GoPro Hero 7 Black Detailed Review

GoPro Hero 7 Black

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The Hero 7 Black was introduced by GoPro in September 2018. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

GoPro is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by GoPro.

CategoryOutdoor & Action

GoPro Hero 7 Black has environmental sealing and different protection features. Let's see in the list below:

Waterproof10.00 meter
Drop from height1.00 meter
Temp. range from-10.00 °C
Sensor Properties

The Hero 7 Black's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The GoPro supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or GoPro's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Resolution12.00 Megapixel
Continuous30 FPS
RAW support
Focal length17mm

The Hero 7 Black's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 30s.

The highest shutter speed of the GoPro is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed30s
Sensitivity Properties

The Hero 7 Black's usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity1600 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Hero 7 Black supports all general exposure modes.

Center weight
Flash Specs

The Hero 7 Black doesn't feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the GoPro's hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs
Hero 7 Black display and touch screen

The Hero 7 Black features a monitor with a diagonal of 52.00mm (2.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.24 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the Hero 7 Black's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Hero 7 Black's monitor can work as a touch screen, just like a smartphone. That can be very useful, for example to pick AF points, but keep in mind that touch screens usually don't work when wearing gloves.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size52.00mm (diagonal)
(2.0 in.)
Resolution0.24 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Hero 7 Black video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

GoPro Hero 7 Black Video parameters:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
50 frames/second
60 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Hero 7 Black has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

For photo transferring users may use Bluetooth option.

Connect the GoPro to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

USB 3.0 is already supported by the GoPro. USB 3.0 greatly speeds up transferring images and videos to the computer.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The Hero 7 Black will only accept Micro SD cards. The GoPro does not support SD cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsMicro SD

The GoPro Hero 7 Black works with a GoPro Akku battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 1000 shots. Usually enough for a full day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Hero 7 Black's battery battery parameters:

TypeGoPro Akku
In-camera charging
Battery life1000 photos

The GoPro Hero 7 Black's dimensions are 62 x 44.9 x 33mm³. (2.4" x 1.8" x 1.3"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 116 grams (3.7 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Hero 7 Black:

GoPro Hero 7 Black Dimensions (Width / Height)
GoPro Hero 7 Black Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Hero 7 Black is not much bigger:

GoPro Hero 7 Black size comparison

Hero 7 Black - FAQ

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