GoPro Hero 7 is the latest version of GoPro that is in the market. As always, the Black version is their top-end version. They have at least an update for every version of GoPro being released, and the Hero 7 version receives a significant upgrade for the stabilization which GoPro calls HyperSmooth, also the new version comes with hyperlapse mode called TimeWarp.
GoPro mics are better quality than the previous version, coming to the photo mode the colours are handled smoothly when you capture images fast. The new version has better stabilization for hyper smooth where the previous version was 4k/30fps and the new one has 4k/60fps which is enhanced. Hero 7 black comes with 1GB RAM which is used for processing videos/images that are captured. GoPro Hero 7 uses the same image processor like previous versions and the camera optics are the same as Hero 6 version.
The UI for Hero 7 has been upgraded to completely new UI. They have added new features like live video, a vertical video which makes this GoPro a most packed feature. The Hero 7 Black weighs around 116g and the body has rubber coating and waterproof until the depth of 10m. The external features include the same as previous versions where the buttons are laid out at the same place. The right side of the action camera has a single shutter button and a mode/power button. The rubber-lined flap on the body protects USB Type C, Micro-HDMI, Battery areas.
The display comes with 2-inch touch screen with a secondary monochrome display which is useful to check battery level, shooting mode and capacity of micro-SD Card. There are 3 LED’s placed which helps you in recording and 3 microphones for the noise cancelling and stereo audio. The core specifications of the Hero 7 Black don’t differ too much from those of the Hero 6 Black. It’s still powered by GoPro’s GP1 chip and features a 12-megapixel, wide-angle sensor. There are built-in GPS, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It supports the H.265 or HEVC video codec and has a maximum video bitrate of 78Mb/s when shooting 4K. Just like the Hero 6 Black, the Hero 7 Black can also shoot 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps, with a whole bunch of other resolutions (2.7K, 1440p, 960p, 720p) and frame rates in between. The camera also still supports Protune options for professional users, who wish to set the exposure manually.
Apart from Hypersmooth feature which acts as a gimbal, GoPro has Timewarp feature which lets you shoot Timelapse videos in 4k or 1080p with varying speeds of 2x to 30x. Superphoto feature present here helps you to take HDR images which are High Definition photos and are quite better than previous versions of GoPro. Another feature here is that this version allows users to go live on Instagram/Facebook or any other social media websites via the GoPro App. This needs to be set up beforehand and is quick and easy. The camera comes with voice command which needs to be set up via the app.
GoPro can record 45 minutes of 4k video however, when the video pixels are reduced we can record videos for much more hours. The good thing is you can use the camera connected to power device for longer hours, but it tends to heat a little while using in 4k video mode.