San Mateo, CA—GoPro, Inc., unveiled a new flagship action cam, the Hero7 Black, which offers advanced video stabilization via its new HyperSmooth function. It also introduced the Hero7 Silver and White action cameras.
“HyperSmooth is the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera. It makes it easy to capture professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal,” the company announced. In addition, the HyperSmooth function works underwater and in high-shock and wind situations where gimbals may fail.
Moreover, with the waterproof (to 33 feet) Hero7 Black, GoPro also introduced a new form of video called TimeWarp. TimeWarp video applies a high-speed, ‘magic-carpet-ride’ effect. It also transforms longer experiences into short, flowing videos that are easy to share. TimeWarp can create 30x-speed time-lapse video.
In addition to capturing 4K 60p video and 12 megapixel still photos, the Hero7 Black also records ultraslow-motion videos at 8x in Full HD 1080p at 240 frames per sec. And its reengineered audio system captures increased dynamic range, while a new microphone membrane reduces unwanted vibrations during mounted situations.
Furthermore, the Hero7 Black action cam is the first GoPro camera to live stream. It enables users to automatically share in real time to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms internationally. In addition, users can save their streamed videos to an SD card in high definition.
“Hero7 Black is the GoPro we’ve all been waiting for,” added GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman. “With HyperSmooth video stabilization, Hero7 Black is a camera anyone can use to capture amazingly smooth, professional looking shots of their favorite activities. And they can do it live.”
Additional GoPro Hero 7 Black Features
The new action cam also features SuperPhoto. The intelligent scene analyzation function creates professional-looking photos via automatically applied HDR, local tone mapping and multi-frame noise reduction. The cam also offers portrait mode, with native vertical capture for sharing to Instagram Stories and Snapchat.
In addition, the new Black version provides face, smile + scene detection. As a result, it recognizes faces, expressions and scene-types to enhance automatic QuikStory edits on the GoPro app. Another handy feature is touch zoom, which allows users to frame photos and video with one touch.
Other features include: a 2-inch touch display with a simplified user interface that enables native vertical (portrait) use of the camera; short clips, which restricts video recording to 15- or 30-second clips for faster transfer to a phone and editing; a photo timer for selfies and group shots; and GPS functionality that tracks speed, distance and elevation, then highlights them by adding performance stickers to videos in the GoPro app.
Moreover, the camera responds to verbal commands in 14 languages for hands-free operation. It also automatically transfers photos and videos to a smartphone when connected to the GoPro app for on-the-go sharing.
GoPro Hero7 Silver & Hero7 White Action Cams
To reach the widest possible audience, GoPro is offering a Hero camera for every type of consumer, including newbies, active go-getters and social sharers of all ages. Joining the Hero7 Black are the Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White cameras for entry- and mid-level videographers.
The Silver version records 4K video while the White cam captures video in 1080p. Like the flagship Black, they are waterproof to 33 feet without an additional housing. They also operate via voice commands, or users can tap the shutter button and the camera will turn on and record automatically. In addition, both employ improved video stabilization.
GoPro’s Hero7 Black has a retail price of the $399. The Hero7 Silver has an SRP of $299 and the Hero7 White $199. All three will be available on September 30.
Hero7 Black Million Dollar Challenge
In addition, to celebrate the launch of the three actions cams, GoPro is inviting Hero7 Black owners to shoot this year’s Hero7 Black highlight video for their cut of $1,000,000.
Beginning September 27, 2018, users can submit their best Hero7 Black raw video clips to the Million Dollar Challenge. GoPro’s creative team will pick their favorite shots for the highlight reel and award an equal cut of a million dollars to the individuals whose footage is selected.
For all Hero7 Black Million Dollar Challenge submission guidelines and details, visit GoPro.com/Awards.