What You Need to Know About GoPro Models

History and details of each release, including the HERO7 series

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When it comes to rough-and-tumble cameras, the first name that comes to mind is GoPro. GoPro currently has four different models for sale, each with its own feature set and pricing.

GoPro HERO7 Black

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom
Video Resolution: 4K60

Camera: 12 MP (with SuperPhoto)

Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet

GPS: Yes

Weight: 4.1 ounces

Release Date: October 2018

The GoPro HERO7 Black is a high-end model that captures 4K video at 60 frames per second (FPS) and comes with what the company calls HyperSmooth video stabilization, which reduces the nausea-inducing shaky video that’s often the end-product of a wearable camera. It also has a live-streaming feature that works with a tap of the GoPro app. The camera also has a time-lapse mode called TimeWarp with adjustable speed so you can compress the duller parts of your footage, such as sitting on a chair lift heading up the mountain, into a faster-paced clip (up to 30x). You can also take 8x slow motion videos.

For selfies, there’s a timer feature for selfies as well as a video mode that lets you decide the length of a clip before recording, so you don’t have to manually turn the camera off when your trick or whatever cool thing you’re capturing is over. Another convenience is that you can wake the device up with your voice rather than fumbling with buttons.

The still camera gets a feature called SuperPhoto, which is just another way of saying high dynamic range (HDR), which outputs better images, especially if you’re dealing with a subject that has a mix of light and dark tones. The HERO7 Black uses three mics to record audio, which reduces wind noise.

GoPro HERO7 Silver

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom

Video Resolution: 4K30

Camera: 10 MP (with WDR)

Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet

GPS: Yes

Weight: 3.4 ounces

Release Date: October 2018

The GoPro HERO7 Silver is similar to the HERO7 Black in many ways, but it lacks a few of the latter’s premium features. It shoots 4K video but only at 30 FPS; for still shots it has a 10-megapixel resolution, compared to the Black models 12 megapixels. The camera has standard video stabilization (not Hypersmooth), two-mic processing for wind noise reduction (rather than three), and can capture 2x slow-motion video, compared to the 8x slo-mo that the HERO7 Black can shoot. Like the HERO7 Black, the Silver model is waterproof to 33 feet.

The HERO7 Silver has voice control, though you can’t wake the device up with your voice like you can with the HERO7 Black.

GoPro HERO7 White

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Display: 2-in touchscreen with touch zoom

Video Resolution: 1080p60

Camera: 10 MP

Waterproof: Yes, to 33 feet

GPS: No

Weight: 3.3 ounces

Release Date: October 2018

The GoPro HERO7 White is the budget model of the series and has basic specs. Like the Silver model, it captures 10-megapixel photos, but it doesn’t take 4K video. Rather it takes 1080p video at 60 FPS. It also lacks GPS connectivity, which both the Black and Silver models have. The camera also has standard video stabilization.

Like the HERO7 Silver, it has 2-mic processing for wind noise reduction and 2x slow-motion video capture. 

GoPro Fusion

GoPro Fusion 360 camera.

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Display: None

Video Resolution: 5.2K30

Camera: 18 MP / 30 fps

Waterproof: Yes, to 16 feet

GPS: Yes

Weight: 7.76 ounces

Release Date: November 2017

The GoPro Fusion is a major departure from the HERO series. It has two ultra-wide-angle lenses that capture a spherical 360-degree image. The camera can also capture standard HD video.

You can edit your video footage using a tool called OverCapture in the GoPro app. With 360 footage, you can playback your footage and then reframe it using your touchscreen to drag, pan, and tilt it. Then you can share the final product right from the app.  

You can share 360 photos and videos on your phone; you’ll need at least an iPhone with iOS 10 or later or Google Daydream View-ready devices with Android 7.0 (Nougat) or later.

The Fusion has four-mic processing for wind noise reduction and 2x slow-motion video capture. It comes with a tripod/selfie stick accessory.