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On the Hero I never knew I needed

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By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda

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At the launch of GoPro’s newest product in Koh Samui, Thailand, I have brought along with me my mirrorless camera, waterproof case, wide and fisheye lenses for my phone camera, monopod-slash-tripod. But once I got my hands on the GoPro HERO7 Black, I never held them all again.

GoPro dropped its latest product lineup including its flagship GoPro HERO7 Black. But the real hero in this story is the HyperSmooth feature that the new GoPros possess which puts shaky videos to an end. And as someone with shaky, unsteady hands, I was itching to put its claim to the test.

I personally love capturing little tidbits of my everyday life, especially those extraordinary moments. From the little things like playing with my dogs, to the views I see on car rides, to concerts, up to plane, boat, and car rides. Not to mention those borderline extreme ones like swimming with the fishes, riding an ATV, or jumping off cliffs to the water.

Let’s cut to the chase. Since HERO5, GoPro has made their action cameras waterproof without the need for special cases unlike on their previous models. Just by looking at its design, GoPro HERO7 Black boasts that it can take a punch. And it can; even more than that. HERO7 Black is rugged, waterproof, shockproof, mudproof, sandproof – basically, you can take it anywhere with you.

What got me on my feet is the HyperSmooth feature. I have been too complacent about shaky videos considering I have shaky hands, and seeing such stabilized shots from the gimbal-free GoPro HERO7 Black, I had to ask “where have you been all my life?” Not everyone would have time to think of buying gimbals. They have also upped their photo game with SuperPhoto. Basically, it’s their photos on steroids with now more intelligent HDR, local tone mapping, and noise reduction that adjusts to the scenes you’re shooting.
If you have been a user of the previous GoPro versions, you would be too familiar about the thumping and clunking sounds that the audio captures on their videos. According to GoPro, in HERO7 Black they have drastically improved the audio by ridding of the less useful low-level noises through redesigning their mic membranes and tuning them differently.

Diving into the other next features that has got the maverick in me all giddy is the Portrait Mode. Yes, a sad day for the purists. You can now shoot photos and videos vertically with GoPro HERO7 which is perfect for Snapchat or Instagram. HERO7 Black also now has Live Streaming for Facebook Live, Twitch, YouTube, and other social media sites with RTMP support.

HERO7 Black shoots up to 4K60 Video, and 12MP on photos. And with the high frame rate of 1080p240 video, you can use Slo-Mo mode and pump it up to 8x.

They have made the HERO7’s interface smarter with intuitive touch screens and you can just swipe left or right to switch modes.

GoPro also introduced their new TimeWarp feature where it combines high-speed to high- stabilized shots where you can get that ‘magic-carpet ride’ effect. All these features have made me feel like a cinematic genius. I did not need to apply much post-process to the footages I got.

Along with these, GoPro has completed the rest of the lineup by introducing GoPro HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White for entry and mid-level users. The 4K HERO7 Silver, and 1080p HERO7 White aer both as tough with voice command features, and significantly improved video stabilization. You can also shoot vertically with both HERO7 Silver and HERO7 White, and have fast-charging with their SuperCharge power adapter.

When people hear GoPro, they think only those with active lifestyles need it; that you have to be biking, swimming, riding helicopters, cycling, boat rides, and all those action. But I found it’s not just those kind of moments that GoPro can capture; it can also be for the simple ones, like having a lovely stroll, a car ride with your loved ones, or any sweet moments on your trips, which in the end are what mostly count as extraordinary.

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