Rider Review: GoPro Hero 7 Black

As mountain bikers we love to relive our times on the trail, to check out that epic session or see that awesome jump; that’s why we fell in love with GoPro when it first hit the scene. There’s nothing more motivating than watching some of the world’s best riders attack the trails with some of the maddest footage about, but we love to post our own footage for bragging rights too. We picked up a GoPro 7 and have been putting it through its paces for the last 7 months, here’s what we thought…

Product: GoPro Hero 7 Black

RRP: $599

Available at: Amazon Australia or any good camera or bike store.

The Nitty Gritty

The GoPro Hero 7 Black is the latest of GoPro’s action camera offerings that will put your viewers right in the middle of the action no matter how gnarly the terrain. The key features that the Hero 7 Black has over the Silver and other models is the hypersmooth Video Stabilization, effectively ditching the shaky POV video of the past and any chunky gimbal devices as well. For us this seems like a huge step forward. Let’s take a look at the other specs:

– WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity with GPS tracking.

– Waterproof to 10m without a dive case

– 12 MP photos

– 4K60 / 1080p240 video

– Time warp video, Time lapse video, Time lapse Photo, night lapse photo, protune adjust-ability and the ability to live stream direct from your phone.

Test Results

After 9 months of testing it is fair to say that we are extremely impressed by the GoPro Hero 7 Black. it is durable, functional, user friendly and everything that every other GoPro has been before plus more. The most impressive feature on the Gopro Hero 7 black is easily the hypersmooth stabilization. No longer is there a necessity for a gimbal, in fact gimbal have been absolutely killed by the hypersmooth stabilization in our opinion.

Our only issue with the hypersmooth feature is that you cannot use it on any definition above 1440, so although you can shoot 4K with the GoPro Hero 7 Black, if you are running POV mountain biking footage then it’s a waste of time without hypersmooth. This means that you are forever shooting in 1440, in our opinion this is still a great image quality but we would love to be able to shoot in 4K.

Still shot taken on burst mode 10:1 – Rider John Dollisson

The image quality from the Hero 7 Black is awesome and 12mp stills in either wide view or linear is certainly an awesome step forward. Not only do you have the ability to shoot great video but now you can get some epic HD photos on the trail. For those of you with a need to tweak the features and search for adjust-ability, the Hero 7 Black has everything you need to fine tune your shots and video so you can have some epic footage from the trails.

Still shot taken on burst mode 10:1 – Rider John Dollisson

The Final Word

When we laid our hands on the GoPro Hero 7 Black we thought we would like it, but the reality is that we just weren’t aware of just how much we would love it. It turns good footage into epic footage, shaky footage into smooth footage, has awesome durability and looks damn good at the same time. It’s gonna be hard to use any of our other GoPros after using the Hero 7 Black and it’s fair to say that we strongly recommend this bit of blockbuster kit.

Our only disappointment is the lack of the hypersmooth function on resolutions above 1440, which means that if you want to shoot in 4k it will end up shaky if it is POV footage. The other issue we encountered was the file compression software on the GoPro 7 Black for 4K footage can not be read on a lot of phones and computers. Basically if it is not this year’s model then you will need to use a file transfer program to view and save the footage on your computer. We had an Iphone 8 and it was unable to save 4K footage, but the fact that we were only trying to use footage with hypersmooth turned on definitely mitigated this issue.

If you are chasing an action camera that not only takes awesome footage but epic photos as well and you want it to be smooth as silk, then get your hands on the GoPro Hero 7 Black. It truly is a gimbal killer….


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