GoPro Hero7 Black review: verdict
So what can we conclude? The inclusion of the very effective HyperSmooth stabilization is significant, and makes the GoPro Hero7 Black far better suited for bumpier adventures than before – and the fact that the camera is no more expensive because of it is something for which GoPro deserves praise. While the company may have been undercut from a number of corners, the effectiveness of this system goes a long way to justify that more premium price tag.
The new TimeWarp feature on the Hero 7 Black, which makes use of this, is a whole lot of fun to play with too, and image quality remains solid. The refreshed UI on the and portrait options makes the GoPro Hero7 Black easier and more convenient to use than before, and the fact that the camera remains compatible with a wealth of accessories is also very welcome.
In the absence of any major flaws, it's really just a case of polishing up some of the existing features and functionality. Better recognition of voice commands a Touch Zoom option that doesn't scale images up to 12MP would be welcome, but these are and are minor issues. It would have also ben nice to see battery life extended too.
These minor niggles aside, the GoPro Hero 7 Black is certainly the best action camera you can buy right now.
GoPro Hero7 Black review: competition
GoPro Hero6 Black
It lacks the Hero7's TimeWarp feature and HyperSmooth stabilization, but the Hero6 is still a pretty formidable camera. It records 4K footage with effective stabilization and packs much of the same when it comes to waterproofing, voice control and wireless functionality.
Read our in-depth GoPro Hero6 Black review
A very different design to the GoPro Hero7, more akin to the company's better-known waterproof TG compact cameras, but there's still some very respectable tech under the bonnet. This is headed by 4K video to 30fps, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, together with waterproofing, shock-proofing and even crush-proofing, should you accidentally drive over it. The 3.8-inch LCD is also significantly larger than the Hero7's, but then this is a beefier camera.
Read our in-depth Olympus TG-Tracker review
Yi 4K+ Action Camera
Yi has made a name crafting some very keenly priced alternatives to the Hero line, and the Yi 4K+ is the current star of the series. It has great-quality 4K capture to 60p, Raw and JPEG output and fuss-free operation to recommend it, although you can't go underwater with it and you don't get quite the same magic from its stabilisation system as the GoPro Hero7 Black either.