One thing is for sure – if you’re out there putting your life and reputation on the line, you should be documenting the “crash and burn” of your rise to stardom. Today, we will be looking specifically at the GoPro Hero range and how these amazing little pieces of trickery can be used for whatever senseless idea you’re able to think of.
GoPro originated in 2001 after a surfer named Nick Woodman decided to duck tape a camera to his hand in order to capture footage closer to the action. Since strapping a 35mm to your paw has its obvious limits, Nick headed back to his mom’s garage where he was staying at the time to find a more practical solution. Fast-forward a couple of years and you now have one of the most handy and must-have action cameras – the GoPro. It’s tough, durable, versatile and it works.
The current GoPro range
There is quite a wide range of GoPro HERO’s out there, so we will take a look at the latest available HERO action cameras on the market.
GoPro HERO7 White – Entry Level
The perfect parptner on any adventure. Tough, tiny and totally waterproof to go wherever you do.
Coming in at an affordable price point, the HERO7 White is ideal if what you are recording might explode or your daredevil teenager wants their own GoPro. In every sense as rugged as the rest of the range, it’s waterproof down to 10m and compatible with over 30 mounts.
Take 10MP photos with a 15-burst rate, or shoot 15 or 30-second video clips in up to 1080p60. For epic moments, take advantage of the 0.5-second interval timelapse and 2x Slo-Mo features. Video stabilisation eliminates shake footage all-round, and you even have a photo timer to grab a selfie or group shot.
Shoot in portrait or landscape mode and link the HERO7 White with GoPro app to share photos directly to your Instagram account or auto-transfer them to your phone. You also have access to QuikStories that automatically transforms your footage into fun, shareable video with music and affects.
Audio records in AAC or WAV formats, and the camera is easy to control hands-free with voice commands and a touchscreen. The HERO7 White takes a microSD card.
GoPro HERO7 Silver – Mid-range
The perfect camera for adventures big and small. It’s built tough and totally waterproof.
With all the features it its younger sibling, the HERO7 Silver stands out with 4K30 and 1080p60 video and vibrant 10MP WDR photos that looks great even when mixing bright light and shadows. It also lets you track your speed, distance and more by adding GPS performance stickers to your videos via the GoPro app.
GoPro HERO7 Black – Action Level
Freakishly smooth footage. Smart-capture superpowers. Battle-tested and waterproof without a housing.
The GoPro HERO7 was the first to feature gimbal-like HyperSmooth stabilisation and Live Streaming for smooth shareable moments. It has all the features of the HERO7 Silver – just better – with 12MP photos and 4K60 video, 8x Slo-Mo andTimeWarp Video, RAW and SuperPhoto using HDR, local tone mapping and noise reduction. It was unlike any of its predecessors with smart-capture superpowers and freakishly smooth footage.
GoPro HERO8 Black – Newest & Bestest
Features unshakable HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation across all resolutions and frame rates, and built-in mounting.
Unlike any HERO before it, HERO8 features built-in mounting that reduces the overall profile of a camera that 14% lighter and tougher than ever. The enhanced HyperSmooth 2.0, together with in-app horizon levelling, makes it almost impossible to shoot shaky footage as the camera continues to impress with striking 12MP photos and 4K60 and 1080p240 video. You can also Live Stream in 1080p, shoot RAW in all photo modes, and crank up the contrast with SuperPhoto and improved HDR. LiveBurst mode captures 1.5 seconds before and after you hit the shutter – so you can pick the perfect shot from 90 still images, or share a 3-second 4K video clip. At night, harness the magic in 4K, 2.7K, 1440p or 1080p and watch the time-lapse scene come alive with epic detail. Tap through four lenses: Narrow, distortion-free Linear, Wide and SuperView to get the best view for what you’re doing, or get creative with new mods. Thanks to three mics you’ll epxerience reduced wind noise and get natural audio quality even at breakneck speeds.