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Is the GoPro 7 Black the Best Action Camera on the Market?

Tanner Shinnick

Let’s take a look at the outstanding features of the GoPro 7 Black and how it just may make it onto your next production.

Whenever I hear a director request a GoPro during prep, I don’t usually jump for joy. In the past, I’ve felt that GoPros have slowed down the creative process on set. They’re also just another piece of camera equipment to manage. For this reason, I’ve personally tried to avoid using them for years — that is until recently. With the introduction of the GoPro 7 Black, these tiny cameras have started to make their way back into the good graces of many filmmakers.


Gimbal-Like Stabilization

In-camera stabilization is super popular right now among many camera manufacturers. This feature means filmmakers don’t to have to worry about operating a gimbal to get super smooth footage. The GoPro 7 Black features built-in gimbal-like stabilization. This feature allows what GoPro likes to call, “insanely smooth footage.” After reviewing and comparing the footage to previous GoPro models, it’s an incredibly useful feature for filmmakers.

I think we can all say we’ve mounted a GoPro on the hood of a car and haven’t received the best results. However, this new feature means you can record smooth footage under any circumstances.


Time-Warp Video

Who doesn’t like a great time-lapse video? When you couple a time-lapse with the new gimbal-like stabilization, it provides a really unique time-lapse effect that’s nearly perfectly stabilized. This time-warp feature is a perfect way to enhance your long crowd-shots or your architectural B-roll.


Waterproof

I’m sure we all have drawers full of older-generation housings for GoPros. However, gone are the days of keeping all sorts of housings for your GoPro. The new GoPro 7 is completely waterproof (up to 33 ft.) without any underwater housing.


Slow Motion

Slow motion has also improved on the new GoPro 7 Black. With a super-slow 240fps in 1080, this action camera can capture almost any moment in super-slow motion. Although most cinema-style cameras can now shoot at higher frame rates like this, it’s still nice to have another option on set. 


Key Features

Here’s a list of all the key features of the GoPro Hero 7 Black Edition:

  • SuperPhoto
  • HyperSmooth Video Stabilization
  • Rugged + Waterproof to 33ft (10m)
  • Live Streaming
  • TimeWarp Video
  • 8x Slo-Mo
  • Touch Screen
  • Voice Control With Wake on Voice
  • GPS Performance Stickers
  • Touch Zoom
  • Photo Timer
  • Short Clips
  • Exposure Control
  • GP1 Chip
  • Advanced Metadata
  • Protune
  • QuickStories Enabled
  • Removable Battery (1220mAH lithium-ion)
  • Karma Compatible
  • Super Suit (Protection + Dive Housing) Compatible

For a variety of reasons, I’ve never personally been the biggest advocate of GoPro cameras. However, this new GoPro 7 Black has definitely piqued my interest. In fact, I’m using these cameras much more often on set because of the improved features and quality. I’ll go ahead and say it: this new GoPro may, indeed, be the best action camera yet.


Cover image via Budilnikov Yuriy.

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