I'll never buy a gopro ever again. The worst company I have ever used. Ordered a gopro 3 months ago, still not delivered, told me they issued a refund on a date before I actually bought it (figure that one out) then remembered they didn't issue a refund, now refusing to refund my tax money (what the actual fk), won't give me my trade in camera back, won't honour my original order and will only give me a discount if I buy their most expensive camera?? Absolute con artists
One small thing I noticed is that sometimes the camera doesn't sit perfectly horizontal when you connect it to a pole or mount. It's easy enough to fix -- manually set it level again and tighten the screw a little more -- but it tripped me up a few times in the beginning. In short, add a mental note to check that right after you check your lens for drops of water or dirt before shooting. There is a new "horizon lock" mode in the app that will fix lopsided video, but it's always better to get the shot right the first time.
Not needing to worry about dropping the Hero 5 Black into an accompanying waterproof case is a time-saver you don’t really appreciate until you’re constantly moving around or taking impromptu dips in the middle of a hot and sweaty Vietnam day. It’s a far more seamless experience compared to when I took the Yi 4K Action Camera to Bali last year, for example.
Inexpensive: Between $200 and $300, you’ll find GoPro cameras that are perfect for most people. There are great 1080p models and some decent 4K models in this price range, and if you’re willing to look at last-generation models, you’ll find a lot to like here. If you absolutely need bleeding-edge features like spherical capture or live streaming, you’ll need to look at more expensive models, but if you just want an action camera that can take gorgeous video and go just about anywhere, you don’t need to spend more than $300.
HyperSmooth, last year's flagship feature, is back and improved. HyperSmooth 2.0 (as GoPro is calling it) promises even better stabilization and now works across all resolutions and frame rates. This is great news, as you'll no longer have to decide between the type of shot you want or stabilization (including slo-mo). There's also a "Boost" mode that offers even more stable shots than the (now improved) default setting -- the trade-off being a little extra image cropping. More on this later.
The Hero 7 Silver also has a lower-end 10-megapixel sensor. Its 4K footage doesn’t look as sharp to detailed as the Black models, and that’s down to the quality and size of the sensor, not just its resolution. You also miss out on RAW photo capture, the Black series’ super-effective HyperSmooth stabilisation (it does have electronic stabilisation, though) and 60fps 4K shooting.
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It’s not all perfect, though. My issues with the touchscreen responsiveness still remain, even though there have been firmware updates since my original review – some of which were supposedly designed to address the issue. Sometimes taps at the screen aren’t registered, but more often my problem was with swiping into the screen from the edges. This is something GoPro seems to have now improved in the Hero 6 Black.