GoPro Hero 7 Black vs Hero 7 Silver vs Hero 7 White: Which Model To Buy?

When you think about an action camera, the first thing that comes to mind is GoPro. However, GoPro with its latest Hero 7 released three versions of it and we will find out which is best: GoPro Hero 7 Black vs Silver vs White.

Action cameras are a brilliant piece of technology that allows you to take your camera anywhere you want and with today’s technology, it can produce extraordinary video and image quality. It is called an action camera just because of its practicality, rigidness, and usability. These cameras are perfect for your next vacation, recording while you do any physical activity, diving, or just for fun.

At first glance when you see GoPro Hero 7 Black, Silver or White, it looks like a regular color change on one model. However, these are all different cameras with different specifications all meant to satisfy people’s needs at every level. Choosing between Hero 7 Black, Silver or White might be difficult and confusing and people often buy the wrong product that does not satisfy their needs.

Specifications

​GoPro Hero7 Black

​GoPro Hero7 Silver

​GoPro Hero7 White

Lens

​F/2.8, 170° FOV

F/2.8, 170° FOV

F/2.8, 170° FOV

4K Resolution

​Max. 60fps

​Max. 30fps

​No

Bitrate in 4K

​78 Mbps

​60 Mbps

​n/a

Sensor

​12 MP

​​1​0 MP

​​1​0 MP

1080p Resolution

​Max. 240fps

​Max. 60fps

​Max. 60fps

720p Resolution

​Max. 240fps

​No

​No

RAW photo

​Yes GPR Format

​No

​No

Display

​2” Touchscreen

​2” Touchscreen

​2” Touchscreen

Photo Resolution

​12 MP

​1​0 MP

​1​0 MP

Battery

​1220 mAh removable

​1220 mAh built-in!

​1220 mAh built-in!

WiFi

​Yes

​Yes

​Yes

Bluetooth

Yes

Yes

​Yes

Image stabilization

​Yes up to 4K 60fps

​Yes up to 1080p 60fps

​Yes up to 1080p 60fps

Remote Controller

​Yes, optional extra

​Yes, optional extra

​Yes, optional extra

Storage

​MicroSD (up to 128GB)

​MicroSD (up to 128GB)

​MicroSD (up to 128GB)

USB Port

​USB-C port

​USB-C port

​USB-C port

​HDMI Port

​Micro HDMI

No

​No

​Voice Control

​Yes

​Yes

​Yes

​External

​Yes

No

​No

​Microphone

​Yes

​Yes

​No

​GPS

​No

​Yes

​​No

​Waterproofing

10m without case

 60m with case

​10m without a case, no case available

​10m without a case, no case available

​Live Streaming

​Yes

No

​No

​KARMA compatible

​Yes

No

​No

Price

In this article, we will dig deeper into the specs of all three models and find out which one is the right choice to buy.

Before buying an action camera you should always do your research. There are a lot of action cameras that look like the real deal but you end up with disappointing video or image quality.

Since many manufacturers have started producing similarly good quality action cameras with almost identical specifications, people have been having trouble choosing the best camera.  That is why in this article we will break down all the variables and see all three cameras go head-to-head, comparing specifications and finding out which is the best: GoPro Hero 7 Black, GoPro Hero 7 Silver or GoPro Hero 7 White.

Sensor and Processor

GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro Hero 7 Black

Due to their smaller size, all cameras are equipped with a 1/2.3 inches sensor so it is not expected to be a match for more in-depth DSLRs lenses.  Even though all cameras have limitations with their sensors, GoPro Hero 7 Black comes with exceptional 4K video and 12 MP still images that can be produced in either Raw or JPEG.

This is all possible due to its 12MP CMOS sensor and GP1 processor.  There is also good news for photographers as this camera is equipped with SuperPhoto mode which automatically adjusts the shots through intelligent scene analysis. This is possible in deploying high dynamic range (HDR), noise reduction and tone mapping.

It is a brilliant system that lifts up every image, highlighting details and lifting shadows that are otherwise lost. Hero 7 Black is also equipped with a portrait mode that can be used for Stories or Instagram, with Face, smile and scene detection.

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

As we saw in the comparison table, this is a less powerful model than the premium Hero 7 Black. Obviously, it comes with a lower resolution of 10 MP. GoPro Hero 7 Silver also does not have SuperPhoto mode, but it is equipped with a Wide Dynamic range function capable of enhancing photos a bit more. This feature is brilliant and it balances both shadows and highlights giving the image a more striking look.

Given the size of the sensor and the resolution, it is expected to see noise and artifacts when you examine your images at 100%.

GoPro Hero 7 White

The white version of Hero 7 is even less powerful than the silver version and it includes fewer bells and whistles. For starters, it is also equipped with a smaller resolution of 10 MP and it does not support Wide Dynamic range functionality. The on-board GPS is also unavailable and a couple of other functions that the other two have.

Video

GoPro Hero 7 Black

Being the premium model, it must have 4K compatibility with the ability to capture up to 50 frames per second.  For the ultimate slow-motion video, you can use 240fps but only if operating in Full HD video mode.

One of the best features on the Hero 7 Black is the HyperSmooth image stabilization function. This function will enable you to film smooth videos even when there is a lot of camera movement. This is all done through clever hardware and software fix.

This 3-axis system can even function underwater and in high wind conditions. This model also comes with a ‘TimeWarp’ feature, turning the long time-lapse video into a few second clips. The camera is equipped with two microphones and it can record videos with stereo sound.  

The video quality on the Hero 7 Black is exceptional and it may be the best that we have seen, as far as action cameras go.

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

This model offers 4K video footage, but only at 30fps which is not too bad.  Same as the Hero 7 Black, it is equipped with two microphones producing stereo sound, and even though you will not get the full HyperSmooth 3-axis video stabilization, it is still equipped with some stabilization function that does the job.

Hero 7 Silver has a slow-motion function, but unfortunately, in order to record slow-motion in 4K, you have to place your camera in one spot.  It has trouble with ironing bumps if the camera is moving.

GoPro Hero 7 White

The underdog model will offer only 1080p Full HD clips, but the video footage is still incredible. It can also capture 60fps which is not bad for creating interesting slow-motion videos. This model is also equipped with stabilization systems in order to create perfectly smooth videos.

Obviously, this camera has fewer hardware and software solutions compared to the other ones, but you still get the essentials and it will make a perfect everyday action camera.

Screen

When it comes to screens, all GoPro Hero models offer 2” LCD touchscreens in 16:9 format. However, even though they look identical they have some differences between them.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

The 2’’ display allows Touch Zoom functionality, making it more practical for viewing photos or videos.  It can also be used for zooming while taking photos or videos, but since the lens is small, we cannot expect it to act like a digital zoom, therefore degrading the image quality.

This model also has a front-facing display panel with key settings and information such as battery life or clip duration.

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

The middle model also has an LCD screen, but it seems like it is not as responsive as the other two and requires a firmer press or swipe to get it to respond.  Because it is small, it can be difficult to navigate through the options especially when it is not that responsive.

GoPro Hero 7 White

GoPro HERO7 White

The cheapest model of the three has an innovative touchscreen display that is much more responsive than the Hero 7 Silver. It also has touch zoom capability and an easy navigation system by sliding your finger up or down.

Additional Features

As you are probably aware by now, GoPro wants to build action camera models that can be suitable for anyone and with different price ranges. They might have similar hardware components but the differences are the features that they possess.

GoPro Hero 7 Black

Since this is the most expensive model of the three, we expect it to have more features and capabilities than the other two. The truth is that it has. This model comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity with an additional GPS system.

It can be controlled by voice commands that allow hands-free usage, and the amazing thing is that it supports 14 different languages. The best thing by far is the ‘HyperSmooth’ stabilization function.  It uses the latest stabilization technology introduced to action cameras that has a mix of hardware and software to produce incredibly smooth videos.

The streaming capabilities will be celebrated by vloggers, as it enables them to use YouTube and Facebook Live with 720p output as the footage is backed up to the camera's storage.  SuperPhoto is also worth mentioning as it crystalizes photos and improves their quality.

GoPro Hero 7 Silver

The middle-priced model also comes with features like GPS tagging, as well as Wide Dynamic Range that is capable of improving the look of every image without compromising the quality.  The Hero 7 Silver also offers Voice Control which can be used to turn off the camera, but strangely enough not to turn it on.

GoPro Hero 7 White

This model comes with more regular, day-to-day features, but this does not mean that it is a slouch. It’s full HD resolution is capable of creating beautiful footage and the waterproof system is enough to be used regularly.

It may not come with many features, but the price is much lower than the premium model making it worth thinking about.

Battery

The only difference between these three models when it comes to the battery is that only GoPro Hero 7 Black comes with a removable battery. The other two models have built-in batteries which are not too bad, but you may experience trouble and have to consult an expert if you experience any problems with the battery.

Build and Waterproofing

When it comes to build quality, we cannot expect more from GoPro. They have proven that their cameras are well built and capable of withstanding hits along the way. Their rigidness is perfect as this is an action camera and all three models have the same build quality.

The waterproofing is also the same on all three models. They are all capable of being submerged in 10-meter water without any problems. This proves that the three cameras are built in the same way, and the only differences are their features.

​GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro Hero7 Silver

​GoPro Hero 7 White

Pros

Cons

Pros

Cons

Pros

Cons

​Smooth stabilization

​No battery improvements

​Solid 4K video quality

Non-removable battery

Solid 1080p

​No 4K

​Great 4K video and image quality

​Struggle with voice command

​Great audio quality

​Lower image quality than Hero 7 Black

​Decent stabilization

​Slow-motion not good enough

​Livestreaming

​Can get hot when using 4K

​Easy to use

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​Good water-resistance

​Limited models

​Easy touchscreen

​Minor hardware updates

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Verdict

GoPro is attacking the action camera market with all of these models in an attempt to provide something for everyone.  They are similar cameras filled with many different features.  Which one is the best out of the three is an obvious answer.

GoPro Hero 7 Black is the action camera to buy if you want all the bells and whistles and it is surely a contender for the best action camera in the world.

However, if you want a regular everyday action camera, you will probably be better off buying the less powerful option.  Just because Hero 7 Black is equipped with all kinds of features, it does not mean that you will use all of them.

Even the most powerful Hero 7 Black is no match for a DSLR camera, so that is why it is best to spend less money and get similar results by buying GoPro Hero 7 Silver or White.

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