GoPro Hero 8 Performance
The GoPro Hero 8 has 12 megapixels, supports up to UHD 4K video resolutions, and time-lapse, up to 1080p240 slow motion, and super-slow-motion video. This camera can capture still images in up to 12MP resolution in bursts of up to 30 images per second with the updated SuperPhoto with HDR support that helps reduce blur and enhance detail in low-light situations. Additionally, the GoPro Hero 8 can also perform up to 10 meters underwater, suitable to use for surfing, snorkelling, and swimming activities. The slow-motion in 240fps in full HD is great to play around with however the footage can be grainy in a lower lit situation in comparison to shooting in 2.7k at 120 fps, you will achieve better quality footage but it’s not as fun or slow when you playback. Also, the GoPro Hero 8 lens field of view (FOV) choices have also been updated to four modes: Narrow, Linear at 24.4mm, Wide at 16.5mm, and SuperView at 15.1mm.
New Features in HERO8 Black
- Smaller, more streamlined design
- Swapping mounts and changing batteries has been made even faster
- Lens is two times more impact resistant
- Improved HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization and TimeWarp 2.0 time-lapse
- Night-lapse and LiveBurst support
- Slow motion up to 1080p240 and stability improvements
- Change easily between lens FOV with Narrow, Linear, Wide, and SuperView modes
- Media Mod option can add more lighting and audio as well as another screen
- Optional Battery Mod multiplies runtime 2.5x
- Optional Display Mod and Light Mod add more capabilities
The GoPro Hero 8 has a protective lens which is stuck onto the camera unlike its’ predecessor, Hero 7. On the Hero 7 you could simply replace the protective lens if it gets scratched. Again, unlike the Hero 7, the Hero 8 also doesn’t have a HDMI port built in and only has a USB-C cable.
GoPro Max Performance
The GoPro Max can shoot up to 5.6k using both the cameras in 360 mode, meaning you can use both the front and back camera which you can cycle through both quite easily. However, when shooting a photo, you can get a 16 megapixel photo when stitching both the front and back camera, however using the one camera you’ll only get a 5 megapixel photo. It also uses 6 different microphones to capture 360 degree audio which is great when you want to pick which microphone your audio is coming from, giving you a better quality sound. The GoPro Max can only go up to 4.8 meters underwater and has a softer look in comparison to the GoPro Hero8 as the lenses are not calibrated necessarily for underwater use. It also has a panoramic mode which allows you to shoot a panoramic shot without moving the camera.
GoPro Max Key Features
- Video: Spherical 5K video and 5.6K photos
- In-camera stitching or auto-stitching in GoPro app
- PowerPano 360° panorama or standard HERO shooting angles
- HyperSmoooth digital stabilization
- Horizon leveling
- GPS and motion sensors
- Six-channel 360° audio capture
- Variable TimeWarp mode to change speed with one tap
- Scene detection
- Intuitive touchscreen
- Photo timer
- Short 15- or 30-second clips can be recorded
- Waterproof to 16′
- Live streaming
- Reframe your 360° footage into traditional 2D form in the GoPro app
When shooting in the single camera mode on the GoPro Max, you are unable to shoot in 4K as it can only go up to 1440p in 4/3 aspect ratio and if you shoot in 16/9 aspect you can only shoot in 1080p. This results in the quality of the footage or image to be quite average in comparison to the GoPro Hero8. Additionally it doesn’t have as much slow motion options so there isn’t much to play with when creating content. Also, like the Hero 8, the GoPro Max doesn’t have a HDMI port built in and only has a USB-C cable.
Live Stream with GoPro
You’ll need to download the GoPro App on your phone and connect this to your camera. On the app you’ll be able to swipe across to go live on either Facebook, Youtube or RTMP where you’ll be able to add your own link to live stream from.
The next steps you can insert your URL and pick whether you’d like to live stream from your phone hotspot or wifi signal , the resolution and saving a copy to the SD card. Once all the options have been selected to suit your needs, you can start your live stream.
Overall, the GoPro Hero 8 has 4K meaning more resolutions, providing better quality and more frame rate options for great slow motion and also clearer photos as it shoots in 12 megapixels. The quality of the video has more details and clarity in comparison to the GoPro Max, especially when using the camera underwater as the lens on the GoPro Hero 8 is suited for more extreme conditions. The GoPro Hero 8 is great if you’re on-the-go and you want to travel light whilst shooting a standard photo or video with great quality whereas the GoPro Max is great as an action camera to capture your entire surroundings.