GoPro launches new Hero7 at EK, touts gimbal-less in-camera stabilization

By Crista Quintos

Action camera maker GoPro brought the local tech media at the Enchanted Kingdom on Thursday, October 11, to test out the new GoPro Hero7 Black.

Ron Ng of Streamcast Asia talks about the features of the new GoPro Hero 7

One of the newest features on the Hero7 sets the new bar for auto video stabilization: HyperSmooth, which provides its user with in-camera stabilization that makes it easy to capture professional looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of buying and using a professional, motorized gimbal.

HyperSmooth also works in situations where the use of a gimbal doesn’t prove useful, like when the camera is being used underwater or in high-shock and wind situations.

Another feature GoPro has introduced in its Hero7 is a high-speed feature applicable to videos called TimeWarp. What it does is it transforms longer videos into short, flowing videos —compressing long scenic video into a super-stabilized, sped-up version of itself.

The Hero7 also integrated a new sharing feature into its camera, with the Hero7 Black being the first GoPro to stream live, which enables its users to automatically share in real-time to Facebook, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo and other platforms.

Not only has GoPro added brand new features to its Hero7 Black, but the company has also made improvements and enhancements to the features the previous version had, including auto-enhancing the photos that the camera takes.

The AI (artificial intelligence) that is integrated into the Hero7 automatically applies its HDR (high dynamic range) filter, local tone mapping, and multi-frame noise reduction.

The Hero7 stays true to image and video quality with its 4K60 videos and 12MP photographs. The new camera also features portrait mode that allows for videos and images more suited for Instagram stories, Snapchats and more.

Another feature also includes an enhanced audio which uses three microphones that reduce unwanted vibrations whether it be in a strong wind or underwater situation. The camera also allows users to control settings and features through voice control.

The new Hero7 Black is now available for pre-order in all GoPro retailers in the Philippines (including CameraHaus, Henry’s Cameras, SM Gadget Hub, and more) for P24,690, with its silver and white counterparts selling for P18,390 and P12,390, respectively.

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