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“This is Action” GoPro Hero 8 Teaser Targets DJI, Leaks Show Selfie Screen

GoPro’s latest teaser campaign hints at a comeback after last year’s tussle with DJI’s Osmo Action camera which proved strong competition for the already indomitable flagship GoPro Hero 7 Black.

What seems to be a snippet of a render of the new GoPro Hero 8. Image: GoPro website

In a banner posted on its official, main website, GoPro showcases breathtaking action camera footage against a simple white “This is Action. / 10.01.19”, featuring a possible render of its upcoming Hero 8 camera.

Of course, “This is Action.” as the tagline for its 2019 flagship device might be a dig at the Osmo Action, in a war of words to claim the entire domain of action camera-dom for itself, the once-hegemon.

Leaks show that GoPro might be revealing two flagship devices at the October 1st event: the Hero 8 and the Max 360 camera.

Leaked renders of the GoPro Hero 8 showing an external selfie screen and flashlight accessory and what seems to be an external microphone cage. Image: PhotoRumours.com

The GoPro Hero 8 might feature an impressive 60fps recording at 4K, allowing for hi-res slow-mo footage, or 480fps recording in HD for even more slow-mo footage at a lower resolution.

Focusing on the trademark GoPro mounting system, the banner seems to suggest that the brand might be expanding its ecosystem of accessories. This is corroborated with leaks showing what appears to be a microphone, and the possibility of attaching a selfie screen or a mounted LED light – all obviously catered for the vlogging community.

To handle these additional interfaces, the GoPro Hero 8 will likely feature GoPro’s next-gen proprietary SoC, GP2. With impressive features enabled by 2017’s GP1, including vivid scene and colour processing, along with industry-leading Hypersmooth electronic video stabilisation, some leaks suggest it will also allow for improved digital zoom.

The GoPro Max seems to be a follow-up to the GoPro Fusion 360 camera from 2017, although specifications are a little hazy for this device.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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