GoPro Hero 8 vs DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 7: Which is the most stable action camera?

ByAdan Flannigan 2019-10-07 13397

As the leader of sports cameras, GoPro has almost always release a flagship action camera every year. October 1, 2019, the GoPro Hero 8 Black was officially released. On May 2019, DJI also released DJI Osmo action, which is a strongest competitor against GoPro Hero series. While what new upgrades and features do GoPro Hero 8 bring? Is GoPro Hero 8 better than DJI Osmo Action?

This time we took the GoPro Hero 8 compare with the previous generation GoPro Hero 7 Black and DJI Osmo Action.

GoPro Hero 8 vs DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 7 

GoPro Hero 8 vs DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 7: appearance and specification

In terms of appearance, the Hero 7 is the largest in the three sports cameras, while the Osmo Action and Hero 8 are almost the same size. But it's important to note that this is the look and feel of Osmo Action after using the shell. In fact, Osmo Action's bare metal size is still smaller than Hero 8. But the advantage of Hero 8 is that it does not require a housing or a variety of accessories. The weight of the Osmo Action is 124g, the GoPro Hero 8 Black is 126g and the GoPro Hero 7 Black is 116g. The three models have little difference.

On the back, all three cameras use a full touch screen, and Osmo Action's 2.25-inch large touch screen wins. Compared with GoPro Hero 8 and Hero 7, the screen is much larger, and it is better to look at it.


GoPro Hero 8

DJI Osmo Action

GoPro Hero 7


66.3 x 48.6 x 28.4 mm

65×42×35 mm

62.3 x 44.9 x 33 mm









Max video resolution

4K 60P

4K 60P

4K 60P

Max vide stream




Waterproof level






1300 mAh


From the core parameters, the GoPro Hero 8 Black does not match the previous 4K 120fps, but still uses the same 4K 60fps image quality as the previous generation. However, compared with the previous generation, the video stream has been greatly improved, and has reached the same "100 megabytes" level as Osmo Action. However, the waterproof level and battery capacity of bare metal still maintain the level of the previous generation.

GoPro Hero 8 vs DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 7: anti-shake effect

I believe that the most important thing for everyone is the difference in the anti-shake effect of these three devices. How much does the GoPro Hero 8 Black equipped with the HyperSmooth 2.0 system improve compared to the previous generation, and how does the RockSteady of Osmo Action in DJI perform?

In order to compare the anti-shake effect of the three cameras, we will use the 4K 60FPS shooting parameters for all three cameras, all open the standard anti-shake mode ( GoPro Hero 8 Black does not open Boost enhanced mode ), and the three cameras are fixed at the same time. The handheld device is running and shooting.

GoPro Hero 8 vs DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero 7 

In order to visually see the difference in the anti-shake effect of the three cameras, we do the  running anti-shake test. We can see that the anti-shake effect of the three models is still very close. But careful observation can still be found in the stabilization effect compared to the previous generation of GoPro Hero 8, Black Hero 7 is indeed not a small upgrade , but image stabilization effect GoPro Hero 8 Black and DJI Osmo Action is actually a little difficult to observe Which is better what the naked eye.

GoPro Hero 8 Black vs GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro Hero 8 Black vs GoPro Hero 7 Black 

Left: GoPro Hero 7  Right: GoPro Hero 8

GoPro Hero 7 has always been conservative in terms of the overall fluency of the camera. This time we also compared the fluency of the two generations of products. From the performance of boot speed and shutdown speed, GoPro Hero 8 Black is obviously more responsive than the previous generation models . It can be seen that the GoPro team has optimized the speed of the switch . In terms of the corresponding speed of the menu operation, GoPro Hero 8 Black also has a certain improvement, but the overall operating experience has not reached the "completely smooth" feeling. However, it should be noted that we are using the latest test version of the firmware, the official is still optimizing the camera as a whole, I believe that the official version of the firmware should be better after the release.

GoPro Hero 8 Black vs DJI Osmo Action

● Response speed

GoPro Hero 8 Black vs DJI Osmo Action 

Left: GoPro Hero 8  Right: DJI Osom Action

In terms of boot speed comparison, we have found many comparisons. The overall performance of Osmo Action in DJI is still better than that of GoPro Hero 8 Black , but GoPro Hero 8 Black may not be stable because of the test version firmware. Sometimes you can achieve the same fast boot performance as Osmo Action, sometimes a little slower. But the overall has been much better than the previous generation.

 Anti-shake cutting vision

The anti-shake and cropping field of view makes us focus on the comparison. Because we mentioned in the previous article, the GoPro Hero 8 Black is equipped with the HyperSmooth 2.0 anti-shake system, and a new Boost enhancement mode for cropping frames is added to the normal anti-shake effect.

GoPro Hero 8 Black uses the standard HyperSmooth 2.0 with a default view that is larger than Osmo Action. After turning on the Boost enhanced mode HyperSmooth 2.0 anti-shake effect, the cropped view field is almost the same as the Osmo Action of DJI.

 Video quality

We also set the two cameras to the highest quality 4K 60fps, and set the GoPro Hero 8 Black to 100Mbps of the highest stream. Simply compare the quality of the two cameras with screenshots of the two clips.

GoPro Hero 8 Black vs DJI Osmo Action​ 

Since the same high-quality shooting is used, the GoPro Hero 8 Black has a wider field of view than the Osmo Action in DJI, so the Osmo Action screen is larger when the screenshot is 200% enlarged at the same time. Through the video screenshots, we can see that the two cameras are almost the same in terms of the delicateness of the picture, and the color reproduction is also very accurate. If you look more closely, you can see that GoPro Hero 8 Black's details on the plastic track and the bridge's fence details are more refined. The smear of Osmo Action in DJI is slightly larger than the GoPro Hero 8 Black.


 From the results of the horizontal comparison of results, the GoPro Hero 8 Black has no significant change in shooting parameters compared to the previous generation, but the improvement in detail is very obvious. Compared with the comprehensive suppression of GoPro parameters when Osmo Action of DJI was released, the GoPro Hero 8 Black also responded well, not only maintaining the position of the sports camera brother in the anti-shake effect. Also in the previous menu logic, video stream and other aspects have been improved . It's a pity that the menu fluency of the GoPro Hero 8 Black is still not close to the level of Osmo Action, and I hope to improve it more or less with some subsequent firmware upgrades.

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