Today GoPro announced its new product lineup of action cameras – The GoPro HERO7 Black, Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White. According to GoPro, the flagship Hero7 Black brings a new level of video stabilization with the HyperSmooth feature, as well as TimeWarp and enhanced audio. Also, GoPro is giving away $1,000,000 for the best Hero7 Black footage in their “Million Dollar Challenge”.
What’s Really New in the GoPro Hero7 Black
Innovations include live streaming, TimeWarp (hyper-lapse), enhanced audio and the built-in stabilization called HyperSmooth. When it comes to frame rates or resolutions, the Hero7 Black does not bring anything new in comparison to the Hero6 Black.
HyperSmooth is, according to GoPro, the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera – and they even use the term “gimbal-like”. This stabilization should now apply to all frame rates and resolutions. The Hero6 Black already had some stabilization, but the 4K60fps mode was not stabilized. Take a look at the HyperSmooth demonstration video:
TimeWarp is a feature that creates a stabilized hyper-lapse clip from a video at up to 30x the speed.
The Hero7 Black is the first GoPro to support live streaming, making it possible to automatically share footage on Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms internationally, in real-time. It simultaneously saves the streamed videos to the SD card in high definition.
GoPro is offering a free 32GB microSD card with every new GoPro Hero7 purchase.
- Video resolutions: 3840 x 2880 at 24/25/30 fps, 3840 x 2160p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps, 2704 x 2028p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps (MP4), 2704 x 1520p at 24/25/30/50/60/100/120 fps, 1920 x 1440p at 24/25/30/50/60 fps, 1920 x 1080p at 24/25/30/50/60/100/120/240 fps
- Supports both video formats: MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HVEC)
- Maximum bitrate is 78 Mb/s (in 4K)
- 12MP photos with SuperPhoto feature – Intelligent scene analyzation for automatic applied HDR, local tone mapping and multi-frame noise reduction
- Dimensions of the camera: 62.3 W x 44.9 H x 33 D (mm), which seems to be slightly smaller than the Hero6 Black.
- Portrait Mode – native vertical-capture for easy sharing to Instagram Stories, Snapchat and more
- Enhanced audio – using 3 microphones, the audio should have increased dynamic range. New microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations. It records in .wav format as well.
- Intuitive Touch Interface – 2-inch touch display with simplified user interface enables native vertical (portrait) use of camera
- Face, Smile + Scene Detection – Hero7 Black recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app
- Short Clips – Restricts video recording to 15- or 30-second clips for faster transfer to phone, editing and sharing.
- Photo Timer – Countdown timer for convenient selfies and group shots
- Waterproof without a housing to 10m (33 feet)
- Voice Control – verbal commands in 14 languages
- Auto Transfer to Phone – photos and videos move automatically from camera when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing
- GPS Performance Stickers – enables to track speed, distance and elevation, then highlight them by adding stickers to videos in the GoPro app
- Touch Zoom – Framing photos and videos with just a touch
GoPro HERO7 Black Million Dollar Challenge
GoPro has thought about an original way how to boost sales of their new GoPro Hero7 Black: They are inviting their customers to participate in this year’s Hero7 Black highlight video. Beginning on September 27th worldwide, users can submit their best raw video clips shot with the GoPro Hero7 Black. The GoPro team will then pick their favorite shots for the highlight reel and award an equal cut of a million dollars to the individuals whose footage is selected. Full submission guidelines and details can be found here.
GoPro Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White Features
- Silver shoots video at 4K (3840×2160) up to 30fps, at 1440p (1920×1440) up to 60fps and FHD (1920×1080) at up to 60fps.
- White shoots video at 1440p (1920×1440) up to 60fps and FHD (1920×1080) at up to 60fps.
- Silver has built-in GPS to track the speed, distance and more.
- 10MP photos.
- waterproof to 10M (33 feet)
- built-in battery
- 2″ LCD touch screen with intuitive UI
- no front monochrome display
- built-in electronic video stabilization
- shoot vertically
- photo timer
- touch zoom
- short clips
- share directly to Instagram story with GoPro app
- voice commands
- auto-transfer to phone
- QuickStories enabled
- auto-backup to the cloud
Price and Availability
The GoPro HERO7 Black costs US$399, the GoPro Hero7 Silver costs US$299 and the GoPro Hero7 White’s price is US$199. All cameras are available for pre-order today and will start shipping on September 27th.
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