HyperSmooth video stabilisation predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver smooth gimbal-like footage TimeWarp video captures super-stabilised time-lapse videos as you move around a scene — increase the speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments Share your story as you live it with live streaming to YouTube, Facebook and more Save your streamed videos to your SD card in high resolution Get the best photos automatically with SuperPhoto — intelligently applies HDR, local tone mapping or noise reduction to optimise shots
bought this to record some family holiday moments in 4K, turns out the camera isnt designed to record in 4K for very long or even 1080p, has very bad overheating issues, when it overheats not all the footage recorded will save to the SD Card meaning some precious moments can be lost, after losing multiple once in a lifetime moments i was forced to record in 1080p on my microsoft lumia 640 phone which is very outdated but recorded all day long, now purchased a 64GB google pixel 3 XL which records all day long, i bought everything for the go pro and was very excited with all the gadgets but sad the main device is such a downfall, returned and waited over 6 weeks for a refund where all the other items such as the batteries, supercharger, chest mounts etc were all refunded next day... read other reports online about overheating
the next issue was the video isnt very high standard, im an experienced IT technician and have a good understanding of what im doing and what im using, i felt as if my mobile phones were recording in 1080p better then the gopro was recording at 4K, that says alot to me when i can get a phone on a monthly contract which can do lots of things rather then pay out so much for this device which just takes pictures and records video
videos were choppy and grainy even after going through every single setting and comparing the results, i went overboard and purchased every single APPROVED SD card from the go pro website and still results were the same
Used this a handle of times, was easy to use etc. Always stored it with 20-30% Battery.
Looked after it the same as any tech...
Went to charge it the night before an epic day of events, only to find it completely unresponsive and wouldn't turn on at all. Not a single sign of life in it. Nothing would make it work, on charge, after charge, reset etc etc. Not even a glimpse.
Under the assumption that a battery may be needed, it transpired that GoPro Official website DOES NOT SELL the battery, and the dodgy replacements on amazon will not ship to Northern Ireland, despite the camera being shipped to me with one in it.
There is no sense to any of this ridiculous boggle of nonsense.
Put back in the draw and left there. What a waste of money.
On my second one after the first one and it's expensive remote let us down whilst on holiday in India Thanks GoPro. All the issues listed were the same on my old one and it's replacement
Difficult to sync remote to camera
Difficult to switch on via remote
Difficult to turn off via remote
Difficult to get the remote to engage recording
Difficult to get it to stop
All in all the connection between GoPro 7 black and remote is a joke
Camera is not reliable in hot country, locks up and is nearly too hot to touch, the only way you can reset it, is by unplugging
Battery, very useful when your flying a paraglider. Especially as you need a tool kit to open the case it sits in.
Not usable in water because the screen changes itself when it gets wet, ie turns from video to photo or any other setting it chooses,
Very handy for a waterproof item.
All I can say is GoPro should stop thinking they are so big and good and fix this useless bit of tat
I'm afraid I could not recommend this overpriced unreliable bit of rubbish, still GoPro have not released any firmware to fix the many issues it has, 8 feel it's been released much too soon it's not ready for the public
I am considers getting a refund
This is my first experience with GoPro and we believed the hype. Long story short the Mrs wanted a no nonsense action camera for her birthday to use on our honeymoon and she was adamant about having a GoPro as it is so hyped up. So rather than doing research on other cameras out there, I figured I'd choose the latest model with it sporting image stabilization, 4k and ranging from 30 - 240fps @ x resolutions.
*The image quality is brilliant as you'd expect, image stabilization and frame rate also stable and fluid.
*Mic is good too and records audio decently.
*waterproof - fantastic footage snorkeling for about 30 mins with no issues and clear footage.
*Battery life lasts anywhere between 45 mins - just over an hour depending on the resolution and settings you choose (would recommend buying a 3x pack for backup).
*Buggy. Incredibly buggy mess... Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I believe this is due to overheating as the software just freezes and becomes unresponsive - not sure if it's a software or hardware issue.
*Overheats - it'll turn itself off when it gets too hot and believe me, it gets hot. I made the mistake of trying to remove the battery, that then led to the tag which you tug to remove the battery coming off as it's held in with adhesive - making it very hard to remove the battery.
I'm finding it hard to justify recommending this, but it is a good camera when it works, however I can't ignore the issues it has. For £350 I expected much more reliability, so I'd personally recommend shopping around and investing time researching the competition instead of this
This particular camera was a lemon.
It kept switching back to default settings whilst in use and also switching itself off after 15 minutes even though I'd set that particular setting to never.
I sent it back to GoPro directly and they've sent me another one which seems fine.
However be warned that unless you have a computer which is at least 2015 onwards, your equipment and software will not be able to process the hero seven black's files and image quality will be very poor.
That's because go pro have moved to H265 from H264.
Even when the hero seven is set at H264, older the computers cannot process the files and image quality is quite poor.
On up-to-date computers it's as good as anything go pro have produced.
There are apps which will convert 265 compression to 264, which improves the quality on older computers but it's still not as good as it is on up-to-date hardware and software.
GoPro ought to make more effort to explain that to purchasers.
I bought this camera in January 2019 as an upgrade from my previous GoPro Hero 2018. I was mainly interested in the hypersmooth stabilisation and it was this feature that convinced me to buy it.
Now, while this feature is definitely impressive, it is let down by having far too many other issues.
First off there are battery drain problems - it drains even when turned off. I had to return my first Hero 2018 model as I experienced the same thing with that as well, but the replacement was perfectly fine, so put it down to a hardware problem. Still, I persevered with the Hero 7, hoping that a software update would fix it, however this was not to be the case and was compounded by other problems in addition. I have also had problems with the camera turning on, but not turning off without removing the battery, and also problems with it freezing randomly both when in use and when just sitting idle. This has caused me to lose valuable footage whilst on a recent holiday, which I was very unhappy about.
Having checked on the GoPro forums I saw that many other people have also experienced similar problems, and I set about trying out the many fixes that GoPro recommended such as ensuring the memory card is compatible, factory resetting the camera and also performing a manual firmware update. Nothing worked and still the problems persist, but as they seem to happen randomly, I have been unable to find a trigger or cause.
After 3 months of waiting for a fix from GoPro, and trying everything I could, and losing footage while on holiday I finally ran out of patience and got in touch with Amazon, who were very helpful and offered me a refund.
I will never buy another GoPro after this experience. Given that a cursory look on the official GoPro website returns pages upon pages of people with similar issues I believe this product isn't fit for purpose, and is far too expensive for such an unreliable device. This is a shame because when it works, it is fantastic - the hypersmooth stabilisation is excellent and the timelapse options are also top notch. Unfortunately it is plagued with problems and this just means its high price can't be justified and for me it has seriously damaged GoPro's reputation as I will now not ever trust them again, having had 2 separate GoPro models with similar problems.
Avoid at all costs.
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