GoPro Hero 8 & GoPro Max leaked ahead of release this month
GoPro is prepping its annual hardware refresh, with recent FCC filings demonstrating that the company is planning to bring two action cameras to market this month. The new devices are called GoPro Max and the GoPro Hero 8, which will succeed the GoPro Fusion 360 and GoPro Hero 7 respectively.
The former is GoPro's new 360° camera, with US and Japanese certifications demonstrating that the company has ditched its Fusion branding in favour of "Max". The GoPro Max appears to have a dual-SD card slot and a USB Type-C port, with leaked pictures showing the device to have a matte black finish too. There is no word on other features or technical data yet.
By contrast, only three photos have appeared of the Hero 8, which we have included in the image above. There are plenty of rumours circulating about its capabilities though. According to PhotoRumors, the Hero 8 will be based on the GoPro GP2 processor, which will allow it to record in up to 4K at 120 FPS or 1080p at 480 FPS. The device will apparently have an improved lens compared to the one in the Hero 7, along with better image quality thanks to a new 12 MP sensor. PhotoRumors stresses that the sensor size currently remains unconfirmed, so take the latter with a pinch of salt.
The Hero 8 will apparently support dockable accessories thanks to a new and larger optional case. The photos above show the Hero 8 paired with a second screen, an LED light and an external microphone. It looks possible to use the microphone and LED light or second display simultaneously, which would make the Hero 8 more versatile than its predecessors. We shall keep you updated with more information when we hear of it but expect GoPro to launch both cameras later this month.
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