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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New stabilization is the real deal, great camera

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    Keyan
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    The GoPro Hero 7 Black is the new top of the line action camera from GoPro. In the age of cell phones GoPro finds itself in something of an interesting position. GoPro, like many other camera companies, needs to convince you that carrying – and purchasing – a dedicated camera is worth it. The Hero 7 Black tries to do just that by providing capabilities and features that no cellphone – or other action camera – can match. The major feature that GoPro is touting on the Hero 7 Black is the new hypersmooth software image stabilization, which provides image stability that previously was limited to a dedicated gimbal. For the most part, it works, and saves you the cost and bulk of having another piece of hardware. It also has the advantage that it works underwater and in any conditions the GoPro can handle. There are some limits to the video resolutions that can use hypersmooth, but the most popular ones are covered. Personally, I found 2.7k/60fps/Linear to be about the perfect setting for general video taking. On that mode the hypersmooth is extremely effective, with the camera able to handle a remarkable amount of shake and still keep the jitter out of your video. It can’t quite compensate for all motion as well as a mechanical gimbal, but the image is actually more natural feeling to me, it has just enough motion that it feels natural and doesn’t have the almost dreamlike floating effect that gimbals create. The Hero 7 Black can go all the way to 4K/60 with hypersmooth, and also offers other modes including super slo-mo and hyperlapse, a stabilized time lapse that is a lot of fun for capturing movement through space or around objects. Other features include a live streaming function that uses your cell phone to provide the data connection. It also has GPS, and a new super photo mode that does in camera image enhancement with HDR. My review includes both a pic without and with the HDR enabled, and it does a good job of managing high contrast situations and increasing color without making the image overly flat without natural contrast. The GoPro also responds to voice commands, which is very helpful if you have the camera in a position where it is hard to reach or your hands are full and not able to get to the camera. It can also connect to your smartphone or tablet wirelessly to view and copy media, and GoPro offers some decent editing software to do some quick edits. It has only two buttons, one is the shutter, and the other is the power and mode selector. It also has a capacitive touch screen to navigate settings and provide additional control. One note, if using the camera in or around water, the screen can sometimes pick up contact that you aren’t making and it can sometimes get a little crazy. There is a screen lock feature to stop this unintentional input from registering. Since this is a GoPro, there is an entire ecosystem of accessories to mount the camera to, making it far more capable than your average point and shoot for capturing action shots and going into extreme environments. The package includes the camera, “the frame” which clamps the camera in a tight frame case that has a quick mount included. It also has two adhesive mounts (one flat and one curved) to secure the camera to a helmet or other hard surface. Additionally, a USB A to C cable to connect to a PC and to charge the camera is in the box. The included directions are simple picture directions to show you how to get it out of the frame, charged, and telling you to get the app for your mobile device. You’ll have to go online to learn more about your camera. As this product is new to market, there are a couple of quirks with the software that should be worked out soon, one of which is when the camera is turned off shortly after turning on, it takes a while for the camera to actually shut down, sometimes around 10 seconds. The largest drawback to the GoPro is the battery life. One trade off for the remarkably small package with all of this technology and intense image processing is that the battery is small for the task being asked of it. There are some things that can be done, such as turning off some of the in camera processing and only activating the wireless functions when needed, but you are going to want to invest in extra batteries to record a full day of adventures. Fortunately, the batteries are not terribly overpriced as is often the case for cameras. This little camera is pretty expensive, but it does pack an impressive number of features in a compact, rugged, and waterproof (to 33ft) body. Since it can go places your cell phone can’t, or you wouldn’t want to put it, the GoPro Hero 7 Black still fills a unique need and it is hard to find another product that can do everything it can do. The hypersmooth stabilization is a real revolution in in-camera software stabilization and allows for the creation of ready to use video right out of the camera or live using the live streaming function.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Action Camera

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    AncientGeek
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    GoPro 7 Black Full disclosure: I received a GoPro 7 in exchange for an honest and timely review. So far, I love my new GoPro 7 Black. I purchased a GoPro4 Silver several years ago and this is a very nice upgrade for me. I have not evaluated the 5 or 6, so I don’t know when many of the differences were originally introduced, but there are clearly some nice improvements. Like my 4 Silver, the 7 Black has both front and rear displays which I find indispensable. The front display is a small B&W display for settings which will rotate automatically when the camera is rotated 90 degrees. The 7 has only two buttons compared to three on my 4 Silver. I always found the three button model to be a bit confusing, so eliminating one button was a good thing from my perspective. My 4 Silver required the clear housing to make it waterproof/weatherproof. The 7 Black no longer needs this housing. It has a frame that is open in the front and back, but snaps on in a similar fashion to the original housing. The lens on the 7 appears to integrate the rectangular lens cover from the original housing, into the camera itself. I like having direct access to the touch screen at all times. I haven’t tried using the camera underwater yet, so I can’t speak to the degree of waterproofing provided by the new design. I assume it is as specified. The gaskets on the battery and connection doors are pretty small and I suspect it would be wise to inspect these prior to entering the water to make sure they are not damaged or dirty. The batteries are similar but different between my 4 Silver and the 7 Black. I have three batteries and a dual battery charger for my 4 Silver. Since they won’t work on my 7 Black, I have ordered the charger (which comes with a battery) and a 3rd battery to match the items in my 4 Silver kit. Though I was disappointed that I needed to buy both new batteries and a new charger, I understand that new technologies and requirements often place a greater demand on power. Upon researching this, it appears the battery design changed for the Hero 5 and beyond, so my 4 Silver was the last model to use the older battery design. Of course the 7 has great 4K video, time-lapse, time released shutter (0, 3s or 10s) and many choices in resolution for both video and still photos. There are also three choices for the Field of View on the lens for video...Linear, Wide & Superview and two for photos...Linear or Wide...no Superview choice there. I find all video modes to be crisp and clear. Really nice video in all modes and, of course, 4K is the current pinnacle. The 7 Black offers voice control which is pretty handy. I can say “GoPro start recording” and “GoPro stop recording” or “GoPro take a photo” (“take a picture” also works). I have not fully explored the voice commands yet to see what else I can do via voice commands. A hallmark of GoPro cameras has been image stabilization and the 7 Black has improved on that. I am impressed with the smooth video I get from the 7 Black when walking or riding in a car while recording video. It is very smooth. Audio is very good. I would think the elimination of the clear housing improved the audio, but I haven’t done a good side by side test with my 4 Silver to prove that. However, the audio on the 7 Black is very good for an action camera. There is a feature called “short clips” that allows me to take videos of 15 or 30 seconds in length. While the video is recording, a red progress bar makes its way around the perimeter of the display so I can easily see the length of the video I have recorded and what is left to go. I think this will be handy. I often watch the timer on my videos intentionally to keep them to a manageable file size. Now I can just watch the progress bar and recording will stop automatically even if I don’t watch. The GPS allows data to be tracked while recording. Speed, GPS location and G-Force are among the items you can track and display on your video, if desired. It is amazing. The GoPro app works well for connecting with the camera and downloading photos and videos. It can take quite a while to download long videos, so I usually transfer large files using a cable I like the 7 Black use of USB-C. Also, it seems like the battery is heavily taxed when transferring videos via WiFi. I watched 25% disappear quickly while doing a wireless transfer. The same files took 2 min 21 secs to transfer via USB and the camera charged the battery a few percentage points while doing the transfer. If you don’t have an action camera or have an older GoPro, I recommend you take a look at the GoPro 7 Black. It is a great action camera and a nice upgrade over older models for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Upgrade from previous GoPro Heros

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    TechBuyer
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    My last GoPro was a Hero 4 so this Hero Black 7 was a pretty huge upgrade for me. There are some nice features over the Hero Black 6 as well but obviously not as big of a difference. Before I get too far into the review, I CANNOT emphasize how important it is to buy a microSD card that is on the recommended/tested list from GoPro. If you buy a card that is not recommended, you may encounter all kinds of odd issues to the point the camera is literally non-functional. You can find GoPro's official compatibility list here: https://gopro.com/help/articles/block/microSD-Card-Considerations#list1 I tried an older Samsung Pro card rated at 80MB/s and the GoPro went nuts, I ended up buying a 128GB Samsung Evo Plus from BestBuy and all the issues I saw went away. Some crazy things you will see if you try a non-supported microSD card: 1) Problems pairing with the app 2) Red SD card icon and inability to record with error message saying "SD Card Busy" 3) Complete OS lockups, only way to reset is to hard pull the battery 4) EXTREMELY hot camera chassis and fast battery drain. Basically the camera will not work at all unless you have a compatible memory card and it will make you think the unit is defective. That said, with a compatible card, this thing is simply amazing. It is soooo small and records 4K/60 with incredible image stabilization. The 7 also added a new live streaming feature that I haven't fully tested yet. It also shows 4 hours of record time on a 128GB SSD at 4K/60. Another "GoPro" tip, in order to get 4K/60 you must change the aspect ratio to 16:9 or you will get an error message about 2.7K/60 only, but that is because it is by default set to 4:3 aspect ratio. Some negatives are the battery life isn't spectacular, seems to be about 1 hour of record time, so you will definitely need more batteries before your SD card fills up. I don't love how the different connectors are behind different casing doors and the ability to transfer videos is still easiest via removal of the microSD and plugging into a PC microSD/SD slot. Fullsize cameras do a better job of transferring wirelessly over BT or via USB. I also couldn't connect to my Wi-Fi while connected to my GoPro even though I was supposedly connected via BT. I need to look into this more. That said, this device is awesome for capturing videos on the go. I plan to get the 3-in-1 grip as well as some additional mounts for my bike and bike helmet, but the Hero7 is compatible with any accessories you have that support the 5 and 6. I actually have the GoPro Hero 7 Black, not the White, from what I can see is the White does only 4K/30 and does not have the front display. For just $50 more I would definitely spring for the Black or even the last-gen Hero 6 over the Hero 7 White. My main recommendation for GoPro would be to do a better job alerting the user that the memory card is not supported and that it needs to be replaced ASAP because it really breaks the camera and makes it frustrating and unusable as if the underlying OS is running some loop and making it stall and overheat.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Silky Smooth Video

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    camdenk
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    Pros - Super smooth video - Auto orientation - Same formfactor for existing mounts Cons - Battery life is short - Audio could be better Overall, I’m very impressed with the GoPro Hero 7 Black. While the outside looks unchanged from the previous model the Hero 7 packs impressive hardware with some new very special software tricks. The BIG trick being their intelligent software video stabilization. They advertised that the software can produce gimbal quality video and after trying it out I have to say that it comes very close. To have some fun and test the Hero 7 I enlisted my biking friend who often records trail and park rides with a Go Pro strapped to their chest. The usual setup is an older GoPro with an electronic gimbal mounted via a chest strap. We tried one run with that typical setup and one run with the Hero 7 Black and you could hardly tell the difference. As far as benefits go – with the Hero 7 Black you can lose the bulky gimbal and have a very basic chest strap and that is all you need to get the job done. This also means that you won’t have an extra part that you must pack and carry around. However, it does come with its drawbacks. A gimbal can be setup to always stay view parallel to the ground looking toward the horizon – it adjusts for your vertical tilt. A GoPro Black 7 strapped to your chest will look out perpendicular to your body and has less flexibility on the vertical tilt. You should keep this in mind when mounting to make sure that your setup is going to give you the frame you need. Overall from the stabilization side it does an excellent job and it should fit the needs of most users. Another new feature is the auto rotation of video – now the GoPro will adjust the video to be portrait or landscape based on orientation. This orientation locks as soon as you hit record - no more fixing your video in post! This is a big deal and leads into another software aspect – Live Streaming. We watch videos on our phone and vertical video with the growth of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram has increased dramatically in terms of popularity. Now not only can you record vertical video but you can also stream to your favorite service (Facebook, Twitch, Youtube, and Vimeo). This uses your phone’s cellular connection and my testing of streaming to Facebook shows that it works well - but your mileage may vary based on coverage. This opens a world of scenarios to video unique perspectives and experiences live as they happen – something that wasn’t possible before. Also there is a very cool "TimeWarp" timelapse feature that utilizes the Hypersmooth functionality to create a super fast and smooth video. I used this mode as we hiked down a trial and the effect was like a constant floating camera following us the entire way. At the end of the day - GoPro carried over many of the great features from the previous model - the ruggedness, voice control, and formfactor and built on these in a ways that added value for existing audience while also appealing to a very social generation of consumers. I think the result is a great uncompromising device that's extremely versatile for capture all of those special moments in a spectacular format. One thing that I noticed hadn’t really improved was the audio quality – it still needs some improvement and if you are serious about needing good sound you will want an external mic. Additionally, battery life especially when recording high quality video didn’t seem to last – typically under one hour. These are far from deal breakers and there are solutions that address these issues like an extra mic and extra batteries – but it would be cool to see improvements that result in you not needing extra hardware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Video Quality and Built Like a Tank

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    Kotor
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    EXTREME ACTION CAMERA: The HERO 7 Black is my first GoPro product, and I have to say that I did not know what I was missing. I thought that the camera in my phone was sufficient, but I was completely wrong. The first thing I noticed was how small and handy it is to carry. It fits well in my hand is very easy to maneuver and handle. Since this is an extreme action camera, I tested it to see how well it held up to getting wet. I submerged it in a sink of water and can confirm that it was completely functional after getting wet. I did not have the heart to beat it up too bad even though it is rated by GoPro as “tough as nails.” But my impression is that this camera can take a beating and not break a sweat. VIDEO AND SOUND QUALITY: The 4K video quality is simply amazing! It is hands down the best and most life like video that I have ever captured with any device. Whatever you are using now, the HERO7 Black will likely blow it out of the water. This camera has a feature called Hyper Smooth that works amazingly well at taking the wobble out of jumpy action videos. I tested this riding a bike and was very impressed at how smooth the video turned out. You really must see it to believe how well the image stabilization works! This camera has a 12 MP sensor, so you can expect very detailed and vibrant photos. The sound is noticeably lifelike compared to other cameras that I have used. This camera is equipped with a quality microphone and it makes a big difference. DESIGN AND FEATURES: One feature I really liked is called Time Warp, which allows you to do a fast-forward time lapse recording from 2X to 30X. It is Wi-Fi capable, so you can live stream the action (if you have access to a hotspot or Wi-Fi). But just remember that 4K videos won’t upload very easily unless you have a fast and stable internet connection. 4k video takes up a lot of room on your SD card so the video is adjustable down to lower resolutions. It uses the newer USB C cord which is superior to the older version due to improved charging time and data transfer capability. Another nice video recording setting is up to 8X slow motion. The box also comes with a nice assortment of accessories. This camera also offers voice control, but I did not use this much. It works, but I prefer to control my device by touch rather than voice. VERDICT: This camera is expensive but is worth it if you want a premium extreme action camera. I am very impressed with the feature set and it’s build quality. This camera is obviously designed by people who take pride in their work. I can’t emphasize enough how good the video quality is and how well the image stabilization works! USEFUL TIPS: The camera requires a high-speed Micro SD card to work properly (which is not included). I used the SanDisk Extreme Plus card and found that it worked perfectly. You will also need a newer computer with a fast processor and enough RAM to handle the higher resolution videos. The same goes for your phone. Slow, older devices just can’t keep up with the high-resolution videos. If you are going to be using this camera on the go, make sure that you take the power cord. I found that you will get about an hour of video use per charge. Fortunately, USB C can charge fast, but If this is not enough recording time for you, then it is advisable to get an extra battery to take on the go.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Coming from a cheap action camera, this is INSANE!

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    nhtechie
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    I have experience with an $80 4K action cam, so this camera blew me away. TLDR: Buy this. The quality is amazing & live streaming is pretty cool! Long-winded review; Let’s get right to it. Pros: Insane Quality Tons of GoPro and 3rd party accessory available YouTube Videos to help you get great videos, tune for cinematography, etc. Video stabilization Cons: No more GoPro studio - replaced with Quik, which isn’t good. It just isn’t. Things I’ve noticed: It goes through battery pretty quickly, so you absolutely need 2 batteries at a minimum It gets warm even at 1080p; 4k -- it’s good to double as a hand warmer, come winter Issues (Firmware 1.0) - I used this version for over a week: Occasional Freeze-ups (with an SD card NOT on the list (MB-ME64GA/AM) and with one ON the list / SDSQXNE-064G-AN6MA). Strange symptoms of … Screen staying black, but still recorded etc … needed reboots / battery pulls Had to reset connections / reconfigure to get reliability back to Android App multiple times Total app failure while at amusement park NO STREAMING Then, on roll-out day (when these started shipping) came with the 1.51 update! There wasn’t an updated App, which I find a bit strange (and 4 days later, still no updates). To get reliability on my phone, I needed to delete all cache/App data from phone, then remove the app Then, I had to: delete Bluetooth paired devices for GoPro delete WiFi Access Points for GoPro reset camera to factory defaults & set it up again Reliability arrived and Live Streaming worked at that point. But it’s a PAIN to use AND you have to have HotSpot capability on your phone (if you’re not at home), which uses data, so have an unlimited plan! Let’s help you get a feel for “Live Streaming” while you’re out and about … Set up your phone HotSpot & turn the HotSpot off (likely you did this before you headed out) Connect to your Camera with the (Already Configured) GoPro App FYI -- This turns your WiFi off & Connects to the GoPro HotSpot (WiFi with ! symbol for no Internet connectivity) Scroll to the Set up Live Streaming button Facebook setup (easy - need the App installed) YouTube (needs a long custom URL) Twitch (needs a long custom URL) Other providers cost $$, so I didn’t try Once you are in the setup screen, hit the drop-down for Wireless Networks and flip over to turn on your HotSpot. Flip back over to the GoPro App and refresh the list (‘pull down’ for android) search for / attach to your phone’s HotSpot within the setup screen. Then go Live. If something happens to the App, you have to shut off your HotSpot & go back to the GoPro App. Eventually the Live Stream goes “Network Error” and stops … eventually. All of my LTE HotSpot usage had very choppy video - so it seems like you’ll need some pretty stellar LTE service -- and you can’t use WiFi on your phone, when it’s a HotSpot. If you’re home & have a decent pipe from your ISP, the live streaming is smooooooth. Repeat the steps, minus turning on the HotSpot and pick your home/friend’s SSID. Also, since the latest update, there has been more reliability with the camera and an SD card ON the list; no more pulling the battery. At first, this was going to be a 3-star review - with deductions due to the crummy App, instability and the inability to live stream, but now - 5 stars because it hasn’t needed a battery pull and live streaming is fixed! P.S. did I mention there was insane quality?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Adventure camera!

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    Fordman9870
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    Go Pro Hero 7 The Body is the same as the 6 but the internals/options have been upgraded somewhat. An additional 1 GB of memory has been added as well. Initial impression: Very impressed with the solid feel to the 7, Very rugged and seems to be able to withstand about everything you could throw at it. I charged the battery and installed it along with the SD card and formatted it. (128 GB Name brand card) Do not be fooled by cheap knock off SD cards on certain big chain sites. Get a certified name brand fast SD card or your great action shots from vacation might not be there for you when you get back. The 7 is water/dust /dirt proof. (Up to 33 ft. deep) Should you need more depth in the water the Hero 5, 6, or 7 water tight housing is needed. One thing I highly recommend is getting the PLUS after purchasing. This allows you 35 hours of cloud video, thousands of pictures and direct upload when you are in a Wi-Fi area. Also this gives you unit protection. If anything happens to your GoPro, just send it back in (no questions asked) and get a new one all for $4.99 a month, no contract. This is a no brainer for those who enjoy extreme sports or mount the 7 on their car/bike/boat etc. I also purchased the quick charge battery charger and extra battery, as should everyone who travels with the 7. It would be a shame to have the battery fail or drain while out in the field. After formatting the card the camera setup was a breeze. I love the touch screen. This is leaps and bounds better than the Hero 2 that this unit was replacing. I then downloaded the Go pro app along with the companion Quik app. The phone found and paired itself to my camera in less than 10 seconds. You can also load a “Quik” desktop app BUT this is only available for Windows 10 64 bit and up. I then ran it through the paces of each setting and tested it and was impressed. One thing to be aware of. The default setting is a 4:3 so you have to change it to Wide screen before recording if this for Widescreen TV viewing. I started off on the Camera option, I tried, HDR and Raw, Burst and FOV (wide and linear). The pictures came out very nice and crisp. But for a 12 mp I thought it could be better, maybe it will after a few updates down the road. I also like the fact that I can take the raw picture and import them into my Adobe and further adjust them to my liking. Then to time-lapse, you can choose to set it from .5 seconds up to 60 seconds depending on your subject. This offers great versatility for about every shooting condition. Refer to the instructions for a chart for shooting settings or hints. The results of this test were really good, almost cinematic. The photos when stitched together and played offer great videos. Especially when you do a sunup/sundown or storm rolling in! And finally video. I always leave the setting (low light) on just in case I should need it when filming. This does make a difference. (Also consumes more battery) The stabilization is the best I have seen. (I have a competitor’s 360 model as well) The Hero 7 is indeed Gimbal like. When walking running or using it on a rough road on my Mustang it all comes out very smooth. I suggest playing with the video settings before heading out to use it in the field. There is a multitude of resolution setting for video, 4K, 2.7K, 1440 and 1080. All offer their individual tweaks as well. I try to leave on the Protune selection when it is available as this does some in-house color correction and fine tuning I have found it to be better than standard mode but again. I would play with all settings to find your best result. When you are finished and would like to have something to show quick, just have the go pro do a quik story. This sends the footage to your phone and edits with video effects and music. Something for you on the fly. Kinda neat. If you are advanced in the photo/video area the 7 allows you to take full control over certain settings such as, Audio (clean up wind noise), Sharpness, white balance, color, and exposure if you need to. If live streaming is for you the 7 does this. Just start recording and use your phone to select live stream and connect the app to you Facebook account to start. It was great to be able to use one of 16 voice commands to do most all work. NOTE: you can set an option to wake on command that will be available for up to 8 hrs. I love this option especially when I have the go pro mounted to my helmet/Roll bar or chest mount. I also leave the beeps on this way I know when my unit is on or has received the command. The hyperlapse option is only available with certain frames per second. This is easy to see in settings when you go through them when setting up. I found this to be very cool and seamless with the 7 new Gimbal like stabilization. When I compared this with my 360 camera, a friends knock off go pro (junk) and my Hero 2. The 7 came out the clear winner in every category. I would recommend this to any outdoor adventurer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GoPro went insane with this one

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    neio11
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    GoPro Hero 7 Black Intro I’ve had the Hero 4 and 5 Black/Session and I’ve either sold them or return them (except for the Session. I kind of like that little guy) because they didn’t perform as I expected them to with certain features. Audio was either muffled or tinny. Stabilization was my biggest complaint because it wasn’t available in 4K. Even with 2.7K where EIS was available, the video was not that smooth. Did they fix my complaints with this Hero 7 Black? Oh yes they did. Audio is so much better that there’s almost no need to find a way to use an external mic… OK maybe not that good yet but it’s a lot better that its predecessors. Video stabilization is now available in 4K. In fact, it’s available in 4k @ 60fps. Is it really good? It’s “Insanely Smooth Video” says Gopro and it is really, really good for EIS (Electronic Image Stablization). They call it HyperSmooth, gimbal like stabilization without the gimbal. It really works surprisingly good but there are features where EIS is not available like 8X slo-mo or if you shoot video in 4K 4:3. I also found that EIS still suffers in low light. This is where optical image stabilization is superior. They added a new time-lapse feature called TimeWarp video and it is stabilized. The video bit rate hasn’t changed from the Hero 6 & 5 so no 100mbps video from this camera yet and still at 12MP photos. BUT, you can turn on the camera with voice control … well, when it wants to that is. I found it to be hard of hearing at times... haha. Other specs of this camera is almost the same as its predecessors. Other notable feature is the SuperPhoto with HDR, local tone mapping and noise reduction. I only touch on the ones that really makes this camera way different than the Hero 5 & 6 for those who are thinking of upgrading or buying the Hero 7. If you already own the Hero 5 or 6, the accessories fit and that includes the battery. OK, so to test the HyperSmooth video, I have a YouTube video of the Hero 7 mounted on a RC car, eScooter and my SUV. Go check it out here > https://youtu.be/ZOPLfplNWv4 Pros - Uses the same accessories as series 5 & 6 Hero including the battery - Built-in 8GB storage - 4K video is finally stabilized with HyperSmooth - SuperPhoto with HDR takes awesome images. Cons - Still using electronic image stabilization; not optical - Still not tripod mountable without using accessories - Voice control is questionable Outro The Hero 7 Black is the best action camera that GoPro has ever put together. I still think it falls short when compared to Sony’s FDRX3000 but the Hero 7 might just get GoPro back on track.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Definitive Action Camera

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    ryanmcv
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    The Definitive Action Camera As a first-time GoPro owner, I was skeptical about incorporating the camera into my outdoor adventures. My iPhone has always seemed perfectly fine. But the flexibility and video-stabilization features offered by the Hero7 Black are truly eye-opening. PROS: - Small, portable design. Adds virtually no weight no a backpack or luggage. - Perfectly simple controls. A one-touch button on the top is used to start and stop videos or take still photos. The touchscreen is sharp and makes it easy to set up your shot. - Video truly is "HyperSmooth" as advertised. I mounted the camera to the dashboard of my Jeep during a weekend off-road adventure and was amazed by the results. There were almost no signs of motion or rotation in the video -- it was incredibly stable and judder-free, even when going over massive rocks. - The TimeWarp feature also works as advertised, resulting in beautiful and stable time-lapse videos. I tried this handheld and with the camera mounted -- it worked great in both situations. You can set the factor by which the video is slowed and the camera will tell you just how much footage will result with those settings. CONS: - It is difficult to navigate through the features and settings of the camera using the touchscreen. Maybe my fingers are just too big, but I usually have to resort to using the app to make most adjustments. - Overall, pictures looks nice, but the camera definitely struggles with still photos in low light situations, introducing a lot of noise and sacrificing a lot of detail. - The voice command feature is clunky, at best. I often had to repeat myself once or twice to get the camera to start recording or to take a picture. - The inclusion of social features like live streaming to Facebook seems like a gimmick to me, but perhaps some people will find them useful. OVERALL: The Hero7 Black is an excellent action camera and it produces some of the most beautifully stable video I've seen. This might not be the best point-and-shoot camera for still photos, but for video recording of action and outdoor adventures, it doesn't get better than this. Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    GoPro sets the bar once again for action cams

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    Grouticus
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    Once again the folks at GoPro have continued to push the limit and set the bar for compact action cameras. Although there isn't much change you can see on paper compared to previous models, you can clearly see noticeable change on videos due to the image stability software they have in the new GoPro Hero 7. The video is so smooth it's almost surreal and looks like it was shot by a professional photographer. Like most GoPro Hero models, the touchscreen is fairly simple to maneuver and responsive to touch. There are many options you can choose from for recording and capturing images including video quality, frame rate, low light, etc. It's great that you no longer need a waterproof housing to take a dip and record some sweet snorkeling pics and having a photo timer and time lapse option are also added benefits to play with. Another great thing about them not changing the physical camera too dramatically over the past two models is most, if not all, of the old accessories still work with this model since it is the same size including the housing and mounting accessories and the GoPro Karma grip. It was very easy and fast to sync this with my GoPro account and app in order to view, upload and edit content, view live feed and use the new live streaming option. The camera and all of it's abilities make me feel like I should be twenty years younger and become a stunt man... and then reality sets in that I'm just a boring husband and father that uses it to capture amazing family moments without risking my life. In any case, you won't find a better action camera on the market with so many fun things to use it for and I highly recommend it to any real dare devils so I can live vicariously through them when watching the GoPro channel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A gimbal killer?

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    TonyMSP
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    Takes fluid vids straight out of the box. If you’re not new to the GoPro ecosystem, the Hero 7 uses the same phone app, same mounts and even the same batteries from Hero 5 and 6. There isn’t much change or any change at all to the actual housing so all your Hero 5 and 6 accessories should work just fine. What they did change is the guts to handle the image stabilization and a few other neat features like hyperlapse. Pros: *Hyper smooth videos at 1080p 60fps & 4k 30fps *Super-fast uploads to your phone *Hyperlapse like a pro *USB-C (welcome to the future) Cons: *Battery life is short (carry extras) *Haven’t been able to get facebook Live to work *Doesn’t come with editing software (more on this) *Slow menu changes I’m glad the user interface is familiar. Swipe up to look at recordings, down to change settings, etc. Its not the fastest in changing between screens/settings and can be frustrating at times. Recording at 1080p 60fps unlocks the Hyper Smooth feature. Walking around with the GoPro handheld or attached to my head yields gimbal-like-smoothness. It does this digitally so don’t expect it to totally replace actual gimbals. It reminds me of how my iPhone does image stabilization. Its not a new tech, but finally integrated into the GoPro. One thing that I highly appreciate is the speed the GoPro can transfer files to your phone. OMG its fast. A gig of files can transfer blazingly fast. Did I mention the fast file transfer? This is very handy because I love to view and share on my phone. The new GoPro Quik app does an ok job on making fast videos but the editing is limited. It does allow quick sharing of videos with built in transitions, music, etc. The Quik software for your computer is worthless. Why did they discontinue GoPro Studios? I’m disappointed that I need 3rd party software to even put together a time lapse. I would recommend the Hero 7 for the fluid vids and the fast wifi file transfers to your phone. But be prepared to spend some extra cash on a 3rd party video editing software to make use of your new video files.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Gimbal Killer Indeed

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    GoalieMedic
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    The Hero 7 Black is the top-of-the-line model in GoPro’s most current line of action cameras, and it does not disappoint. Touted by GoPro as “the gimbal killer”, the one thing that makes this camera stand out from other GoPro models, including the Hero 6 line, is the incredible image stabilization that previously could only be truly achieved by placing a camera into a stabilization gimbal. Video shot with the Hero 7 Black is buttery smooth almost regardless of the activity you’re involved in. This works not only when shooting standard video, but also works amazingly when shooting in Hyperlapse, a mode where time is compressed into a fast-play video. Even on the Hero 6 line and its basic image stabilization, you saw jumps in the Hyperlapse from movement. The 7 makes it look rock-solid stable thru the whole video. The Hero 7 Black also includes a first-time feature to live stream video shot directly to social networks, including Facebook. Once past the new image stabilization, the Hero 7 Black runs almost directly parallel to the Hero 6 Black in terms of features and capabilities. The 7 features 4K video at 60 fps and 12 MP still photos. At the lower 1080p, you get lossless zoom and video shot at up to 240 fps (short bursts only) for super slow-motion video. If you want longer slow motion, you’ll need to use the 8x slo-mo. Rounding out the other options is a small touch screen on the back of the device, HDR photos, voice control to start recording or take a photo hands-free, and GPS tagging of videos and photos. Battery life is pretty good, but it’s hard to pinpoint actual life since it all depends on what you’re doing with the camera (stills vs. video, 1080p vs. 4K video, etc.). I carried an extra battery with me and after swapping out was able to go for the whole day. Charging uses the included USB-C (thank you for not using micro USB!) but does not include a charging brick for the wall. Or, since I have 2 batteries I splurged for the external charger that charges 2 batteries at the same time (at the risk of sounding like a commercial, “accessories sold separately”). I still find it maddening to get the camera out of the harness frame to get to the SD card or battery. I do understand the need for a tight fit, but the frustrating part is you are almost forced to push on the camera lens to push the camera out of the harness frame, leaving a nice big fingerprint every time. Not a huge deal, just a pet peeve. As of the time of this review, the price point between the Hero 6 Black and Hero 7 Black is only $50. I will say that it is WELL WORTH the extra few dollars if you’re investing in an action camera for the image stabilization in the Hero 7 Black. I assure you that you won’t regret spending that extra money. GoPro has outdone themselves with this camera solely based on that single feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hero7 Black: Feels Like a Giant Leap Forward

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    rtbestbuy
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    The GoPro Hero7 Black looks a lot like the Hero6, uses the same image sensor and processor, same solid construction and waterproofing, but feels like a whole new camera. The hardware has been changed very little, but the changes make for a significant improvement in capabilities. There are a whole host of new features that make this a significantly more powerful and useful camera. Top of the list is "Hypersmooth", a new image stabilization mode that provided near gymbal quality stabilization. It really does provide a much smoother video image. It was truly stunning. While we're at it, the video quality is improved with much better color saturation and sharpness. The latest firmware update added 4K/60fps hypersmooth stabilization, making 4K/60fps video actually usable(unlike the Hero6). Yay! There are some new resolutions available as well, with some odd choices for 4:3 video. But the default 1440P/60fps worked very well and seemed an excellent compromise. The new TimeWarp video, which everyone else calls hyperlapse, works much better than the Hero6 time-lapse, and eliminates the frame by frame strobe effect. There is also a new UI which is much simpler and more intuitive. In the new UI GoPro has added a Timed Clip feature, to record a short 15 or 30 second clip. They have added a self timer for photos that has been a feature in cameras for the last 50 years, but missing until the Hero7. And, Thank You!, they added a portrait orientation, turn the camera 90 degrees and the image rotates just like a smart phone. Still photos seem much more saturated and color true, and there is a new SuperPhoto mode that is kinda like HDR on steroids. It doesn't smear action photos the way HDR can. Pretty cool. The audio is also much improved, there was almost no wind noise while recording on a road bike and seems much clearer. The voice command response seemed to improve with each firmware update. I didn't try the livestreaming, but it is available in 720p only, with backhaul through your phone or a wifi network. But it's there. And the Hero7 Black really is black, with a big 7 on the side; the funky grey is gone. Battery life was between an hour to an hour and a half, using the same batteries as the Hero6. I should say I was using it with the Android app, which worked very well. The in app advertising is a little annoying, but can be ignored. The only real negative for me was having to remove the Hero7 from its mounting frame to change or charge the battery. Would have been nice to be able to at least charge without disassembling things. Overall, GoPro has a winner on their hands. The Hero7 is a lot of fun, easy to use, versatile, and with significant improvements over the Hero6. Some really big features and lots of little tweaks make this the new action cam standard to beat..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very cool with nice features

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    RunningMan
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    The Go Pro Hero 7 Black is a fun little camera. It is very portable and has a high quality build. Now, I have never owned any previous generation Go Pro cameras, however I have had some opportunity to play around with a few. From what I can tell, the Go Pro Hero 7 Black has shown a lot of improvements over the older generations. Maybe not a huge change between generation 6 and 7, but just to kick things off, a legitimate waterproof design of up to 10 meters without a waterproof casing is nice. This eliminates the extra bulk when you really don't need it. I took this thing to Wisconsin Dells and was absolutely amazed by the underwater video quality. No issues with fogging. The Voice command is really cool and is really practical for an action camera. Especially since it will be potentially mounted on a helmet, being able to say "Go Pro, take a photo" or "Go Pro, take a video" is really convenient. I tested the voice commands and the response seems really good. Just need to make sure you are using the exact verbiage from the command list. The only potential flaw in the voice command is that unless you are facing the camera, there is no feedback that your voice command actually initiated anything. So if you have the camera mounted on a helmet, you won't really know with 100% certainty that the camera is taking video or took a picture. But at least the functionality is there. The camera comes with some cool out of the box customizable functions, like TimeWarp Video, Time Lapse Video and Photos. The picture and video quality is really good. Zoom is a bit lack luster, but that may be common among action cameras. The big selling point of the Go Pro Hero 7 Black vs any other Hero 7 or previous generation is the HyperSmooth stabilization. This is fantastic. I have run around and jumped off some stairs with this camera and the play back was as advertised. The features smooths out the video and you don't get the jittery footage. Last but not least, I will comment on the battery life. It is advertised to get about 2 hours. I don't have any real comparison basis for what you should expect, but 2 hours doesn't seem like a long time. During my usage, the battery seems to drop pretty quickly. I would say you would definitely get a good hours worth, but 2 hours may be a stretch. Other factors may play into my low battery life, but I haven't played around with the settings too much to determine any factoring. But I can only assume that if GPS and Wi-Fi is enabled, the battery will run down a bit quicker, so keep that in mind if you need more than an hour. Over all, a great little camera and I look forward to all the fun footage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    From Snowboard to Boardroom

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    PG460
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    When I read about the upcoming GoPro Hero 7 Black I was immediately impressed with its specifications and capabilities. I never owned a GoPro previously so upon receiving it it I was somewhat intimated by thinking that all these incredible GoPro capabilities must be difficult to use. Eager to find out I popped the battery in and fired it up. I was quickly relieved to discover exceptionally easy operation with an intuitive touchscreen interface which made selecting shooting modes and other preferences simple. Love it! I downloaded the GoPro app and proceeded to connect my camera. Here I had some initial difficulty but soon enough I was connected via WiFi. You can also connect via Bluetooth if you so chose. I was now ready to see what it could do. Initially I just took some sample videos and photos around the house. Switching modes couldn’t be simpler. In video mode I was quickly impressed with the video quality in 4K in combination with GoPro’s Hyper Smooth Video Stabilization which quite effectively reduces camera shake. I found the results pretty stunning. The stabilization isn’t total but it certainly removes a great deal of camera shake. Upon testing the photo mode I was somewhat less impressed. Photos are great but comparable to my phone photos. Here you’ll also find GoPro’s Superphoto feature which amounts to some pretty impressive HDR processing. Eager to test the GoPro Hero 7 Black further it occurred to me to use it for a work project. I work in retail and was about to open a new store location. I normally document the end result of a new store setup with a PowerPoint slide show of photos which I present to my CEO, executive staff, and board members at the board meeting following a store opening. Pretty boring stuff but I now had a new fun tool at my disposal. A great deal of work goes into fixturing, stocking, and merchandising a new store so what better way to show all that effort than to show the process in time lapse from start to finish with the Hero 7 Black. Upon completing the store setup I then used the GoPro to take photos throughout the store. I also did a walkthrough video of the final sales floor. Being unfamiliar with video editing I next used the GoPro app’s QuikStories video editor to easily combine the three element of time lapse video, photos, and walkthrough video into a slick short film. The board members and my CEO were truly impressed with the video quality and editing. My boss even questioned what equipment I used to make the video so smooth and stable. He assumed I used a gimbal. Thanks GoPro for effortlessly making me look like a pro! The GoPro Hero 7 Black is a full featured action cam with great specifications and intuitive interface. From snowboard to surfboard to board room it’s a hit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Action Camera

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    RAK9008
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    There’s a bit of packaging to it, but it’s easy to get into and remove all the items it comes with: The camera, a mounting cage, USB-C charge cable, two mounting bracket adapters, and the battery. Be advised: You will need a Micro-SD card (recommend a 64gb card at minimum), as there is no internal storage, and that is not included. The camera itself, fits into the palm of your hand, which amazes me, and it barely weighs anything. Charging the unit was easy, and it charged within two hours, and inserting the battery and memory card is easy. Set up is also a breeze, there is a built-in step-by-step guide, and it even helps you link your phone to the camera, to be used as a remote, to view and upload pictures/video footage. You can also use it to change some settings. Once you get the device programed how you like, it’s good to go. I tested it out by filming my roommates’ cats, I would have done it while kayaking, but it’s autumn and too cold. The 4k video quality was amazing, and very smooth. I even snapped a couple of pictures and they turned out very well. Sending the footage to the GoPro cloud was a snap, and I had no issues on Wi-Fi or my LTE data. I certainly appreciate the LCD display on the front, giving me information about how much run time I have left and storage space on my card. Overall, if you are looking for a good adventure/action camera, or something good to attach to a drone, this camera is certainly worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great pictures but steep learning curve!

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    Snarltoof
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    I needed a durable camera to take pictures and video of travel and adventures. So far I'd been using waterproof digital cameras, but now that my phone takes better pictures of my camera, I realized it was time to update! This is my first GoPro. I have lots of friends who have them and they're solid fans. What I've found after using this camera for a few weeks is that it takes impressive pictures and video, that I'm nowhere near taking advantage of all of its capabilities, but there is a learning curve getting used to this camera and the Android app is confusing to me. I'm really impressed by the simplicity and the durability of the camera. There's very few control buttons and they're pretty obvious in use and placement. It has a touchscreen which is pretty wild to me -- it's a tiny screen but I can still navigate around it for various settings and features. It's a little getting used to swiping around on the tiny screen, but basically left and right select mode (still, video, time lapse), swipe up to see the pictures and media on the camera, and swipe down for settings. The pictures are really good. You can choose between a wide format which gives your pictures a fish-eye view, or a linear format with mostly flattens the image. It's still a bit fish-eyed around the edges, but the durability makes it worth it. The video is amazing. All that hype about how smooth the video is, that's obvious even for the novice. When I take video, there's no shakiness. It really looks like you're using a tripod or something solid. My biggest challenge about it is just understanding the basics. How do I use the app, what can the app do? How do I get pictures off of the camera and onto the phone? There are settings for auto-synching, but what do they do? I'm still learning, and that's pretty frustrating for me. I'm a heavy tech user and I'm used to picking up a device and quickly figuring out how to do everything I want to. So -- if you're a GoPro user, this camera is amazing. If you're a beginner, this camera will still give you great pictures and it's very much worth it, just be prepared to spend time looking for tutorials.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    amazing video

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    internetuser
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    This is my first go pro and it seems I got in at the perfect time. I got this about a week before going to Disneyland as I thought it would be perfect for recording us on rides. It was amazing. If this is your first Go Pro like me you will find it very hard to learn about it. The only instruction that come with it are a series of pictures that tell you how to open the case(very hard), install the battery and SD card, and charge. After that you are on your own. So after many hours of you tube research (which there wasn't much on the 7 black yet because it was just released) I was ready to take it to Disneyland. I figured while being on roller coasters , water rides and speeding "Cars" that the picture would come out shaky, mainly because I was screaming and shaking the whole time, but when I downloaded the video to my laptop and watched it, the picture was incredibly stable and very clear due to the hyper-smooth image stabilization. It was like watching a Disneyland 4k commercial. We took it on water rides and purposely got it as wet as could be to see how water proof it was and never had a problem with recording. The biggest problem I found was that the battery only lasted not even 1/2 of our first day there. By the afternoon the battery was dead and had to head back to the hotel to charge it. I will definitely buy the double battery charger and extra batteries to have at the ready when the battery dies. Also if you do not plan to use the go pro around water you can take the charging door off for easier access to the port without having to take the whole case off which can be frustrating and very hard. I did not have time to learn the live streaming capability to Facebook live but will definitely use that function in the future. What a cool way to share your experiences with friends and family. It also comes with a voice command to turn on or off the video or to take a picture. I found that this doesn't work well in noisy areas as I had to repeat "start recording" several times before it would turn on. There are so many other things I want to do with this camera that I should have waited 6 months or longer to review it but the main reason i wanted to post now was the amazing stable video you can shoot with this is definitely worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars