GoPro Hero7 Black

The ac­tion cam­era mar­ket has long been dom­i­nated by GoPro, but has it done enough with this new cam to hold onto the crown?

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Look­ing to ex­tend its lead in the ac­tion cam­era mar­ket, GoPro’s new Hero7 Black brings a host of up­dates to the al­ready ace Hero6. Fo­cus­ing on mak­ing videos less shaky, GoPro has given us new tech called Hyper­S­mooth. This built-in elec­tronic sta­bil­i­sa­tion enables you to ditch the gim­bal and still cap­ture jud­der-free footage. Au­dio is bet­ter, and there’s a new TimeWarp func­tion, ges­ture-based UI, and live stream­ing.

Im­pres­sively, these new fea­tures have been crammed into a case the ex­act same size and shape as its pre­de­ces­sor. The Hero7 is wa­ter­proof down to 10 me­tres, and you can ex­pand that to an im­pres­sive 30 me­tres with an op­tional GoPro wa­ter­proof hous­ing. Plus, there’s the mas­sive se­lec­tion of com­pat­i­ble mounts and ex­tras that al­ready work with the Hero7.

One of our favourite new fea­tures is the abil­ity to record TimeWarp videos, which use GoPro’s im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion to cre­ate mov­ing time­lapses (like you might see in a Casey Nei­s­tat vlog). They’re ideal to set the scene, con­vey time pass­ing, or to add variety to an edited video.

The real star of the show is Hyper­S­mooth sta­bil­i­sa­tion, which now works on all video up to 4K at 60fps. Hyper­S­mooth does its job in­cred­i­bly well, and doesn’t present any of the tra­di­tional warp­ing or ar­ti­facts found on older GoPro cam­eras.

Au­dio record­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties have also been en­hanced here, with built-in mi­cro­phones able to cap­ture more dy­namic range (deeper lows, higher highs). There’s also soft­ware tar­get­ing and elim­i­nat­ing sound from vi­bra­tions.

A touch­screen sits on the rear of the Hero7, but the user in­ter­face has been re­designed. As a re­sult the menus, modes and set­tings are far more sim­ple to use, with in­tu­itive ges­tures that can be eas­ily picked up. You also get voice con­trol, which is handy when you can’t reach the dis­play or if you’re wear­ing gloves.

When you con­nect to the GoPro smart­phone app, you’ll get live stream­ing. At launch you’ll be able to send video di­rectly to Face­book Live (via your smart­phone’s in­ter­net con­nec­tion), with YouTube coming shortly af­ter.

The GoPro Hero7 Black is un­doubt­edly the most pow­er­ful ac­tion cam­era the com­pany has cre­ated. This year’s up­dates have made get­ting pro­fes­sional shots eas­ier, rather than bump­ing specs. As a re­sult, we reckon GoPro has done enough to re­tain the cov­eted ac­tion cam crown.

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