The GoPro HERO8 Black is a compact waterproof camera designed for action video. It's easy-to-use, well-built, and feels quite durable. With an impressive video stabilization performance, your videos are mostly free of camera shake even if you're moving quickly while filming. However, its video quality isn't the best and there's some visual noise present, especially if you're filming in low-light conditions. That said, the companion GoPro app makes it easy to control this camera from your phone, which is handy if you have it strapped on a helmet.
The GoPro HERO8 is poor for travel photography. There isn't an autofocus system to help you take clear pictures. Even though this camera isn't intended to be used for this, it has a decent image quality, so photos don't have a lot of visible noise, but they aren't very sharp. On the upside, it's well-built and very portable.
The GoPro HERO8 is acceptable for landscape photography. Even though this camera isn't intended to be used for this, it has a decent image quality. Photos don't have a lot of visible noise, but they also aren't very sharp. Its built-in lens doesn't offer a lot of flexibility, especially in low-light conditions, and it doesn't have an autofocus or manual focus assistance to help you track moving subjects. It's also not meant to be used as a handheld camera, and its small screen can be challenging to read in bright sunlight.
The GoPro HERO8 is mediocre for sport and wildlife photography. This camera lacks an auto-focus system, and it doesn't take very detailed photos. However, even though it isn't intended to be used for this, it's well-built, and it can shoot at high continuous speeds, helping you capture clear images of fast-moving athletes.
The GoPro HERO8 is passable for vlogging. This portable camera is easy to carry with you, and it does a great job stabilizing video for a clear shot while you're walking and recording. Its lens also has a wide field of view. Unfortunately, there's some visual noise present when you record video in 4k or FHD, and it doesn't have a face-tracking or autofocus system to help you track moving objects or people.
The GoPro HERO8 is sub-par for studio video. It doesn't have an autofocus system to help you get a clearer shot. Also, its video quality isn't very impressive in 4k or FHD, as there's some visual noise present, especially in low-light environments. On the upside, there isn't a limit on how long you can record videos.
The GoPro HERO8 is excellent for action video. This compact, waterproof camera is very easy to bring on-the-go, and it does an impressive job stabilizing video for a clear image even if you're moving quickly, like during extreme sports. Unfortunately, its FHD and 4k video quality aren't the best, so there may be some visual noise present, especially in darker settings.
The GoPro HERO8 comes in one color variant: black. You can see the label for the model we tested here. Some manufacturers also sell this camera with some extra accessories, like a head strap, extra rechargeable batteries and chargers, a handler, and an adhesive mount, but we don't test for these.
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