GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max high-resolution marketing pictures leak before imminent release
As we reported last week, GoPro is planning to replace its Fusion 360 and Hero 7 cameras with the Max and Hero 8. Recent FCC filings suggested so, with leaked photos of the GoPro Max reinforcing this. Now, reliable leaker Roland Quandt of WinFuture has published a slew of high-resolution marketing images of both devices, which show that GoPro is overhauling not just the camera hardware, but also the design of its compact cameras.
The Hero 8, which will be sold as the Hero 8 Black according to the new marketing images, will feature an improved 12 MP sensor capable of recording in up to 4K at 60 FPS or 240 FPS in 1080p. These framerates are half those that Photorumors claims the Hero 8 will be capable of, so at this stage we expect the action camera to be capable of at least the framerates that Quandt states. The Hero 8 Black will be support RAW, TimeWarp, and a special night mode. The camera will be able to live stream on YouTube and other platforms too. The Hero 8 Black can also shoot in H.264/AVC and H.265/HVEC. Quandt claims that the Hero 8 Black will measure 63 x 45 x 33 mm and weigh 116 g, with its 1,220 mAh battery charging in around 90 minutes over USB Type-C.
The Hero 8 Black will also support several new accessories, which can be attached in two ways. Firstly, as we previously reported, GoPro has designed an external chassis onto which detachable accessories can be added. The chassis incorporates a microphone, along with two accessory mounts, which will support at least a GoPro Light Mod and a second display. Secondly, GoPro has integrated two fold-out mounts on the bottom of the Hero 8 Black, which it apparently calls Floating Fingers. These will support tripods and selfie sticks. The GoPro Floaty makes a return too.
By contrast, the GoPro Max does not appear to support detachable accessories, although it does incorporate the same Floating Fingers as the Hero 8 Black. Quandt claims that the 360° camera can record in up to 4K at 60 FPS or "2.7 K" at 120 FPS, but other features and technical data still remains unknown, other than it will also have a 1,220 mAh battery.
The GoPro Hero 8 Black may sell for upwards of €470 (~US$520) too, although Quandt stresses that this may not represent the camera's retail price. We have currently seen no rumoured pricing for the GoPro Max though. GoPro is still expected to announce the Max and Hero 8 before the end of the month.