Review: GoPro Hero 7

Camera

The Hero of the action cameras, the GoPro Hero is here to pack more pixels for you. Even though most of the features are borrowed from the previous version, like the wide-angle lens, 12 megapixel sensor, the top video specs of 4k at 600fps and a spectacular Full HD to a maximum 240fps for 8x slowed-down footage, the Hyper-smoothness is brand new. The User Interface is all refreshed to give you the ease of using it just as you use your smartphone and the basic info like the resolution and the frame rate has been condensed into a tinier space. The directional swipes let you access the captures as well as the various modes. But this does not mean that you cannot access the modes with the Mode button. The new camera has also adapted to the screen orientation as you position your camera to portrait mode from landscape. If it seems like a nuisance you could disable it but the right amount of sensitivity would not let it come to that. It’s a little funny but the camera responds to “Oh Shit” and “That was sick” with a Hi-light. Or you could simply feed your personal slang as commands.

The evolution of the GoPro canbe majorly witnessed through HyperSmooth, a new way of stabilizing a video. It is not just an upgraded optical stabilization system but a brilliant combination of hardware and software which adds up to a gimbal-like experience. The battery life of the camera suffers no penalty on the added feature which makes it a win-win. You can actually capture a 60fps footage at full resolution. Another added super power of the new GoPro 7 is the TimeWarp which is a combination of hyperSmooth and regular frame-by-frame time-lapse shooting. You could capture a high resolution time-lapse even if the movement of camera is a little too much. Not just this, a redesigned microphone membrane has been incorporated in the camera that eliminates all the stray vibrations that might creep in while recording videos ensuring a subtler sound quality for your best uploads on the gram or video blog. While talking of super powers, one cannot miss out on the SuperPhoto feature which has automated quite a few helpful features for the user. While shooting scenes within a wide range of dynamics, you would not have to call the HDR mode because the camera will do it for you. And to adjust things like ISO range, white balance sharpness, exposure compensation you could simply switch to the ProTune feature. In addition to JPEGs, you can capture the images in their raw glory and shoot bursts at a maximum of 30fps. You can actually just tell the camera how many images you intend to capture during a particular time span and it will do it for you. And not just capture, you could live-stream your images directly on Facebook. The live-stream feature for other channels like YouTube is still under construction though.

The camera is allowed to swim itself clean in up to ten ft. deep water and would be as good as a brand new one. The ridged edges are now smooth and the two-tone look is now one. The most amazing fact you would love to know is that it comes with the price tag of GoPro 6. So get yourself a much updated model at the same cost and explore the new crisp features.        

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