The primary to make it out the gate just isn’t the Media Mod (which I’m notably desperate to strive). As an alternative, it is the $50 Mild Mod. It may not be fairly as thrilling because the Media Mod with its built-in shotgun mic, or the LCD Show Mod, however it does give us a (well-illuminated) glimpse at the place GoPro goes with this entire factor.
GoPro-friendly Mild equipment have been obtainable from third-parties for years; I’ve really useful a few of them earlier than. GoPro’s take is not revolutionary, however it does really feel extra coherent than among the options on Amazon. For one, it’s extremely small, so it will not really feel such as you’re attaching a DSLR flash unit to your GoPro. At 200 Lumens, it is vibrant sufficient to light up you and your quick environment at night time, however you may want one thing extra highly effective when you’re capturing past arm’s attain. It additionally comes with a silicone cowl that acts as a diffuser in order that it is much less harsh in your face as you peer into it, with 4 brightness settings. The battery is built-in (it fees by way of USB-C) and GoPro claims upto six hours of use. The Mild Mod can also be waterproof to 33 toes, identical to the Hero eight Black.
What’s most obvious is that GoPro sees this as a instrument primarily for vloggers. The dimensions of the Mild Mod makes it versatile sufficient to be worn on the physique, but additionally it will sit discreetly beside, or on prime of your GoPro with out including an excessive amount of bulk and weight (although, once more, you will want the Media Mod for that). Earlier than HyperSmooth, strolling and filming your self with a GoPro meant including stabilization in put up (or utilizing a dear gimbal — which typically acquired ugly).
The Hero eight Black is secure sufficient at supply that usually simply holding the digital camera in your hand shall be adequate for run-and-gun vloggers. Increasing the digital camera with higher lighting choices and improved voice recording (per the media mod) is a transparent try and bolster its enchantment to these searching for a pocket-sized “rig.”
Till that media mod — and its chilly shoe — comes out although, you will must mount the Mild Mod independently. Provided that it is appropriate with virtually any GoPro accent, you will have loads of choices, however perching it on prime of the Hero eight Black is not one among them, but. There’s additionally the worth. At $50 it prices greater than the majority of the competitors on Amazon, so you will must resolve if the small type issue and Media Mod compatibility are deal sweeteners for you. If they’re, you may choose your self one up beginning at present.