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By Alvin Soon - 29 Nov 2018

GoPro hero 7 black review: The Hype(erSmooth) is real

Note: This article was first published on 13th October 2018.


Unless you’re Paul Greengrass, don’t shoot with a shaky camera. Wobbly videos look amateurish and induce vertigo in its poor viewers. It’s why videographers go khổng lồ great lengths to stabilize their cameras, from mounting them on monumental tripods to lớn bearing gimbals on harnesses.

Professional gear gets a bit much, but these days the image stabilizers in our smartphones and digital cameras vì wonders for stabilizing footage. We won’t be shooting the next Jason Bourne movie with these, but they get the job done for đáng yêu — and steady — baby videos.

The new GoPro anh hùng 7 đen promises lớn take image stabilization one step further with something they’re calling Hypersmooth. I’m always skeptical of electronic image stabilization, especially one that mercare.com.vnes with a re-brand. But after trying it for myself, I have khổng lồ say that Hypersmooth is for real.

In the đoạn clip below, the Hypersmooth đoạn clip is so smooth that it looks lượt thích I’m riding on smooth ground. But kiểm tra out how much my helmet is bobbing; that’s how much the camera is actually shaking.

From running khổng lồ jumping to biking, Hypersmooth produced stable footage that still looked natural. The problem with using a gimbal is that it sometimes produces unnatural footage — the horizon remains màn chơi even when somebody leans into an action, for example, and you don’t get the sense of shifting movement.

The anh hùng 7 Black, however, keeps the lean as well as keeping the đoạn clip stable, so you’ll see the horizon tilt và you feel as if you’re really moving. GoPro says that the camera isn’t just doing straightforward electronic image stabilization, but is actively analyzing the image and your movements lớn produce stabilization that stays true to lớn the motion.

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In the đoạn clip below you can get the sense that I’m running. Whereas with a gimbal, I’d be gliding.

Another new feature is TimeWarp or a fancy name for what everyone else calls Hyperlapse. The challenge with shooting Hyperlapse is keeping a steady point of view so that it doesn’t break as the camera moves. The nhân vật 7 black helps achieve this by shooting video, not photos, và using Hypersmooth to keep the footage stabilized, then speeding the whole thing up.

I’m a timelapse idiot, but the hero 7 black made it easy even for me to lớn start shooting TimeWarp. You select the tốc độ at which you want the clip to be sped up, và the GoPro has quick estimates on how long a video clip will turn out. At 30x, for example, five minutes of recording will create a 10-second TimeWarp video.

It’s easy khổng lồ swap lớn TimeWarp mode too, as a simple swipe of the screen will switch between TimeWarp, Video, và Photo modes. The entire interface has been redesigned to be much easier lớn use. It’s so good I wish that the Japanese camera mercare.com.vnpanies, who are notorious for clunky UI, would hire GoPro’s team as consultants.


All this shooting around does mercare.com.vne with a cost. The hero 7 đen is small, and so is its battery. GoPro’s official stats place the battery life at 45 to lớn 50 minutes for shooting at 4K/60p. It gets better if you shoot at lower resolutions, 2.7K/60p, for example, nets 60 to lớn 65 minutes, while 1080/60p gets 85-90 minutes.

I’d suggest getting an extra battery, but only the flagship Black model mercare.com.vnes with a removable battery. The Silver & White editions have built-in batteries. You can plug a portable battery in lớn charge the GoPro, but it won’t charge during recording.

And did you know the nhân vật 7 đen takes photos? It takes photos. Some people take amazing photos with it. I found it produced some beautiful images in good light, but shooting super wide-angle isn’t for everybody. But in low light, both videos & images get noisy. A modern flagship điện thoại cảm ứng might even get you cleaner images in dim light than the nhân vật 7 Black.



So why shoot with the nhân vật 7 đen instead of a smartphone? Well, the nhân vật 7 black is hardier. I wouldn’t risk jumping into the sea with my iPhone. Technically the iPhone can handle it, but my heart can’t. Because of its mercare.com.vnpact size, the anh hùng 7 đen can go places and grab angles that bigger cameras can’t. But mainly because it’ll capture astonishingly (Hyper)smooth videos that aren’t just hype.