GoPro Inc. is an American technology company, and it is known worldwide for producing most versatile action cameras. These cameras are superior quality cameras with incredible built-in features and technologies which make them worth buying.
Any photographer who gets used to the GoPro cameras, he won’t find better video quality, ease of use, and value from the competition. These cameras are best known for their video results, but they also give you high still images results.
GoPro Camera Review – GoPro Hero7
There are many extreme-action videography cameras under the brand umbrella of GoPro. One of the trendy ones from these cameras is GoPro Hero 7 4K Video Action Camera. This camera is stepping forward from its predecessors with its excellent video quality, stabilization, improved audio quality, live streaming, waterproof design, and range of mounts and accessories, etc.
It is capable of shooting 4K/60fps, 1080p/240fps video, Takes 12-megapixel still photos with HDR, and is capable of Timelapse and slow-motion modes.
Here are details about different functions and specifications of Hero 7:
There is a whole list of features in this camera to talk about. From Hypersmooth to live streaming, everything is worth discussing. Here are some details about the features:
If someone knows GoPro cameras, the first thing he will notice that Hero 7 is nearly identical to Hero 6. Both models are very similar, aside from the darker-toned finish of Hero 7 and mic design. Improvement in mic design improved the overall audio performance of the camera.
This camera is very lightweight, just like predecessors, and weighs only 3.33 oz / 94.4 g. The size of the camera is 2.4 inches x 1.8 inches x 3.1 inches. The body has a rubberish finish, and the design is overall simple.
The display of the camera is the LCD type of about 2 inches. This display is a little better than the predecessor, as this screen doesn’t have a yellowish effect in it. On the side there are some buttons for recording and pausing, turning on/off recording.
There are two openings for the battery/card and USB/HDMI compartments. One new addition in design is the ‘short clip’ button. This button lets the user limit the recording from 15 to 30 seconds. All in all, the hardware is pretty similar, but sure, there are improvements in software.
One of the significant improvements in GoPro 7 is waterproofing. And there is no extra casing required the make the camera waterproof. You can take the camera in the water up to 10 meters without any fear of damage to the device.
Protection from water can be expanded up to 30 meters with an optional GoPro waterproof housing. Not to brag, but this camera can be your perfect companion if you are into exploring the underwater world.
When this camera was launched, the company introduced it as ‘HyperSmooth Gimbal-Like.’ Hyper smooth stabilization is built-in electronic stabilization. This stabilization helps to ditch the gimbal, which results in improving the user to capture super-smooth and professional-class images anytime.
The company claimed that Hero 7 camera stabilization for video shooting is the best built-in video stabilization of any camera you can find in the market, and the great thing is that many users of this camera approved this claim too.
Gimbal like stabilization is added so you can achieve ultra-smooth high-quality footage which you can obtain using a gimbal.
This is a combination of better hardware and software, instead of just upgrading existing optical stabilization. At 4K 60fps at full resolution, one can still shoot in Hypersmooth. You can also get 8x slo-mo at full high definition resolution.
The little drawback in Hypersmooth is that it can’t be enabled when shooting in a 4:3 aspect ratio, and also when shooting in Full HD at 240fps and 120fps. Overall, hyper smooth results for this camera are incredible. There isn’t any trouble with traditional wrapping like users faced on older versions of GoPro.
Electronic HyperSmooth stabilization can be one good reason they choose this camera over its rivals.
TimeWrap is just like the time-lapse video, but HyperSmooth applied it. Time Wrap enables the user to get ultra-smooth and stable results of timelapse videos. Time Wrap gives the option to capture on different time-lapse speeds, including 2x, 5x, 10x, 15x, and 30x.
Standard timelapse videos are best when the camera is in a static position; otherwise, optical results are jerky. With hyper smooth, this camera is an excellent option the capture timelapse videos even for bikers during their bumpy rides.
Good audio quality:
One of the significant and noticeable improvements in Go Pro Hero 7 is its enhanced sound quality. Better audio quality is like a blessing in disguise to compliment the boosted video quality via HyperSmooth stabilization.
The microphone membrane of a camera is re-designed by experts to capture more subtle sounds. The new design also makes sure that the device doesn’t pick up unnecessary noises from the environment and eliminate vibrations too.
Built-in processor targets and eliminates vibrating sounds. Better audio quality provides more natural bass \ brighter mids and captures the more dynamic range of tones i.e., deeper lows and higher highs.
You have also got voice control on this camera. This feature comes very handily when you want to go hands-free. During surfing, climbing, and snowboarding this is very useful. Hero7 can be controlled by two commands: ‘GoPro Capture’ and ‘GoPro Stop Capture.’
It can be advantageous, but with this device, voice control is kind of hit or miss. Many users complained about it being unresponsive at times. Both commands to control the camera do not respond at all sometimes.
Improved UI with portrait orientation:
On the rear of GoPro Hero 7, there is a touchscreen. It is at the same place as its predecessor, Hero Go Pro 6, but several things are redesigned, such as menus, modes, and settings. It is easier to operate now.
Resolution and frame rate are now displayed on the bottom of the screen, whereas battery percentage and available space of memory card are shown on the upper side off-screen. One addition Go Pro did while revamping the user interference is the addition of Portrait Mode. This mode allows shooting vertical photos and videos.
If you connect your device to the Go Pro App on your smartphone, you can live stream your shooting. All you need is Wi-Fi or cellular data to broadcast it. When Hero 7 was newly launched, using WiFi or mobile service, the user can only conduct a 720p live stream on Facebook. But with an update now, one can also perform a 720p live stream on YouTube too.
Responsive Smartphone Integration with Camera:
Usually, many cameras allow operating your camera via your smartphone by connecting the camera to the app on a mobile phone. Well and reasonable, but actual trouble starts after this. A lot of times, these integrations come out terrible.
There is always a hit or miss that established connectivity will work without changing the operating system of the camera or mobile phone. But when you are using Hero 7, this connectivity is very reliable.
It is highly responsive and makes it easy the control your camera entirely via your mobile phone and help you to share images and videos immediately after capturing them.
If you want to find out even more about this product, I am inviting you to watch a YouTube video by Ben Schmanke from channel AuthenTech. It is an excellent comparison between GoPro HERO 7 Black, Silver, and White:
Mounts and accessories:
There are some accessories in the package of this camera, including official Go Pro branded mounts and third party mounts. You don’t need to buy anything extra to add creativity in your videos and photographs.
GoPro Hero7 specifications:
- Box Dimensions (LxWxH): 9.7 x 5.8 x 3.1 inches
- Package Weight: 0.925 lb
- General Weight: 3.33 oz / 94.4 g
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.4 x 1.8 x 1.1″ / 6.2 x 4.5 x 2.8 cm
- Battery: Built-In Lithium-Ion Battery, 3.85 VDC
- Charging method: USB
- Camera sensor: 1-Chip CMOS
- Sensor Resolution: 10 MP
- Recording media: 1 x micro SD
- Video format: 3840 x 2160p at 24/30 fps (30 Mb/s MP4 via H.264/AVC) 1920 x 1440p at 30/60 fps
- Still Image Resolution: JPEG: 10 Megapixel, 3648 x 2736
- Display Type: LCD (TOUCH SCREEN)
- Screen size: 2 inches
- Screen resolution: 320 x 480
- Photo ISO Range: 100 the 1600 (Auto)
- Video ISO Range: 100 the 1600 (Auto)
- Burst Photo: 15 Photos / 1 Second
- Image Stabilization: Digital
- Waterproof Depth Rating: 33.0′ / 10.0 m (Camera)
- Built-In Mic: Yes
- Wi-Fi: Yes
- Tripod Mount: None
- Inputs: 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
- Outputs: None
- Microphone input: None
- Excellent quality image stabilization. HyperSmooth Video Stabilization up to 4K / 60 fps
- Audio quality better than ever. Improved audio recording
- Waterproof body. No extra waterproof casing is required
- Live streaming feature
- Great video quality
- Impressive stills can be captured
- Number of mounts and accessories comes with the package
- Function of TimeWrap
- Good App support
- Up the 8x slo-mo at full HD
- Voice control
- No perfect battery life just like predecessors
- The device heats while 4k recording
- System hangs. Unresponsive UI occasionally
- Options with same features are available at relatively lower cost
Hero 7 black instantly become popular among users. It is small and lightweight, but performance-wise it is a beast. The image stabilization is brilliant, and you can get insanely brilliant footage with this incredible and ultimate action camera.
The HyperSmooth stabilization is of the next level, and the camera is the best one so far by GoPro, app support is better than all competitors of the device, TimeWrap, voice control, and live streaming.
What more can you wish for from an action camera? It can be your best all-rounder camera to capture nature and all your important moments of life.