna break but I guess at least here it's metal or does that make it better and why do they always and when I say they I mean action camera companies why do they

Have to put the SD card so close to the side we're so hard to get in the darn thing can I use this as like a tool there we go okay so good news when this pops off you can use this as a tool to pop the SD card in so all right for that at least I guess let's get you there we go let's turn you on beep beep beep we'll definitely be turning those off here pretty soon so what do we have the settings let's turn it you know what let's put in GoPro color why not go well let's make let's make my skin tones pop right off the screen that you're about to see so ready

Get set there we go so now we are recording indoors on the GoPro Hero 8 black I've got as you can see if you the gh 5 it's just me hand holding the camera so hopefully this looks pretty good I have no idea what this looks like you guys do though so we're all gonna learn this together so again exact same it's the same light you just saw there you go there's the light it's the same camera there's the gh 5 there's the H 6400 same everything but this is the indoor studio test now the time will tell how this actually looks I mean I'm not expecting anything like fantastic I

Don't expect anybody to use an action camera as their primary camera but it's always nice to see like in a pinch like if you had an emergency could you use a camera like this and that's what we're hopefully finding out right now but also this is a test of the audio so imagine the audio here let's do a direct comparison with the XLR audio all like almost pro level audio so this is the g h5 audio and this is the gopro audio so audio test one two three audio test one two three and it okay as exciting as that is again I like seeing how these things work indoors let's see

How the hyper smooth 2.0 works 2.0 and let's see how it works outdoors because that's where you're gonna use an action camera right see out there okay and this is the vlogging test of the brand new GoPro Hero 8 black so this is the audio quality this is the video quality I did put it into 4k so you can see how the 4k looks so that does mean we're stuck in the wide view there's no 4k linear which is just such a I know we talked about it during like the actual unboxing but that's just such a crappy thing like why would you do that like why couldn't you like you've been doing this same kind of

Camera for like years now why couldn't you do 4k linear to give us like more of a if we want to use this as a vlogging camera you know you kind of take some that away from this one we can't get linear so yeah this is also how the stabilization looks so how's that how's the stabilization looking when it's just like handheld I don't have a tripod I don't have a gimbal I don't have anything I'm just holding the camera in my hand here we'll step back let's do a quick little how is it hopefully it's good I'm hoping that hyper smooth 2.0 is insane and it's not just like hyper

Smooth 1.0 but in a different camera here's hoping here's hoping also has the audio that's something else but you guys know how this looks I have no idea how this looks or sounds it is a little bit windy out here but the winds tend to die down so I'm hoping that the audio recording is great I'm hoping that the image is great I'm hoping that everything's great but what would you like to see out of the GoPro Hero a black leave a comment below I base a lot of what I cover in the videos off what you guys would like to see so let me know and we'll tailor it for you if you

Like this video about the hero 8 black maybe you'd like this video about the hero 7 black and whether it's still worth buying one year later thanks for watching

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