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Compare the GoPro HERO 4 Black to the HERO 5 Black and the HERO 7 Black

There are now a number of different models of the GoPro HERO. In this article, I list the differences and similarities of the GoPro HERO 4 Black, HERO 5 Black, and HERO 6 Black. You can make a choice based on this.

In short

HERO 4 Black HERO 5 Black HERO 7 Black
Image quality 4K 4K 4K
Number of fps in 4K 30 30 60
Number fps in Full HD 120 120 240
Image stabilization No Yes Yes, advanced
HDR photos No No Yes
Waterproof No Yes Yes
Voice control No Yes Yes
Live stream No No Yes

Image quality

Image quality of the HERO 4 Black

HERO 4 Black: 4K 30 fps

With the HERO 4 Black, you can record videos in 4K quality. The images are recorded at 30 frames per second. This way, you can make smooth recordings. In Full HD, you can film at 120 frames per second. You can delay these images up to 4 times. This way, you can turn them into slow-motion images. In 4K, it's not possible to create slow-motion images with the HERO 4 Black.

Image quality of the HERO 5 Black

HERO 5 Black: 4K 30 fps

In terms of image quality, the HERO 5 Black is the same as the HERO 4 Black. With the HERO 5 Black, you can also capture video images in 4K quality. You can film at 30 frames per second, allowing you to record smooth images. It's not possible to turn these 4K images into slow-motion videos. You can make slow motion recordings of Full HD images. You can record videos in Full HD at 120 frames per second. You can delay these images 4 times.

Image quality of the HERO 7 Black

HERO 7 Black: 4K 60 fps

The HERO 7 Black records images of the highest quality. You can record in 4K at 60 frames per second. In Full HD, you can record images at 240 frames per second. This produces smooth video images. You can turn the 4K and Full HD recordings into clear slow-motion videos. You can delay the Full HD recording up to 8 times. With the HDR function of this GoPro, different exposures of 3 photos are balanced and combined into 1 well-exposed image.

Image stabilization

Image stabilization of the HERO 4 Black

HERO 4 Black: no image stabilization

Because the HERO 4 Black has no video stabilization, any vibrations of the camera are visible in your videos. This is, for example, the case when you attach the action camera to your mountain bike or skiing helmet. If you still want to record stable images while exercising, use a stabilizing gimbal.

HERO 5 Black image stabilization

HERO 5 Black: standard image stabilization

In contrast to the HERO 4 Black, the HERO 5 Black does have image stabilization. Thanks to this video stabilization, any vibrations of the camera are corrected. This allows you to record more stable images without gimbal than with the HERO 4 Black. This makes the HERO 5 suitable for recording action sports such as skiing, surfing, and skateboarding.

Image stabilization of the HERO 7 Black

HERO 7 Black: advanced image stabilization

The advanced HyperSmooth image stabilization makes it seem like you're filming with a stabilizing gimbal. The camera predicts and corrects the movements of the GoPro. Out of all 3 action cameras, this one allows you to make the most stable video images. This makes the HERO 7 Black suitable for capturing extreme sports without the use of a gimbal.

User-friendliness

User-friendliness of the HERO 4 Black

HERO 4 Black: not waterproof

The HERO 4 Black is not waterproof. If you want to take the GoPro with you while surfing or snorkeling, you need a waterproof case. You can control the HERO 4 Black with the touchscreen. By tapping and swiping the screen, you can adjust various settings. It's not possible to operate the GoPro with voice control.

User-friendliness of the HERO 5 Black

HERO 5 Black: waterproof up to 10 meters

To use the HERO 5 Black underwater, you don;t need a waterproof casing. This action camera is waterproof up to 10 meters. Thanks to the touchscreen and the voice control, you can easily operate the HERO 5 Black. If you don't have your hands free during your activity, you can easily take a photo or video with the voice control.

User-friendliness of the HERO 7 Black

HERO 7 Black: waterproof up to 10 meters

Just like the HERO 5 Black, the HERO 7 Black is waterproof up to 10 meters. This allows you to take the GoPro with you during various water sports. You can control the action camera both with the touchscreen and with voice control. This allows you to operate the HERO 7 Black, even when your hands aren't free during exercise. Thanks to the live stream option, you can share your recordings directly via social media.

Conclusion

You can take the HERO 4 Black with you on your active holiday. To record stable images you need a gimbal for this GoPro. The camera is not waterproof. If you want to record water sports, choose the HERO 5 or 7 Black. Both have image stabilization. This allows you to record stable images during action and underwater sports. The HERO 7 Black features HyperSmooth, making it look like you're filming with a gimbal. This way you can even record extreme sports.

GoPro HERO 4 Black

Review score 4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5 / 5 stars
96 reviews
449,-379,-
no longer available

Pros

  • Your images are detailed thanks to the high-quality 4K format.

Cons

  • There is no microphone connection to improve the sound.

GoPro HERO 5 Black

  • 4K at 30 frames per second
  • 12-megapixel photos
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters
319,-
no longer available

Pros

  • The camera is waterproof up to 10 meters without an external waterproof casing.
  • Thanks to image stabilization, your videos are recorded without shaking and vibrations.
  • With voice control, the camera can be operated without the need to use your hands.

Cons

  • To upload files to your cloud, you need a paid GoPro plus account.
  • Due to its limited sound quality, this action camera is not suitable for making vlogs.

GoPro HERO 7 Black

  • 4K at 60 frames per second
  • 12-megapixel photos
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters
409,-379,-
in stock

Pros

  • The HyperSmooth image stabilization allows you to record very stable video images.
  • Record videos in Full HD at 240 fps, that you can slow down up to 8 times to create slow-motion recordings.
  • Thanks to the HDR function, different exposures of 3 photos are balanced and combined until you have 1 well-lit recording.

Cons

  • A memory card isn't included.

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