GoPro Hero 7 specs leak shows HDR and live streaming video

Sep 5, 2018

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GoPro Hero 7 specs leak shows HDR and live streaming video

Sep 5, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With all of the mirrorless stuff going on recently, it’s easy to forget about the little GoPro. But it seems that they’re still here, and they’re getting ready to launch the Hero 7. Unlike the past couple of generations, though, it’s not one camera, but three. With Session discontinued, and the Karma completely dead, it looks like GoPro are going back to their old ways.

According to the leak by Photo Rumors, the Hero 7 will come in three different flavours. From best to not-so-best, Black, silver and white.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

As far as the video resolution & frame rates are concerned, it looks identical to the Hero 7 offering 4K60, 2.7K120, 1440p120 and 1080p240. It also has the same shape and battery as the Hero 5 & 6 allowing it to use the same cases and other figure-hugging doohickies. It’s also based around the GP1 process of the Hero 6, although with some optimisation.

But it does offer some new features over the Hero 6 Black

  • Live streaming
  • Hypersmooth stabilization offering “gimbal-like stabilization”
  • HDR
  • Portrait orientation
  • Scene / smile recognition
  • Short looping videos of 15 /30 seconds

There’s no word on exactly how live streaming will work. It might just be streaming to your phone, or it may be online. If online, you can probably be sure of at least Facebook and YouTube. There’s also no word on the means by which it will transfer, either. If it is online streaming, I doubt it’ll have an internal sim slot, but it may talk to your phone and push through that.

Hopefully, the stabilisation will be better than the previous GoPro models. I’m not sure if the HDR feature is just bracketing for stills or if it’ll actually create some kind of HDR video. I guess we’ll see.

Portrait orientation is nice, but with IGTV, Instagram Stories and other vertical video platforms starting to actually take off, this could become a very handy feature.

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

The Hero 7 Silver is noticeably lower spec than the Black, although offers a few of the same features. The specs so far…

  • 4K 30FPS, 1440p 60/30, 1080p 60
  • Fixed battery
  • Non-removable lens
  • Rear screen only
  • 10MP stills
  • GPS
  • Wide Dynamic Range
  • Stabilization (not as good as H7Black)
  • Portrait orientation
  • Aforementioned boomerang-style looping videos
  • Photo timer
  • Voice control
  • Price: 299 USD

GoPro Hero 7 White

The Hero 7 white is the baby of the trio, with the lowest spec, but it’s still fairly respectable. I do wonder, though, if you’d be better off getting this or a used GoPro Hero 4 Black, or even a Hero 5 for similar or less money.

  • 1440p 60/30
  • Fixed battery
  • Non-removable lens
    Rear screen only
  • 10MP stills
  • Stabilization (2axis)
  • Short videos
  • Portrait orientation
  • Photo timer
  • Voice control
  • Price: 199 USD

While there are $199 and $299 prices mentioned for the White & Silver models respectively, there’s no word of a price on the Black. Given the pattern, though, and GoPro’s history I think we can probably expect it to be $399.

The new GoPro Hero 7 cameras are expected to be announced on September 20th, with shipping to begin on September 28th.

[via PhotoRumors]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “GoPro Hero 7 specs leak shows HDR and live streaming video”

  1. Steve Hansen Avatar
    Steve Hansen

    Who’s going to buy a hero 7 Silver for $299 when the hero 6 black will be that price or close and who will buy a Hero 7 white for $199 when the hero 5 black will be that price or close? GoPro has nonsense at all.

  2. Tomasz Mariański Avatar
    Tomasz Mariański

    Non replaceable battery? Fixed battery?! Realy? (So the only resonable option is Black then) This sucks… Now I’m pretty sure that my GP5 was the last GoPro I ever had.

  3. Allan Avatar
    Allan

    Nobody’s going to buy the silver or the white, people will just buy the GoPro 6 or the 5. And a non-removable battery is a bad idea. Looks like they may have set them self up this time to put the final nail in their coffin as a company and go the way of the dinosaur. I have the hero 6 and love it, but it will be the last GoPro I will buy.

  4. Cheese and Candy Avatar
    Cheese and Candy

    the big question is, did they get rid of their stupid audio adapter and put in a regular microphone jack???? That alone would make me wanna sell my 5 and 6 and get the 7