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GoPro HERO7 Black Action Cam User Manual

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About GoPro
GoPro is a brand of compact, high-definition personal cameras that are designed for capturing action-packed footage. These cameras are popular among people who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, surfing, and biking, as well as those who want to document their travels and adventures. GoPro cameras are small, rugged, and designed to be used in extreme environments, and they can be mounted on helmets, bikes, cars, and even drones to capture unique and immersive perspectives.

Table of Contents

The company was founded in 2002 by Nick Woodman, who wanted to create a camera that could capture high-quality action footage without the need for a bulky and expensive setup. The first GoPro camera was launched in 2004, and since then, the company has become a leader in the action camera market.

In addition to cameras, GoPro also offers a variety of accessories, such as mounts, cases, and stabilizers, to enhance the camera’s versatility and functionality. The company also provides software and mobile apps for editing and sharing footage, making it easy for users to create and share their content with others.

Meet Your HERO7 Black

  1. Shutter Button
  2. Status Light
  3. Status Screen
  4. Microphone
  5. Side Door
  6. Latch Release Button
  7. USB-C Port
  8. Micro HDMI Port (cable not included)
  9. Touch Screen
  10. Speaker
  11. Mode Button
  12. Battery
  13. microSD Card Slot
  14. Battery Door

Setting Up Your Camera

MICROSD CARDS

You’ll need a microSD™ card (sold separately) to save your videos and photos. Use a brand name card that fits these requirements:

  • microSD, microSDHC™, or microSDXC™
  • Class 10 or UHS-I rating
  • Capacity up to 256GB

For a list of recommended microSD cards, visit gopro.com/microsdcards.

Heads Up: Be sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your SD card. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see your card’s acceptable temperature range and other important information.

PRO TIP: Keep your SD card in good condition by reformatting it regularly. This will erase all of your media, so be sure to save it first.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Reset > Format SD Card.

INSTALLING YOUR MICROSD CARD

  1. Hold down the Latch Release button on the battery door, then slide the door open.
  2. With your camera off, insert the SD card into the card slot with the label facing the battery compartment.
    You can eject the card by pressing it into the slot with your fingernail.

INSTALLING + CHARGING THE BATTERY

Make sure your battery is fully charged before heading out.

  1. Hold down the Latch Release button on the battery door, then slide the door open.
  2. Insert the battery, then close the door.
  3. Open the side door and connect your camera to a USB charger or computer using the included USB-C cable.
    It takes about 2 hours for the battery to fully charge. The camera status light will turn off when it’s done. To learn more, see Battery Information

PRO TIP: For the fastest charging, use the GoPro Supercharger (sold separately).

UPDATING YOUR CAMERA’S SOFTWARE

To get the latest features and best performance from your GoPro, make sure it’s using the most current software.

Updating With the GoPro App

  1. Download the app from the Apple© App Store© or Google Play™.
  2. Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to connect your camera to your mobile device. If new camera software is available, the app will tell you how to install it.

Updating With the Quik Desktop App

  1. Download the app from gopro.com/apps.
  2. Connect your camera to your computer using the included USB-C cable. If new camera software is available, the app will tell you how to install it.

Updating Manually

  1. Visit gopro.com/update.
  2. Choose HERO7 Black from the list of cameras.
  3. Select Update your camera manually and follow the instructions.

PRO TIP: Want to know what software version you’re using? Here’s where you can find out.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > About > Camera Info.

POWERING ON

Press the Mode button to turn on your HERO7 Black.

POWERING OFF

Press and hold the Mode button to turn it off.

CAPTURE MODES

Your GoPro has three main capture modes.

Change modes by swiping left or right to the one you want.

Video

Includes Video and Looping video.

Photo

Includes Photo, Burst, and Night.

Time Lapse

Includes TimeWarp Video, Time Lapse Video, Time Lapse Photo, and Night Lapse Photo.

PRO TIP: With the camera on, you can press the Mode button to switch modes.

CAMERA ORIENTATION

Your GoPro can easily switch between landscape and portrait shots. It also captures videos and photos right-side up even if it’s mounted upside down. The touch screen menu will automatically adjust and your media will play back right-side up.

The orientation is locked in when you press the Shutter button If your camera tilts during recording, like on a roller coaster, your footage will tilt with it. You’ll capture every twist and turn.

Landscape Lock

This locks your camera into landscape orientation. Your on-screen camera menu won’t change if you rotate your camera to portrait orientation.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Touch Screen > Landscape Lock.

Heads Up: Videos and photos shot in portrait orientation with Landscape Lock on will play back sideways.

PRO TIP: Use Landscape Lock to keep from accidentally starting a video in portrait orientation. It’s perfect when you’re using body and handheld mounts.

CAPTURE MODES

This screen gives you total access to your camera’s capture settings and provides information about your GoPro. The settings shown vary by mode.

  1. Current Mode (Video, Photo, or Time Lapse)
  2. Recording Time/Photos Remaining
  3. Short Clips
  4. Capture Mode
  5. Capture Settings
  6. Battery Status
  7. Touch Zoom

Heads Up: The settings menu is not available when you turn your GoPro to take portrait shots. Adjust those settings before rotating your camera.

USING THE TOUCH SCREEN

Tap
Selects an item, turns a setting on or off.

Swipe Left or Right
Switches between Video, Photo, and Time Lapse modes.

Swipe Down From the Edge of the Screen
Open the Dashboard when your camera is in a landscape orientation.

Swipe Up From the Edge of the Screen
See your videos and photos in the Media Gallery.

Press and Hold
Turn on and adjust Exposure Control.

USING THE SHUTTER BUTTON

  1. Press the Shutter button to start recording.
  2. Press the Shutter button 2. again to stop recording
    (Video, Time Lapse, and Live Streaming only).

CHANGING MODES + SETTINGS

  1. Swipe left or right to the mode you want.
  2. Tap the capture mode icon to see all available capture modes.
  3. Choose a capture mode from the list.
  4. Tap the settings if you want to change the resolution or make other adjustments.
  5. Tap the setting you want to change.

Your choices will appear in white. Options that are not compatible with other settings you’ve chosen will be in gray.

Heads Up: The settings menu is not available when you turn your GoPro for portrait shots. Adjust the settings before rotating your camera.

NAVIGATING WITH THE BUTTONS

Though your GoPro is waterproof, the touch screen won’t work underwater. Use the buttons and front screen to change modes and settings.

  1. With your camera on, hold down the Mode button and press the  Shutter button. A menu will appear on the front screen.
  2. Press the Mode button to scroll through the modes and settings.
  3. Use the Shutter button to select and adjust settings.
    To exit: Press and hold the Shutter button or scroll until you reach Done, then press the Shutter button.

Heads Up: The Dashboard and Media Gallery are not available when navigating with the buttons.

Connecting to Other Devices

CONNECTING TO THE GOPRO APP
Use the GoPro mobile app to control your HERO7 Black, share videos and photos on the go and automatically transform your footage into QuikStories—awesome videos synced with effects and music.

Connecting for the First Time

  1. Download the GoPro app from the Apple© App Store© or Google Play™.
  2. Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to connect your camera. Heads Up for iOS®: When prompted, be sure to allow notifications from the GoPro app so you know when a QuikStory is ready.

After the First Time

After you’ve connected once, you can start connecting through your camera’s Connections menu.

  1. If your camera’s wireless is not already on, swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Connections > Connect Device.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions in the GoPro app to connect.

CONNECTING TO BLUETOOTH DEVICES

You can connect your GoPro to Bluetooth devices that capture data about your footage. The data can be used to enhance your videos with stats about your adventure.

  1. Connect your camera to the GoPro app. For details, see Connecting to the GoPro App.
  2. In the app, open the camera settings, then tap Bluetooth Devices.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

SETTING THE CONNECTION SPEED

Your GoPro is set to use the 5GHz Wi-Fi band (the fastest available) when connecting to other mobile devices.

Change the Wi-Fi band to 2.4GHz if your device or region does not support 5GHz.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Connections > Wi-Fi Band.

Transferring Your Media

CREATING A QUICK STORY

You can set up your GoPro to automatically send videos and photos to your phone. The GoPro app will use them to create QuikStories— fully edited videos complete with music and effects.

  1. Connect your camera to the GoPro app. For details, see Connecting to the GoPro App (page 58).
  2. Swipe down on the app’s home screen. Shots from your most recent session will be copied to your phone and transformed into a QuikStory.
  3. Tap your QuikStory to view it. If you don’t have the Quik app, you’ll be prompted to install it.
  4. Make any edits you’d like in the Quik app.
  5. Save the QuikStory or share it with your friends, family, and followers.

Finding the Best Shots

Be sure to mark your best shots with HiLight Tags. QuikStories looks for tags when it creates videos. This helps ensure that favorite moments are included in your stories.

HERO7 Black also knows when you face the camera, smile, and more. It automatically tags these shots with data so QuikStories can handpick them for your videos.

TRANSFERRING YOUR MEDIA TO A COMPUTER

You can copy your videos and photos to a computer for playback and editing.

Using the Quik Desktop App

  1. Be sure that your computer is running the latest version of its operating system.
  2. Download and install the Quik desktop app from gopro.com/apps.
  3. Connect your camera to your computer using the included USB-C cable.
  4. Power on your camera and follow the on-screen instructions in the Quik app.

Transferring Directly From Your SD Card

  1. Remove the SD card from your camera.
  2. Insert the card into an SD card reader or adapter.
  3. Plug the card reader into your computer’s USB port or insert the adapter into the SD card slot.
  4. Copy the files to your computer.

AUTO UPLOADING TO THE CLOUD

With a GoPro Plus subscription, you can automatically upload your media to the cloud where you can view, edit, and share it from any device.

  1. Subscribe to GoPro Plus:
    • Download the GoPro app to your device from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
    • Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to connect your camera.
    • If you’re connecting for the first time, follow the on-screen instructions to subscribe to GoPro Plus. Otherwise, tap
      on the camera chooser screen.
  2. Connect your camera to a power outlet. Auto Upload will start when the battery is fully charged.

After a first-time setup, your camera won’t need to connect to the app to start Auto Upload.

Heads Up: Your original files remain on your camera even after they’ve been backed up to the cloud.

PRO TIP: If you’re saving files to your computer, the Quik desktop app will automatically upload them to your GoPro Plus account.

MANUALLY UPLOADING TO THE CLOUD

Transfer your media to the cloud without waiting for your camera to fully charge. (Your GoPro must still be connected to a power outlet.)

  1. Subscribe to GoPro Plus.
  2. Connect your camera to a power outlet.
  3. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  4. Tap Preferences > Manual Upload.

ACCESSING YOUR CLOUD MEDIA

  1. Open the GoPro app on your device.
  2. Tap , and select Cloud to view, edit, and share your content.

TURNING OFF AUTO UPLOAD

You can keep your camera from trying to upload every time it’s connected to a power outlet and fully charged.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > GoPro Plus > Auto Upload > Upload.
  3. Tap Off.

Resetting Your Camera

RESTARTING YOUR GOPRO

If your camera is not responding, press and hold the Mode button for 10 seconds. This will restart your camera. There will be no changes to your settings.

RESTORE ALL SETTINGS TO THE DEFAULTS

This will reset all of your camera settings to the defaults, except your camera name and password, Language, and Video Format.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Reset > Reset Defaults.

RESETTING CONNECTIONS

This will clear your device connections and reset your camera’s password. Resetting connections means you’ll have to reconnect all of your devices.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Connections > Reset Connections.

RESETTING THE CAMERA TIPS

Want to see the camera tips again? Here’s how to see them all from the beginning.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Reset > Reset Camera Tips.

RESTORING FACTORY SETTINGS

This will restore all of your camera’s original settings, clear all device connections, and deregister your camera from GoPro Plus. This is useful if you’re giving your camera to a friend and want to completely reset it to its original state.

  1. Swipe down to access the Dashboard.
  2. Tap Preferences > Reset> Factory Reset.

Heads Up: Restoring the factory settings will not delete any content from your SD card or have any effect on your camera’s software.

Mounting Your GoPro

MOUNTING HARDWARE

  1. The Frame
  2. Mounting Buckle
  3. Thumb Screw
  4. Curved + Flat Adhesive Mounts

USING THE FRAME

The Frame is used to attach your camera to GoPro mounts.

  1. Unlock the latch and open the door.
  2. Slide your camera in. Be sure that your camera sits flush against the front edge of The Frame.
  3. Close the door.
  4. Lock the latch.

ATTACHING YOUR CAMERA TO MOUNTS

Once your camera’s in The Frame, you’re ready to mount. Depending on the mount you’re using, you’ll either use a mounting buckle or attach The Frame directly to the mount itself.

  1. Interlock the mounting fingers on The Frame with the mounting fingers on the buckle.
  2. Secure The Frame to the mounting buckle with a thumb screw.
  3. Attach the mounting buckle to the mount.
    • Flip up the mounting buckle plug.
    • Slide the buckle into the mount until it clicks into place.
    • Press the plug back down so that it sits flush with the buckle.

PRO TIP: You may want to keep your camera in The Frame, even when it’s not mounted. The Frame gives your camera a little extra protection in case you drop it.

MOUNTING TIPS

Follow these guidelines when attaching adhesive mounts to helmets, vehicles, and gear:

  • Attach mounts at least 24 hours before you use them.
  • Only attach the mounts to smooth surfaces. They won’t stick properly to porous or textured surfaces.
  • Firmly press mounts into place. Be sure the adhesive is in full contact with the surface.
  • Only use on clean, dry surfaces. Wax, oil, dirt, or other debris will weaken the bond and you could lose your camera.
  • Attach mounts in room temperature conditions. They won’t stick properly in cold or damp environments or on cold or damp surfaces.
  • Check state and local regulations and laws to ensure that attaching a camera to equipment (such as hunting equipment) is permitted. Always comply with regulations that restrict the use of consumer electronics or cameras.

USING YOUR GOPRO IN + AROUND WATER

HERO7 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) with the door closed. You won’t need an additional housing before diving in.

The touch screen was designed to work when wet, but you may need to wipe it off if it has trouble sensing your commands. You can also navigate with your camera’s buttons if you’re under water.

Heads Up: The Frame does not provide additional waterproof protection.

PRO TIP: Use a camera tether and a Floaty (sold separately) to keep your camera afloat in case it detaches from the mount.

To capture extreme adventures down to 196ft (60m), pick up the GoPro Super Suit (Protection + Dive Housing), sold separately.

For more information on Camera Tethers, Floaty, and Super Suit, visit gopro.com.

Maintenance

Follow these tips to get the best performance from your camera:

  • Your GoPro is waterproof to 33ft (10m)—no housing needed. Be sure the door is closed before using it in or around water, dirt, or sand.
  • Before closing the door, be sure the seal is free of debris. Use a cloth to clean the seal if needed.
  • Make sure your GoPro is dry and clean before opening the door. Rinse your camera with fresh water and dry it with a cloth if needed.
  • If sand or debris hardens around the door, soak your camera in warm tap water for 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly to remove the debris before opening the doors.
  • For the best audio performance, shake your camera or blow on the mic to remove water and debris from the microphone holes. Do not use compressed air to blow into the mic holes. This could damage the internal waterproof membranes.
  • After every use in salt water, rinse your camera with fresh water, and dry it with a soft cloth.
  • The lens cover is made from extremely tough strengthened glass, but it can still be scratched or cracked. Keep it clean with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • If debris gets stuck between the lens and trim ring, flush it out with water or air. Do not insert foreign objects around the lens.

Troubleshooting

MY GOPRO WON’T POWER ON
Make sure your GoPro is charged. If charging the battery didn’t work, try restarting your camera.

MY GOPRO WON’T RESPOND WHEN I PRESS A BUTTON
See Restarting Your GoPro.

PLAYBACK ON MY COMPUTER IS CHOPPY
Choppy playback is usually not a problem with the file. If your footage skips, one of these issues is probably the cause:

  • The computer doesn’t work with HEVC files. Try downloading the latest version of the Quik desktop app for free at gopro.com/apps.
  • Your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements of the software you’re using for playback.

I FORGOT MY CAMERA’S USERNAME OR PASSWORD
Swipe down to access the Dashboard, then tap Preferences > Connections > Camera Info.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT SOFTWARE VERSION I HAVE
Swipe down to access the Dashboard, then tap Preferences >
About > Camera Info.

I CAN’T FIND MY CAMERA’S SERIAL NUMBER
The serial number is stamped inside the battery compartment of your camera. You can also find it by swiping down to access the Dashboard, then tapping Preferences > About > Camera Info.

For more answers to commonly asked questions, see gopro.com/help.

Tech Specs: Video

VIDEO RESOLUTION (RES)

Video resolution refers to the number of horizontal lines used in each frame of video. A 1080p video is made up of 1080 horizontal lines, each with a width of 1920 pixels. A 4K video is made up of 3840 horizontal lines, each with a width of 2160 pixels. Since more lines equals greater resolution, 4K will deliver a more detailed picture than 1080p.

  • 4K: Our highest resolution video. Great for tripod and fixed-position shots. Can be used to grab 8MP stills from your video.
  • 4K 4:3: Our highest resolution video. The tall 4:3 aspect ratio captures more of the scene than 16:9 shots. Great for point-of-view footage.
  • 2.7K: High resolution 16:9 video that provides stunning, cinema-quality results for professional productions.
  • 2.7K 4:3: Great for high-resolution point-of-view body and gear-mounted shots with fluid slow motion playback.
  • 1440p: Tall 4:3 aspect ratio fits more into the frame than 1080p. Great for capturing fast action, point-of-view shots and sharing to social media.
  • 1080p: Great for all shots and sharing to social media. High 240 fps and 120 fps options enable super slow motion during editing. Available in all fields of view.
  • 960p: Combines tall 4:3 aspect ratio with 240 fps and 120 fps capture for immersive super slow-motion playback.
  • 720p: Includes 240 fps option for capturing high-frame rate video that can be played back on older devices.

PRO TIP: Be sure that your phone, computer, or TV can support the setting you choose, especially if you’re using a high resolution and frame rate.

FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS)

Frames per second refers to the number of frames captured in each second of video. Higher fps values (60, 120 or 240) are better at capturing fast-action shots. You can also use high fps footage for slow-motion playback.

Resolution + FPS

  • Higher video resolutions capture more detail and clarity, but they’re generally available at lower fps values.
  • Lower video resolutions capture less detail and clarity, but they can be shot at higher fps values.
  • When choosing a resolution on the RES | FPS screen, all of the available frame rates for the resolution you selected are shown in white.
  • Unavailable frame rates are in gray.

ASPECT RATIO

Aspect ratio refers to the width and height of an image. HERO7 Black captures videos and photos in two aspect ratios.

  • 4:3
    The tall 4:3 format captures more of the scene than the 16:9 widescreen format. It’s great for selfies and point-of-view footage.
  • 16:9
    This is the standard format used for HDTV and editing programs. The widescreen format is ideal for capturing dramatic cinematic footage.

Heads Up: Black bars will appear on both sides of the screen when playing back 4:3 footage on an HDTV.

FIELD OF VIEW (VIDEO)

The field of view refers to how much of the scene is captured by your camera. For Video mode, SuperView captures the most, while Linear captures the least.

Heads Up: Only the fields of view that are compatible with the resolution and frame rate you selected will be available.

HERO7 BLACK VIDEO SETTINGS

Here’s a rundown of your camera’s video resolutions along with available fps, FOV, and aspect ratio for each.

*NTSC and PAL refer to the video format, which depends on the region that you’re in.

Caution: High Resolutions/High Frame Rates

  • Shooting high-resolution or high-fps video when it’s warm out can cause your camera to heat up and use more power.
  • Lack of airflow and connecting to the GoPro app can cause your camera to warm up even more, use more power, and shorten recording time.
  • If heat’s a problem, try recording shorter videos. Also limit use of features that take a lot of power, like the GoPro app. The GoPro Smart Remote
    (sold separately) can control your GoPro while using less energy.
  • Your camera will tell you if it needs to shut down and cool off.

VIDEO STABILIZATION

Your GoPro crops videos by 5% on each side (10% total) during capture. This lets it buffer your footage and help eliminate camera jitters during recording. This is perfect for shooting biking, skating, skiing, handheld shots, and more.

Your camera will tell you which level of stabilization it’s using when you set the resolution and frame rate.

Heads Up: Stabilization may be disabled when shooting in extremely cold temperatures (32°F/0°C or lower). The battery’s capacity is reduced and may not be able to keep up with these high-performance modes:

Use a lower resolution or frame rate to capture stabilized video in extremely cold weather.

HyperSmooth Video Stabilization
HyperSmooth delivers ultra smooth professional footage by accurately predicting your movements and correcting for camera shake. HyperSmooth is available in the following resolutions and settings:

Standard Video Stabilization
These settings offer standard-level stabilization—the best possible for the following resolutions at higher frame rates:

PRO TIP: You can smooth out your footage even more by using Touch Zoom to crop your shots before you start recording. This will give your camera an even bigger buffer to use when stabilizing your video.

Unstabilized
The following resolutions and settings cannot be stabilized due to ultra high frame rates and other factors:

*NTSC and PAL refer to the video format, which depends on the region that you’re in. To learn more, see Video Format (page 69).

TURNING OFF VIDEO STABILIZATION

Video stabilization is on by default, but you can turn it off.

  1. From the Video screen, tap the settings.
  2. Tap Stabilization.

AUTO LOW LIGHT

HERO7 Black can tell if there isn’t enough light for your shot and automatically lower the frame rate to improve video quality. This is especially helpful when you’re moving in and out of low-light conditions.

Auto Low Light is set to Auto by default. It works with all resolutions when shooting at 50 or 60 fps.

Turning Off Auto Low Light

  1. From the Video screen, tap the settings.
  2. Tap Low Light.

LOOPING INTERVAL

You can set your GoPro to record 5 (default), 20, 60, or 120 minute loops. It can also be set to MAX, which will record until your SD card is full before looping back to record over the start of the video.

Tech Specs: Photo

SUPER PHOTO

SuperPhoto automatically analyzes the scene and intelligently applies the best image processing for the shot.
Depending on the lighting, movement in your shot, and other conditions, SuperPhoto will choose one of four options:

High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Takes and combines multiple photos into a single shot that brings out the details in scenes that mix bright light and shadows.

Local Tone Mapping
Enhances photos by boosting the details and contrast only where it’s needed.

Multi-Frame Noise Reduction
Automatically combines multiple shots into a single photo with less digital distortion (noise).

No Additional Processing
Captures photos with no advanced processing when conditions are perfect.

SuperPhoto only works for single photos. Because of the extra time needed to apply image processing, it may take a little longer to process and save each shot.

Heads Up: SuperPhoto does not work with RAW Photo or Protune.

Turning SuperPhoto On
SuperPhoto is off by default. Here’s how to turn it on.

  1. From the Photo screen, tap the settings.
  2. Tap SuperPhoto.
  3. Select Auto.

Using HDR On
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is one of the image-processing techniques SuperPhoto uses to enhance your shot. You can set your GoPro to use HDR every time you take a photo.

  1. From the Photo screen, tap the settings.
  2. Tap SuperPhoto
  3. Select HDR On.

HDR On can only be used for single photos. For the best results, use it in high-contrast shots with minimal motion.

Heads Up: HDR does not work with RAW Photo or Exposure Control.

SHUTTER SPEED (NIGHT + NIGHT LAPSE PHOTO)

Shutter speed lets you decide how long your camera’s shutter stays open in Night and Night Lapse Photo modes. Here are your options, plus tips on when to use them:

PRO TIP: To reduce blur when using Night and Night Lapse Photo, mount your camera on a tripod or place it on a stable surface where it won’t wobble or shake.

BURST RATE

Capture fast-action scenes with one of these high-speed settings:

  • Auto (up to 30 photos in 1 second based on lighting conditions)
  • 30 photos in 1, 2, 3, or 6 seconds
  • 10 photos in 1, 2, or 3 seconds
  • 5 photos in 1 second
  • 3 photos in 1 second

FIELD OF VIEW (PHOTO)

The field of view (FOV) refers to how much of the scene is captured by your camera. HERO7 Black takes photos using two fields of view.

RAW FORMAT

When this setting is turned on, all photos are saved as a .jpg image (for viewing on your camera or sharing with the GoPro app) and a .gpr file. The .gpr file is based on the Adobe .dng format. These files can be used in Adobe® Camera Raw (ACR), version 9.7 or later. You can also use Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® CC (2015.7 release or later) and Adobe Photoshop® Lightroom® 6 (version 6.7 or later).

In Photo mode, RAW Format is available for Photo, Night, Time Lapse Photo, and Night Lapse Photo, with these exceptions:

  • SuperPhoto must be off.
  • FOV must be set to Wide.
  • Zoom must be off.
  • RAW Format is not available for capturing continuous photos.

For Time Lapse Photo, the Interval must be at least 5 seconds. For Night Lapse Photo, the Shutter setting must be at least 5 seconds.

PRO TIP: Photos in .gpr format are saved in the same location and with the same file name as .jpg files. To access the files, insert your SD card into a card reader and locate them with your computer’s file explorer.

Tech Specs: Time Lapse

TIMEWARP VIDEO SPEED

You can increase TimeWarp Video speed up to 30x to turn longer activities into shareable moments.

Use this chart to estimate the length of your videos. For example, recording at 2x speed for 1 minute will give you about 30 seconds of TimeWarp video. Recording at 2x speed for 4 minutes will give you approximately 2 minutes of TimeWarp video.

Heads Up: Recording times are approximate. The video length may vary depending on the movement in your shot.

PRO TIP: For the best results, try speeds 10x and up when shooting footage that may get bumpy.

VIDEO RESOLUTION (TIMEWARP + TIME LAPSE VIDEO)

HERO7 Black shoots TimeWarp and Time Lapse Video in four resolutions. The default settings are 4K with a 16:9 aspect ratio and Wide field of view.

Here are all of your options:

TIME LAPSE INTERVAL
The Interval sets how often your camera takes a shot in Time Lapse Video and Time Lapse Photo modes. Available intervals are 0.5 (default), 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds.

Time Lapse Video Recording Time
Use this chart to determine the length of your videos. For example, recording for 5 minutes with a 0.5-second interval will give you 20 seconds of time lapse video. Recording for 15 minutes will give you 1 minute of video.

PRO TIP: For the best results, mount your camera on a tripod or place it on a stable surface where it won’t wobble or shake. Use TimeWarp Video to capture time lapse video when you’re on the move.
To learn more, see TimeWarp (page 38).

NIGHT LAPSE PHOTO INTERVAL
Choose how often your GoPro snaps a shot in Night Lapse Photo mode. Night Lapse intervals are Auto, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 seconds, and 1, 2, 5, 30, and 60 minutes.
Auto (default) syncs the Interval with the Shutter setting. If the shutter speed is set to 10 seconds and Interval is set to Auto, your camera captures a photo every 10 seconds.

Tech Specs: Protune

PROTUNE
Protune unlocks your camera’s full creative potential by giving you manual control of Color, White Balance, Shutter Speed, and more. It’s compatible with professional color correction tools, the Quik desktop app, and other editing software.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Protune is available as an advanced setting for all modes, except Looping, TimeWarp, and Time Lapse Video.
  • When Protune is turned on, the settings menu expands to give you full access to all settings. Swipe up to see them all.
  • Some Protune settings are not available when you use Exposure Control.
  • Changes to Protune settings in one capture mode apply only to that capture mode. For example, changing the White Balance for night photos does not affect White Balance for burst photos.

PRO TIP: You can restore all Protune settings to their defaults through the settings menu.

  • If Protune is on, tap settings > Protune Settings.
  • If Protune is off, tap settings > Protune > Protune Settings.

COLOR
Color lets you adjust the color profile of your videos or photos. Scroll between the options on the right side of the Color screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want.

WHITE BALANCE
White Balance lets you adjust the color temperature of videos and photos to optimize for cool or warm lighting conditions. Scroll between the options on the right side of the White Balance screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want.

Options for this setting are Auto (default), 2300K, 2800K, 3200K, 4000K, 4500K, 5500K, 6000K, 6500K, and Native. Lower values will give you warmer tones. You can also choose Native to create a minimally color-corrected file that allows for more precise adjustments in post-production.

ISO MINIMUM/MAXIMUM
ISO Minimum and ISO Maximum let you set a range for the camera’s sensitivity to light and image noise. Image noise refers to the degree of graininess in the image.
In low light, higher ISO values result in brighter images, but with more image noise. Lower values result in darker images with less image noise. Scroll between the options on the right side of the Color screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want.

The default for ISO Maximum is 1600 for video and 3200 for photos. The default for ISO Minimum is 100.

Heads Up: For the Video and Photo modes, ISO behavior depends on the Protune Shutter setting. The ISO Maximum that you select is used as the maximum ISO value. The ISO value that is applied might be lower, depending on the lighting conditions.

PRO TIP: To lock the ISO at a specific value, set ISO Minimum and ISO Maximum to the same values.

SHUTTER
The Protune Shutter setting only applies to the Video and Photo modes. This setting determines how long the shutter stays open. Scroll between the options on the right side of the Shutter screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want. The default setting is Auto.

For Photo, the options are Auto, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, and 1/2000 second. For Video, the options depend on the fps setting, as shown below.

PRO TIP: To reduce the amount of blur in videos and photos when using the Shutter setting, mount your camera on a tripod or other stable surface where it won’t wobble or shake

EXPOSURE VALUE COMPENSATION (EV COMP)
Exposure Value Compensation affects the brightness of your videos and photos. Adjusting this setting can improve image quality when shooting scenes with sharply contrasting lighting conditions.
Options for this setting range from -2.0 to +2.0. The default setting is 0.
Scroll between the options on the right side of the EV Comp screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want. Higher values result in brighter images.

Heads Up: For Video, this setting is available only if Shutter is set to Auto. You can also adjust the exposure based on a certain area of your scene. To learn more, see Exposure Control (page 44).

PRO TIP: Exposure Value Compensation adjusts brightness within the existing ISO setting. If brightness has already reached the ISO setting in a low-light environment, increasing the Exposure Value Compensation does not have any effect. To continue increasing the brightness, select a higher ISO value.

SHARPNESS
Sharpness controls the quality of details captured in your video footage or photos. Options for this setting are High (default), Medium, and Low.
Scroll between the options on the right side of the Sharpness screen to see a live preview of each setting, then tap the one you want.

PRO TIP: If you plan to increase sharpness during editing, select Low for this setting.

RAW AUDIO
This setting creates a separate .wav file for your video, in addition to the standard .mp4 audio track. You can select the level of processing to apply to the RAW audio track.

Insert your SD card into a card reader to access the .wav files with your computer. They’re saved with the same name and in the same location as the .mp4 files.

MICROPHONE SETTINGS
Your GoPro uses three microphones to capture sound while recording video. You can customize how they’re used based on the conditions where you’re shooting and the type of sound you want in your finished video.

Customer Support
GoPro is dedicated to providing the best possible service. To reach GoPro Customer Support, visit gopro.com/help.

Trademarks
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FAQs about GoPro HERO7 Black Action Cam

What is the longest action that the GoPro 7 can record?

You may record with the GoPro plugged in, which would provide you an endless amount of electricity for recording. Depending on the filming setting, the battery-powered recording period might be anywhere between 45 and 90 minutes.

The GoPro HERO7 Black is water resistant.

For action video, the GoPro HERO7 Black is fantastic. This sturdy, compact camera is simple to attach on an action camera mount or helmet rig. Additionally, it is waterproof up to 33 feet. Its video stabilization function is quite good at minimizing camera wobble, enabling you to record fluid action footage.

Why does the filming on my GoPro 7 stop?

Either a problem with the utilized SD card or the camera itself may be the cause of the recording difficulty. If there is another SD card accessible, try using it. If it records without a problem, the SD card is probably the source of the problem. The complete list of microSD cards that are known to function effectively with GoPro cameras is available.

Does the GoPro 7 get hot?

The camera will occasionally work properly and without issues for an hour or more before overheating and turning off on its own.

Specs for the GoPro Hero 7?

It captures video in 4K/60p, 2.7K/120p, and 1080p at up to 240 fps. In contrast to the Silver and White models, it employs a replaceable battery to shoot still images at a resolution of 12MP. The company’s first iteration of HyperSmooth digital picture stabilization is also available in the Hero7 Black.

Is time warp available on the GoPro 7?

To access one of the Time Lapse options, swipe right on the back display. On the lower left, click the [Time Lapse Mode] icon. Click on [TimeWarp Video].

HyperSmooth on the GoPro 7?

GoPro’s in-camera stabilization, called HyperSmooth, is featured on the HERO7 Black and subsequent cameras. In order to lessen the camera wobble shown in the video, HyperSmooth detects the camera’s motion and slightly crops the image sensor.

Does GoPro capture videos automatically?

With a simple button push, QuikCapture enables the GoPro to start automatically recording video or Time Lapse. This function is turned on by default.

How come the GoPro Hero 7 is blurry?

Motion (camera motion or subject motion) combined with a slow shutter speed results in blurry images. Low light is nearly often the culprit for grainy GoPro photos. Like other cameras, GoPros determine their exposure based on how much light is available to the sensor.

Has GoPro set a recording time limit?

The Hero 10 Black has a 20-minute recording time restriction, according to GoPro. Here is the GoPro statement if the overheating problem is still troubling you: The HERO10 is designed to support the purpose for which the majority of HERO owners use their cameras, which is to take shorter videos in settings with natural airflow.

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