GoPro has become a name syn­ony­mous with action cam­eras and, his­tor­i­cal­ly, each year the com­pa­ny has launched a new range of its superb snap­pers in Sep­tem­ber. The GoPro Hero6 Black arrived late Sep­tem­ber 2017, while the GoPro Hero7 Black (along with its cheap­er sib­lings, the Hero7 Sil­ver and the Hero7 White) came along exact­ly a year lat­er in 2018.

So it should prob­a­bly come as no sur­prise that rumors and leaks of the next gen­er­a­tion of GoPros have begun to emerge from the wood­work.

Today, pho­tog­ra­phy news site Pho­to Rumors has unearthed images of what appears to be a GoPro Hero8 snap­per. While the leaked images aren’t par­tic­u­lar­ly sharp, a grey fig­ure 8 on the side of one does strong­ly hint that this is the next gen­er­a­tion of GoPro cam­era. The pic­tures also indi­cate that GoPro has redesigned the Hero8 in order to acco­mo­date new option­al acces­sories, includ­ing a micro­phone, an exter­nal dis­play and an LED light.

We have pre­vi­ous­ly heard hints of a redesign. Back in May, GoPro CEO Nick Wood­man revealed that the com­pa­ny was look­ing to refresh the entire range across all the price points. That could also imply we’ll see not just a rad­i­cal­ly revised GoPro Hero8 Black, but pos­si­bly a Hero8 Sil­ver and Hero8 White as well.

Expect even more buttery-smooth video

The upcom­ing GoPro Hero8 range will retain its pre­de­ces­sors’ 4K video shoot­ing capa­bil­i­ties, but rumors sug­gest it will dou­ble the ante, with the Hero8 Black poten­tial­ly capa­ble of record­ing at up 120fps at 4K (as opposed to the 60fps on the Hero7 Black), while Full HD 1080p videos could be shot at up to 480fps.

It’s also antic­i­pat­ed that the eighth gen action cam­era will house the brand new GP2 proces­sor under the hood. If that’s the case, we should see a marked improve­ment in per­for­mance over the (admit­ted­ly already excel­lent) GoPro Hero7 Black. The new proces­sor could poten­tial­ly improve the camera’s low-light per­for­mance and make the superb Hyper­Smooth image sta­bi­liza­tion fea­ture even more silky.

A 360-degree view

While dis­cussing the com­pa­ny’s Q1 2019 earn­ings results in May, Wood­ward also men­tioned that it’s expect­ing to announce a next-gen­er­a­tion spher­i­cal cam­era in the fourth quar­ter of 2019. If that’s true, that’s like­ly to be a suc­ces­sor to the GoPro Fusion that was released in mid-2018.

We haven’t had any word on what the Fusion 2 will be like, but the orig­i­nal is capa­ble of shoot­ing 5.2K res­o­lu­tion videos at up to 30fps. How­ev­er, the cur­rent camera’s ‘over-cap­ture’ fea­ture – which con­verts 360-degree footage into reg­u­lar widescreen videos – is quite time-con­sum­ing, mean­ing it’s a prod­uct per­haps best suit­ed to pro­fes­sion­als. Hope­ful­ly, GoPro will make a fol­low-up more user-friend­ly to give it main­stream appeal.

All this is still spec­u­la­tion, of course, but if GoPro sticks to its usu­al rou­tine, we’ll like­ly have an offi­cial announce­ment for the eighth-gen­er­a­tion action cam­eras (and per­haps even the Fusion 2) some­time next month.

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