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The Insane GoPro HERO7 Black Package
- E-COMMERCE PACKAGING: GoPro HERO7 Black Camera + Extra Battery + Super-suit Case- This product is in manufacturer E-Commerce packing (see pictures). The product itself is identical to the one found in retail packaging & it is covered under full standard warranty; Super Suite is Compatible with the HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018) Camera’s
- 4K60 VIDEO AND 12MP PHOTOS: Awesome as the moments themselves. 8x Sol-Mo Video – With ultra-high frame rate 1080p240 video, you can slow things down by up to 8x to relive funny, interesting, or epic moments in all their glory
- HYPER-SMOOTH VIDEO STABILISATION: Get gimbal-like stabilization—without the gimbal. HERO7 Black predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage
- TIME WARP VIDEO + SUPER PHOTO: Capture super stabilized time-lapse videos while you move about a scene. Increase the speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments. Get the best photos automatically. With Super Photo, HERO7 Black intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping, or noise reduction to optimize your shots.
- RUGGED + WATERPROOF: Share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof without a housing to 33ft (10m), and up for any adventure
The GoPro Hero 7 Black is now the entry-level model in GoPro’s revamped lineup, thanks to the arrival of the GoPro Hero 9 Black. But this former flagship is far from a basic action camera – in fact, for most people, it’s one of the best-value action cameras around. Throughout GoPro’s history, there have been certain models that have represented big leaps forward – and the Hero 7 Black is one of them. It was the first GoPro to debut HyperSmooth image stabilization, which still stands up today as one of the best EIS systems you can find on an action camera. While subsequent flagships have made this model available in a wider range of shooting modes – it isn’t available in the Hero 7 Black’s for 2.7k/120p mode, for example – this first version of HyperSmooth remains a strong selling point, particularly compared to budget action cameras or older GoPros. With its refreshed UI and the ability to shoot 4K/60p video, the Hero 7 Black is still a highly polished action camera that is a great value all-rounder for anyone who wants a waterproof ally for their smartphone or main camera.
While some may be disappointed to know that many of the core specs are essentially carbon copied from the Hero6 Black, GoPro’s thinking for this model was clearly less about boosting frame rates and packing more pixels, and more about improving the actual experience of using the device. This means the Hero 7 Black still incorporates the same 12MP sensor and the same wide-angle lens, for example, and the top video specs of 4K at 60fps and Full HD to a maximum 240fps for 8x slowed-down footage are also unchanged. The myriad of additional sweeteners on top of this, however, make this a significantly more powerful camera than before.
HyperSmooth: The most significant of these is HyperSmooth, a form of video stabilization that GoPro ranks as being the equivalent to using a gimbal. A combination of hardware and software, rather than simply an upgraded optical stabilization system, this was developed in response to user feedback – indeed, this was apparently the number one request – and it presents a clear advantage for anyone who may find using a gimbal for their chosen thrill inconvenient. GoPro isn’t shy about its capabilities, going as far as claiming that it’s the best in-camera video stabilization system not just of any action camera, but of any camera. On top of that, the means of its operation are said to have no additional penalty on battery life.
Unlike the Hero 6 Black, which only allows regular stabilization to be applied to 30fps when shooting in 4K, HyperSmooth can be used even when capturing 60fps footage at full resolution (though not at 4:3) on the Hero 7 Black. The only other time you can’t call upon it is when capturing Full HD footage at 240fps and 120fps footage, although standard stabilization is available at the latter frame rate. TimeWarp video is a further new feature on the Hero 7 Black, one that combines the idea of regular frame-by-frame time-lapse shooting (which you can still do separately) with HyperSmooth – essentially, a stabilized hyper-lapse. In essence, it allows you to capture time-lapse footage with the freedom to move the Hero 7 Black at all times. That’s right: time-lapse footage without a tripod, and whatever movement you want.
Voice Control is once again on hand, recognizing 12 separate commands such as “GoPro take a photo” and “GoPro start video recording”, which, between them, cover all the main tasks. Audio performance was also revamped on the Hero 7 Black. GoPro expanded the dynamic range, providing more natural bass tones and brighter mids, and also redesigned the microphone membrane to eliminate the vibrations that might be picked up, all the while ensuring it can capture more subtle sounds than before.
Easier to take photos: Another new option on the Hero 7 Black was SuperPhoto, something akin to a scene-intelligent auto option on a more conventional camera, which automates a handful of helpful features that you may not think to enable when capturing photos. So, instead of calling on HDR when shooting scenes with a wide dynamic range, it will do it for you if you want it to. Similarly, the Hero 7 Black deploys multi-frame noise reduction for low-light scenes if it feels the need to do so.
The Hero 7 Black offers excellent value. It was the model that brought software leaps like HyperSmooth stabilization and TimeWarp, which still easily stand up today and have only really been refined by its successors. Video and stills quality is excellent, and it has built-in waterproofing without the need for a case. It isn’t compatible with GoPro’s new Mod accessories and lacks the Hero 9 Black’s front-facing screen. But if you just want a tough, reliable action camera with impressive image quality, it’s the best value GoPro you can buy.