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GoPro Action Camera

The GoPro Hero is an entry-level action cam that can take 1440/60p and 1080/60p video and 10MP stills. It can be controlled with your voice or on a 2″ LCD. It’s waterproof to 10m/33ft and has electronic video image stabilization. As always, wireless connectivity is built in, with an available cloud service for backing up your media.

GoPro Hero 7 Black : features

  • 4K video to 60p 
  • HyperSmooth stabilisation 
  • Live-streaming

While some may be disappointed to know that many of the core specs are essentially carbon copied from the Hero 6 Black, GoPro’s thinking for this model was clearly less about boosting frame rates and packing more pixels, and more about improving the actual experience of using the device.

Hypersmooth Stabilization

HyperSmooth is the next level of Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) introduced in HERO7 Black. With improvements on the GP1 chip and 2GB memory, the camera delivers gimbal-like stabilization for creating even more smooth video captures.

How does HyperSmooth work?
With our advanced scene analysis and roller shutter correction algorithm, our camera is able to proactively look at how motion is happening frame to frame and adjust correction to make the video super smooth. This is achieved through an increase of the camera’s processing memory (not to be confused with SD card recording memory). We use an advanced roller shutter correction algorithm.

Which resolutions use HyperSmooth?

ResolutionFrame RatesStabilization
4K 4:330/25No Stabilization
4K 4:324Standard Stabilization
4K60/50HyperSmooth
4K30/25HyperSmooth
4K24HyperSmooth
2.7K 4:360/50HyperSmooth
2.7K 4:330/25HyperSmooth
2.7K 4:324HyperSmooth
2.7K120/100No Stabilization
2.7K60/50HyperSmooth
2.7K30/25HyperSmooth
2.7K24HyperSmooth
1440p120/100Standard Stabilization
1440p60/50HyperSmooth
1440p30/24HyperSmooth
1440p24HyperSmooth
1080p240/200No Stabilization
1080p120/100Standard Stabilization
1080p60/50HyperSmooth
1080p30/25HyperSmooth
1080p24HyperSmooth
960p240/200No Stabilization
960p120/100Standard Stabilization
720p240/200No Stabilization
720p60/50HyperSmooth

Heads up: Image stabilization uses a lot of power when you’re shooting in high performance modes. In cold temperatures (0°C or lower) the battery’s capacity is reduced and is not able to keep up with the high-power usage. Because of this, HyperSmooth and Standard Stabilization are not available in these high-performance modes when operating in very cold temperatures: 

  • 4K60
  • 4K24 4:3
  • 2.7K60 4:3

GoPro Hero 7 Black review : build and handling

  • Similar design to Hero 6 Black 
  • Waterproof down to 10m/33ft 
  • Improved UI with portrait orientation

The GoPro Hero 7 Black offers the same kind of rugged and largely rubbered body as the Hero 6 Black, although the sides of the devices are just as smooth as the front, rather than ridged. This also means the previous two-tone look is now gone, but you’ll likely have the GoPro in a case of some kind, so this makes very little difference in use.

Build quality of the Hero 7 Black feels just as solid as the Hero 6 Black. The two doors to the battery/card and USB/HDMI compartments can be a little fiddly to open, though the design is necessary to ensure waterproofing. Without a housing the camera can travel 10m/33ft safely underwater (just as before), although you can go even deeper with the optional Super Suit.

A small plastic frame that wraps around the GoPro Hero 7 Black and clips into place is provided as standard, and this can be mounted on an adhesive stand to keep the camera in place, in addition to many other mounts for helmets, handlebars and more. 

Specification

Body typeVR/Action camera
Max resolution3648 x 2736
Image ratio w:h4:3, 16:9
Effective pixels10 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
Image stabilizationDigital only
Uncompressed formatNo
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size2″
Touch screenYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Continuous drive10.0 fps
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
Modes1920 x 1440 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MP4, H.264, AAC
MicrophoneMultiple
SpeakerNone
Storage typesmicroSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless notesWi-Fi + Bluetooth
Environmentally sealedYes
DurabilityWaterproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Weight (inc. batteries)117 g (0.26 lb / 4.13 oz)
Dimensions65 x 45 x 35 mm (2.56 x 1.77 x 1.38″)
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