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Tourist
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Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

 

I'm using it well, but I'm looking forward to the newest Hero 8... I wonder where to move on.

Hiker
Posts: 8

Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

if you not using hdmi port to watch your video on tv then you can move otherwise I would stick to 7 as gopro decided to move this port to media mod which costs extra $$$ also lens cover isn't replaceable anymore as its built in with case. Watching comparisons 7 v 8 cant tell differences tbh. I did move from hero5 to hero8 for stabilization feature but I'm disappointed a bit and if choosing again I would go for 7 or osmio dji.
Explorer
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Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

The HERO7 Black is still a great camera. I honestly want going to get the HERO8 Black but I was out recording one evening and was thinking how great it would be to have the light mod that is coming out in December. I saw the Trade Up offer and impulsively jumped on it. I am so glad I did.

First, I can't really say why You should upgrade because I don't know what your needs and wants are, but I can say that the HERO8 Black has completely blown me away with all of its features and performance (and this is coming from HERO7 Black). Everything about the HERO8 Black just feels more premium. Even the actual touch of the camera feels more sturdy and reliable. As for the rest:
1) Mounting Fingers built in - I didn't mind the housing if the HERO7 Black, but now I hate it. The mounting fingers on the HERO8 Black are strong and being able to fold them out/in is really convenient. Not have to take the camera in and out of a case, just to change a battery, charge the camera, or get the SD card, is very cool. Not only that, no concerns about forgetting the housing and not being able to mount the camera. Another cool feature is I can actually keep the camera in the silicone sleeve when I go out and switch the camera from wearing it around my neck to mounted, without having to take the camera out of the sleeve.

Stabilization - If you like the stabilization of the HERO7, you will be absolutely blown away by the HERO8. It's serious witchery. And, not only is it features in all the resolutions of the HERO7, it's now featured in EVERY resolution. Even 2.7K/120fps (my personal favorite) and 1080p/240fps. Did I mention how crazy good it is?

Quick Clips - So, on the HERO7 Black GoPro introduced Quick Clips that allow you to limit the recordings to 15 or 30 seconds. If you use the Quik Story video creator in the GoPro mobile app, then you know how much better it is if your videos are short and concise. Also, if you've used any GoPro since HERO3, you know how fast it can eat battery if you don't keep your recordings short. I was really excited for this feature in the HERO7 because I do a lot of surfing as well as recordings of my kids. Problem was, you had to enable it by using the rear LCD, it couldn't be used with Quick Capture (which made it useless for battery conservation since the camera had to stay on), and if you changed any settings, or turned the camera off, you would have to re-enabke it. With HERO8 you can actually add it to your presets (more on these below), so anytime you record, even with Quick Capture, the camera with automatically limit the video length to 15 or 30 seconds. If you've never used it before, this becomes a feature you don't think you'll want or need, but once you start using it you'll be so happy it's there.

Presets - Boy, at first I wasn't sure about these. I'm very familiar with settings and generally had no issues changing them on the HERO7. But then I started customizing the built in presets and making a few of my own. Not only can you make detailed changes to the settings, but you can add four quick access buttons to the home screen to customize and change them on the fly. For example, I have my Cinematic preset settings with 4K/24fps, Linear, Stabilization On, Shutter Auto ISO MIN 100 MAX 100 White Balance Native, Sharpness Medium Color Flat. Now I know for this setting I always want 24fps and Linear FOV, but sometimes I want to change the Shutter, ISO MAX, WB, and Color Profile. So I adjusted the settings, but before I saved it I added four quick access buttons with Shutter top left, ISO Max bottom left, White Balance top right, and Color bottom right. Now when I'm in this setting I can quickly change any or all of these settings without having to leave the main screen.

Gridlines - this is just a cool feature that really helps when your hand held shooting. From the Preferences pull down you can add gridlines to the LCD view so you can easily line up your shot and keep the camera level to the horizon. Another feature I didn't think I needed but now love.

Audio - HERO7 Black was a pretty significant upgrade in audio quality from the HERO6 and HERO5 Black. I have a Rode videomicro that I use with those cameras, and apart from having to use the mic Adapter, a special 3rd party frame, and not being waterproof, the audio could be very good. The HERO8 changed that. The audio is seriously so good I doubt I'll be using my mic very much, if at all. Not only that, once the Mod comes out, I'll have the option of using the built in mic on the Mod or just plugging in my Rhode microphone without needing to use the adapter. Very cool.

Live streaming - Personally, I don't do much of this, but now 1080p is available, which is a pretty significant jump from 720p.

Narrow - It's back! If you've never used Narrow then you won't understand why this is important, but basically having it allows for instant zoom with no lens distortion. Make sure at least one preset has this as the default and then make a quick access button the lens selector so you can change to Linear, Wide, or Superview if you want to.

TimeWarp - If you didn't use this before, you will now. If you did with the HERO7, your going to Love it on the HERO8. Auto takes out all of the guessing for what is the right timing, and the new real time button makes it so much better.

Night Laps Video - HERO7 has night lapse and it does a good job of it. HERO8 does an excellent job and improves the Auto White Balancing and reduced flicker, especially when transitioning from sunset to night or night to sunrise. Even better, it automatically compiles and converts the Timelaps into a video. Another one of those, if you didn't before you will now, and if you did before your going to like it better now.

Super Photo - HERO7 does a pretty good job with HDR, Tonal mapping, and auto noise reduction in Super Photo, but it doesn't always get it right. Sometimes there is still a little ghosting in the HDR, and sometimes the tonal mapping and nose reduction makes the picture just not look great. HERO8 drastically improves this and gets it right 99.9% of the time (For me it's been 100%, but I'd have to make such a bold claim 😉).

Bit Rate - HERO7 maxes out at 60-78 Mbps in HEVC with high resolution and Protune on. HEVC is the new, improved, and more efficient codec than the standard h.264. 78 Mbps in HEVC is really closer to 100-120 Mbps in h.264. HERO8 not only has 78 Mbps in HEVC, but now you can get 100 Mbps in HEVC, which is closer to 140-160 Mbps n h.264. You can really tell the difference in scenes with a lot of detail, fast movement, or both. The files are bigger and you'll need a good system to edit them (or use proxies), but the increase in quality is well worth it.

Lens Proctor - I've got mixed feelings on this. I liked having the security of a removable lens protector. In fact, I purchased an extra for my HERO5/6 and HERO7. But, after three years and a lot of abuse, I haven't needed to change out any of them. Yes, I will be getting the tempered glass protector for my HERO8, and yes I'm a GoPro Plus member and therefore quality for up to two camera replacements a year, but it's still a concern. However, on the flip side, I did have my lens protector fog up on me a few times when using it in and around water. This can happen when the water and air temperature are dramatically different and I lost some pretty special moments because of this. If the tempered glass protectors work well, I'll be more than happy to leave the removable lens protectors behind.

Stability - While I don't have many issues with my HERO7, I have had freezing and glitches (mostly SD card related). GoPro always releases updates throughout the year that improve their new cameras, and my HERO7 is much better now than when first released, But the HERO8 already just seems faster, more responsive, and reliable. This is the first GoPro since HERO3+ Black where I haven't felt a want or need for a future update (although it's rumored a new one is coming with even more Boost stabilization options for the digital lens).

Those are just a few reasons why I'm happy I upgraded. Words and YouTube videos really can't explain it though. You just need to try it for yourself. Give it a week so you can truly understand and customize your HERO8 and in sure by the end of the week, you'll be happy you upgraded.
Explorer
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Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

DJI Osmo Action is nowhere as good of an action camera than the HERO7 Black or HERO8 Black. It's not a bad camera, but GoPro HERO8 Black is superior all the way. Stabilization in Superview, Wide, Linear, Narrow, Standard, High, Boost, in all resolutions/frame rates (including 4:3, 2.7K/120fps & 1080p/240fps), GPS, HDMI with Mod (Osmo Action has NO option for this), Live Streaming in 1080p, quick clips, fast and easy touch exposure value with spot meetering, Advanced Auto Time Warp with Real Time moment capture, Real Burst 30/1 second Photo , Auto Cloud uploading, Auto Video Creation, Live Burst Photo, RAW audio, 100 bitrate HEVC, Media Mods with built in mic, 3.5 mic jack input, light add on, and FLIP UP screen.

And, this is all without mentioning the superior video quality, exposer, dynamic range, and audio of both the HERO7 Black and HERO8 Black.

Osmo Action didn't even compete with last year's GoPro. Be glad you didn't make the mistake of getting it.
Adventurer
Posts: 10,310

Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

 tempted, got as a gift the nyou know your answer,.

Sightseer
Posts: 1

Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

Thank You danielr15 for your detail.

 

With Hero8 Black is it possible to have the lens setting saved to that it will start up in QuikCapture with the saved or last used zoom setting?

 

With Hero7 Black this is not possible.  When using QuikCapture it reverts back to default setting from which you would have to try to re-zoom the camera from the LCD screen.

 

Thanks for commenting on the HERO8 Black reliability.  I have also had many issues with HERO7 Black reliability and am ready to upgrade.  The ability of the QuikCapture 'Zoom' setting to be 'resumed' or not will be the deciding factor for me.

Adventurer
Posts: 10,310

Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?

 Pick a setting you love and  set itto your default mode.  every time you press Mode on that will be the setting.  Also you the QC will use the LAst setting of a profile    .

Backpacker
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Re: Is there any reason to move from the hero 7 that I got as a gift to the hero 8?


@reedjones wrote:

Thank You danielr15 for your detail.

 

With Hero8 Black is it possible to have the lens setting saved to that it will start up in QuikCapture with the saved or last used zoom setting?

 

With Hero7 Black this is not possible.  When using QuikCapture it reverts back to default setting from which you would have to try to re-zoom the camera from the LCD screen.

 

Thanks for commenting on the HERO8 Black reliability.  I have also had many issues with HERO7 Black reliability and am ready to upgrade.  The ability of the QuikCapture 'Zoom' setting to be 'resumed' or not will be the deciding factor for me.


 

hi,

 

I've just tested.

once set, the zoom is alwasy remembered :

  • power off...on 
  • QuickCapture  

thank you,

robert