Hero8’s island testing
Actors and influencers give GoPros solid workout
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