“GoPro could’ve easily leaned into specs one-upmanship, but instead it’s made a camera that’s better than the last by focusing on feature requests from its customers,” wrote Joshua Goldman for CNET. “For the Hero7, that translates to rock-solid image stabilization and more ways to shoot and share your shots and do it as fast as possible.”
Here’s what some reviewers who have used the new camera had to say:
• HyperSmooth essentially works by shooting a smaller video than its sensors can take in, then adjusting the picture to account for the camera’s movement. It’s meant to replace accessories like gimbals, which stabilize cameras, though Wired’s Brent Rose says it doesn’t quite do it all.
“It smooths out little bumps and shakes, sure,” he wrote. “But when I was going over bigger rocks on my bike, jumping off of things, or even running down a street with a gimbal and the Hero7 in the same hand, you can see a very clear difference in the stability of the output. Gimbals are much, much better at eliminating the shake from big bumps and jolts.”
• Is it too good? Stan Horaczek, writing for Popular Science, raised that very question—though perhaps not entirely seriously.
“The line between just the right amount of smoothing and too much is also very thin,” he wrote. “There were times in trying out the GoPro Hero 7 Black where the footage looked a little overly smooth, giving any motion a slightly floaty feel that isn’t necessarily representative of what I remember.
“Still, when it comes to absorbing the small bumps that make older action camera footage unwatchable, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is truly impressive. Just beware: Without shaky footage, everyone will see just how slow the riding in your next mountain biking video really is.”
• TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney wrote that he appreciates the function—but he isn’t sure it’ll compel buyers.
“Stabilization was one of my favorite things about the last-gen Hero6; it’s an essential action cam feature but one that GoPro pulled off with style,” he wrote. “The fact that they’ve further improved it in a notable way is impressive but it’s hard to see it as a device-mover.”
• Everyday usability is better than in past cameras, Matt Golowczynski wrote for TechRadar.
“The UI has been refreshed, with key information such as current frame rate and resolution condensed into a smaller space, and green icons to show battery life and remaining cards space now easier to see against brighter subjects than the previous white ones,” he wrote. “It’s also more smartphone like in operation, with simple directional swipes to access different modes, captured footage/images and more.”
• Writing for PC Mag, Jim Fisher and Victoria Song praised another of the camera’s new features: a time-lapse tool the company calls “TimeWarp.”
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“It works very well, netting moving time-lapses with smooth transition of motion from frame to frame,” they wrote. “It’s certainly more effective for moving subjects than the standard time-lapse mode.”
• The company hopes its newer features are enough to induce owners to repurchase. That's not necessarily a slam dunk, according to Engaget’s James Trew, though he sees the new camera as a compelling value for new buyers.
“Given the Hero 7 launches at the same price as the Hero 6,” he wrote, noting the camera that became available about a year ago, “it basically means the best GoPro just got better without impacting your pocket. Upgraders might want to consider if there’s enough new here for you, but for everyone else, the Hero 7 improves on an already winning formula.”
Source : https://www.barrons.com/articles/gopro-hero7-black-camera-review-1538773026871