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The Hero 7 Black was introduced by GoPro in September 2018. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.
GoPro is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by GoPro.
|Category||Outdoor & Action|
Being a typical action cam the GoPro Hero 7 Black is environmentally sealed and features dedicated protection against the elements.
|Water proof||10.00 meter|
|Drop test||1.00 meter|
|Temp. range from||-10.00 °C|
The Hero 7 Black's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.
The GoPro supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or GoPro's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.
The Hero 7 Black has a built-in lens that can not be changed.
The wide-angle lens with a focal length of 17mm has a largest aperture of F2.8.
The Hero 7 Black's shutter speeds range from 1/2000s to 30s.
The highest shutter speed of the GoPro is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.
|Max. shutter speed||1/2000s|
|Min. shutter speed||30s|
The Hero 7 Black's usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.
|Min. sensitivity||100 ISO|
|Max. sensitivity||1600 ISO|
The Hero 7 Black supports all common metering modes.
The Hero 7 Black doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.
A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the GoPro's hotshoe.
The Hero 7 Black features a monitor with a diagonal of 52.00mm (2.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.24 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.
Unfortunately, the Hero 7 Black's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.
The Hero 7 Black's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.
Display characteristics at a glance:
When recording videos with the Hero 7 Black, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.
The camera features a connector for an external microphone, a neccessity for good video sound. A built-in mike will record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is mostly not desired. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.
Videos with the GoPro Hero 7 Black at a glance:
|Max. resolution||3840 x 2160 pixel|
|...with frame rates||25 frames/second|
|CONNECTIVITY & WIRELESS|
The Hero 7 Black has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera.
Another option to transfer images to the smartphone is Bluetooth (Note: Bluetooth connections will not always transmit images or videos with full resolution.)Connect the GoPro to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.
USB 3.0 is already supported by the GoPro. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.
The GoPro's connectivity at a glance:
What memory cards can be used with the GoPro Hero 7 Black?
The Hero 7 Black will only accept Micro SD cards. The GoPro does not support SD cards.
With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.
Supported memory cards at a glance:
|Memory cards||Micro SD|
Let's have a look at some other features of the GoPro Hero 7 Black:
GPS is already built into the Hero 7 Black; that will make it easy to categorize and tag photos afterwards. However, using the GPS receiver can reduce battery life considerably.
The Hero 7 Black features a built-in stabilizer. With a 1x zoom, that's not necessarily a requirement, but nice to have nonetheless.
The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.
The Hero 7 Black is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.
The GoPro's features in a handy table:
The GoPro Hero 7 Black works with a GoPro Akku battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 1000 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.
The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.
The Hero 7 Black's battery at a glance:
|Battery life||1000 photos|
The GoPro Hero 7 Black's dimensions are 62 x 44.9 x 33mm³. (2.4" x 1.8" x 1.3"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 116 grams (3.7 oz.), lens included.
Front and top view of the Hero 7 Black with dimensions:
To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).
The Hero 7 Black is not much bigger:
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