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GoPro Announces Hero 7 Black: Live Streaming, Better Audio, Video Stabilisation

GoPro has announced the latest additions to the venerable Hero family of action cameras: the Hero 7 series. With the SGD 595 Hero 7 Black, the mid-tier SGD 440 Hero 7 Silver and the SGD 295 Hero 7 White, GoPro ensures that every user category has the perfect action camera for their needs.

On the flagship GoPro Hero 7 Black, GoPro has implemented a “gimbal-like” in-camera video stabilisation solution, HyperSmooth. Self-contained, HyperSmooth widens the possibilities for content creators and adventurers by allowing them to ditch their bulky gimbals. It also means that footage remains steady even in high wind, heavy shock conditions or even underwater.

The Hero 7 Black also brings the ability to live stream on platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitch and Vimeo. Adventurers and thrill-seekers can now share their experiences live and in high-quality while saving a copy of the video to the SD card.

TimeWarp Video now allows users of the Hero 7 Black to record stabilised moving time-lapses at up to 30x speed. This opens up a world of possibilities by allowing B-roll and cinematic cutscenes to be captured in the palm of the hand.

The display of the Hero 7 series of cameras now also enables users to natively shoot in Portrait Mode, and to upload the vertical videos onto IGTV, Instagram Stories or Snapchat easily. The 2-inch touch-sensitive display now features a simplified user interface for ease of use.

The simplified touch-sensitive user interface on the GoPro Hero 7. Image: GoPro

Also on all Hero 7 cameras is enhanced audio capture. Not traditionally the strong suit of GoPro’s Hero action cameras, the microphone has been re-engineered to enhance the dynamic range of sound captured, while a new microphone membrane cuts out vibrations when mounted.

The GoPro Hero 7 Black version has a 12MP camera for stills, while the Silver and White versions have a 10MP sensor. The Black version also features a SuperPhoto mode that intelligently analyses the scene to apply HDR, Local Tone Mapping and Multi-Frame Noise Reduction to deliver professional-looking photos. The camera will also recognise faces, expressions and scene-types in order to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro Quik application.

In terms of video capture, the Black tops the charts at 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, and 1080p at 240fps, which allows for ultra slow-motion capture at up to 8x speed. The Silver offers 4K30 / 1080p60, and the White at 1080p60 only – both allowing for a 2x reduction in speed in slow-motion capture.

All cameras are equally rugged, rated for use underwater to up to 10m (33ft) by itself. Voice control also allows for hands-free usage and operation in 14 languages, so shots are never missed.

Comparison of features found on the Hero 7 White, Silver and Black. Image: GoPro

In conjunction with the Hero 7 launch, GoPro has also announced the Hero 7 Black Million Dollar Challenge. Users can submit their footage from the Hero 7 Black to be used in a montage. Selected entries will receive an equal share of the USD 1 million prize pool. The competition opens on September 27 worldwide. Details and guidelines can be found here.

The lineup of Hero 7 cameras ensures that every user has the perfect action camera at the right price point for sharing their active lives meaningfully. Rugged, compact and with their improved video stabilisation, the White and Silver are useful companions for the everyday adventure.

The SGD 595 Hero 7 Black, SGD 440 Hero 7 Silver, and the SGD 295 Hero 7 White are available for pre-order from Challenger, Harvey Norman, Courts and Sprint-Class (Changi Airport, only available in stores). Pre-orders of the Hero 7 cameras between 21-26 September will come with a Bonus Adventure Kit worth SGD 80.

The GoPro Hero 7 cameras will be available in stores from September 27, Thursday. Interested users can experience the Hero 7 range at Courts Somerset and Changi Airport (T1, T2, and T3) from September 27 onwards.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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