GoPro has officially unveiled the newest model in its ever-popular series of action cameras, the Hero 7. 

In the wake of a tumultuous 12 month period that saw GoPro's stock price slashed and forced the company to shelve its drone division and reduce its product offering to just 3 models, the American giant will be hoping that this latest release is the one that sees it turn a leaf.

Much like the release of the Hero 4, GoPro has announced that there will be multiple versions of the 7; Black, Silver, and White. While they all retain the look of the previous model, the Hero 6, there are some significant differences in specification between the trio.

"Designed to eradicate the need for wearable gimbals, the stabilisation on the Hero 7 is a massive upgrade"

Hero 7 Model Features

Hero 7 Black:

- 4K60, 2.7K120, and 1080p240
- 12MP Photos at up to 30 fps
- HyperSmooth Video Stabilization
- Vertical Portrait Mode for Social Media
- SuperPhoto Auto HDR Photo Enhancement
- 33' Waterproof without a Housing
- Face, Smile, and Scene Detection
- Live Streaming, TimeWarp Video
- Voice Control, Raw Photos

Hero 7 Silver:

- 4K30, 1440p60, and 1080p60
-10MP Photos at up to 15 fps
- Built-In Video Stabilization
- Vertical Portrait Mode for Social Media
- 33' Waterproof without a Housing
- Voice Control, Time-Lapse Capture

Hero 7 White:

- Full HD 1080p60 Video
- 10MP Photos at up to 15 fps
- Built-In Video Stabilization
- Vertical Portrait Mode for Social Media
- 33' Waterproof without a Housing
- Voice Control, Time-Lapse Capture

The flagship Hero 7, the Black, is capable of recording 4K video at 60fps, 2.7K at 120fps, 1080p at 240fps and can capture 12mp photos at up to 30fps. The Hero 7 Silver is not lagging far behind in terms of imagining power, it too is UHD capable, but can only record 4K at a maximum of 30fps, while the Hero 7 White shoots up to 1080p 60fps.  

The Hero 7 Black also incorporates a larger sensor than its stablemates, 12mp versus the 10mp found on both the Silver and White, meaning the Black is able to record sharper images and output larger photo files. A front-facing screen is reserved for the Black as is the ability to live stream and the Black version to feature a removable battery, which given the notoriety of GoPro battery life may be a deal breaker for some. ProTune is now also a feature reserved exclusively for the Black edition, which allows manual control over the camera's settings. 

Easily the most significant upgrade featured on the Hero 7 though is the introduction of hypersmooth image stabilisation. Designed to eradicate the need for wearable gimbals, the stabilisation on the Hero 7 is a massive upgrade over that found on previous models and really could be the solution to the camera shake that has dogged mountain bike footage since the dawn of action cameras.

GoPro Hero 7 prices

Black £379.99 
Silver £279.99 
White £179.99 

We were fortunate enough to get our hands on one of the all-new cameras shortly before the official release so we grabbed a Saracen CR2 and put it through its paces on the streets of London. From our relatively small test sample of clips, it's clear that the Hero 7 has indeed ushered in a new era of stabilisation in action cameras.

Stair sets and hops were handled with aplomb and the footage is oh so crispy. As GoPro continue to grow in popularity not just among action sports fans but filmmakers in general, this might well be a game-changing camera and, with the introduction of the Silver and White editions, at an affordable price point.

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