This article will discuss the differences between GoPro’s Silver, White, and Black models, as well as review what makes each one appealing. Some highlights from the article will be the smaller LCD display on the Silver, as well as its lack of QuikStories integration and live streaming capabilities.
The GoPro Hero 7 is a range of action cameras manufactured by GoPro. The Hero 7 Silver and Hero 7 Black, White are three models that were released in October 2018 with performance differences.
GoPro Hero 7 Silver Vs Black Vs White
GoPro HERO 7 Silver
- Take detailed photos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second.
- After you take your photo, the WDR function will correct dark shadows or overexposed areas.
- To create slow-motion images, slow down Full HD images two times.
- It is impossible to remove the battery.
- An additional memory card is not included.
GoPro HERO 7 Black
- You can record extremely stable video images with the HyperSmooth image stabilizer.
- You can record videos in Full HD at 244 fps. To create slow-motion recordings, you can slow it down up to 8 times.
- The HDR function allows you to combine 3 different exposures into one well-lit recording.
- An additional memory card is not included.
GoPro Hero 7 White
- It is simple to use
- Strong construction and waterproofing right out of the box
- WDR balances high contrast well
- Pleasing 4K video quality
- Sometimes LCD may not respond to commands
- The camera won’t respond to voice commands
- Capture limits
- Images make it easy to see artifacts
GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver, and White- Design & Build
These cameras are very similar from the outside. Three cameras look very similar from the outside.
Both are waterproof and do not require additional underwater housing. Both can be used down to 33 feet (10 m). This is more than enough depth to use for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. Even though it’s deep enough to do some recreational Scuba diving, you can get separate diving housings if you intend to use them for diving.
There’s one thing to remember: the two cameras require different diving housings. GoPro’s Super Suit diving housing is compatible with Black. However, for Silver (and White), you will need Protective Housing.
There are many similarities between them, but there are also some differences in the basic design and construction. Some differences are minor. Hero7 Silver is a lighter gray shade. There are two microphone ports on the casing instead of three. It also says “7 Silver” rather than “7 black.”
The exterior also has some important differences. The most noticeable difference is the small, black-and-white LCD display on the Black’s front camera. Silver does not. The Black has a small LCD screen that displays basic information such as the camera’s status and shooting mode, the remaining storage space, and the battery level indicator.
You could use it with the buttons to adjust settings on previous GoPro models. However, that is not possible with the HERO7Black. It’s not interactive and is purely for informational purposes. It’s important to note that this screen is not live view and can’t be used for selfies, like the one on DJI Osmo Action.
The lens port on Silver is not as protruding as on the Black. This means that the Hero7 Silver’s lens port cover cannot be removed and replaced (it can be replaced on the Black) and that many snap-on accessories for the Silver won’t work. This is also why you will need two different diving housings: one for the Silver and one for the Black.
Practical implications can be drawn from the significant differences in the doors of these cameras. Silver cameras have one door, whereas Black has two. The Hero7 Silver doesn’t have a separate battery compartment. Because of this, the USB-C port and the SD card slot are right next to each other.
You can’t see the difference, but there is a big difference inside. GoPro developed the GP1 chip that powers the Black’s brain. This chip is the same as the HERO6Black, but the clock speed has been increased with the HERO7Black to meet the computational demands of HyperSmooth video stability and TimeWarp.
The Hero 7 White & Black look almost identical, with the exception of the difference in color. However, the first camera doesn’t have a screen on the front, while the second has a monochrome LCD screen. The lens port is located in the upper right corner of both cameras. A touchscreen covers the majority of the rear portion of the camera. The Hero 7 White only has one door, while Black has two because its battery can be removed.
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GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver and White- Sensor and Processor
Diminutive cameras are small sensors. Here, it’s a measly half an inch for each. We don’t expect results from the three examples here to match interchangeable lens DSLRs or mirrorless models.
The GoPro Hero 7 Black is capable of recording 4K video, 12MP stills, and both Raw and JPEG images. There’s also a timelapse mode. The combination of the 12MP CMOS sensor with the GP1 processor makes it possible to capture everything.
The new SuperPhoto mode on this model also offers the photographer the benefit of intelligent scene analysis, resulting in optimized shots. This mode automatically applies the high dynamic range (HDR), ton mapping, and noise reduction. It has a noticeable effect. This restores highlight detail and lifts shadows. For easier sharing on social media, Selfie users get a Portrait Mode.
The GoPro Hero7 Silver edition offers a lower resolution than the premium ‘Black’ model. However, it still has 10 megapixels of useful headline resolution. This is also true for the GoPro Hero 7 White. The Silver version does not have SuperPhoto, but it does have a Wide Dynamic Range which can be used to push photos a bit further. This feature was able to balance high-contrast shots and preserve details in the shadows as well as highlights, according to our tests. The sensor is large enough to detect noise and artifacts when viewing images at 100%.
The GoPro Hero 7 White, which is the lowest-end model of the Hero 7 range, doesn’t offer a Wide Dynamic Range for still photography. It also lacks some of the functions found in the mid-range Silver model, such as an onboard GPS.
GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver, and White- Charging and Batteries
Both are powered by a 1220 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery. You can expect the same recording time if you use them in the exact same recording modes. The battery life of the GoPros is similar to other GoPros.
They can record for up to an hour in ideal conditions and a lot less in less-than-ideal situations. The power will be drained faster if you use the mobile app. The battery life will be further reduced if you use the Black’s additional bells and whistles like Protune and GPS.
These cameras have some important differences in terms of powering. The Black has a removable battery. It is exactly the same as the one in the HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black. It can be charged while the camera is in use, but you also have the option to keep spares available to swap out in case of an emergency.
The Hero7 Silver, however, has an internal battery that isn’t removable. The only way to charge the Silver is to connect it directly to a power source via a USB-C cable. It is worth noting that the camera can be recorded while connected via USB-C with a power source.
This can be used to keep it powered up for longer shoots like time-lapses, but the battery will not be charged while you are actually recording. The battery will start charging when the recording is finished. However, the camera can still be powered up. The Black is also affected by this.
Both use a USB-C connection to charge. However, only the Black can use full USB-C functionality by using fast charging (if the charger is high-output like the GoPro SuperCharger).
The third thing is that the USB-C port will be in a slightly different place for each model. This means that extended batteries for H5/H6/H7 Black models with a rigid connector will not work on Silver.
GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver, and White – Video
GoPro Hero 7 Black is a must-have 4K video camera that also captures 60 frames per second. If you choose Full HD video mode, the GoPro Hero 7 Black can also shoot slow-motion footage at 240fps. This is 8x slower than the normal speed.
The action camera has a unique feature called ‘HyperSmooth,’ which is a combination of software and hardware image stabilization. The 3-axis system can be used underwater, in high-shock, high-wind shooting situations. The model also features a new “TimeWarp video” mode that allows you to quickly share long time-lapse videos into short clips.
The model also has live streaming capabilities, including a Short Clips mode. This limits the capture time to a few seconds or 15-30 second bursts. This mode allows you to easily drop such files into a Twitter timeline or share them on social media. The unit can process the sound from three microphones to create stereo audio. The unit is also the only one capable of capturing high-quality WAV audio.
The resolution of the GoPro Hero 7 White is lower than the Black flagship model. Although it doesn’t offer a 4K resolution video, the 1080P footage is still stunning. We have previously called it ‘glorious’. This can be a detailed scene compared to the Black flagship version. What more could everyday users need?
The GoPro Hero7 Silver sits between them, offering 4K video clips at a respectable 30fps rather than the cinematic 60fps offered by the GoPro Hero 7 Black. The GoPro Hero7 Silver also records sound using a 2-microphone setup rather than the three microphones on the premium model. However, there is no image stabilization functionality, and we don’t have the full 3-axis HyperSmooth Anti Shake functionality like its Black counterparts.
The Silver option offers slow-motion footage at half the speed of normal instead of eight times slower. However, we found the video quality to be excellent. It does a good job of maintaining stability while moving, even though it cannot ‘iron out’ any bumps or knocks.
Video capture on the Hero 7 series is a case of ‘you pay your money, and you make your choice’. It’s not worth paying more for features that you won’t use. On the other hand, sometimes it is nice to know that they are there and have some future-proofing in place, should you need them. The GoPro Hero 7 Black, for example, is the only one that offers an HDMI port, whereas all three of them offer USB-C connectivity.
GoPro Hero7 Black, Silver, and White – New features
The Go Pro 7 range has some new features, but not all are available on all models. Let’s look at the most notable new features and which cameras they can be used on.
HyperSmooth video stabilization
Available only on Hero 7 Black
This new feature, which is available in the seven range, is quite impressive. Go Pro claims that the feature delivers “gimbal-like video footage” without the need for a gimbal.
If you don’t know what a gimbal is, it’s a pivoting camera stabilizer that turns shaky action footage into buttery smooth shots. The Go Pro Hero 7 Black doesn’t require an external gimbal. It has three-axis stabilization technology that proactively corrects vibrations, bumps, and shakes.
It made a significant difference in better image quality while running or walking.
SuperPhoto HDR Mode
Available only on Hero 7 Black
While most people use the Go Pro to capture action videos, the new model is capable of taking still images. SuperPhoto mode, an optional option, allows you to choose from four enhancements for your photos: high dynamic range (HDR), multi-frame noise reduction, and local tone mapping.
These terms are not difficult to understand, but the smart Go Pro automatically does them. You can choose manual HDR, which takes multiple shots at once and stitches them together into the perfect image. You can leave the auto option on and let it do all the work.
This mode is extremely useful for landscape photography when you need to capture multiple colors and textures in one shot. Although it’s not ideal for taking action shots or capturing rapid motion, the Go Pro is a great option for a point-and-shoot camera.
Available only on Hero 7 Black
This feature is great for anyone who wants to try time-lapse video. Simply tell the camera how long the video should be, and it will do the rest.
You have to be aware that there are limitations. For example, the maximum recording time for a 10-second video is only five minutes. You won’t have to time-lapse the entire sunset, but you can still make videos of your bike rides and runs.
The in-built noise reduction and stabilization ensure that you have a smooth, stable recording of the action for a longer time. It is truly amazing.
Available only on Hero 7 Black
Live streaming is a must-have feature these days. A connected Go Pro makes it easy to share your content to social channels. You can also live stream the event if you wish.
The Hero 7 Black allows direct live streaming directly to Facebook Live from the camera. It’s a little gimmick and somewhat disappointing that it is only Facebook (not YouTube, Instagram, or Instagram) that it is available.
Now Available on Hero 7 Black, White, and Silver
The biggest problem with the older Go Pros was the inability to automatically correct images if you were shooting portrait mode. You had to manually correct the orientation of each photo before you could share them with others.
With the new Go Pro, you can now shoot exactly how you want and have the image presented correctly. This feature is available on all three models. It will make it much easier to share and snap photos.
The Go Pro app allows you to share directly to Instagram. No editing is required.
Now Available on Hero 7 Black, White, and Silver
Although it’s not a unique feature in the camera world, long-time GoPro users will appreciate that all HERO7 cameras now have a built-in photo timer (3-second to 10-second). This is the first time that GoPro has included a timer in the HERO camera. There are no more workarounds or hacks to get those group shots and selfies perfect on your GoPro.
There are some things that are shared across all Go Pro models, and they have been carried over from previous generations. The new Hero 7 is able to do some of these things better than the previous models. There are also some differences among the three variants.
Let’s take a look at the new model and all the great features it offers.
Video in high resolution
The resolution of video footage is defined in technical terminology as the number of pixels that the camera captures. Most likely, you’ve heard of 1080p or even 4K. This is usually with regard to TVs.
There’s another aspect to Go Pros. The second number is the number of frames per second. This number will determine how smooth and realistic the video will look.
The maximum resolution for the Silver version is 4K30 at 30 frames per second. Black maxes at 4K60. The larger 4K resolution (4:3) resolution is also available. This resolution is greater (4096×3072), than the standard 4K (3840×3072), and has a 16:9 aspect ratio. White versions have a maximum resolution of 1440p60.
Although we say it is limited, 1080p is sufficient for most of our daily needs. 4K is footage that has four times as many pixels. This footage takes up a lot of memory and can be difficult to process on a computer later.
Professional video editors will love 4K. 1080p60 is more than enough for the rest of us. The Go Pro Hero 7 variants all can do this. It’s not worth worrying about if you aren’t shooting professionally.
Only the Black model has the removable battery left from the previous model. This is a bit disappointing. If you shoot for long periods of time, it is worth having a few spare batteries to save some important moments.
The Hero 7 Silver and White, however, do not allow for the battery to be taken out, as with most smartphones. You will need to recharge the battery if it runs low.
The quality of the photos taken by the three devices can vary. The Black can shoot stills at 12MP resolution, while the White or Silver can only capture 10MP.
Most digital cameras today have 10-12MP resolutions. If you are shooting photos that will be viewed digitally, the difference between 10-12MP is very negligible. A slight difference in size will be noticeable if you plan to print them in a large format.
The Hero 7 Black has Protune capabilities, just like the Hero 6 Black. This allows you to manually adjust ISO limits, shutter speed, and exposure.
This function is not available for Silver and White. The camera decides everything automatically based on the environment. Access to Protune for amateurs is likely overkill and something you won’t use very often.
Another difference worth noting is that the Black only comes with a GP1 Image Processing Chip. This chip enhances color and performance under low light. It was also used in Hero 6 Black. This feature is not available on the Silver and White models.
Slow-Mo and Burst Mode
The ability to shoot burst shots is available on all three Go Pro Hero 7 models. Only the Black model has 30 frames per second, while the Silver and White models can only capture 15 frames per minute.
All models offer slow motion, but the Black model does it better. The Hero 7 Black can offer up to eight times slower motion, while the White and Silver do only two.
The Go Pro’s GPS tracking allows you to track speed, altitude, and distance. This is an essential feature if you want to show the world where you have been and how far, fast, and high you went.
It is a standard feature in Black and Silver, but it is not available in White.
The Black model has a front-facing screen, which is one of the most distinguishing features between Silver, Black, and White. You can monitor settings, battery life, and shooting mode. This is useful for recording yourself.
The front LCD screen is not available on the Silver and White models. If you attach it to your snowboard’s front, this means you are effectively shooting blind. This can be very frustrating, especially if you are able to nail a trick only to find out that you have run out of battery just five minutes earlier.
Although the Black has three microphones onboard (two on the Silver), it can record in stereo (mono), but, in practice, the quality of the microphones will be somewhat poor, an external microphone is a better choice if sound quality is important, this is possible with the Black, but not with Silvers.
Protune allows you to record a separate audio file with the Black. It saves it in a separate WAV format with the same filename and video file.
GoPro Hero 7 White only has two microphones onboard, whereas Black has three. The Hero 7 Black has better sound quality. The Hero 7 Black also has an adapter that allows you to connect an external microphone, which can be used to enhance your voice quality. This feature is not available in White.
Both the Hero 7 Black-colored White and Silver models are compatible with Bluetooth and WiFi . Both models use rechargeable batteries with a rating of 1220 mAh. The battery life is nearly identical.
Black comes with a removable battery that can be swapped out for batteries from previous models (Hero 5, 6, Black). Silver, however, has a built-in battery. The only way to charge the camera is to connect it directly to a power source. Both models come with a USB-C port. Black, however, has a micro HDMI port. However, the Hero 7 white doesn’t.
GoPro Hero 7 Black features a 2-inch LCD screen with 16:9 format, and a revamped user interface (or UI) compared to the Hero 6. It also has a touch screen, making it easy to navigate the available features. This model also offers a front-mounted display panel with key settings, which is a distinct advantage over the other options.
Touch Zoom functionality is enabled by the 2-inch touchscreen on Black’s backplate. This allows for precise framing and shooting scenarios. It does act as a digital zoom, however, degrading image quality.
The touchscreen of even the most basic model in the GoPro Hero 7 White offers innovative features such as touch zoom. It’s as simple as it sounds: by moving your finger up and down on the screen, you can zoom in to another frame.
The GoPro Hero 7 Silver is sat in the middle, with a 2-inch display. The LCD was not responsive at all, and we had to press down or swipe it a few times to get it to respond. It’s not the easiest LCD to navigate for people with larger fingers because it’s so small.
You’ll have probably guessed by now that the GoPro Hero 7 Black is the most powerful of all three options. The device has all the usual connectivity options, including NFC, Bluetooth, and WiFi. It also includes GPS. You can also control it via voice command.
This allows for hands-free use in 14 languages. The device can be mounted on helmets or handlebars where it may rattle around. Built-in image stability is a must. The GoPro Hero 7 Black has a combination of hardware and software fixes, collectively called ‘HyperSmooth.’ It also features image capture functions such as scene detection, face, smile, and scene detection.
The GoPro Hero 7 Black is a great choice for YouTubers and Facebook Live users. It features live streaming at 720p resolution, which makes it the first GoPro camera with such capabilities. All footage is backed up using the microSD card slot. SuperPhoto, which reduces image noise, is also worth mentioning.
The GoPro Hero 7 silver is located in the middle of the series seven options. It also offers GPS tagging and a Wide Dynamic Range feature. This will improve the overall look of the image while keeping it natural.
The Silver edition also offers Voice Control. This feature was first introduced on the Hero 5 model. However, while this can be used to deactivate your camera, it can’t actually activate it. This option is only available for the GoPro Hero 7 Black, which is the most expensive model in the GoPro Hero 7 range.
The GoPro Hero7 White White is the least expensive option. It offers Full HD resolution movies, 10-megapixel photos, waterproofing up to 10 meters, and other convenient functions, such as a photo-timer.
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The GoPro Hero 7 Black (and Silver) are both toughly made and capable of capturing high-quality 4K footage. Our preference is for the flagship model (in Black). You’ll have to pay a little more for it.
Silver is a wonderful option for anybody searching for a low-cost, high-performance action camera. The Hero7 Black is the perfect pick if you want a high-quality action camera with exceptional image stabilization and sound quality, as well as time-lapse films and other extra capabilities.