When I reviewed GoPro HERO5 Black, I called it the company’s best camera yet. But now in 2018 with the HERO7 Black, GoPro has made their top of their line camera even better.

Design & Hardware

The GoPro HERO7 Black shares a similar design to previous models with a rectangular body with a rugged exterior and comes in a black colour.

The back of the camera has a 2-inch touch display and the HERO7 Black is waterproof up to 33ft (10m) without needing waterproof housing. On the right side of the camera, has a mode button. The right side of the device is where the USB-C port and mini-HDMI is.

The bottom of the HERO7 Black is where the battery and microSD card slot is. You can record up to 4K video at 60fps and also shoot 12-megapixel photos.

You can also control the HERO7 Black using your voice in 14 languages.

Some of the other features and modes on the HERO7 Black include:

  • Portrait Mode –Native vertical-capture for easy sharing to Instagram Stories, Snapchat and more
  • Enhanced Audio –Re-engineered audio captures increased dynamic range, new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations
  • Intuitive Touch Interface–2-inch touch display with simplified user interface enables native vertical (portrait) use of camera
  • Face, Smile + Scene Detection –HERO7 Black recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app
  • Short Clips –Restricts video recording to 15-or 30-second clips for faster transfer to phone, editing and sharing. Great for new users and kids
  • Photo Timer –Countdown timer for convenient selfies and group shotsoStunning Image Quality –4K60 video and 12MP photos o
  • Ultra Slo-Mo –8x slow motion in 1080p240o
  • Auto Transfer to Phone –Your photos and videos move automatically from the camera when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing
  • GPS Performance Stickers –Track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app
  • Touch Zoom –Frame your photos and videos with just a touch

The GoPro HERO7 Black is available now for $529 CAD ($399 USD).

Camera Image Quality

GoPro has included a new feature called HyperSmooth Stabilization, which allows you to shoot stabilized video without needing a gimbal. Videos taken on the HERO7 Black look great, with lots of detail and colour.

Previous GoPros would have a give a fisheye view in videos but with the HERO7 Black, you do have the option to give your videos that effect, you can also change the type of field of view that you want.

HyperSmooth is only available on a few resolutions including 4K 60fps and 1080p 60fps. The camera will let you know if that resolution supports HyperSmooth. TimeWarp on the HERO7 Black is a lot of fun to use, it basically allows you to take super-stabilized time-lapse videos up to 30x speed.

Switching between modes and the time it took to go from off to starting to record was quick and easy.

Software

The user interface on the HERO7 Black is very simple and easy to use. The touchscreen makes it easy to make changes on the fly or review footage.

You can also connect your HERO7 Black to your Android or iOS device, so you can look at your footage or use your phone as a viewfinder. You also have the ability to live stream using the HERO7 Black to Facebook and YouTube.

As mentioned earlier, HERO7 Black can be controlled via your voice so you can say things like “GoPro, start recording” and other camera functions. I didn’t find myself using voice control all that often but its nice to have.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the HERO7 Black is a great camera and possibly GoPro’s best camera to date. The HyperSmooth Stabilization makes it worth it, especially if you’re coming from a previous GoPro model.

Pros

  • Great 4K video and image quality
  • HyperSmooth is great
  • Solid build
  • Easy to use
  • Waterproof without any extra housing

Cons

  • Battery life could be better

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