Is the GoPro Hero 8 Black WORTH Buying? Two Weeks Later Review!

by birtanpublished on March 7, 2021

The newest of the new action cameras that you can get the GoPro Hero 8 black now we've been talking about this for almost two weeks now and I've used this darn thing almost every single day and it's time to finally find out if this single camera is actually worth buying so is it let's find out what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad if I can figure it out you can figure it out so I've made several videos on the GoPro Hero 8 black and it's finally time to put a Ted that's the everyday dad for all of you new people it's kind of my thing stamp of approval or disapproval on this

Tiny camera we're not gonna be going super in-depth on technical specs today if you want to see more in depth videos I'll leave links in the description to my comparison videos and that will let you see how this stacks up to the competition in more detail like it goes more in depth this is not about being in depth today what we're gonna do is we're gonna talk about the things that I really like and the things that I don't like and kind of weigh those two categories out to come to our final recommendation I think the two weeks later video we did last time started out

With the negatives so today let's start with the positives because today is a red-letter day for positivity did that rhyme that didn't rhyme first up and the most impressive thing about the GoPro Hero 8 black just straight up is the image quality which is strange for me like I don't normally normally I'm not somebody that prioritizes image quality on any camera let alone tiny action cameras like this I mean I definitely don't ever even come close to making it important on action cameras heck when I say like image quality I say I give the qualifier decent image quality however

I've got to give credit where to do the hero a black has fantastic it just makes a fantastic image the video is surprisingly sharp given the small sensor size and very small camera body and not only is it sharp I have to say that this is absolutely the best looking skin reproduction I think I've ever seen on an action camera and I know I know that sounds weird and maybe that's not something normally that you need to mention because I don't normally talk about color science but generally when use an action camera brand immaterial they sometimes especially not in perfect

Lighting they give skin like a waxy kind of look and it frankly it looks bad but you're like okay it's an action camera we'll give it that the hero eight though is actually the first action camera that looks natural even in that myth lighting this hike through the woods that you're seeing right now was done in very overcast skies and it made everything look black but my skin looks great and some of us I mean frankly some of us you know we need help looking as good as possible not not not me though not only does it look great but it also

Is the best dynamic range I've also ever seen on an action camera when you shoot in the flat profile with the native white balance you can get some really respectable highlight and shadow protection and as somebody that wears a hat and sunglasses all the time I'm constantly battling shadows outdoors I mean it's a never-ending nightmare especially like like right here like you see this now we're on a really good camera when we're outside it's like direct sunlight it's terrible and that's nice because on the hero a black you don't have to worry about that as much

Also it's not just the image quality something else I really really like and I capitalized that really in the script by the way is the audio recording capabilities the audio recorder internal to the camera is also the best that I've ever gotten in an action camera yes I mean including the Osmo action the Osmo pocket and even the one that I know people are thinking of right now the Sony FDR x3000 I've used all of them and this is the best it's crisp and you don't get that weird muffling that you got I mean even on the hero seven black which for me I thought up to that point

It was the best audio you could get out of a GoPro style camera this is the best it's not even close so to prove that here is a clip from a vlogging test that I did with the GoPro Hero eight black hiking I've kind of like rekindled my love of going outside and hiking doing these tests so both cameras are set up the exact same way they're both recording in 4k 30 frames per second here is the exact same vlogging test done with the hero seven black you're hiking I've kind of like rekindled my love of going outside and hiking doing these tests so both cameras

Are set up the exact same way they're both recording in 4k 30 frames can absolutely tell the difference and it's due it's due in main part to this gigantic microphone on the front of the hero 8 that they were able to achieve this level of audio recording while keeping the waterproofness I don't think that's a word I mean that's incredible and it might be the coolest piece of engineering on the whole darn camera to be quite frank about it seriously if they only did this if they only upgraded the audio this much I would have been impressed but wait there's more

Usability wise has also had a pretty substantial upgrade in the interface when we did the unboxing video I didn't actually like the update that's why we wait to make definitive statements until we've actually used the gear for a while but I really liked a new user interface and think about it you generally only have a few combinations of resolution and framerate that you use on a constant basis for me like we heard in the hero 7 comparison it's 4k 30 frames per second wide 2.7 cade 120 frames per second linear and 1080p at 240 frames per second wide I cycled between those three

Constantly and if that's all that I ever use the hero 8 blacks interface makes it really easy to switch between them I'm away from a mountain bike right now which makes me very sad so I've been primarily torturing this with running it I mean when you're running your bounce all over the place I mean I do write we all do write and trying to change individual settings on any of the cameras is really tough to do when running but switching between those common settings is a breeze here it just takes a few taps I make the noise too to switch between them and you are good to

Go to get whatever shot you want or you know in the case you're fighting of funny rankings which leads me into a continuing positive for the GoPro camera line that's the electronic image stabilization it's it's still absurd absurd in a good way unless you have very specific like horizon leveling requirements or you beat the ever-loving snot out of these cameras the days of needing a gimbal are done straight up action camera gimbals have been engineered out of existence I literally I have no idea where mine is right now and it used to be glued to my hip I

Carried that thing everywhere I couldn't tell you reminds that now it's not totally perfect I find warping problems continue with the boost stabilization those haven't gone away after two weeks but the hyper smooth 2.0 just straight up by itself without boost works amazingly well and as a technology it really ties all these other facets together into a package that just works great image great audio and that great stabilization is the glue that holds it all together which makes me very excited to try to go pro max because it's supposed to be even more crazy good

English that's not how English works for it's supposed to be even better for stabilization something that I'm gonna put in both positive and the negative camp is the new series of accessories you can outfit and personalize the capabilities of your specific GoPro Hero 8 through the use of these aids there's gonna be a screen mod that will turn this into more of a vlogging camera by letting you see what's going on in front of the camera there will also be a media mod giving you access to an audio import plus it will give you the currently missing HDMI port more on this in a

Minute there will even be a lighting mod that will give you light kind of like a flashlight that you have to pay extra for I'm including those twice because I do very much like customizing my cameras in ways that work for me I don't necessarily like only having the manufacturers way to use my cameras action or otherwise because the manufacturer and I probably have different preferences because I can tell you from experience I don't actually make any cameras I just complain about them on the Internet so this sake with this segues

Into the other side of the video if there are things that I like about this camera there are probably things that I don't and let me tell you let me tell you there are some things that I do not like about the GoPro Hero eight black let's start off with the continuation of the accessories discussion well I do like that they exists they are insanely expensive its $80 a pop for the media mod and the display mod which is a quick aside I told you we'd get to this later if you like having HDMI ports on your GoPro and using it like a webcam well I hope you enjoy needing to spend 399 plus

Another 79 at a minimum for a GoPro Hero 8 with an HDMI port because this base camera doesn't have one and that's something that I will never have support not hdmi ports but if you want to release iterative cameras laptops devices whatever I'll never be behind you if you remove features previous generations had only to sell them back to us at full price plus and future releases I didn't like that with the GoPro Hero white versus the GoPro Hero 2018 and I didn't like that with Apple and Mac books not having SD card slots if you are going to take something away

That we as consumers and we as creators have come to rely on at the very least give us an adapter in the Box don't take the functionality away from us if you can't put it on the camera at least give us like the ability with the purchase to still do that as frustrating as that is those are small potatoes those are small potatoes it's not a deal-breaker let's talk about the big one the absolute biggest problem with the hero 8 black and it kind of negates its use as an action camera in my opinion which is heartbreaking because of all those good things that we just said we just said

How many awesome things this does which is taken away right now it's the lens cover this lens cover is non removable and I know I know if you've watched any of my other GoPro Hero 8 videos you'll hear me say this every time and you're probably sick of hearing me say it and I'm sick of saying it but this is a huge problem my very first GoPro was the hero3 black it wasn't waterproof didn't have stabilization and heck the image quality wasn't that great but it came with a case that protected the lens if you were using it for action you lost the audio

But that's a different story the hero4 which if you ever talk to somebody that works for a gopro the hero4 black is like the king that they're continuing to chase like all the time it also came with a case the hero 5 was a first fully integrated waterproof body how do you keep that lens safe removable lens cover same with the 6 and the 7 but here the cover is now integrated and non removable which means one scratch you're out in the woods your mountain biking your doing anything you're skiing anything one scratch turns your 400 or $500 with accessory cameras into a

Paperweight or you significantly or you significantly degrade the image yes you can buy additional cover for the lens adding $20 onto this expensive camera but that puts the risk that puts the cost of that risk onto us instead of go pro and that loses a lot of like goodwill in a community if you're the company maybe you should take that risk instead of giving it to us but that's it I'm done complaining about this you will not hear me complain about this anymore because it's been six videos in a row of me talking about this it sucks if you need that lens because you need this to

Be an action camera don't buy this the second thing that I don't really like is much like the accessories it's something that I both do like and dislike at the same time and that's the built-in mount this is so good for convenience I've been saying for literal years that I'd love to have an actual tripod mount built into the bottom of a GoPro and I totally understand why they never do it why we will never see one because it would probably void a lot of that waterproofing so this is absolutely a genius way to meet that requirement you know to meet it halfway to build

Something into the camera that makes it work but they did it and then they didn't include a frame with the camera so if you break these you're also hosed and then you have to buy replacement legs something surprising that I didn't know but a Twitter follower of mine named Blake cheek shared with me on Twitter apparently the actual mount itself isn't held on very tightly so the odds of breaking the feet because they're made a metal that might be low but the odds of stripping the entire mount off of the camera is much higher and you can't and you can't replace that

I love convenience options ease of use is one of my favorite things but at a certain point you have to remember what camera or heck even what kind of device you are making if you were taking the action capabilities out of the action camera why don't I just save the four hundred bucks and use my cell phone same sensor size much better processing specs and it's always with me and it doesn't cost extra money if you take the durability away you've got nothing else and the last thing that I don't like it's really more of a problem for early adopters and not necessarily applicable

To you if you are watching this a few months after release this body is an entirely new shape that means the ecosystem built over the past three years of the five six and seven will probably not work for you now your cases won't work your gimble's if you really just won't let them go will need changing you might need to change the brackets around and heck they might just not work at all I say this is not as big of a deal because we've already gone through this with the three and the four leading into the five that was an entirely new design eventually it will

Work itself out but I'm a stubborn curmudgeon and I don't like it when new things happens technically I may be a millennial but I'm at the older end and I'm getting towards that very serious lawn protection age stay off it however if you made it this far into my ramblings what you really want to know is so what right should you go out and get a GoPro Hero eight black maybe maybe for all its faults this is absolutely the best image quality and audio quality that I've ever got on an action camera looks great works great but if you are looking for a

Durable rugged camera to take all over the world with you I can't recommend this the GoPro Hero 7 black is still available costless gets you most of the same image quality but it's the far more durable and I would argue useful action camera if you were looking for an action type vlogging camera and need the absolute best image quality possible with the best stabilization possible then yes I'd recommend the hero a black desmo action is great but the screen is the front screen is less important you've got such a wide lens with everything in focus anyway and that's

Where the GoPro Hero 8 black really shines if you like this video I bet you'd be interested I bet you'd be interested in my series covering the canon eos 90 d as an amazing online content creation camera and that's that series starts off with the unboxing click here to go on that awesome adventure thanks for watching

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