Shooting like a pro

lifestyle February 09, 2019 01:00

By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend

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With the new Hero7 Black, you can kiss goodbye to jerky video clips

GET RID of jerky shots and shoot action videos like a pro with the Hero7 Black, the new camera from GoPro that features HyperSmooth technology, an in-camera gimbal-like video stabilisation tool that allows it to capture professional-looking sequences without the expense or hassle of a motorised gimbal. And HyperSmooth works underwater and in high-shock and wind situations where gimbals fail.

So if you like to film while on the slides or other rides at the water parks, you’ll no longer have to worry about getting the camera wet as the Hero7 Black is waterproof down to 30 metres.

According to GoPro, the new action camera can shoot good-quality 12-megapixel stills and record shake-free video clips of up to 4K or 3840x2160 pixels at a rate of 60 frames per second and 1920x1080 pixels at the rate of 240fps.

The Hero7 Black also supports 8x slow-motion mode, allowing you to capture fast actions to play back in slow-motion.

With Hero7Black, GoPro is also introducing a radical new form of video called TimeWarp. This applies a high-speed, “magic-carpet-ride” effect to your videos, and transforms longer experiences into short, flowing videos that are compelling to watch and easy to share.

The TimeWarp Video is one of four Time Lapse capture modes. The three other modes are Time Lapse Video, Time Lapse Photo, and Night Lapse Photo.

With TimeWarp video, Hero7 Black lets you speed up time by capturing super stabilised time lapse video while you’re on the move making it perfect for mountain bike runs, hikes, and more. The default settings are 1440p video with a 4:3 aspect ratio and wide field of view at 10x speed.

And the Time Lapse Video lets you turn long events into short shareable videos. This mode is good for sunsets, street scenes, and more when your camera is still. The default settings are 1440p video with a 4:3 aspect ratio, wide field of view, and 0.5-second intervals.

The Time Lapse Photo lets you focus on your activity instead of on your camera. It takes a continuous series of photos that you can look through to find the best shots later. The default settings are 0.5-second intervals with a wide field of view. The Night Lapse Photo meanwhile is tailor-made for capturing a series of photos in dark environments. The shutter stays open longer to let in more light. The default shutter speed and interval are set to Auto with the field of view set to wide.

Using the Time Lapse photo capture mode allows you to select the field of view between wide and linear. 

The photo function also comes with SuperPhoto mode that automatically uses advanced image processing to give you the best shots in any lighting though it usually takes longer to process each shot. SuperPhoto is off by default. Select Auto to turn it on.

Moreover, you can capture photos in “raw” mode for processing off-camera on your computer for professional quality.

The Hero7 Black is easy to operate with minimum button control design and touch screen operations.

There are two control buttons: a shutter button on the top and a power/mode button on the right side. You use the power/mode button to switch between the video, photo and Time Lapse modes.

The touch screen makes it easy to operate the camera. Just tap to select an item and again to turn a setting on and off.

You can swipe left or right to switch between video, photo and Time Lapse modes. You swipe down from the edge of the screen to open the dashboard when Hero7 Black is in a landscape orientation and wipe up from the edge on of screen to see your videos and photos in the media gallery. You can also press and hold on the viewfinder to turn on and adjust exposure control.

To share clips and photos from Hero7 Black to your social network, you first need to install GoPro app to your smartphone. The app will connect your smartphone to the camera using a Wi-Fi connection then use the 4G connection of your phone to upload video clips or photos to Facebook or other social network sites.

With the app, you can also broadcast live video from the camera to your Facebook Live and YouTube.

Another nice feature of |Hero7 Black is that it comes with a Voice Control function that gives you easy hands-free control of the camera.

For example, you say “GoPro Video mode” to switch the camera to video mode but it holds off from starting to record until you instruct it with the “GoPro capture” command in the mode you have selected. To stop recording whether in Video or Time Lapse modes, say “GoPro Stop Capture”. The Hero7 Black also has built-in GPS for recording the locations of the photos and videos being shot.

During the test, I used a provided stick to hold the camera and then proceeding to walk very fast while holding it. The in-camera stabilisation worked effectively and the video clips were smooth and not shaky. And even when I walked against the backlighting, the video captured clips were mostly sharp and clear.

GoPro Hero7 Black has a suggested retail price of Bt14,500.

>> Photo: 12MP

>> Video: 4K60

>> Waterproof: 10m

>> Display: 2-inch |touch screen |(with touch zoom)

>> Video stabilisation: HyperSmooth

>> Video file format: MP4 (H.264/AVC), MP4 (H.265/HEVC)

>> Max video bit rate: |78 Mb/s (4K)

>> Slo-Mo: 8x

>> Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

>> Ports: HDMI, USB-C, 

>> Battery: Removable 1,220mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable

>> Dimensions: 62.3 |W x 44.9 H x 33 D (mm)

n Weight: 116g