GoPro Hero 7 Black

The GoPro Hero 7 Black has been named a real game changer in the action camera market, and it’s already transformed how we document our adventures.

The new Stabilisation feature is by far the best yet and of course it shoots in 4K, but it also offers crystal clear still photos and amazing timelapse functions.

This blog post includes example videos and our best GoPro Hero 7 Black settings for video, photo and timelapse.

We love how instantly useable the Hero 7 is, right out the box: one button to switch modes and one to start recording. GoPro’s own settings look great without any editing, for quick social media clips and family sharing.

We’ve found the ProTune feature delivers the best finished results when applying editing, for both video and still photo. GoPro’s standard settings are very saturated and contrast heavy.

We have two Hero 7’s with us on a daily basis, using them for all our video, photo and timelapse requirements.

4K

VIDEO

INSANE

STABLISATION

FUN

TIMEWARPS

EXAMPLE VIDEOS

ADVENTURE

Combination of video, lapse and timewarp from a sunrise adventure on the North Wales hills.

Video 2.7K / 30fps

Timelapse 4K / 0.5 sec interval

Timewarp 4K / x30 speed

LOCATION

Mixture of GoPro and iPhone footage from one beach location on the same morning.

The GoPro is noticeably sharper with a much more realistic natural tone than the iPhone.

INTERIORS

The GoPro is great for showcasing properties, the perfect way to remember places we stay.

Video 2.7K / 30fps

Timelapse 4K / 0.5 sec interval

TIMELAPSE

Cloud timelapses from the top of Pen Yr Ole Wen mountain in Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

Timelapse 4K / various intervals

OUR BEST GOPRO HERO 7 SETTINGS

4K
60fps (edit to 30fps)

Protune ON:
1/120 or AUTO shutter (light dependant)
White Bal AUTO or 5000 or 5500 (light dependant)
ISO Min 100
ISO Max 100 /400 / 1600 (light dependant)
Sharpness MEDIUM
GoPro Colour FLAT

Biggest Tip…

ALWAYS lock the exposure!

Simply tap and hold the screen to reveal a small exposure box. Slide this around to find the desired spot, then tap once on the square to set the lock icon.

12MP
Linear Mode (removes the fish eye)

Protune ON:
Manual or AUTO shutter (light dependant)
White Bal AUTO or 5000 or 5500 (light dependant)
ISO Min 100
ISO Max 100 / 1600 (1600 activates low light feature on the GoPro)
Sharpness MEDIUM
GoPro Colour FLAT

Useful tip for steady photos…

We use the 3 second timer for stills. 

The GoPro capture button is quite firm to press down, which means it’s easy to move the camera and blur an image.

The 3 seconds allows us to press the button then level the GoPro perfectly for the click.

4K
16:9 format

Options are limited to just interval time. We use lower settings for short timelapses (0.5 or 1 sec) and higher intervals for both longer clips and to give shorter clips more sense of motion (e.g. slow moving clouds). 

The timewarp feature is lots of fun for covering large areas in short video clips. It’s timelapse on the move, we guess there’s some form of stabilisation going on that isn’t part of the normal timelapse function.

Settings are limited to speeds from X2 to X30. We’ve found higher speeds work better for locations with simple foregrounds, such as beaches or open hill walks. Slower speeds work better when there’s lots going all around, such as forest walks.

GOPRO HERO 7 STILL PHOTOS

Pen Yr Ole Wen February 2019 | the frozen divide 1
Y Gribin January 2019 | thefrozendivide 1
Pen Yr Ole Wen February 2019 | the frozen divide 4
Carneddau Boxing Day | thefrozendivide 1

MORE EXAMPLE VIDEOS

ADVENTURE

Combination of video, lapse and timewarp from a hike around the Pennines, up Cauldron Snout to Cow Green Reservoir.

Video 2.7K / 30fps

Timelapse 4K / 0.5 sec interval

Timewarp 4K / x30 speed

TIMELAPSE

Mixture of timelapse and timewarp footage from a trip over a snow covered trip around the hills of the Vale of Clwyd from Ruthin.

Timelapse 4K / 0.5 sec interval

Timewarp 4K / x30 speed

HYPERLAPSE

Wandering through a North Wales forest with the GoPro Hero 7 Black on Timewarp mode.

Timewarp 4K / X30 speed

GoPro Hero 7 Black | The Frozen Divide