It was released on September 27th 2018 and are available for 350$ to 399$.
The camera weighs about 116 g and the body has a rubberized coating that covers most of its front and sides. It’s also waterproof and can be taken to a depth of 10 m. There’s a single shutter button on the top and a Mode/ Power button on the right side of the camera.
The Hero 7 Black has a 2-inch touchscreen for framing your shot and also changing the settings, similar to its predecessors. There’s a secondary monochrome display on the front which is useful for checking various parameters such as the battery level, the capacity of the micro SD card, and the current shooting mode. You get a total of three red LEDs placed around the Hero 7 Black so it’s easy to tell when it’s recording. There are also three microphones for stereo audio and cancelling out wind noise. There’s built-in GPS, Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. It supports the H.265 or HEVC video codec and has a maximum video bitrate of 78Mb/s when shooting 4Khe Hero 7 Black can also shoot 4K at 60fps and 1080p at 240fps, with a whole bunch of other resolutions (2.7K, 1440p, 960p, 720p) and frame rates in between. The camera also still supports Portrait options for professional users, who wish to set the exposure manually.
It has Hyper Smooth stabilisation. It works incredibly well and is available at all resolutions at up to 60fps. It does crop the frame slightly Even when running, the stabilisation masks the jerks of your footfalls very well, making it feel as though the camera is actually on a gimbal. The camera defaults to standard stabilisation once you go above 60fps, resulting in comparatively less smooth videos. Image quality is also very good under good light, and colours are nice and punchy. In low light, images and video are still a bit grainy, like with previous Go Pros, so not much has changed in that area.
Battery life is quite acceptable. We managed to get roughly 45 minutes of continuous 4K recording, with Wi-Fi and GPS turned on. With the latter features switched off and at a lower resolution, we usually managed to go beyond an hour on a single charge. The advantage of having a removable battery is that you can simply swap it out for a fully charged one. You can also use the Hero 7 Black with a power bank or other USB power source to run it continuously.