Photos Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black

The GoPro HERO7 Black can be a fun camera to shoot photos with. Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the GoPro HERO7 to give a sense of what it's like for everyday shooting.

GoPros are best known for video. But they also have some useful and interesting features and characteristics for taking still photos. They don’t work quite the same way that more traditional cameras work, but they offer opportunities for some fun and interesting shots.

Some features of the HERO7 Black really stand out when it comes to taking still photos: the ultra-wide-angle fisheye perspective; auto-everything exposure1 and fixed-focus; fast burst mode shooting; and, most importantly, they’re small size and rugged build that lets you take them pretty much anywhere.

Depending on how you want to look at it, some of those features can be regarded as limitations or opportunities. The fixed ultra-wide-angle lens isn’t good for traditional portraits, for example, but it’s great for a close, immersive view or or dramatic perspectives.2 The limited manual control over exposure does definitely limit what you can do, but the automatic settings also mean that there’s a good chance that you’ll get usable photos even from run-and-gun shooting.

There are definitely some limitations you have to work with or around. Even with flagship models like the HERO7 Black, the low-light performance is mediocre compared to many other cameras on the market today. And you’ll probably find yourself constantly fighting against the poor battery life.

But despite those negatives, I find the HERO7 Black to be a fun stills camera to shoot with. They’re particularly well suited to action shots, obviously–after all, that’s why they were invented in the first place–but they can also be a fun option for general travel photography or capturing family photos with a difference. Here’s a collection of photos I’ve taken with the GoPro HERO7 to give a sense of what it’s like for everyday shooting.

The HERO7 Black has a 12MP sensor which produces images in a 4:3 aspect ratio measuring 4000 by 3000 pixels. While 12MP is on the smaller size compared to many other cameras, it’s plenty big enough for sharing photos online and even making enlargement prints. You can shoot RAW with it using GoPro’s proprietary .gpr format (actually, it shoots RAW+JPG). It does technically have a zoom, but it’s a digital zoom rather than an optical zoom, and I don’t find it particularly useful. I have a separate post that goes into more details on the photo features and specs of the HERO7 Black.

Sample Images Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black

All of these were shot with a HERO7 Black. Most of them were shot in GoPro’s RAW format, .gpr, and processed in Lightroom. Many of them had some boosting of local contrast.

Others were shot in JPG, particularly any that used burst mode (which only works with JPG).

GoPro also has a SuperPhoto feature, that combines in-camera enhancements such as HDR. I have found it to help with better-looking photos in some situations, but I also find that I can get better results in post-processing in Lightroom, so I rarely use SuperPhoto. None of the photos on this page use SuperPhoto, but I have some other examples here.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₇₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 115 and ¹⁄₉₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. This was taken underwater using the burst mode.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₃₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Isle of Palms, SC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 2143 and ¹⁄₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC. The super wide-angle fisheye look isn’t a traditional look for architecture because it makes lines curve in rather dramatic ways, but with the right composition you can get some interesting results. The low-light performance isn’t great for interiors, though.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 2137 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Germantown, MD.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₂₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. New Caledonia.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 1715 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 3161 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Chantilly, VA.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₅₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. New Caledonia.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 264 and ¹⁄₂₄₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

GoPro HERO7 Black / New Caledonia

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₃₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

GoPro HERO7 Black / Washington, DC

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Germantown, MD.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 1039 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₂₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Isle of Palms, SC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 1084 and ¹⁄₉₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₉₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 2793 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 1301 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₁₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Wynnum, Australia.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 151 and ¹⁄₂₄₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 2092 and ¹⁄₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

GoPro HERO7 Black / New Caledonia

GoPro HERO7 Black / South Carolina

GoPro HERO7 Black / Isle of Palms, SC

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 760 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₂₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 1722 and ¹⁄₁₂₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Chantilly, VA. And advantage of the ultra wide-angle view is that you can fit a lot in the frame.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 145 and ¹⁄₈₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC. The sensor doesn’t have a very wide dynamic range, so it can struggle in scenes with a combination of highlights and shadows. The HDR mode is designed to compensate for that, although there are some limitations to using it. This particular shot is not using HDR–just a regular image shot in RAW, but I’ve reclaimed some of the highlights using Lightroom’s processing tools.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 104 and ¹⁄₉₅₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Baltimore, MD.

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₆₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Potomac, MD.

GoPro HERO7 Black / Washington, DC

GoPro HERO7 Black / New Caledonia

Taken with a GoPro HERO7 Black at ISO 100 and ¹⁄₁₄₀₀ sec at ƒ/2.8. Washington, DC.


  1. Models like the HERO7 Black give you some control over exposure using features such as exposure compensation and some manual controls through Protune.
  2. The HERO7 Black does have digital zoom, but it’s not a feature that I regard as particularly useful. Here’s an explanation of why.

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This post was last modified on October 15, 2019 8:58 pm

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