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Adventurer
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

@znavot   you have to have lighting that is Key, this is   another shot years ago of a gopro

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-h1u9AIzsY

Adventurer
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

Change to 25/24fps. GoPro is being kind to allow a replacement as it does not appear to be anything wrong with your image quality. The camera has a tiny sensor. It's perfect for action shots on a wide angle lens, but not so much for night time shooting.
Tourist
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

Sony cam

definitely better in less light

Adventurer
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

Yes that is correct, it is a excellentday time outdoor camera, in the right hands you can achieve the night shots. but, who does Action at night why gopro is a action camera, want nightshiots you get a better camera

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Tourist
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

I've been using Sony 4K POV cameras for several years now, switched because I had been so underwhelmed by the quality of GoPro footage. My last GoPro was a Hero 3 which I finally gave up on and gave a case filled with stuff to a friend after I switched to Sony. Several people highly recommended the Hero 7 and thought I should give it a try. Candidly, I will admit that I put any camera to the ultimate test, 6 or 7 G's in a military fighter, cameras mounted out in the slip stream of high perfromance arobatic aircraft, etc. I'm getting to know my Hero 7 and I will concur with what the guys here have told you, it's an amazing camera but as the light drops off it just cannot perform. Focus popping and vibration render the footage in these conditions pretty much useless.  The good news is the camera does and excellent job in every light condition but post dusk, the stabilization is not only very good, in flight it has a latency that adds to the feel of the footage, youcan see it best when you roll in on a subject and then go wings level, really cool looking. 

 

Well doen GoPro, I still like my Sony units, but the Hero 7 has brought me back to GoPro and it does the mission I need it to do well enough that I just ordered three more cameras. When you stop and think about it, we are all guilty of expecting more out of this camera that it can give, but what it can do in the right conditions, is really nothing short of miraculous. 

Hiker
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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

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The focus is not correct term. The cameras have focus plane fixed (i guess hyperfocal distance).

The low light performance is not surprising, given the sensor size.

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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

https://gopro.com/news/hero7-black-hypersmooth-lowlight-update

 

The GoPro is certainly not meant for low light, but if you play with the protune settings you can generally get something usable.  Obviously more expensive cameras with larger sensors will do much better, but in a pinch the GoPro can work.  For stabilization in low light, you are best off using the Karma Grip and the camera in 24fps.  Otherwise, you need to really do your part in helping to keep the camera smooth.  I've found that locking the MIN and MAX ISO to the same value (mostly I use 800 but in very low light I use 1600, but there is considerable noise) and having a shutter at least 3X the fps (forget the stupid "cinematic" or "180-degree shutter angle rule") will help out the stabilization.  In low light I also use 4K (4:3)/24fps which uses the standard stabilization.

 

I used the above settings (including Low sharpness, Flat color, and manually setting the WB) for this video.  The beginning has a lot of noise because it was very dark and it was more important to me to capture my kid's faces than it was to have a clean image.

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Re: Hero 7 Black Low Light Focus performance

My application for the 7 is aviation. My cameras are typically mounted on the airframe of everything from Bell Helicopters to supersonic fighters so they take a beating. The Heto 7 has exceeded my expectations in most areas and I kind of expected the low light performance to be what it is. I’ll experiment with some strings but that is expecting a great deal from a camera that is already pretty much miraculous.