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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Going Pro...for a Price

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    Turbolence
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    * Sample video is on YouTube at https://youtu.be/-z8sb9tZdtg . Read Video Quality below for commentary. * The GoPro Hero 7 line represents a consolidation of GoPro’s product portfolio, trimming models like the Session from their offerings and standardizing the lineup to the White, Silver, and Black Hero 7 models. The range-topping Black offers all of the company’s latest technologies, presenting what appears to be a tantalizing upgrade for owners of any previous GoPro camera. It is a fantastically capable device that has no trouble keeping up with fast action as is customary of the renowned action cam line, but a shockingly high price and only a couple convenience features make this a tough sell to all but the most devoted action videographers. - Setup & Features As with all GoPros, packaging was very simple and straightforward, and those who have used their prior cameras will have no trouble getting this device set up. As it was my first time using a proper GoPro, I had some difficulty figuring out how to get the Hero 7 Black up and running, as the included documentation is extremely basic and directs you to the GoPro app on Google Play or the App Store. This would usually be fine, except for whatever reason I could not get the Hero 7 Black to connect to my phone via Bluetooth or WiFi,* meaning I had to guess my way through the menus on the Hero 7 itself. The Hero 7 Black is loaded with features for video recording and photo-taking, and can be triggered to start and stop recording via your phone or voice commands. The rear touchscreen was quite cramped for my large fingers to navigate but worked in a pinch. The quick-start recording option (which triggers the camera to turn on and immediately start recording by pressing the Record button) is extremely convenient and ensured there was little battery life wasted on downtime rather than action shots. Additionally, the front monochrome LCD, though small, was useful to determine whether the camera was recording without needing to look at the camera from behind or unmount it from its base. *I am unsure whether pre-release GoPro software or my phone’s age (2013 flagship running Android 5.0) caused this communication difficulty, and thus cannot fault GoPro for it. - Video + Sound Quality In my time testing the Hero 7 Black, I was able to take a few videos in mixed light settings under various usage scenarios. As with all action cameras, outdoor shots were the highest quality with extremely clear and vivid details. Lower-light shots produced the expected results, though these appeared sufficiently clear and had good range between light and dark shots, rivaling entry-level camcorders. Motion blur was minimal in all situations, and I didn’t notice any significant blurring nor chromatic aberration at the edges of the fisheye lens. Sound quality is acceptable for an action camera. While wind noise is still a major issue, the microphone was adequate in all other situations, and those who are using action cameras in a casual or amateur setting will find the sound reasonable. Anyone using these cameras for higher-quality productions will likely be using external sound capture hardware and sync up the feeds in post-production. The Hero 7’s menus implied that an external bluetooth or USB microphone can be used as a sound source for captured video, but I did not test this feature as I do not have supported hardware. - Stabilization and Sample Video The standout feature for the Black edition over the other models in the Hero 7 lineup is GoPro’s “HyperSmooth” stabilization, which uses an onboard processor and the device’s internal sensors to pan, distort, crop, and warp the image appropriately to produce what the company claims is “gimbal-like” smoothness in your videos at the expense of about 10 degrees field-of-view at the edges of the image. This is only available at certain resolutions and frame-rate settings; it is available on 4K30 but not 4K60, for example. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say the resulting video matches the results from a good external gimbal or track, the resulting video was quite smooth with little stabilization artifacting. Of course, a non-stabilized video can be fixed in post-production, but the convenience of having the video stabilized onboard makes this an attractive proposition for amateur videographers. The following go-karting sample video was taken from the GoPro Hero 7 Black mounted on a go-kart helmet at 2.7K, 60fps, with the HyperSmooth stabilization enabled. These karts were extremely powerful (29HP “Rotax” karts; 3-4x the power of typical rental go-karts) and vibrated like crazy with huge G-forces in the corners. Please pardon the poor angle and strong wind noise. https://youtu.be/-z8sb9tZdtg - Photo Quality I tested photo quality using burst photography (30 photos per 2sec) with linear lens view. Unfortunately this means I had to forego RAW image shooting (available on single shots), which did lead to some compression artifacting. I found that the resulting image quality was decent, but any fine details are significantly muddied. Regardless, the lack of optical zoom removed the Hero 7 Black from consideration for most photography uses, and though it does work as expected the image quality is sub-par against most flagship smartphones. Definitely stick to videography with this one. Please refer to the images attached to this review for an example in moderate, uniform light. - Battery Life This is the area where the latest GoPro offering disappointed the most. While I realize that recording quality will affect the battery life, as will enabling features like HyperSmooth stabilization, I achieved a disappointing 50 minutes of video record time on a full charge at 2.7K, 60fps, stabilized, with the screen off. Battery life has always been on the short side for most GoPros and I was hoping that this would have been improved some as the company revamped its lineup. If you’re planning on an extended outing and don’t want to swap batteries, you’ll want to pack an external battery and USB-C cable to keep the camera going. - Bottom Line This is a feature-packed action camera that delivers on all fronts, producing the great videos commonly associated with the GoPro name, but it is extremely difficult to overlook the price. With an MSRP of $399 USD, this camera costs $100 more than the Hero 7 Silver (which foregoes the HyperSmooth stabilization and front LCD panel) and double that of the Hero 7 White. While the new features are useful, they do not justify the cost compared to competing action cameras, and it feels like the entire lineup carries a premium just for the name recognition. Simply put, this camera feels overpriced, and I would not recommend buying at this price (unless the advanced onboard stabilization is a feature you desperately need or want). The Hero 7 Silver would be the more fitting purchase for those with existing GoPro accessories and generations-old cameras ready for upgrade.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A lot of capability in a very small package.

    Posted
    StephenS
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    I’m not an adventure thrill seeker -- I don’t do 720* back flips on a snowboard, BMX bike stunts, or base jump with a wingsuit. No, I’m just a dad with two kids who are into basketball, baseball, diving, and swimming. My main draw to a GoPro then was having a rugged waterproof camera, dedicated to the task, that I could often just “set and forget” without having to give up my phone. In that role the GoPro H7B delivers in spades. It’s not perfect, but my family is having a lot of fun with it and it rarely sits idle… somebody always wants to do “something” with it. The main thing I personally wanted it for was underwater shots for swimming self-evaluation. I’m an avid swimmer and have long wanted the ability to shoot underwater video to evaluate my swim technique. Using the GoPro “shorty” tripod I was able to setup the H7B on the floor of the pool to capture high quality and slow-motion capable video of my swim position, catch and pull, and flip-turns to objectively see what I was doing right… and not so right. The H7B earned itself a place as my “assistant swim coach” the very first outing as I was able to immediately identify several aspects I wasn’t doing nearly so well as I thought I was. That specific application aside, here is my my general appraisal of the GoPro Hero 7 Black. It’s a very capable and flexible little camera -- there’s honestly too much to cover thoroughly without writing a book so here are my highlights. First you’ll probably want to install the GoPro app on your phone. It’s not strictly required for basic use of the camera but it is the most convenient gateway to most of the advanced features and all-important camera updates. The app also allows you take a certain degree of remote control over the H7B and see through its lens, take photos and videos, change settings, and initiate live video streams. It does this by triggering the H7B to start a private Wi-Fi network, your phone then switches to that network, and then starts streaming a live preview to your phone. I never got more than a dozen feet away in this mode but it worked well for spot-checking what was in the H7B’s view without having to constantly stay behind the camera. It also allows you to see what media is on the camera and then download it to your phone, make QuikStories, etc. The H7B is capable of live streaming to both Facebook and Youtube (and other RTMP video services) pretty easily, but you have to use the app to initialize those sessions. Once initialized and setup correctly, the H7B can switch to a different WiFi network and start the video stream without the continued intervention of the phone… but you have to use the phone to setup the stream -- there is currently no way to configure and start the stream directly from the H7B itself. Updates -- make sure you check for and install camera updates! Out of the box my H7B was pretty unstable. It locked up repeatedly. A day or two after I got the camera update v1.51 was released and, though not perfect, it seems to have helped quite a bit in my case. Even so, there were still a couple of lock-ups, boot-loops, and “all the red LEDs stuck on” issues that occurred even after updating to v1.51, all of which I was only able to resolve by physically removing the battery. I won’t be too harsh on it for this as it is a brand new device, and I’d expect future updates to improve on this. When it comes to updates: check early, check often. QuikStorikes are a feature of the app that examines your media, factoring any highlight events you’ve tagged yourself, and then automagically makes short videos of segments it thinks you might like. If you don’t have even basic video editing skills then they’re better than nothing but I quickly found QukStories results to look pretty gimmicky, bland, and mechanical -- frequently cutting off the clip at awkward moments. It’s better than nothing, and works for putting together something you can show in a hurry, but if you have even basic video software and skills you will get much better results on your own. Good for video. Pictures… not so much, with one noteworthy exception. The video in all modes was excellent though I found myself gravitating toward 1920x1080 @120FPS as providing a really good balance of video stabilization, resolution, file size, and capability for making smooth slow-motion effects. For photos though, even though both the H7B and my phone have 12MP cameras, the H7B was obviously inferior for simple photos. Given how capable the H7B sensor is for high speed video this really surprised me. But in anything but bright sunlight the H7B photos showed noticeable grain. If it was the only camera I had available the photo capability would suffice, but in all other cases I’d easily prefer to just take the photo with my phone instead of the H7B. Or, just take a short video with the H7B instead of a photo and then just snag a frame you like later and make a picture out of it. It actually looks better than taking photos directly in my opinion. The video time-lapse features are fun and functional too -- I was easily able to capture and create some pretty stunning sunrise and sunset time lapse videos. Just switch to time lapse, change a few basic settings, point the H7B at the horizon of interest, and then start the time-lapse video and do whatever you want for the next hour or so. Come back later and, voila! One aspect of time lapse videos that really surprised me is how capable the H7B is at some basic NIGHT astrophotography! (Night lapse) You aren’t likely to image nebulae or other Deep Sky Objects with the H7B, but I was surprised at just how well I was able to capture the stars themselves! It wasn’t too hard at all to capture several hours of star movement and then play it back accelerated. It requires more post work (color correction, etc) than sunrise/set lapses for good results, but this wasn’t something I even had in mind at all when I first got the H7B -- that I could easily set the exposure on the H7B to long enough to respectably image the basic night sky at all was pretty exciting stuff to me. Voice control is a nice option for remotely taking self/family/group photos on-demand without having to set a timer and then rush to get into the picture. Though there is a timer option as well, whichever you find best suited to your situation. Despite several little problems -- which were relatively minor individually -- the H7B has earned a permanent spot in this dad’s bag of tricks for family and hobby video. I’ve had it about a week now though and the one thing I’m certain of is that I’ve just barely scratched the surface of ways to use it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stunning stabilization & footage, a little buggy..

    Posted
    Randy
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    Upon receiving the new GoPro Hero 7 Black I unboxed it and went through some start up procedures. Since I didn't have a lot of time I turned it off and went back to work. The following day I had a bit more time on my hands so I turned the camera on and to my surprise the language on the camera was all in Korean (I'm pretty sure that's what it was). I could not figure out how to reset it so I searched the net for instructions to reset the language, or just reset all camera settings. I could not locate the User Manual online (I read it will be released on Sept 27, several days after writing this review), so I followed instructions I found for a Hero 6. I was really shooting in the dark trying to go through the menus in Korean and locating "Preferences" to change the language, but miraculously I was able to reset the camera and choose "English". Whew! Next I downloaded the GoPro App on my phone and connected to the camera. This procedure was also a bit clunky but after several tries I finally go it to connect to my phone. Once I had a chance to shoot some videos and photos I was extremely impressed. I shot video mostly in the default 1440/60 FPS setting and it looks amazing. Photos also came out great, see the attached picture which I shot from a car-mounted holder. Speaking of that, I shot a video mounted to my vehicle while driving down a very bumpy road with lots of washboard ruts. In the video you can see the side of my vehicle bouncing up and down over the washboards, but the footage is incredibly stable which is a testament to the new HyperSmooth in-camera stabilization. GoPro says it is "Gimbal-like stabilization–without the gimbal" and I agree 100%. It is stunning. Compared to previous action cams I have owned over the years the audio of the Hero 7 Black is also much improved, and the fact that it is waterproof down to 33ft straight out of the box is a huge bonus. I've only had the camera for a few days so have not been able to test all of the various functions, shooting modes, etc. This camera is loaded with features and will take some time to learn everything, but so far it has been a blast to play with and I look forward to using this camera for many years to come. One last note, after I downloaded my footage to my PC I disconnected the supplied USB cable from my computer but the GoPro screen was still reading "USB Connected", then the camera shut down. The next time I picked up the GoPro and tried turning it on it would not respond. I removed the battery then replaced it and the camera then responded/turned on normally. In conclusion, the GoPro Hero 7 Black shoots incredible footage and the in-camera stabilization is jaw-dropping. I experienced a couple of bugs here and there, but overall it is a very impressive action camera.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rugged, feature-rich, action video camera

    Posted
    SonyCameraGuy
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    In the box: • GoPro Hero 7 Black camera • mounting case • 2 adhesive mounting brackets (one flat and one slightly curved) • 1 battery • 1 USB cable • 1 pictorial set of setup instructions • 1 booklet containing product and safety instructions. Remember to unscrew the housing knob all the way and remove the “remove” tab that keeps the housing stable during shipment. Not in the box: • User’s Guide or other instructions explaining the features of the camera, camera settings, menu navigation, pairing with GoPro App, routine care/maintenance, and troubleshooting. • USB wall charger. • Memory card Setup: The battery came partially (i.e. 20%) charged and had to be charged before first use. This took several hours using the USB3 port on my computer. The USB port on the camera is rated at 5V/1.5A port. No User’s Guide was available for the Hero 7 Black on the GoPro Support web site when I received the unit (one has since been added). When connecting to the GoPro smartphone app, think of the Hero 7 Black as a wireless router. To connect your Hero 7 Black to the GoPro app, you must 1) turn the Hero on, 2) disconnect the USB cable, 3) use the WiFi settings on your phone to link with the Hero, and 4) select “add a camera” in the GoPro app. The same steps are done for reconnecting except that you select your Hero from the available devices in Step 4. Select 2.4GHz under “WiFi Band” under preferences if you need more range or if your phone does not support 5.0GHz WiFi. Note: Bluetooth is only for connecting peripherals to your camera, not for connecting your camera to your phone. The Quik software does not recognize the camera when connected from my laptop. Features: Resolution (RES) can be set to 4K, 2.7K, 1440p, 1080p, 960p, and 740p. NTSC frame rates (FR) can be set to 240, 120, 60, 30, and 24 FPS. Field of View (FOV) can be set to SuperView, Wide, and Linear. Aspect Ratio (AR) can be set to 16:9 or 4:3. While there are lots of RES/FR/FOV/AR combinations, not all combinations work together. For example, for RES=4K, FR=60 is only available for FOV=Wide and AR=16:9. To use FOV=SuperWide with RES=4K, you have to drop FR to 30 or 24 FPS and AR=16:9. FPS=240 is only permitted with 1080p (FOV=Wide & AR=16:19), 960p (FOV=Wide & AR=4:3, and 740p (FOV=Wide & AR=16:9). There are two stabilization modes, HyperSmooth and Standard. Both work by cropping the edges of the image beyond the range of the selected AR. HyperSmooth is available with: RES=4K, FR=60, FOV=Wide, & AR=16:9 RES=4K, FR=30 or 24, FOV=Wide or SuperView, & AR=16:9 RES=2.7K, FR=60, 30, or 24, FOV=Linear, Wide, or SuperView, & AR=16:9 RES=2.7K, FR=30 or 24, FOV=Linear or Wide, & AR=4:3 RES=1440p, FR=60, 30, or 24, FOV=Linear or Wide, & AR=4:3 RES=1080p, FR=60, 30, or 24, FOV=Linear, Wide, or SuperView, & AR=16:9 RES=720p, FR=60, FOV=Linear or Wide, & AR=16:9 I’m sure you get the idea. Be sure to read pages 97-99 of the User’s Guide for all RES/FR/FOV/AR settings allowed with HyperSmooth and Standard stabilization. The same is true for “LOWLIGHT” and “PROTUNE” features. Best advice: Before getting frustrated with the RES/FR/FOV/AR/stability setting, read the User’s Guide! Be sure to read pages 42 and 43 of the User’s Guide for advice on the best settings for capturing video of your favorite activities. PROTUNE: Setting “PROTUNE” to on allows you considerable control over the ISO, aperture, effective shutter speed, color, EV compensation, sharpness, audio, and microphone settings. File Format: Files can be saved with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC, H.265 and MPEG-H Part 2) or with AVC (H.264 or MPEG-4 Part 10). HEVC files are about half the size of AVC files. AVC files are more likely to be compatible with older video playback systems. HEVC worked fine with my DELL XPS15 (9950) laptop. Voice Commands: You can control your Hero 7 Black with voice commands (if enabled in preferences). It works well in a quiet environment and reasonably well in a somewhat noisy environment. Don’t expect it to work at a concert. Remember to set “Wake on Voice” if you want the camera to turn on with the “GoPro On” command (you will need to reestablish the WiFi connection with the smartphone app after turning off the camera with voice command). General usage: Battery life is short, consider getting a few extra batteries ($19.99/ea) and the dual battery charger ($49.99/ea) if you intend to record for extended periods without access to a computer or USB charger. I strongly recommend enabling PROTUNE and taking control of the camera settings, particularly white balance and color. I preferred the “flag” color setting as the “GoPro” setting tended to be over-saturated. The “auto” setting for white balance tended toward the cool side. White balance settings between 2300K and 6500K can be selected. I suggest setting white balance to “native” if you intend to post-process with full-featured video editing software. The “QuikCapture” is handy for recording on the fly. First, enable “QuikCapture” in preferences. Then you can record by simply pressing the record button. Pressing the record button again stops recording and turns off the camera. Loop mode will record continuously and save the previous number of specified minutes when you stop the recording. This will obviously only last as long as the battery. USB power is recommended when using loop mode. The camera battery will charge while the USB cable is connected to the camera (and a suitable power source), but only when the camera is not recording. USB power is diverted to operate the camera during recording. HyperSmooth image stabilization works well if you can find an acceptable mix of RES/FR/FOV/AR settings to enable its use. GoPro app usage: Live image on the app during recording may not be available at all resolution/FPS settings. A full suite of camera settings is available from the phone app, but not from Quik. The WiFi connection between the app and camera requires disconnection from other WiFi networks. Quik decktop software: Firmware updates are easy with Quik desktop app. Online tutorials are broken in Quik Help menu (using Firefox). A full suite of camera settings is not available from Quik. Playback in Quik is clunky (the same files will playback smoothly in Windows). Pros: This is a VAST improvement over my previous GoPro (HD Hero 1080). Control over exposure and color in PROTUNE mode significantly enhances its utility for capturing high-quality action video. A wide variety of video modes is available. Touch screen operation. Full-featured smartphone app. Cons: The limitations for available RES/FR/FOV/AR/stability/video mode settings can be frustrating and hard to get used to. Battery life is short. Limited features and poor video performance with Quik desktop app. Connecting to the camera using the smartphone app required disconnection from other WiFi networks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Where's my HyperSmooth 4K60?

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    bzm3j81
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    After checking out some tech preview sites, I was hyped up for HyperSmooth at 4K at 60 frames/second. I cannot seem to get this setting and I've played around with a bunch of settings. After checking out some other posts, it seems this feature has been stripped out. 4K-60 gives you normal stabilization and 4K-30 gives you HyperSmooth. The GoPro HERO7 Black is the newest, top of the line release. The biggest feature is HyperSmooth which goes above and beyond their normal Electronic Image Stabilization. After shooting several minutes of 4K-30 with HyperSmooth, GoPro has won me over. GoPro even goes as far to say it's HyperSmooth gives you gimbal like stabilization. That's very nearly true. I was almost ready to buy a $300 gimbal, but it's unnecessary...for what I'll be doing. For more professional footage, you may want to invest in a gimbal mount. While there are many other features that have been introduced in this iteration of the GoPro Black, let's get back to the basics. Externally, it's no different from the HERO6 or HERO5. So accessories are plentiful and if you're willing to go off-brand, they can be very affordable. Battery is identical to the HERO6 and HERO5 as well, so picking up an extra costs around $20. It's waterproof to 30 feet straight out of the box. No accessories needed. But if you use their waterproof case, you can go to something like 80 feet. Battery life gives you about 1 hour of record time. I highly recommend U3 rated MicroSDXC cards from a big name brand. While the HERO7 can support 256 GB memory cards, I think the sweet spot for pricing is at 128 GB (for now). This gives you roughly 4 hours of recording time. Operation of the HERO7 has been cleaned up with some menu system improvements. It's easy to set up, although I have found that at 4K-60, I lose the option of a Linear Field of View. Wide Field of View may be OK for some, but I don't like the slight fish-eye effect. GoPro has packed a few more features into this tiny camera such as in-camera handling of HDR photos and TimeWarp which is time-lapse video. Videos produced by this camera are very sharp. Still pictures came out a little more grainy than I expected from a 12MP sensor. Microphone performance is greatly improved over previous generations. In addition, you can connect an external microphone to suit your conditions. Connection to my phone via the GoPro and Quik apps are very easy and I like having the phone act as a remote control and view finder. Power is supplied by a USB-C port and I was able to charge the camera with my phone charger. However, please note that data transfer to a computer cannot be handled by the thin cable that comes with most modern phones. The included USB A to C cord that is about double the diameter of my phone cord is needed to handle the data transfer. Overall, a great camera whose features steered me away from getting a plain video camera. I'm just disappointed that I cannot get 4K-60 with HyperSmooth as I've read about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for most things....

    Posted
    hockeycanuckjc
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    So, I want to put it out there. This is our first Go Pro Camera. We have seen friends use them and seen some advertising but never had one ourselves. So we decided to try this and see how well things would work for different scenarios. Looking at the packaging, things suggest it looks simple to setup, right? Well kind of. I see quite a few accessories inside and I found myself temporarily perplexed by how to get it off the demo stand included that held the camera in place in the box. Put the battery in, and notice it has just enough charge to complete setup. Suggested to charge it all the way which we did and then we tried it on a Sunday for our nieces dance performance. Taking pictures, it seems very nice Quality is crystal clear Taking pictures in low lighting situations, well it seems to be a hit and miss but then again there is no backlight from what I read or understood and it's not for this purpose perhaps! Tried to take video while going on the freeway using a dash mount and it was successful. The video recorded clearly. Camera Navigation... Well there were instructions on all supplied links and the app to see how to navigate the screens on the Camera but I cant help but those with big fingers such as me have a hard time navigating it. It was successful linking to my husbands iPhone through the app and we both got good use out of the camera downloading the pictures to the phone and them casting them to the desktop. Battery life is a concern. I had a full charge on the battery and my expectation is that the battery has 100% when turned off and it does not decline in battery life until you have it turn on, right? But we had a full charge and when we turned it on the next day it was at 86%. Is there something we missed? I have not taken time to address the battery issues and so forth but I expect that we may need to purchase additional fresh batteries for a better all day experience if that's what's needed to use the product to it's full potential. Overall, this product is nice, but not everyone may enjoy it's use though as it seems to have a target audience it's oriented towards. Your mileage and usage may vary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent quality, but...

    Posted
    JonnyBoy
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    First, the bad, then I will end with the good. I bought this to use primarily for snowboarding. When I heard it has live feed capability, I thought, how cool would that be to put a live feed of me shredding my snowboard for my friends on Facebook to see. Let me tell you, getting it setup was a BEAR! GoPro makes it easy to setup, but, if one thing goes wrong, the whole thing catastrophically breaks down. It took me a couple days of chat forums to figure out what others found works. Apparently, the live feed issue is a common issue. I figured it out but it involved me having to factory reset the GoPro a couple times as well as uninstalling and reinstalling the app. Now that it works, it works without problems. Just that initial setup was a beast. Not sure if this next issue is GoPro related or cellphone provider related. But as I mentioned, I use the live feed for snowboarding. Often times when signal might not be the strongest as it is dependent on using your phone as a hotspot. The live feed is more then not really choppy for my friends viewing it. Again, most likely just cell service issue and not so much GoPro. One final complaint, is the battery life. Maybe it’s becase I’m using it in cold conditions do to the outdoor winter activity, but it seems the battery doesn’t have the same life span as previous GoPros. Now, the good! The video quality is EXCELLENT! 4K at 60fps you cant go wrong. Also, the stabilization is superb! That hyper stabilization GoPro really nailed! All in all, it’s a great camera. Had it not been for the live feed issue, I would have given it 5 starts easily. I’m happy with it and will use it a ton!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great video, but camera overheats a lot

    Posted
    Daniel
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    Only 4 stars due to the fact my GoPro 7 black randomly freezes and gets super hot within 10-15 mins of video recording (doesn’t matter if it’s in 1080P or 4K) at other times it can go a good 35 mins being super hot yet functional. It’s pretty annoying because it’s a hassle to use this thing when I need it quickly. In other words, it’s unreliable. When it is frozen/unresponsive I have to pull the battery out to reset it. Other thing that is a pain with this thing is the short battery life. I have found turning off the WiFi connectivity does keep the heat down but I really like using my iPhone as a view finder. As far as the actual hyper smooth video it shoots? Pure awesomeness. Don’t even need a gimbal with this thing. 1080P 60FPS is great, along with 2.7k and 4K video is amazing. I do have this paired up with the GoPro USB-C to 3.5mm Mic Adapter tied into a Rode microphone and that works great too, but I still think it’s a joke I need a box attached to my GoPro that is 1/3 the size of the camera it’s self just for Mic input. I will stay hopeful GoPro with address the overheating issues with future updates, and will recommend to friends/co-workers to get this GoPro but warning them of the overheating/freeze issues.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All around great product but bad battery life

    Posted
    OICU812
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    I got the Hero7 Black to replace my Sony AS15. For the longest time I avoided GoPro as the form, case, and quality was lacking when compared to previous Sony. I'm happy to say I believe the GoPro ecosystem to have vastly improved in all areas, except battery life. This is no surprise if you have any of the previous Hero 6,5,4,etc. So just get 3 extra batteries and you should be good there. What I love about the Hero7: 1)Improve Audio from the Hero6. The waterproofing that is done to the Heros line is a challenge for audio but the Hero7 is pretty good. Not as good as the Hero4 but let's face it I don't want to have to put my camera in a water proof case anymore. One less thing to carry. 2)The improved UI interface is much simpler to navigate and more intuitive to find things. Still could improve: 1)Battery Life 2)The stabilization. It's ok but doesn't replace a gimbal Other recommendations: The GoPro has so many different mounting attachments. The ones I love the most are: 1)Mouth mount 2)GoPro Hand and leg mount. 3)Personally I already have a DJI osmo mobile 2 so I bought mount for this too. However any gimbal should be good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera but Battery Life!

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    Mark
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    I've used this camera with a selfie stick. I've used while biking, walking, and in a car (passenger). It's very stylish, small, and clear (4k). You have to download the gopro app to make it work. You'll have to purchase an SD card compatible with go pro. I purchased my sd card for 32 (32GB). The go pro does not have any memory. I like the voice recognition which helps with the selfies, i added a timer of 3 seconds. Its not good at taking pics or video recording at night. Its very compact like most other gopros. The black version which i have has a front screen and a touch screen option in the back. I like the balancing feature when i was using my bike. It's very clear and the sound quality sounds great as well. One thing i don't like is the battery life, i'm assuming in order to make the Gopro light and small the battery life was sacrificed. I was using it for an hour it was almost 50% battery life left. It gets a little warm as well but not hot. I never owned a go pro, so far i like it and my gf likes it too. I haven't tried the live streaming option yet, so i cannot comment on that, but over all i like this gopro and will be using it on my adventures! I would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

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    Dish
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    I’m a professional photog / videog and had a shoot across the country, for quick web based video. I didn’t want to take my DSLR, gimble, etc. needed to travel light, so I decided on a gopro. Originally I bought the “white” model, because 4K video was not a concern. After opening, I then realized that the Silver & White models do not have user interchangable batteries. I absolutely had to have user replaceable batts, so I could always continue to shoot video without having to wait while a batt charged. So i then xchanged for the Black model. Although the video quality was not quite up to DSLR quality, i must admit this unit did a bang up job for the price. I plan to also use it kayaking, since it’s waterproof out of the box. I’d suggest buying the dual batt charger since it also includes a second batt. This is def the best gopro to date. Much improved over older models!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Update and switch settings for more battery power

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    Mrplao
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    The GoPro 7 is my new go to vlogging camera. Out of the box I charged it and decided to start recording some test footage. On default settings with the wrong type of as card the camera got real hot and shut down after filming in 4K 30fps after 50mins. Turns out I had made a bunch of mistakes like having a bright screen, gps on, voice activation on and WiFi on. These are all battery drainers. Turn them off in the settings. Otherwise the footage is fantastic and wide and super wide are great for vlogging. The audio on my camera is sufficient and better than most other cams. The stabilization is next level and excellent when running or riding a bike. I would recommend but be patient and learn how to use the device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality images - just not easy to mount

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    PracticalSandy
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    The GoPro is an extremely durable camera and the images and videos are high quality. The wide angle lens captures great views. The mobile app syncs well and you can not only view your media, but make fun little videos with the built in "QuikStory" templates that have different layouts and music with them. My biggest complaint about the GoPro is that, unless you have a helmet, it is VERY difficult to mount or even hold. I tried creating a necklace, a belt and even tried putting it on a hat for recording some rides at Disney World. It was impossible to do. It would only take adding a metal ring on the top or on the sides, or a mounting plate on the back, to make using the camera more practical. If they would design a more flexible mounting system.... would be used a lot more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It’s a go pro

    Posted
    Dean
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    While this is definitely the best GoPro that they’ve made, it’s still a GoPro. It struggles in low light, is kinda clunky to use (not terribly so though), and the footage needs a lot of work to look cinematic if that’s something you’re interested in. However, the stabilization is great (and I mean GREAT), it’s super small and light, and if you’re in good light, the footage looks good, and can even look kinda cinematic if you’re willing to put in the effort in post. Overall, if you’re okay with its limitations and want a GoPro to do GoPro things, I think you’ll really like this camera, otherwise, it’s just okay.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great action/adventure camera

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    Darrik
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    As an action/adventure camera, GoPro did a great job with the new features of the HERO7 Black. It performs well for short snippets, so for that design goal it does well. What would be nice is if the battery would last longer especially if it gets cold. It would also be nice if the GoPro screen had faster input response times. There is a bit of lag. Long recordings (ones that break the 4 GB boundary--why still FAT32???) are usually okay (no break in action) but sometimes can lose a few frames worth of audio. Like I said, though. their design goal was short clips of life and not long recordings. With the small design and various attachment accessories, the GoPro is fun to use to see action/adventure from a different perspective.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great camera

    Posted
    Rylow
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    I'm a huge fan of gopro and this is a sharp looking camera but I highly suggest getting a backup battery on hand. A few cons: -I have used my camera outside in 30 degree weather and camera still was getting pretty warm and im a little concerned when I use this in the summer. -The battery life isn't the greatest, you will need to have a backup on hand. - the app is a great feature but loading videos to view on your phone can be a pain at times meaning it will take forever to load or connection to camera is lost and other times it loads instantly. Anything recorded in 4k has to be downloaded vs just being able to be viewed. Pros: Looks great. Seems to be pretty durable. Great quality

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love it but

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    IROCKSR710IL
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    Okay so I love the camera I love the pictures I love everything about it but I put the battery in I try to take it out and the stupid little flap to pull the battery out just tore off once before i left and while i was out in Hawaii should have been a piece of rope tied to a little notch not a piece of plastic also front lens gets foggy after using water other than that I love it took some great pictures of Hawaii Family Vacation

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good investment

    Posted
    Emmoo
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    Bought a gopro because my boyfriend and I will be traveling a lot more this year. This was a good investment because we will be able to document those memories together now with high quality photos and videos. The only thing about buying a gopro that I wasn't aware of are the little pieces when changing it to different cases or equipment (tripod to head strap to chest strap) so it's very tedious trying to make sure you remember each piece. The gopro also eats up a lot of battery, so luckily I bought two extra batteries with the dual charger. I would have to swtich to a new battery every 2 hours if I wasnt constantly recording something.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally GoPro fixes all their problems

    Posted
    Chris
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    The new Hero 7 Black is the best GoPro ever made. They have finally fixed all sound issues! Even when the camera gets submerged it drains out and sound is back within seconds. It also supports external microphones powered or non-powered. The new stabilization feature makes it look like it's on a gimbal. My only issue is that it doesn't seem to fully charge to 100%. Mine is always at 98 when I leave it on charge for a couple of hours. Could be a battery issue since I'm charging it while it's in the GoPro. The camera also gets very hot when recording at 4k 60p but that's understandable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great action camera for anyone

    Posted
    bhc067
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    The GoPro HERO7 Black is my first action camera and has been surprisingly simple to use. It has the right number of features and the integration with the app has been seamless. I have found only 2 cons with the camera. 1. When going from off directly to recording (by just hitting the record button) I'd like to be able to still adjust the zoom. 2. The overall ability of the camera to bring things into focus above beyond 10 ft away in settings above 1080p is a bit lacking. However, thus far I have been pleased and would buy it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend