Hero8’s is­land test­ing

Ac­tors and in­flu­encers give GoPros solid work­out

The Western Star - - News | Games & Gadgets - ROSS IRBY

AUSSIE so­cial me­dia in­flu­encers and vlog­gers have sent the Tan­ga­looma Is­land Re­sort into a buzz, cut­ting loose with the lat­est Go­Pro Hero8 Black cam­era.

For a decade these tough go-any­where ac­tion cam­eras have grown to be­come the cov­eted de­vices of choice, tak­ing the hard knocks record­ing the ac­tive lives of the glob­ally ad­ven­tur­ous.

The global Go­Pro habi­tat stretches across snow­fields, deserts, iconic moun­tain climbs, hang­ing off cliff faces and dirt bike scram­bling to the heights of sky­div­ing and soar­ing, and even cat­walk run­ways.

Now the new­est model is set to in­spire more of us with its ease of use.

Tan­ga­looma on More­ton Is­land, a cruisy 75-minute boat ride off Bris­bane, was the choice des­ti­na­tion for the of­fi­cial Aus­tralian launch of the lat­est Go­Pro baby.

With the Go­Pro Hero7 prov­ing to be a great com­mer­cial and user suc­cess story, the Hero8 has been im­proved even more.

Among those putting the Hero8 to the test were ac­tor Lin­coln Lewis, for­mer Roost­ers

NRL player Johnny Tuiv­asa-Sheck, surfer and model Imo­gen Cald­well and Go­Pro brand am­bas­sador Te­gan Nash.

The cam­eras were worked hard with users slid­ing down the slopes of its iconic steep sandy dunes, be­ing flung off sea scoot­ers and in­flat­able bananas, and snorkellin­g the rus­tic sub­merged wrecks.

Queens­lan­der and video pro­duc­tion pro­fes­sional Phil War­ring from Ph­lip Vids prob­a­bly scores with the most cam­eras, say­ing his grow­ing col­lec­tion was in the process of be­com­ing “his­toric”.

He said none had bro­ken on him and all were still be­ing used.

War­ring, who started out with the Hero2, said they com­ple­mented his larger cam­eras.

He now has “mul­ti­ples of each” and “I’ve never ac­tu­ally de­stroyed one”, and he con­tin­ues to up­grade by get­ting the next level.

From the Go­Pro base in San Ma­teo, Cal­i­for­nia, im­age qual­ity en­gi­neer Alex Cash­man was on hand to give great ad­vice.

The pas­sion­ate ac­tion cam­era ad­vo­cate has been work­ing with the com­pany on the last few Go­Pro series, tak­ing a ca­reer change af­ter a near miss in a sky­div­ing in­ci­dent.

Cash­man said some of its key fea­tures in­cluded a huge im­prove­ment to its body style, with in­te­grated mount­ing fin­gers mak­ing it no longer nec­es­sary to bring a frame, mean­ing “less stuff to carry”.

But one key change can’t be phys­i­cally seen but is in the end qual­ity re­sult — its new hy­per-smooth sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Cash­man says the tech­nol­ogy will keep it a mar­ket leader, main­tain­ing a wide field of view and im­age qual­ity that is loved by ac­tion sport en­thu­si­asts and thrillseek­ers.

Cash­man says the growth mar­ket is com­ing out of the travel and blog­ging in­dus­tries – peo­ple cap­tur­ing their mem­o­ries and show­ing them on­line to their fol­low­ers.

It’s a big in­cen­tive for peo­ple to get off the couch and go out to make their own shared mem­o­ries.

TRIAL RUN: Ac­tor Lin­coln Lewis, for­mer Roost­ers player Johnny Tuiv­asa-Sheck and Go­Pro’s Alex Cash­man were among those test­ing the lat­est Go­Pro. Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

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