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Hero7 Black Specialty with SD Card
Freakishly smooth footage, smart-capture superpowers, and waterproof without housing—the GoPro Hero7 Black Specialty with SD Card is here to change the game and set the bar high as the most advanced Hero yet. Headlining the feature list, HyperSmooth video stabilization gives you gimbal-like stabilization—without the gimbal—and actually predicts your movements and phases out camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage. Then, a new intelligent photo mode provides the best-looking and most brilliant photos automatically, and allows you to share each and every breathtaking moment as they’re happening. Needless to say, GoPro took what we thought couldn't possibly be made any better, and did just that.
The Hero 7 Black continues to opt for a GP1 processor, supporting the smooth playback of higher frame rates (ranging from 4k at 60fps on the high end, to 1080p at 240 fps on the lower end) and the groundbreaking HyperSmooth 3-axis video stabilization. GoPro's most advanced video stabilization to date, HyperSmooth astonishingly does not use a gimbal, and essentially predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to keep your footage silky smooth and crystal clear, for everything from your white-knuckle downhill bike races to fast-paced hot laps through the terrain park, which would all normally be a jittery, headache-inducing affair when viewed at lower frame rates.
GoPro took into consideration the terrain that usually comes along with outdoor action sports—oceans, mountains, rivers, deserts, skateparks—and made the Hero 7 Black extremely rugged and waterproof up to 33 feet without a housing to keep up with any adventure. Getting you the best shots possible, 12MP SuperPhoto intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping, or noise reduction to optimize your photos, while the Photo Timer makes it easy to grab a GoPro selfie or group shot with your whole crew. TimeWarp Video Capture lets you take super stabilized timelapse videos, even while you move about a scene, which you can then speed up to about 30x for more shareable moments. Or you can use the 8x Slo-Mo to relive funny or epic moments in all their glory.
GPS Performance Stickers can be added to your videos in the GoPro app to show off how much faster, farther, and higher you went than your friends in the video, which can be also shared instantly via the app. Beyond bragging rights, the GoPro app allows you to instantly post, text, Tweet or Snapchat all the wet, sandy, and snowy adventures that you just wouldn’t capture with your phone. For easier editing, you'll find GoPro's Quik Stories feature, which automatically cuts out the boring stuff and keeps the very best footage, suddenly making the pain of editing movies a fun and easy process. The Hero 7 Black also retains many of the previous version's best features, including the impressive touchscreen display, advanced wind noise reduction, voice control capabilities, and vertical portrait capture. Once again, GoPro proves it's the number-one adventure companion by taking your photos and videos to a whole new level.
- The best Hero yet, with silky-smooth, crystal-clear footage
- Three-axis video stabilization is unbelievably smooth
- Smart 12MP SuperPhoto automatically captures the best shot
- Waterproof without housing up to 10 meters
- Quik Stories automatically uploads and edits footage
- Two-inch touchscreen display for intuitive operation
- Track your speed, distance, and more with GPS stickers
- Actively filters out unwanted noise for crisper audio quality
- Item #GOP0076
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Went from a 6 to this and the stabilization is light years better. Maybe not gimbal mquality but close enough for us amateurs.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've been super pleased with the ease of use! The touch screen on back is easy to navigate and the app is easy as well. It really would be a 5 star review but the battery dies very quickly when using wifi and the highest quality video settings. It is super smooth and the quality is second to none. I love it!
HyperSmooth or All Hype?
This review will focus solely on the new HyperSmooth Stabilization feature.
Since Gimbals for GoPro's became available, I've been using one. I honestly love my gimbal and it's a GREAT tool. When the HERO 7 came out claiming to be a "Gimbal Killer", I was immediately skeptical. I picked up a mount that allowed me to mount my new GoPro HERO 7 next to my trusty GoPro HERO 6 and do some side by side testing.
*This is where you should watch the comparison video I've shared along with this review. I obviously recommend watching the whole video for the full comparison, but the actual side-by-side shots start at 2:00*
I think the side-by-side video does the talking. The Stabilized HERO 7 is significantly smoother that the HERO 6.
Gimbal Killer? In my opinion, no... A gimbal still is a great tool and I won't be getting rid of mine, but I will say -- I'll likely not be skiing with my gimbal this year.
IS THE GOPRO 7 WORTH THE ADDED COST OVER THE HERO 6?
In my opinion, yes. I would recommend springing for the HERO 7 over the HERO 6 as I feel like a gimbal is required with the HERO 6 and a gimbal is an optional (but nice) tool for the HERO 7.
Although I didn't cover any of the other features on the camera in this review, I find the rest of the features to be on par with, or exceeding the features and performance of the HERO 6.
Best GoPro yet!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been a fan of GoPro cameras since the first HD Hero, after using the 3, 4 and 5, this is easily the best. The UI/UX, is so much better than previous versions it is a lot more responsive and intuitive. I was a big skeptical of the out of the box image stabilization, but this is unreal. The only thing this does that a gimbal doesn't is lock the horizon. Finally, footage from trail runs and mountain biking can be smooth enough to watch without adding the extra bulk of a gimbal. The photo quality is a huge step up as well, the sky rarely gets blown out, which was always an issue with previous GoPros. This video is hand held while running, straight off the camera.
A great upgrade for anyone trying to do action sports or anything POV. The stabilization is pretty much magic. The new GoPro Hero 7 camera eliminates the need for a gimbal for most people. You can easily achieve buttery smooth POV videos without worrying about vomit inducing wobble and shake of most POV cameras. It has pretty much the same battery life as previous GoPros and the battery is the exact same as the GPH5 and GPH6 which saves you from having to buy new batteries if you already have old ones. A few other enhancements with the UI and modes, but for the most part HyperSmooth is the biggest update which got me to upgrade from a GPH5.
SD Card Size
This camera comes with a SanDisk 32GB SD card.
What brand/size SD card is included?
The Sd card will be a SanDisk 32GB microSD.