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GoPro HERO7 Black Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Mar 25, 2021 at 09:22 am
GoPro HERO7 Black Picture
5.5
Travel Photography
7.1
Landscape Photography
6.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
6.0
Vlogging
5.9
Studio Video
8.9
Action Video
This camera was replaced by the GoPro HERO8 Black
Body Type
Action Cam
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
1/2.3-inch
Tested Lens
Built-In Lens

The GoPro HERO7 Black is a compact camera that's designed for action video. It isn't meant to be used handheld, but it can easily be mounted on a helmet rig or a chest mount, and you can also use the GoPro app to control most of its functions. It's also advertised to be waterproof, though we don't currently test for this. It does a fantastic job smoothing out camera shake whether you're recording in 4k or in FHD, which is ideal for recording footage while moving around a lot. Unfortunately, video quality is mediocre overall, so your footage isn't very sharp or detailed, and it lacks an autofocus system to help you track moving subjects.

Our Verdict

5.5 Travel Photography

The GoPro HERO7 Black is sub-par for travel photography, though it isn't really intended for this use. This camera is portable and well-built, and it also offers great image quality. However, it lacks an autofocus system, which makes it difficult to track moving subjects and keep them in focus. Also, it isn't designed to be used handheld, and its small size can make it very uncomfortable to shoot with. Its battery performance is also mediocre, and while this can vary depending on usage, it may not last through long days on-the-go.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Not designed for handheld use.
7.1 Landscape Photography

The GoPro HERO7 Black is satisfactory for landscape photography. Though this isn't its intended use, it still offers impressive image quality, even at high ISO levels. It has a portable and well-built design, and its screen is bright enough to be readable even if you're in bright sunlight. Unfortunately, it lacks an autofocus system, and it isn't meant to be used handheld, which can be inconvenient for some users.

Pros
  • Portable, well-built design.
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
  • Not designed for handheld use.
6.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The GoPro HERO7 Black is unremarkable for sport and wildlife photography. It isn't really designed for this usage, but it does offer an impressive image quality, so your photos are sharp and detailed. It can shoot in bursts of 30 frames in one second, which helps you capture clear images of fast-moving subjects. However, it lacks an autofocus system, which makes it difficult to track moving subjects and keep them in focus.

Pros
  • Great image quality.
Cons
  • No autofocus system.
6.0 Vlogging

The GoPro HERO7 Black is acceptable for vlogging. This portable camera is easy to bring with you on-the-go, and its fantastic video stabilization performance helps smooth out camera shake if you record while walking. However, its fixed screen means that you can't see yourself while you record, which can be disappointing if you want a selfie-style video. Also, video quality in 4k and FHD is mediocre, resulting in footage that isn't very sharp or detailed.

Pros
  • Incredible video stabilization performance.
  • Portable, well-built design.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • Fixed screen can't be flipped or rotated.
5.9 Studio Video

The GoPro HERO7 Black is middling for studio video, though it isn't designed for this use. Video quality is mediocre in both 4k and FHD, especially if you're recording in low-light settings. It lacks an autofocus system to help track moving subjects, and it doesn't have inputs for common videography accessories like headphones or a microphone. That said, it does offer a wide range of frame rate options in both 4k and FHD, so you can record everything from slow-motion video to films with a more cinematic look.

Pros
  • Lots of frame rate options in FHD.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • No autofocus system.
8.9 Action Video

The GoPro HERO7 Black is amazing for action video. This well-built, portable camera can easily be mounted on a helmet rig, and it's even advertised to be waterproof, though we don't currently test for this. Its video stabilization feature offers incredible performance, so your footage is free of camera shake even if you're moving a lot while you record. It supports lots of frame rates in FHD, allowing you to record slow-motion clips. However, video quality in both 4k and FHD is unremarkable, so your footage isn't very sharp or detailed.

Pros
  • Incredible video stabilization performance.
  • Portable, well-built design.
  • Lots of frame rate options in FHD.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • 5.5 Travel Photography
  • 7.1 Landscape Photography
  • 6.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 6.0 Vlogging
  • 5.9 Studio Video
  • 8.9 Action Video
  1. Updated May 06, 2021: Competed retests in 'Body', 'Sensor', 'Lens', 'Shooting Speed', 'Image Quality', 'Luminance Noise', 'Sample Gallery', '4k Video Quality', and FHD 'Video Quality' boxes.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
9.7
Design
Portability
Height 1.8" (4.6 cm)
Width 2.5" (6.2 cm)
Depth 1.3" (3.3 cm)
Volume
5.7 in³ (94.1 cm³)
Weight
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)
Weight With Lens
0.26 lbs (0.12 kg)
8.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Materials feel robust and durable
  • Grippy rubber around the camera has a soft touch
  • Sturdy hinged doors cover the battery, SD card, and inputs
  • Outputs door can be hard to open

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Waterproof
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
No
Customizable Button
No
Command Dial
0
Tripod Mount
No
Lens Mount
No Lens Mount
Built-In Flash
No

Update 05/06/2021: The 'Rugged' field has been updated from 'Yes' to 'No'.

Design
In The Box

  • GoPro HERO7 Black camera body
  • User manual
  • Stickers
  • GoPro AABAT-001 battery
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • Plastic frame mounting accessory
  • Silicone case with lanyard
  • Adhesive mounting plates

6.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Large Hand
No Hand Grip
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
No Hand Grip

  • It's intended to be used as an action camera, but can be used to take photos/videos handheld
  • Can change settings using the touchscreen or via the GoPro app on your smartphone, though the Protune settings such as shutter speed and ISO aren't available on the app
  • Buttons are hard to press due to waterproofing
  • Small body can be uncomfortable to hold

8.5
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
GoPro

  • Menu is simple, responsive, and easy to navigate
  • Menus are the same on the camera and the GoPro app
  • Guide Mode is available for additional information about settings and features
  • Small screen size can make it difficult to select menu items

Design
Viewfinder
Type
No Viewfinder
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
N/A
4.2
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
No Articulation (Fixed Screen)
Screen Max Brightness
850 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Size
2.0" (5.0 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
12 MP
Processor
GP1
Extended ISO Minimum
N/A
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
6400
Tested Firmware
01.90

Update 05/06/2021: The 'ISO Maximum' field has been updated from '3200' to '6400'. The camera's maximum ISO in photo mode is ISO 3200, but using the camera in video mode increases its maximum ISO to ISO 6400.

6.2
Design
Battery
Battery Type
GoPro AABAT-001
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
Yes
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
60 min
5.9
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Built-in
Maximum Aperture
2.8
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/15.6
Minimum Focal Length
3 mm
Maximum Focal Length
3 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
17 mm
Luminance
93.7 %
Light Falloff
34.8 %

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' setting and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The score for this section has been updated.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
GPR
Shutter
Electronic
Minimum Shutter Speed
1/125 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/2000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
No
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
No
Time Lapse
Yes
9.0
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
30 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
30 fps
Raw Buffer Size
30 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
30 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
11 s

Update 05/06/2021: The 'Buffer Empty Time' field has been updated from '0 s' to '11 s' to reflect that the camera takes time to save and store image files following a 30 fps burst.

0
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
N/A
Manual Focus Assistance
No
Face Detection Distance
N/A
Eye Detection
No
Face Tracking Success Rate
N/A
Object Tracking Success Rate
N/A
2.9
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/125 s
8.1
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
7.92 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
16.10
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
40.88 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
2.639 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
44.21 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
3.025 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
39.99 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
3.132 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Linear FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample gallery and score for this section have been updated.

6.6
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 42.72 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 39.71 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 35.58 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 32.68 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 30.24 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 26.82 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 N/A
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample gallery and score for this section have been updated.

Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample images for this section have been updated.

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample images for this section have been updated.

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample images for this section have been updated.

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode and 'GoPro' color profile to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The sample images for this section have been updated.

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
Yes
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
No
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
Yes
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
No
4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
No
Face Detection In 4k
No
Face Tracking In 4k
0
Object Tracking In 4k
0
9.4
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
4.80 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
6.09 pixels/frames
Crop
1.15 x
7.5
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
40 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit N/A
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
6.3
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
5.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
6.3
4k Rolling Shutter
1.09 degrees

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The '4k Sample Low Light Video' and '4k Test Scene Extract' image have been updated, but the score remains unchanged.

Full HD Video
10
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
Yes
120 fps In FHD
Yes
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
No
Face Detection In FHD
No
Face Tracking In FHD
0
Object Tracking In FHD
0
9.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
1.82 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
3.40 pixels/frames
Crop
1.15
8.2
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
20 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit N/A
6.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
5.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
5.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
0.12 degrees

Update 05/06/2021: The camera was retested using the 'Wide FOV' mode to maintain consistency with other action cameras. The 'FHD Sample Low Light Video' and 'FHD Test Scene Extract' image have been updated, but the score remains unchanged.

Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
microSD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
6.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
No
Microphone
No Microphone input
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the GoPro HERO7 Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

GoPro also sells the HERO7 Silver and the HERO7 White. However, those aren't just options for the color of the case. They're all different camera models that shoot in different image sizes and have slightly different designs. The Black is the flagship model, and it offers more premium features such as Protune and an enhanced photo mode called SuperPhoto. The White is the simplest, and the Silver sits in the middle. However, we haven't tested these other models, so we can't confirm their performance.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can add it to our review.

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