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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Quality Action Videos, Not As Good For Pictures

    Posted
    scovartwo
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    The GoPro Hero 7 has pretty good build quality, considering all the technology necessary for its functioning is fitted into such a small sized camera that is also waterproof. I have never owned a GoPro style of action camera before, so I do not have much to compare this GoPro to, but I was surprised that the battery on the GoPro Hero 7 drains really unexpectedly fast when connected to a Smartphone. Upon doing some online research, I found that the fast draining battery happens because of the following: When the GoPro is put into the App viewing mode, the GoPro camera uses extra battery power to create a wireless signal, of which the Smartphone connects directly to the GoPro’s wireless signal, and so it is the wireless signal which drains the GoPro’s battery power to this extent. It is best to only connect to the GoPro app when necessary, and then open the app’s settings and turn off the wireless connections whenever not needed. Always remember when you have turned off the wireless connections, because if you put the GoPro Hero 7 in app connection mode with the wireless connections option turned off, the on screen display does not show any message saying that the wireless connections are turned off. I spent 20 solid minutes one time trying to connect my Smartphone to my GoPro and I had forgotten I had set the wireless connections mode to OFF. Recording time test: I set the GoPro video settings to the following options, 4k, Wide, 30 frames per second, I was using a 64GB SanDisk micro SD card. I started the GoPro recording, and I started a stopwatch to see how long it would record for. The GoPro Hero 7 recorded at these settings for 1 hour and 21 minutes and 38 seconds. I had previously watched a video on YouTube which compared the recording time of the GoPro Hero 5 vs the GoPro Hero 6, and in that video, the GoPro Hero 5 recorded at the same settings for 1 Hour and 35 minutes, and the GoPro Hero 6 recorded at the same settings for 1 Hour and 44 minutes. Anyway, I am not sure what all changes GoPro has made to this newer GoPro Hero 7 camera, but I am guessing that the improved Video Stabilization that this GoPro Hero 7 has, might be draining a bit more battery power. Upon starting the GoPro app, it brings up a prompt suggesting to turn on Bluetooth, and I wondered if Bluetooth was 100% necessary, since it would not really seem like it would be necessary to have WiFi and Bluetooth both turned on in order to connect a Smartphone to the GoPro. I found that it is indeed possible to connect the GoPro app to the GoPro camera, without turning on the Bluetooth on my Smartphone, so I do not know why the process of using the GoPro app suggests to turn on the Bluetooth on the Smartphone. My complaint in the GoPro app requesting to turn on the Bluetooth, is that most customers would probably not prefer to turn on both WiFi and Bluetooth, unless it is totally necessary, since both signals would use more battery power on the Smartphone. I found that the GoPro Hero 7 takes somewhat average pictures, and the up close pictures are downright blurry, especially when the pictures are being taken indoors under low or medium lighting. Pictures taken using the GoPro Hero 7 in brighter outdoor lighting from a distance are certainly better, and I am guessing these distance pictures might be on par with what is expected from a 12 mega pixel camera. The up close images I took outdoors with my GoPro Hero 7 were overall blurrier than I had expected. I took several up close pictures outdoors in ample sunlight, and the pictures were all blurry, I expected the blurriness I had experienced indoors to be completely caused by the dimmer indoor lighting, but it seems to be that the up close pictures taken with this camera are not in focus. I know that cameras in general take lesser quality pictures in low lighting, so I kind of expected the pictures I snapped in my living room to be of lesser quality. The images I captured using the GoPro Hero 7 in my living room were actually under pretty decent lighting. The lights in my living room are certainly not described as low lighting, and could be described as above average for indoor lighting. I did a comparison of the pictures that I captured indoors with the GoPro Hero 7, compared to indoor pictures from my $650 Smartphone, and I found the pictures that were taken using the GoPro Hero 7, were noticeably darker and much blurrier, to the point that I was surprised how blurry some of the pictures were. The main issue seems to be that this GoPro does not seem to focus on items that are anywhere near the lens, up close pictures using the GoPro Hero 7 are essentially blur central. I had expected that the bigger lens on the GoPro Hero 7 would have been capable of capturing some great up close picture, I guess not. The images I captured using my GoPro Hero 7 were taken using the 12 mp linear option & the Superphoto option was set to HDR Only, this seems to be the best options for the photo settings of the GoPro Hero 7. The GoPro Hero 7 is simply optimized for capturing faster action video footage, and it is not so great at taking up close pictures, especially in low to medium indoor lighting. The GoPro Hero 7 does come with a nice quality USB C cable that is 22 ½ inches long. It is kind of a disappointment that there is no charger included. I think that not including a charger, was not a very good customer satisfaction choice to make on GoPro’s part, after all, what customer would prefer to not have an included charger? I guess you could say that the GoPro cameras are considered kind of a premium product which also comes with a premium price, and so for there to be no charger included, that is kind of a bit of a let down. I own a substantial collection of expensive electronics, and so I know what is considered a good value at a certain price point, and I feel as if the external charger with a spare battery should have been included with the GoPro Hero 7 kit, and that would have made the selling price way more understandable. Maybe even one or two more accessories. The GoPro Hero 7 is obviously one of the better quality action cameras, but it is lacking a bit in versatility considering that it takes blurry up close pictures. Logically it would seem like such a high quality lens would at least be able to take as good of pictures as a flagship Smartphone. Considering that the GoPro Hero 7 has a premium price for such a small camera that does not even include a charger, I would consider the GoPro Hero 7 kit to be lacking a bit in value. If someone is a hardcore outdoor action sports enthusiast, the GoPro Hero 7 would be more enticing. I am an older guy who is not as active, and I had planned on using the GoPro Hero 7 more for indoor up close photography and bit of miscellaneous videos for YouTube, so this is part of the reason why my review might seem a bit overly critical. I did not get to test the GoPro Hero 7 for what it is best at, which is faster action videos, and I am sure it is great for this purpose, and I am sure the improved Video Stabilization will result in better action videos. You will have to read other reviews to know more about the fast action performance of the GoPro Hero 7. I am rating the GoPro Hero 7 kit at 3.5 out of 5 stars, mainly because of the lack of value.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Iteration not innovation

    Posted
    PeboQuattro
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    The Hero 7 Black is the latest action camera from GoPro and it brings several improvements over the previous generation. The most notable being HyperSmooth, claiming to offer gimbal like stabilization. The Hero 7 Black is the same dimensions as the previous generation (Hero 6), meaning you have an abundance of mounts and accessories to choose from. Unfortunately not much has changed on the inside (apart from increased RAM), meaning this update is mostly software improvements and optimization. The additional memory doesn’t go to waste however, as GoPro has improved video stabilization dramatically. With the latest update, the Hero 7 can stabilize footage up to 4K60 providing a clean, shake free video everyone can appreciate. The new stabilization isn’t limited to video, GoPro offers it on a new mode called TimeWarp. TimeWarp is stabilized time lapse video which looks great for long recordings, condensing the footage down while knowing when to momentarily slowdown during an action sequence. Beyond video stabilization the H7B can record up to 240 fps (1080p/720p) for capturing slow motion shots and can take photos. The photos aren’t any better then current generation smart phones, so I would stick to using this for what it does best (video). One thing I am disappointed with is the lack of battery life improvement on the current generation. The H7B uses the same battery and processor as H6B, so it’s no surprise that the battery life is still terrible. You will be lucky to get an hour or two of use out of it, as it drains the battery just browsing through the settings. I would like for GoPro to come out with a higher capacity battery but I feel it must be a limitation of the design and a larger battery may cause overheating. Perhaps a future Hero 8 black with a GP2 processor will be more efficient. In addition to battery issues, I found the Hero 7 still lacks refinement. The interface seems sluggish, often times a swipe or button press isn’t registered making the overall experience feel buggy. At this point in time, touch interfaces have come a long way so these inconsistencies really stand out coming from a refined product like a smart phone. The tiny display also has noticeable light bleed around the edges, again the product needs a little more polish for the price point. Overall, the GP Hero 7 Black is a great action camera for those who either have an older GoPro (Hero 5) or are looking to purchase their first action camera. I feel this generation is more of an iterative improvement, lacking innovation and refinement. The value with the H7B versus other cameras comes from a robust accessory market and advanced features like HyperSmooth. As much as I can nitpick the camera on other aspects HyperSmooth is more than just marketing, it truly does a fantastic job stabilizing video. Simply put, if you want to record video while in motion, this is the camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Go Pro 7 Black - Hero or Zero?

    Posted
    MemphisTechieRN
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    I must admit that I always looked at the GoPro as sort of a glorified phone camera. But, without the phone. Those familiar with the GoPro already know about previous versions. So what's new in the 7? The first and best is that the GoPro hero 7 Black contains a brand new image stabilization technology called "Hypersmooth" which to me, really is beneficial and awe inspiring. I really did my best to defeat the feature, but hard as I might - the video still came out super smooth. Sure, previous incarnations had image stabilization but I cannot imagine that it could get any better than this. And unlike it's previous version now works with 4k. Second, there is a much improved (dual!) microphone that provides sound that doesn't overdrive in loud atmospheres, or try to overly boost in quiet scenes. Just like in the famous children's book - this time they got it "just right". The "super photo" mode is sort of an AI processor that chooses the best settings for the scene at hand. And it does do a pretty good job. Nothing I've done seems to be washed out like on some camera phones that have similar technology. It truly does do pretty well in this regard. Finally, you can livestream from your GP7HB directly to Facebook but will eventually (hopefully soon!) allow the same to youtube. Though, one has to wonder how well a live stream in a higher res (right now it's just up to 720) will work out on video sharing sites. Unless of course you have a high bandwidth plan with your internet provider. Timewarp, GPH7B's take on time lapse isn't really what one thinks of - as generally one would just have a camera pointing out their window and catching it that way. With this technology, it can be "in motion" shots (thanks to the stabilization technology). However, to me it just looks like it took normal "Hypersmooth" shot video and sped it up about 15x-20x. Kind fun and cool. But, a feature that I personally won't be utilizing (at least not a whole lot). The video quality is, again, much better than what I was expecting going into this. It is a ton better than a glorified non-phone picture phone. The build quality is very decent. The waterproof case gives me confidence that I can safely get it wet with no worry. I actually did this today to film my wife coming home in a pretty strong rainstorm. No water penetrated the waterproof casing. Now, with all of that said the biggest downfall of this is the (non)-intuitive nature of the camera itself. The controls on the back touchscreen gave me a bit of trouble. I cannot imagine anyone but the most tech-savy user feeling comfortable using this camera. It's very easy to accidentally switch from video to still camera; for instance. So, with all the new toys and hardware advancements "under the hood" - none of that matters if the user doesn't know how to access them! For those, like me, that are tech savy - that's completely different. But if the general consumer attempts to use this; I can see them getting mighty confused over how to use the camera (and if we are lucky all of the enhancements. Also, when I attempt to export the video files to the home PC I get either a "file is corrupted" error, or simply the computer cannot find the files. This also occurs on the app from the Playstore. So, sadly to me - even though this is great hardware - I do not see this product getting off the ground (even though they have been around for a while. I am only giving the GoPro 3 stars. It could have been a 5-star product any day of the week. But, the non-intuitive nature of the touchscreen leaves one to want to pull all of their hair out! If you are in the market for a great camera, and are techy. Go ahead and get the black model. But, if you wouldn't consider yourself that I would strongly advise you not to purchase this item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but needs some help

    Posted
    JayTee
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    A great device but it has a hard time handling the technology inside. I used it in tough conditions and it has trouble keeping its temperature down even in rather simple applications. (2 brand new both same problem) I have to turn off numerous settings to make it behave itself. Something I did not have to do in previous models. YES, I use only GO-Pro recommended hardware but it's still somehow my fault. I still use it but when the conditions get rough I revert back to the Hero 6 that handles these conditions with no problem. The video quality is great.... if you have plenty of light but in low light, you get a lot of grain making the night shots unusable. You can manually adjust the recording settings and improve the night time captures but you have to do it before each recording. If I go from a white vehicle to a blue one I have to redo the settings to make the video a "kind of ok." (night photos are worthless) Maybe a good firmware upgrade will make a really good camera great. I missed a key capture at an event last month because it overheated and it shut down just before the run was made and we were only dealing with an 84-degree day.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love and Hate

    Posted
    babeluck
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    I love the product, I love the quality. Unfortunately it’s a product made to waste money. If you’re using it, even though it says it lasts 3 hours, the battery while you’re using it only lasts about 1 hour and you need to have a charger that doesn’t need an outlet in case you’re traveling. I suggest you invest in 3-4 batteries a charger and set your screensaver and everything to save the battery as much as possible. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to capture half my trip because the GoPro kept dying before I even got to the place and realized it was somehow on without even showing it being on. I had turned it off and it stayed on. However as I changed the automatic turn off to 2 mins, it surely turns off now. I’d return this and buy something else, but I already invested in so much. I’ll consider gifting it eventually. I wished it had been a bit more simple, I guess because of how complex it is, it drains battery easy and it cuts the videos automatically after 8mins so you end up with tons of footage rather than something long and constant.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Freezes a lot

    Posted
    Knini
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    I purchased this camera specifically to take pictures in our vacations. The first thing that I noticed was that the battery drains too fast. Second thing was the screen freezing to the point where I had to open the battery compartment, remove the battery for at least 15 seconds and put it back. Otherwise it would not work at all. During that time, the cammera would get very hot around the battery area. Third was the lack of instructions for the settings, use, etc. I returned it right away. I have to admit that it has a PERFECT resolution! If GoPro fix this issues I would definitely buy it again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great action camera, but with battery problems

    Posted
    ro32901
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    The Hero 7 has many new features that are great. But it also has some issues, the main one being a battery issue, My battery will not charge fully, only to 97-98 %. The battery life on these camera's isn't great anyway, but now you can't even fully charge the battery. I have other GoPro batteries from my Hero 6 and the problem is the same. Never had this problem with the Hero 6. For $400 one would think they could get it right. They are sending me a new battery that they say has been tested. I think the problem is in the camera, not the batteries. But we will see. On the GoPro forums many others are having the same or worse battery problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Slightly better but not by much

    Posted
    LAMedia
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    The picture quality is a little better than the 6 due to not having that weird purple hue that the 6 would have but as for mine I have been having issues with the 7 freezing up like the 6 to where I have to remove the battery. I’m am also having battery issues. When fully charged the battery will drop to 1% once I turn the camera off and on again. I’m not sure what is going on but I do hope that this is just a software issue than can be resolved soon. $400 to have issues like that is unacceptable, but I am patient being that the device is new and I am giving GoPro some time to fix this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs better QC

    Posted
    Manny
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    My first time owning an action camera but far from my first time using one. The Hero 7 Black (H7B) works well when it doesn’t freeze. The first time I did a test run it froze on me within 10mins. I had a full battery and a 128g SD ultra. Still though, when it’s working, it works very well for its price. The hyper stabilization is pretty amazing. If you do buy one, I suggest signing up for GoPro plus or getting the Best Buy warranty.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    HEVC is a Real Problem

    Posted
    RONIN
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    The camera is what you would expect from GoPro. Quality is Great. Video stabilization also great. portrait mode a nice touch. There are 2 MAJOR flaws: 1. Battery Life is HORRIBLE. You can actually see it draining just setting up menu items! And NO... It has the latest firmware... So that is NOT AN EXCUSE... 2. HEVC - This is a real problem. Video editing software from just a couple of years ago have a problem with this format. This is a disaster.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overheating?

    Posted
    ScubaJunky
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    I've enjoyed my go-pro's throughout the years and the Hero7 is a great upgrade with the image stabilization. However, I have had many issues with the camera shutting off after a few minutes of recording and the housing being very hot. This was being used in normal conditions so nothing extreme. Bought a new battery with the same results. Go-Pro say they'll replace it so we'll have to see if I end up with the same issue.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good quality/poor connectivity/low value

    Posted
    MikeyRocks
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    Great video recording features but the connectivity options are horrible. They do not make sense. If I’d done more research, I would have bought a different product. The headphone adapter that is sold separately is a $50 propietery part that has an awkward shape and is hard to use. Minimal Bluetooth capability. They do well to generate a profit but the next generation of action camera equipment that I get will NOT be from this brand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as impressed as I thought

    Posted
    Skipplate
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    We bought this to vlog but it has sort of a fish eye look, limited features and it's a pain to take the case off. We also seem to have a problem with it locking up and then we need to take the battery out to reboot it. If you are looking for a camera for extreme activities this is it, if you want a camera that is not going to get wet or tossed around get a handheld mini camcorder. We are sorry we spent the $400 on this.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Camera good. BBuy service: big disappoinyment

    Posted
    elmertuggle
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    Bought on your Black Friday special, 11/23. Camera available 11/24 but not the SD, rendering camera useless. Card arrived one month later. If I had realized you were not able to fulfill, I would have Black Friday-ed with someone else. I needed this for a retirement gift on 12/1. Do not recommend Best Buy, only the camera. Seems you were not prepared for a known special. Felt snookered.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Didn’t use it

    Posted
    IanMaguire
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    Although I think go pro is really excellent and does so many awesome things I just never really use the item very much and ended up returning it. I just like to use my iphone for taking pictures and video and not having a second device.If you can make time for using this overall it’s a good deal

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great.. most of the time

    Posted
    Daniel
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    This is my 2nd one.. had the battery door not seal correctly.. the temperature of the camera is always hot.. hard to remove lense cover to put in super suit.. battery doesn't last that long.. and when WiFi connect the camera keeps turning on. Even when u turn it off

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    battery dies fast ;but takes too long to charge

    Posted
    JSGoPro7
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    nice device, no accessories when purchased. poor battery life during use poor battery charging takes too long, had to purchase three other batteries plus the double battery charged, would have been better of buying a stand for my iPad.... the only good part? its compact...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great camera, not so great temperature

    Posted
    KHorn1310
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    I’ve taken this camera on multiple vacations now. Overall it produces great quality pictures and video. But if you run it too long it starts to over heat. If you’re an average adventurer this camera is great. But if you’re looking to film long periods, I’d look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works

    Posted
    Kilcrease58
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    Go pro works however after a few issue's of it freezing and having to reset the whole device it seems to be working better. the software that comes with it sucks and crashes my note 8 and my $1800 lenovo laptop. Wish there software was better and easier to use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    May or may not return

    Posted
    Bright
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    I bought this for the stability and honestly, its not fluid. There's a warped flair to the videos that exceeds what you expect from a GoPro. It also gets uncomfortably hot. I am thinking of returning it, the only thing holding me back is the restock fee Best Buy tacks on for returns.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend