Originally Posted by imagic
OK!!! Well, guess you are not buying one. Not sure what "GoPro BS" is but I'll defer to your expertise.
Well, I don't know what "sweet" means - your characterization of the Hero8 - or "nice" for the MAX, talking about BS. This is a more serious site than this stuff. But thanks for the links. And "digital lenses" - really? This is just, well, BS - making a up a name for something obvious - sensor cropping.
On substance, I think the Hero8 is a big disappointment, more like a firmware upgrade of the 7. Still no 4K 120P, which would be really useful for an action cam. Now one needs a new battery just to get the higher bitrate in the new model, can't do that with the old battery. And, yes, I am not going to buy the Hero8. The Hero7 will do.
For the MAX you get 5.6K at 30P versus 5.6K at 24P on the Fusion. Is that worth a $499 upgrade? And one thing you do not need for a 360 camera - a viewfinder. So that step up is next to worthless, unless you want to use the MAX as a normal action cam, shooting videos inferior to $199 action cams.
It is clear that GoPro invested nothing in new sensors or processors (it is the same GP1), so they really could not up the performance except by minor tweaks - version 2.0! It is like Sony, no advance to 4K60P or 10bit video, just keep upping AF performance, because they do not have important new processing power. My bet is that the new model is cheaper to manufacture so margins are better (which is fine).
It is early days, so I can change my mind, but my initial reaction as GoPro user is amazement at the trivial upgrades. I would be delighted to be shown to be wrong.
The side note - more innovation from Chinese companies (DJI, Z Cam) than US, German or Japanese companies. The world is changing.