The new GoPro Hero 7 Black has arrived and it has made some pretty major improvements that make shooting videos a delight for new and old users alike.
On the surface, the new model looks quite similar to the premium action camera released last year. But there is plenty of impressive technology hidden underneath the hood that sets it apart from the older GoPro models.
Price and Availability
Whenever a new gadget hits the market, it often costs significantly more than its previous models. But that’s not the case with GoPro Hero 7 Black.
If the Black edition is out of your budget, the company has made the rest of its line-up more affordable. 4K Hero 7 Silver only costs £279 whereas the Hero 7 White is even cheaper at £179.
The entire GoPro range will release tomorrow, September 27, but cameras are already available for pre-ordering on GoPro’s official website.
Design and Build
Since the price of the new GoPro Hero 7 is technically the same as last year’s model, it came as no surprise that the company didn’t make any major upgrade to its design and build. But it isn’t necessarily a bad thing that the camera is visually identical to the previous models, especially since it will be compatible with your existing mounts.
The camera is made for shooting high-action videos so you can expect it to the durability and ruggedness to endure any bumps or falls. The GoPro Hero 7 is also waterproof up to 10 meters without requiring a case. The front has a monochrome display that holds all the details like the battery level, time remaining and setting options, whereas the back has a 2-in-1 touchscreen feature.
Some More Cool Specs and Features
1) Better Stabilization
The best improvement made to the latest GoPro Hero 7 Black is the HyperSmooth feature that offers better stabilization. Sony was the trendsetter for optical stabilization after it launched the feature in its 2016 action cameras. GoPro quickly followed suit with Hero 5, but there was a difference in quality.
Hero used electronic stabilization instead of electronic which altered the image after it was capture, causing a Jell-o effect around the edges of the image.
The stabilization improved somewhat with Hero 6 but the camera still had problems whenever you would make an abrupt movement. But that is old news now. GoPro Hero 7’s stabilization quality is light years ahead of its predecessors Hero 5 and Hero 6.
The bad news is that the GoPro is sticking with EIS, which can be an issue for the purists. But the company is claiming that EIS has certain advantages over the good old OIS.
The lens movement has more leeway and the images are protected from jerks and jitters, which are inevitable with action cameras. This is a life-saving improvement that can save you from hours of editing and tossing footage in the trash folder.
This probably sounds like a term that you hear in time traveling movies, but this cool feature actually is a hybrid between HyperSmooth stabilization and time lapse video which allows you to speed your video up to 30x depending on the length of the footage.
3) Live Streaming
Live Streaming is another headlining feature that lets you connect your phone to the camera and choose an online platform that you want to stream from.
Once you’re connected to a reliable network, whether through hotspot from your phone’s data or the Wi-Fi, simply switch on the Live Stream mode and start recording.
The biggest (and the only) drawback of the camera is the quality. GoPro Hero 7 can only stream up to 720p, but users can choose a lower 480p if the internet connection isn’t as strong.
So, What’s the Verdict?
Honestly, GoPro Hero 7 black isn’t a massive upgrade from its predecessor, especially when it comes to specs and design. The best features like the HyperSmooth and TimeWarp are within the software itself, and can bring a massive improvement to the video quality.
Features like TimeWarp are also welcome, but when it comes to upgrading to this new model, the decision depends on the benefit of the new features versus its cost. Personally speaking, GoPro Hero 7 is one of the best actions cameras around. And also, it practically costs the same as last year’s model!