This article, and distribution, was paid for by GoPro and produced in conjunction with POWDER.
The GoPro HERO7 Black ($399) is the kind of upgrade we've come to expect from the POV leader–new features sure to push POV footage even further, and the same tried and true formula we've been raised on during the GoPro Age (including the HERO6's 60fps 4k). They've definitely spiced things up.
Take the camera's new HyperSmooth feature, for instance; the HERO7 has upgraded electronic stabilization that proactively eliminates shakiness from swerves and quick changes of direction, smoothing out clips that would otherwise be unusable in the annual season edit. Described as "gimbal-like," HyperSmooth seems to have corrected one the only downsides to POV video, and increases the chances of you finally filming that moguls edit you've been trying to perfect for the last six seasons.
HyperSmooth even helps out with the HERO7 Black’s new TimeWarp video mode. TimeWarp combines the improved video stabilization with a time lapse to create smooth clips at speed. It might not make your NASTAR run look like the Hahnenkamm, but it definitely offers a fun new tool to play with in the editing room.
Smoother footage isn't the only trick in the HERO7's bag, though. Riding the wave of instant gratification in the digital world, the HERO7 Black has introduced GoPro's native live streaming, allowing us to beam our first-chair powder lap to the sorry saps still waiting in the lift line (or in the cubicle). Where the HERO6 allowed streaming through third-party apps, the HERO7 operates through GoPro's mobile app, streaming video directly to Facebook and YouTube.
Even audio lovers are getting an early Christmas gift, as new hardware promises to reduce vibration noise in the HERO7 Black (read: that annoying click-click-click when you're pointing it through the choke) in addition to expanding the dynamic range of sound.
New features aside, the HERO7 Black is waterproof (and other-liquid-proof) just like the HERO5 and HERO6, so don't worry about sending it deep this season.
Learn more about the new GoPro HERO7 Black here.