The new GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera came to our test, which can rightfully be considered the best portable gadget for shooting photos and videos in extreme conditions.
Wait, wait! If you are not keen on extreme sports, then this is nothing: GoPro Hero 7 Black turned out to be the first camera that you can easily use in calm conditions. for shooting home gatherings, leisurely walks, and even for streaming on social networks.
That’s because in the 7th version of GoPro, the creators managed to put the best video stabilizer that I have ever seen in video cameras in principle. Even without extra “suspensions“And Steadicam footage for quality and smoothness looks very cinematic.
But first things first:
Appearance is familiar. But there are differences
The size and shape of the “seven” is not much different from previous GoPro models. This year, the manufacturer divided the cameras into 3 types, which differ in both color and technical characteristics:
Gopro hero 7 white. the most affordable novelty of the three, with the ability to record video with a resolution of 1080p at 60 frames per second. The battery is not removable, there is no screen on the front panel. There is no video stabilization either. The initial option for unpretentious users.
GoPro Hero 7 Silver. A strong “average” that will satisfy most users. This model is already capable of 4K, but only at 30 frames per second. Video stabilization is also there, but it is exactly the same as in previous GoPro models. The battery is also not removable, there is no screen on the front panel, only at the back.
GoPro Hero 7 Black. The most sophisticated model of all new products. In addition to the front screen and advanced video stabilization system, the “black” version has a separate port for connecting an external microphone, which is so necessary for all bloggers and streamers, as well as the ability to quickly replace the battery.
All three versions of GoPro 7 have a built-in touch screen to control settings, and all cameras can withstand immersion in water to a depth of 10 meters without a special box.
All cameras do not have their own memory, but do not put a flash drive in the kit. So the presence of a microSD flash drive of at least grade 10 is a prerequisite for the full use of GoPro.
The stabilization system called HyperSmooth in GoPro Hero 7 Black allows you to shoot video with your hands as if using a professional holder with a stabilizer.
Prices for all 3 models vary accordingly:
GoPro Hero 7 White. 17 990 rubles.
GoPro Hero 7 Silver. 26 990 rubles.
GoPro Hero 7 Black. 34 990 rubles.
Of course, the most sophisticated model is the most interesting, so what follows will be only about the “black” GoPro Hero 7, it’s good to tell and show what.
What pleases the new GoPro Hero 7 Black?
If you were born yesterday, you probably know about the basic functions of GoPro action cameras.
The ability to shoot widescreen video, connect to a smartphone using a special application and edit the video you just shot there. with the release of new models, these functions remain unchanged.
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And here’s what really is new in GoPro Hero 7 Black, in addition to super stabilization:
Timewarp function: Shoot an accelerated video. In combination with mega-stabilization, you can shoot fast movements, as in blockbusters.
Lifestream: Live streaming to social networks. Supported by Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and Twitch. There is no integration with Instagram, but I put anything that the developers will add this service sooner or later.
Photo Settings: shooting in HDR, portrait mode (including vertical photos for publications on cell networks) and automatic recognition of scenes and objects. Like, these are smiles on their faces, this is the landscape, and here you are flying with a parachute at a frantic speed.
Improved microphone: In the new GoPro, sound is recorded in stereo, and the microphone itself has received a new membrane to reduce extraneous sounds and vibrations when shooting under extreme conditions or using various mounts and suspensions. So swear at some rope jumping need to be more careful. the camera will record everything.
It is proposed to manage these settings using a companion application, which can be downloaded for free from the App Store [link to GoPro application].
Through this application, you can connect to the camera via wi-fi and use your smartphone as a viewfinder, change shooting modes and edit the shot video. there is a built-in editor, very good.
Videos shot on the GoPro Hero 7 Black can be inserted into a feature film even now, without jokes. See for yourself, it’s all filmed on camera with your hands, without any steadicam and post-processing:
Gently, when watching this video, your head may spin. 2 minutes of fast movements captured using the TimeWarp function at different acceleration intervals.
If you survived the previous video without consequences, here is another one, also with different shooting modes. For me personally, it’s not at all clear why to spend a lot of money on huge cameras with suspensions, if this baby removes such cool vidos.
I remind you that only the most advanced version of GoPro 7 Hero Black has such stabilization. In the “silver” and “white” shaking when shooting with hands is much more noticeable.
What is the result? You have to take Black and be happy
I fell in love with GoPro Hero 7 Black literally at first sight. This is the most advanced action camera in the world today, which can easily compete with large video cameras and cameras, which are also equipped with additional equipment such as additional microphones and external stabilization systems.
1. This is a small action camera familiar to many, but with amazing image stabilization, which simply has no analogues. I would take it.
2. GoPro Hero 7 Black turned out to be a folk camera: extremals. an abundance of mounts and “indestructibility”, ordinary mortals. high-quality 4K videos for a home video archive for memory.
3. Further development of action cameras will go in a different plane: the manufacturer will concentrate on reducing the size, because in terms of the filling, there is nowhere to develop especially in the coming years. GoPro Hero 7 Black is a direct proof of this.
GoPro 7 left the voice control function. You just need to say “- GoPro, start recording”, and the camera will begin to shoot video. You can speak Russian, but the camera does not always understand the command. So the button is more reliable.
Of the unusual, I liked the vertical photo mode. the image on the camera screen can be flipped from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa, depending on the position of the camera.
I would also like to note the presence of a built-in GPS sensor, which allows you to add coordination marks to all captured photos and videos.
Nowadays, the most common way of shooting is a smartphone. But only with a GoPro camera can you shoot video in a variety of conditions without worrying about moisture protection or excessive shaking.
You can buy any version of Go Pro Hero 7 in M. Video, the price starts from 17 990 rubles.
Thanks to its excellent quality and resolution, the 7th version of the action camera will become an indispensable tool for both an extreme athlete and a video blogger.
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