GoPro Hero Blacks—over the last four years—have gone through many incremental changes to make the new Hero8 a completely different camera from the Hero5 that debuted in 2016.
If you’ve used a GoPro in the past, you will know that these action cams pack a whole bunch of shooting modes (photo, video, slo-mo), a choice of photo resolutions and frames per second (FPS) in video, multiple fields of view (Linear, Wide, SuperView), video bitrate (low or high), output format (RAW, JPG, HDR), etc. Now, configuring the camera every single time—with the settings you want—can be cumbersome. The Hero8 Black makes it simpler with its new presets option.
The shooter comes with a preset each for TimeWarp, Time Lapse and Night Lapse; four for video shooting and an equal number for still photos. You can also create your own presets or tweak existing ones and save them for quick access whenever you need them. I found this to be one of my favourite UI improvements; it reduced the time I spent tinkering to find the setting I wanted.
On the main screen, in video mode, you can set the Hero8 to display any four shortcuts of your choice. Here you can choose from Raw Audio, Wind (for better sound quality), Color, Sharpness, ISO Max, ISO Min, White Balance, EV Comp, Shutter, Bit Rate, Clips (you can choose between 15- or 30-second snippets), Zoom,