Leaked GoPro Hero8 has mounts for external selfie screen, shoots 480fps video

Leaked GoPro Hero8 has mount for external flip screen, 4K video at 120fps
(Image credit: PhotoRumors.com)

UPDATE: Both the GoPro Hero8 Black and GoPro Max are set to be revealed by the company on 01 October – full story here.

ORIGINAL STORY: Images and information have leaked of the GoPro Hero8 – the latest iteration of the pioneering action camera. 

According to the leak, the GoPro Hero8 will shoot 4K video up to 120 frames per second and boast an improved sensor – as well as a redesigned body that accommodates all-new accessories, such as a microphone, LED light and an external selfie screen. 

The market was in danger of getting stale not long ago, but it was reinvigorated by Sony and DJI releasing some of the best action cameras we've seen to date. They introduced some new features that seriously things shook up – and GoPro has clearly been paying attention.  

The most obvious tip of the hat is to the Sony RX0 II, which introduced a flipping selfie screen to the action cam sector that made it an immediate option for the vlogging crowd. 

The leaked details from Photo Rumors (by way of PetaPixel) depict a newly designed GoPro Hero8 chassic, boasting a shoe on the top and side of the body to mount accessories including a rear-facing monitor – in effect, a vlogger-friendly selfie screen. 

The Sony RX0 II has a built-in flipping selfie screen; the GoPro Hero8 will let you buy one

The Sony RX0 II has a built-in flipping selfie screen; the GoPro Hero8 will let you buy one (Image credit: Sony)

It's arguably a more ergonomically elegant solution than the DJI Osmo Action, which introduced an integrated selfie screen on the front of the camera, but obviously the issue is that you need to pay extra for the Hero8's screen – which will also be less robust than the in-built options on the RX0 and Osmo. 

Introducing multiple mounts, though, gives the GoPro Hero8 much more versatility; the ability to mount a selfie screen, an LED lamp and a microphone all at once is a very tempting proposition. 

Also tempting are the Hero8's slow-mo and super slow-mo video options. Thanks to a new GP2 processor, the camera can record 4K video at up to 120fps and 1080p video at an impressive 480fps. 

With an official announcement due in September, we look forward to getting our hands on the Hero 8 soon and seeing how it stacks up to the new kids on the block. 

Read more: 

The best GoPro cameras in 2019: fantastic action cams you can buy right now
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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.