September 21, 2018

GoPro Rolls Out HERO7 Cameras with Its Best Image Stabilization Yet

The new GoPro HERO7 Black improves video stabilization on an impressive level. See it in action below. 

GoPro announced three fresh cameras to its HERO7 lineup—HERO7 Black, HERO7 Silver, and HERO7 White—with the Black being its flagship touting Hypersmooth, an image stabilization feature that produces some fantastic results from its shakier predecessors.  

Hypersmooth is said to make "gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal," which is a big claim. Bigger yet, it works under water too as HERO7 Black is waterproof up to 33ft (10m). The pocket-sized camera has a 2" touchscreen (with zoom touch) and capable of supporting 4K60 video, 8x slo-mo, 12 megapixel stills, voice control, a "wake on voice" feature, metadata, and is both Protune and Karma compatible. All this is powered by a new GP1 chip. 

Other new features on HERO7 Black are TimeWarp which "applies a high-speed, ‘magic-carpet-ride’ effect to your videos" at 30x—essentially a quick and dirty way of making timelapse video—and live streaming. Users can share real-time video to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo, and other platforms. 

HERO7 Black also allows you to offload footage to your phone, has GPS performance stickers (tracks speed distance and elevation), WiFi, BlueTooth, a micro HDMI output, 3-mic processing for wind noise reduction, three microphones, and microSD storage (Class 10 or UHS-I rating). 

As you might imagine, the HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White are watered-down versions lacking Hypersmooth, TimeWarp, and live streaming, as well as the GP1 chip. Only the HERO7 Silver offers 4K video while White drops you down to 1080p. All three versions are available for pre-order now and ship September 30. Prices are $399 for the Black, $299 for Silver, and $199 for White. 

With the roll-out, GoPro is having a contest for a chance to share a $1,00,000 prize pool by submitting your best HERO7 Black raw video clips. Full information can be found here

HERO7 Black Features:

  •  4K60 video and 12MP photos
  • Ultra Slo-Mo – 8x slow motion in 1080p240
  • HyperSmooth Stabilization 
  • Live Stream 
  • TimeWarp Video
  • SuperPhoto 
  • Portrait Mode
  • Enhanced Audio
  • Intuitive Touch Interface
  • Face, Smile + Scene Detection
  • Short Clips 
  • Photo Timer 
  • Rugged and Waterproof 
  • Voice Control 
  • Auto Transfer to Phone
  • GPS Performance Stickers
  • Touch Zoom

HERO7 Silver Features:

  •  4K30 video and 10MP photos
  • GPS-enabled 
  • Waterproof to 10M
  • 2-inch LCD touch screen with intuitive UI
  • Built-in electronic video stabilization
  • Shoot vertically
  • Photo timer
  • Touch Zoom
  • Short Clips
  • Share directly to Instagram story with GoPro app
  • 2x Slow-mo video
  • Voice control
  • Auto-transfer to phone
  • QuickStories enabled
  • Auto-backup to the cloud

HERO7 White Features:

  • Full HD video at 1440p60 and 10MP still photos
  • Waterproof to 10M
  • 2-inch LCD touch screen with intuitive UI
  • Built-in electronic video stabilization
  • Shoot vertically
  • Photo timer
  • Touch Zoom
  • Short Clips
  • 2x Slow-mo video
  • Share directly to Instagram story with GoPro app
  • Voice control
  • Auto-transfer to phone
  • QuickStories enabled
  • Auto-backup to the cloud

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12 Comments

Hummm ....seems pretty incremental, I wonder how much?

September 21, 2018 at 9:56AM

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makes RAW photos?

September 21, 2018 at 2:21PM

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Alvaro Reyes
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Hi Alvaro,

..."raw" as in unedited, original.

Hope that helps.

September 21, 2018 at 4:47PM

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Daron James
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No, photos are 12mp JPG's ... i do believe you can take HDR images.

September 21, 2018 at 5:13PM, Edited September 21, 5:13PM

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Correct. HERO7 Black has a SuperPhoto feature with HDR .

"SuperPhoto – Intelligent scene analyzation for professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR. Local Tone Mapping, and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction."

September 21, 2018 at 9:56PM

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Daron James
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Great for most mainstream musical clips and ads. It adds u with the search for a virtual camera in the aesthetics of the all-digital era. Smart directors and DPs will obviously use it in the kind of stories that will require it. But it definitely isn't a neutral tool and the way it deshumanize and devitalize movement like many other tools (modern steadicams, drones etc.) is problematic. Especially since these tools are used even when not required because of the utopic and post-modern search for the cleanest and most perfect image possible.

No Film School is a great curator of digital cameras and filmmaking tutorials in order to know both the technical and storytelling aspects of making movies, but I'd love to see more debate and consideration / critical thought about the consequences of the new tools in the aesthetics. I guess it's more the field of study of universities and high-end reviews such as the Cahiers du cinema in France.

Side note : I love how GoPro ads are the same since the first one ("extreme" sports etc)

September 21, 2018 at 5:19PM, Edited September 21, 5:19PM

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I have never heard of stabilization described as "deshumanize and devitalize movement." Your eyes see pretty stable so it's not dehumanizing anything. The aesthetic consequence is less shaky cam footage. This sounds like the jargon I'd use to write papers in film school and get a semi-decent grade without actually saying anything.

September 21, 2018 at 9:44PM

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Stephen Herron
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I agree with Stephen Herron. Even if a person is shaken vigorously, their vision is stable. Human eyes have the best stabilizer one can ask for. In movies those extra shaky footage to depict action looks superficial. I had bad headache and nausea after watching District 9. I watched that movie because I love both Mr. Neill Blomkamp and science fiction. Often to depict action POV, heavy camera shake is induced. Why? Our eyes are very stable even if we are running like hell in any terrain. Stable vision is natural.

September 21, 2018 at 11:53PM, Edited September 21, 11:55PM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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Another awesome product from GoPro. When will we have one with detachable lens mount and line of good glasses? Am waiting. ;-)

September 21, 2018 at 11:59PM, Edited September 21, 11:58PM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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Very good! A whish for GoPro: A model Pro with 35mm sensor and 2 modes; wide angle & 50mm (optical). That will be a killer

September 23, 2018 at 5:09PM

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Javier Diez
Director/Writer
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... that'd be the killer of footage in focus ... :-)

September 24, 2018 at 8:09AM

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Rod P
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Yes am too agree with your review.,,
But about video stabilisation Apeman camera play an impressive role than your gopro hero.

September 24, 2018 at 9:39AM

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Hey bro you messed up the number 1,000,000 and missed a 0

September 24, 2018 at 4:35PM, Edited September 24, 4:35PM

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