GoPro has launched the "GoPro Labs", an opportunity for interested users of Hero 8 Black to test experimental new features. These features are mostly developed in internal hackathons and may never be officially released - GoPro therefore doesn&t call them beta versions, but a way to see what the developers are working on.
Everyone can try out the new features for themselves - the only requirement is a change of firmware to the "GoPro Labs" version - here you can find instructions on how to do this.
GoPro Hero 8
The first of these new features is an optimization of the rolling shutter of the Hero 8 Black for stabilization using ReelSteady Go (GoPro had bought ReelSteady in March and promised current and future users even better functionality).
The second new feature via GoPro Labs is the possibility to control GoPro via QR Code. Users only need to point their camera at a specific QR code to trigger the desired function. Functions programmable via QR Code include triggering or stopping the recording when motion is detected in the image or when the camera reaches a defined speed (which is measured by GPS); extra long time lapse recordings can be defined with intervals of more than 60 seconds; a specific start time for video recording can be set; scripts can be defined, e.g. so that a camera is only active at daytime during time lapse recordings.
GoPro Hero 8 Programming by QR Code
Additional functions: Information about the camera&s owner can be displayed each time the camera is turned on, in case it gets lost and the honest finder doesn&t know where to return it. Here the appropriate QR codes can be generated for these functions. If you want to go even deeper, here has a reference with all the commands for programming your own actions - a powerful new way of programming the GoPro Hero 8.