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Hiker
Posts: 10

Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

hello so i had the gopro hero 7 black on release date and had many issues with it including battery drain and freeze. also smart remote disconnection and app. i return the camera and its been a while and wondering if anybody can recommend buying it again? any issues still happening? thank you as for now im using my gopro hero 5 black but i love the 7 hypetsmooth.
Nomad
Posts: 256

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

 

Hi

 

Problems with GP7 are very random and I can't figure it out but if you want to know my personal opinion: Yes - if you afford buy it.

 

Pros:

 

- outstanding quality of videos #1world. Personally I think this is the main reason.

- many cool features like: timewarp,night timelapse....

- amazing stabilization system - hypersmooth - #2 second from the most important reasons.

- mobile size(very usefull)

 

Cons:

 

- Freeze - my experience: only 2 times freezed over 6 month - not big deal but some people have.

- Battery drain - After last FW is much better. Battery is going down but like ~ 1% to 3 % overnight. My advice take out battery if you not gonna use camera(I know weird but kind of solution), buy the second one (I have both: Vietnam and China edition).

- I am stil crying about the same - no indicators while recording like time left or battery left. Im living in hope next FW will bring me in.

- quality of materials....

- doubt waterproof (I have extra case)

 

 

Summary:

 

You will not find better camer on the market. Even if it has 5 cons, 2 pros vanish it - QUALITY VIDEO AND HYPERSMOOTH. These two reasons are enough to say - YES If I were you I would buy it again. There is no perfect device on the market and never will be. GoPro (omittng problems)giving me a lot of fun. I dont lose my hope for some better FW and going on.

 

You can check my videos here and judge ;)

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/robertorayo/videos

 

Thx, see ya.

Adventurer
Posts: 8,942

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

I Returned mytrade up  day one, waited  till a new fw batch, and replaced my camera once and all is fine now. no one can decide if it is the right time or wrong time but round and round it can go and October is approaching later so think about the hero 8 if like

Hiker
Posts: 10

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

thank you all for your input. thats one thing ive heard about freezing but something about turning off low light? i dont know if thats a fix or not but just things that made me ask here in the forums to people that actually own the HERO 7 BLACK. As battery drain i can deal with taking out the battery out if not in use ive dont that before with my hero 5 black after release day. i just feel like i had more issues with hero 7 than i did with my 5. Anybody experience smart remote connection issues? and again thank you all for the help
Nomad
Posts: 65

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

Depends on how you are going to use it, if you need external Mic support then no don't buy it wait for the Hero 8.

 

it also has many bugs with power management.

 

If you just want to walk around with it for the hypersmooth then yes get it.

 

but you might be better off with a Hero 6 or 5 and a Gimbal.

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Hiker
Posts: 10

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

i do have a gopro hero 5 and gimbal that i use now. i dont use any external microphones at all. all i want it for is my trips and vacations with my family . I also want to make sure my gopro smart remote and gopro hero7 black dont have any connection issues like i did before before i return it back in december. i know gopros arent perfect ive own different models but it just sucks to waste time when your on a trip or vacation trying to figure how to fix the camera . But i might stick to my gopro hero 5 for now? im 50/50 right now lol
Nomad
Posts: 65

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

you would be safe getting the Hero 7 for vacations and stuff like that.

The hypersmooth does work really good for that kind of use.

 

I just used mine down in Panama City beach and used it in the pool (with a case, don't trust the native water proofing) and took it snorkeling at St. Andrews State Park.

Check out my youtube channel for all the videos I shot snorkeling with the Hero 7 (Bassman Strikes)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzElHETnGMMv0IFohXTp2LA?view_as=subscriber

 

I would get a waterproof case for it from amazon, they are only like 15 to 20 dollars and then you don't have to worry about it leaking.

Nomad
Posts: 65

Re: Gopro hero 7 black should i buy now???

This is the case I got for my Hero 7.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4I7RKG/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_M4n0CbGT8Y2Q6

 

While the Hero 5/6/7 is nativly waterproof I don't trust it, if  you don't seat any of the doors fully even a bit, i.e. battery, USB etc and it gets water in it your SOL.

It's cheap insurance and does not effect the quality of the videos.

If you look around you want one that does not require removing the lens guard of the camera.

 

So for vacations and things that don't require long recording times or a external mic you will really enjoy the Hero 7.