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New GoPro Hero 7 – What You Need to Know

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Earlier in 2018, GoPro promised 3 new cameras to be released later in the year. Well, it’s that time of year! GoPro sent me the HERO7 Black on September 20th (2018) during their pre-launch phase. The New GoPro Hero7 is a fantastic camera with TONS of new features!

New GoPro Hero7 - Everything your need to know

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Let’s break down the new GoPro Hero7 lineup!

Before I dive into the Hero7, I just want to give a big shoutout to GoPro. Thank you for including me in the GoPro family so I can share my thoughts and my review of the HERO7 with the VidProMom family! 

New GoPro Hero7 - Everything your need to know

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GoPro Hero 7 Price

As you will read below, there are 3 Hero7 Models to choose from, but the color is not the only difference. The Hero7 Black is the new top of the line option. The Hero7 Silver is priced in the middle and the Hero7 White is the least expensive.

While the Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White have the updated menu system and a few other features, the game-changing features of the Hero7 Black aren’t available on the lower priced GoPro cameras. 

GoPro HERO7 Specs

There is a lot going on when it comes to the Hero 7 Specs, and with 3 Hero7 models, that complicates things a little bit! There are 3 Hero7 models on the market at this time: Black, Silver, and White. 

Hero7 Black, Hero7 Silver, Hero7 White

Gopro Hero 7 Comparison

At first glance, they appear relatively the same but the Hero7 Black has a front display, whereas the Hero7 Silver and Hero7 White do not. 

In addition to the front display on the Hero7 Black, the camera specs and features are also different from the Silver and White Models.

Click here for the complete chart at to compare the Hero7 Black, Hero7 Silver, and Hero7 White.

Gopro Comparison

Sidenote: I am not a big fan of the black/silver/white naming because it causes a lot of confusion. I appreciate that the colors of the camera bodies reflect the names though, which is something we hadn’t seen GoPro do before.

GoPro Hero7 Black Specs

The new Hero7 Black is the camera I am most excited about (and most people agree!) so let’s take a look at what makes the GoPro Hero7 Black so special.

HyperSmooth Stabilization

HyperSmooth is a game changer for GoPro. It promises to produce gimbal-like results GoPro says “shaky videos are dead.” Shaky video footage is a HUGE problem, not just for GoPro users but all consumer-hobby video creators. 

New Gopro Hero7 Camera 4

HyperSmooth, as it sounds, creates an extremely smooth video even at the higher resolutions and frame rates. This is incredible, and it’s something you really have to see for yourself. Check out my review video to see what I mean!


TimeWarp is GoPro’s solution to shaky hyperlapse videos. I haven’t put this feature to the test yet, so stay tuned!


SuperPhoto is a way for the GoPro camera to take better, richer photos automatically, without the need for editing. Some users will like this, and others will hate it. It depends on whether or not you like to edit photos yourself!

More RAM in the Hero7 Black

The new GoPro Hero7 Black reportedly has 1GB addition RAM to allow for all the new features, like HyperSmooth. 

Vertical Videos and Photos

For those of you who like to publish vertical photos and videos to social media (like Instagram stories, for example), GoPro makes it easier than ever. When you turn the camera to shoot a vertical video, the menu switches for you and the photos/videos output in the vertical format (no need to edit and rotate them before posting).

Livestream from GoPro Hero7 Black

This is something I have seen people ask about, and I’m glad GoPro finally made this happen. 

New User Interface and Menu

The new Menu design is great. I feel like it’s quicker, and I appreciate that they made it easier and more intuitive to switch between modes. 

GoPro Hero7 Review

I did publish a review video on the VidProMom YouTube Channel, and I compared the Hero7 Black to the Hero5 Black for a quick joy ride on my John Deere. 

GoPro Hero 7 Release Date

GoPro Hero7 was officially announced on September 20th, 2018 and available to the public on September 27th, 2018.

To stay up to date with the latest GoPro models, Hero 7 Specs and the Hero7 Release date, be sure to join my GoPro Enthusiasts Facebook group and subscribe to the VidProMom YouTube channel! Check back soon for updates.

GoPro Hero7 Accessories

The Hero7 Black has the same body size and shape as the Hero6 and Hero5. I was hoping GoPro would release some fun new accessories alongside the Hero7 launch, but that is not the case.

You will definitely want to pick up one of these so that you can start shooting your Hero 7 right away. Read up on Hero 7 Memory cards too, so that you know what you’re looking for when it comes to SD cards.

Related: 5 Accessories EVERY GoPro Newbie Needs

GoPro did release the “Sleeve + Lanyard” earlier this year (in 3 colors!).

GoPro's new accessory: Sleeve + Lanyard. What a great GoPro accessory!!

The Sleeve + Lanyard comes in black, blue, and white. I received a black sleeve from GoPro when I attended the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail, Colorado this past June.

And you know what? I love it the Sleeve + Lanyard! It’s affordable, useful, and compatible with Hero5, Hero6, and Hero7.

Would I Buy a GoPro Hero 7?

I didn’t buy the Hero6 Black because it didn’t seem like that much of an upgrade from the Hero 5. But the Hero7 really is more like a whole new camera rather than just an upgraded model. I would absolutely buy the Hero7 Black if GoPro hadn’t sent me one to review.

As a member of the GoPro Family, sometimes GoPro sends me new cameras and gear to show off to you. I only provide my honest opinion and feedback on items sent to me, just as I would if I had purchased them myself. 

What do you think? Have you upgraded to the new GoPro Hero 7? Let me know in the comments!

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Tracey Lynette Counts

Monday 15th of July 2019

How do I unlock (permanently) the "lock screen" feature on my go pro hero 7 silver? I accidentally locked it and now I can't get it to stay unlocked.

rick bowers

Monday 18th of February 2019

i have the gopro 7 black, is there a way to take the side protection cover off of the power cord connection and use the cover for using on a tripod so i don't have to change the battery all the time or to have constant power using a tripod.


Monday 8th of April 2019

Just open the door and twist it out. There is a tutorial on YouTube so you can clarify.

Nathan - GeekToday

Saturday 26th of January 2019

Hi Meredith, thanks for the great review on the GoPro Hero 7. I have a GoPro Hero 5 at the moment and am seriously thinking about upgrading to the 7.


Mike Heacock

Saturday 19th of January 2019

Hey Meredith,

Do you know where we could get those GoPro Cheat sheets that came in your unboxing?


Meredith Marsh

Sunday 20th of January 2019

I get that question a lot, and I really don't know! Maybe reach out to GoPro directly and ask them?

Henry Olsen

Thursday 15th of November 2018

I purchased a Hero 7 Silver from GoPro themselves about 1 week ago and now I wish I would have spent $100 more for the Black model. Any advise as to how to upgrade this early. I was Blessed to buy me the Silver for my birthday 55years old 11/17. I was advised to get one to document my solo sail around the Gulf of Mexico on a tiny 20 Skipper sailboat and would like to share my voyage and my dream. Thank you most kindly for any advise and may GOD BLESS YOUAND YOURS!

Reyad Zarifah

Saturday 29th of December 2018

Hi Henry, I wish you closed this issue as you wish...

I exactly did the same as you!! I bought the silver version then I explored it's waste of money..

However, the good news that GoPro offer a free return without any question with full refund and free shipping back, this can be done within a month of delivery.

I already returned it back and got the black version..

Wish this could help you..

Meredith Marsh

Saturday 17th of November 2018

Hi Henry! Have you tried contacting them directly to ask if you can return it and buy a Black instead?

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