GoPro HERO8 Black

The GoPro HERO8 Black is the only camera in the HERO8 lineup (it was released alongside the GoPro MAX, a 360° camera).

It shoots 12MP photos and up to 4K60 video. The internal video stabilization was updated to HyperSmooth 2.0. And it is the first model where the attachment mounting point is built into the camera body, meaning that no external frame or housing is required to mount the camera.

When was the GoPro HERO8 Black Released?

The GoPro HERO8 Black was released in October 2019. It’s the only model in the HERO8 lineup. It was replaced by the HERO9 Black in September 2020.

What is HEVC on GoPro Cameras? HEVC & H.264 Explained

Newer models of GoPro's flagship Black edition cameras can record video in HEVC or H.264. Here's an explanation of what those are and when to use them.
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Which Video Modes on the GoPro HERO8 Black Use HEVC or H.264?

The GoPro HERO8 Black has two video codecs available for recording video: HEVC and H.264. If you're running into compatibility issues with HEVC, here are the modes you can use H.264.
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A Floating Grip, Tripod & Selfie Stick in One

The Nu Grip is a GoPro and action camera accessory that combines 4 key functions in 1: grip, selfie stick, tabletop tripod, and float. I’ve been testing it out, and here’s my take on it.
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How to Join GoPro Videos with Wondershare UniConverter

GoPros save their video files in 4GB segments. Here's how to join them back together using Wondershare UniConverter. Includes 4K HEVC video files.
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Remote for the GoPro HERO10/9/8 Black - The Remote Review

GoPro has a new remote--it's simply called The Remote. It's compatible with the HERO10, HERO9, HERO8, and MAX. Here's what it can do and how it works.
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GoPro HERO8 vs HERO9 Black

Here's a detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO9 Black compares to the HERO8 Black.
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The GoPro Magnetic Swivel Clip

The GoPro Magnetic Swivel Clip combines several different options for easily attaching your GoPro to a variety of places on the go.
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GoPro Floaty for HERO8 Black

The GoPro Floaty for the HERO8 Black is a simple, foolproof way to keep your camera afloat. Here's what it is and how it works.
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How to Turn On Camera Help Tips on the GoPro HERO8 Black

The camera tips that show you what the screen icons do on a GoPro HERO8 go away automatically after you click on them once. Here's how to bring them back.
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How to Reset a GoPro HERO8 Black

There are a few different types of reset on the HERO8 Black. There's a factory reset that wipes everything, but there are also some other more selective reset options that might be useful for solving specific problems.
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How to Connect a GoPro HERO8 Black as a Webcam or Livestream to a Computer

It is possible to use a GoPro HERO8 Black as a webcam or for real-time capture to a computer. But it's not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in via USB.
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GoPro HERO8 Black FAQs

This is an ongoing and growing list of common questions on shooting with the GoPro HERO8 Black.
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Best SD Card for GoPro Cameras

After extensive use and testing, here are my practical recommendations on the best SD cards for GoPro cameras.
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GoPro Charging Cable Guide

GoPro cameras have used three different USB charging cables. Which type of charging cable you need depends on which camera you're using. Here's a master list.
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GoPro HERO8 Black vs HERO7 Black

Trying decide which GoPro to get or whether it's worth upgrading? Here's a detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO7 Black compares with the newer GoPro HERO8 Black.
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GoPro HERO8 Black Video Modes

A rundown of the video modes and features on the GoPro HERO8 Black.
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How to Change the Video Compression Codec on the GoPro HERO8 Black

The GoPro HERO8 Black has two video codecs available for recording video. Both of these produce files with an .mp4 extension. The difference is in how the video is compressed and encoded.
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GoPro HERO8 Battery Recommendations

I've been trying several options in an effort to find viable replacement batteries for the HERO8 Black. Here's what I've found.
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How to Select & Delete Multiple Photos or Videos on the GoPro HERO8 Black's Media Viewer Screen

When using the media viewer on the back screen of the HERO8 Black, here's how to select and delete multiple files at once.
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How to Switch Between NTSC and PAL on the GoPro HERO8 Black

If you need to switch between NTSC and PAL video shooting modes on the HERO8 Black, it's not quite as obvious how to do that as it could be. Here's how to do it.
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GoPro HERO8 Black Replacement Side Door that Allows Access to USB-C Port

The new design for the side door of the GoPro HERO8 Black has its flaws, especially if you're trying to use the USB-C port for external power an external microphone. Here's a replacement side door that allows unfettered access to the USB-C port.
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Protune Options of the GoPro HERO8 Black

Here are master lists of the Protune options available when shooting video and photos with the HERO8 Black.
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GoPro HERO8 Black SD Card Recommendations

Not all SD cards will work well in the HERO8 Black. Here are some recommendations for which microSD cards are fast enough to keep up with the high-bitrate video recording and burst photo modes.
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GoPro HERO8 Black Photo Modes

A detailed rundown of the various features and modes available on the GoPro HERO8 Black for shooting still photos.
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Which Accessories Will Work with the GoPro HERO8 Black?

Wondering which accessories will work on the new GoPro HERO8 Black? Here's a running list of what to look for.
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My Pick for the Best GoPro Trigger Grip

Using a pistol trigger with a GoPro provides a comfortable grip and a more precise way to operate the shutter. Here's a roundup of the best trigger grips I've come across.
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My Pick for Best GoPro Float Pole

If you're taking your GoPro out on the water, sometimes you need something that combines flotation with extended reach. Here are some of the best GoPro float pole options.
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Can You Zoom In On a GoPro?

Do GoPros have zoom? Yes, some of the newer models do, but there are some limitations that are worth knowing. Here are some examples.
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Tips for Using GoPros In and Around Water

One of the great things about GoPros is that they're fearless around water. Here are some tips for getting better results when shooting in and around the water.
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How to Change the Wifi Band Frequency on a GoPro

Some of the newer GoPro cameras allow you to select either 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz wifi bands. Here's how to do it.
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How to Control Multiple GoPros with One Remote

Controlling a single GoPro camera remotely is pretty straightforward. The most obvious way to do that is to use the GoPro mobile app. But what if you want to control more than one camera? For that, you'll need to use a dedicated remote. Here's an overview of how it works.
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How to Prevent the GoPro HERO9, HERO8, & HERO7 Cameras from Filming Vertically by Using Landscape Lock

The HERO9, HERO8, and HERO7 cameras have sensors that can detect the rotation of the camera. Here's how to lock it in place to prevent automatic rotation.
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GoPro Format SD Card | A How-To Guide

Formatting the GoPro's SD card frees up space. But it also gets the card ready for use and keeps the filesystem healthy and minimizes the risk of errors. Here are the various ways to do it on different GoPro models.
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GoPro Burst Mode vs Continuous Photo

The Burst Mode and Continuous Photo functions on GoPros are useful ways to capture fast-moving action. Here's a rundown of how they work, how they're different, and what options are available.
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What is GoPro SuperPhoto?

SuperPhoto is one of the photo options on recent GoPro Black edition cameras. Here’s a rundown of what it does and how to use it.
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What is GoPro SuperView?

SuperView is GoPro's widest field of vision available when shooting standard video. Here's what it looks like.
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How to Open GoPro RAW (.gpr) Image Files Without Lightroom or Photoshop

How can you work with GoPro RAW format .gpr image files without using Lightroom or Photoshop? Here's a quick guide for a free option.
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JPG vs RAW on the GoPro HERO9, HERO8, HERO7, HERO6, & HERO5 Black

On the GoPro HERO9, HERO8, HERO7 Black, HERO6, and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW (.gpr). Here's a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.
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How to Use GoPro's QuikCapture to Power On and Start Filming with a Single Press

GoPro's QuickCapture feature is designed as a one-press way to power the camera up and start shooting immediately. There are a few tricks to using it, though.
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Powering a GoPro with External Power but Without Internal Battery?

Wondering whether you can run your GoPro with external power without having the internal battery installed? What's known as pass-through power? In many models, yes, you can. Here's a rundown.
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Can You Use 128GB, 256GB, 400GB, 512GB, or 1TB SD Cards in GoPro Cameras?

Wondering if you can use a 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB microSD card in your GoPro? So long as you're using one of these GoPro models and the card is fast enough, you can.
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How to Convert HEVC Files from a GoPro HERO10, HERO9, HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black

If you're getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO10, HERO9, HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn't compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of those cameras' video modes. Here are some workarounds.
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Why Is the Video Being Cropped When Using GoPro's Video Stabilization?

If you're wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the video stabilization feature, here's an explanation.
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How GoPro's Auto Setting in Burst Mode Photos Works

Among the Burst Mode options on newer GoPros is an Auto setting. It prioritizes better exposure over forcing the number of shots. Here's how it works.
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How to Charge GoPro Cameras & Batteries

Here's a rundown of the options for charging your GoPro depending on the model of camera you're using.
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Adding a Water Repellent Film to Reduce Water Drops on a GoPro Lens

Ugly water drops on the GoPro lens can really ruin the shot. The XClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors are designed to solve this problem. Here's my take on how well they work.
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Using GoPro Linear FOV with .gpr RAW Images

You can't use Linear FOV with GoPro RAW files, but here's a workaround that lets you get something very close to it using Lightroom.
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Is it Normal for a GoPro to Get Hot?

You might have noticed your camera getting very hot to the touch. In general, that's normal, but there can be some consequences.
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How to Format SD Cards in a GoPro

It's always a good idea to format the SD card in the camera. Here's a rundown of how to do it with recent GoPro models.
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How to Set the Date and Time on a GoPro

GoPros have a couple of different ways of setting the date and time, each with its advantages.
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Hands-on Review of the Wasabi Power Clutch for GoPro Cameras

The Wasabi Power Hand Grip is an external USB battery and hand grip in one. It's a convenient way to add extra battery power to extend your GoPro filming.
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Do GoPro Touchscreens Work Underwater?

Wondering if the touchscreen on the back of your GoPro camera works underwater?
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What the GoPro Spot Meter Does

Wondering what the GoPro spot meter does? Here's an explanation what it does, how it works, and which GoPros have it.
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Troubleshooting Tips for when Your GoPro Battery is Draining Even When the Camera is Switched Off

If you find that your GoPro's battery is draining quickly even when the camera is switched off, here's a troubleshooting checklist of things to try.
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What are GoPro LRV & THM Files For? GoPro's Video File Formats Explained

Wondering what the LRV and THM files are that appear when you shoot GoPro videos? Here's what they do.
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GoPro Stealth Modes

If you'd prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
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Arca-Style Quick Release Plates for GoPro Cameras

There are advantages to using an Arca-style quick release plate with a GoPro, and yes, such plates do in fact exist.
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GoPro Linear FOV: Pros, Cons, and Examples

Some newer GoPros have a new in-camera feature for something you could only do in post-production before: correcting fisheye in photos and videos. It's called Linear FOV.
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GoPro Protune Photo Color: GoPro Color vs Flat

Some GoPros, like the HERO9 Black, offer a choice between two color modes in the photo mode: GoPro and Flat. Here are some examples and when they're best used.
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Pros & Cons of Using a GoPro as an Everyday or Travel Camera

Can you use a GoPro as a travel camera? Absolutely. But before you rely exclusively on your GoPro for that once-in-a-lifetime trip, here’s a rundown of what I see as the main pros and cons.
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