It is possible to use a GoPro HERO7 Black as a webcam or for real-time capture to a computer. But it’s not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in via USB.
GoPro HERO7 Black
Released in September 2018, the HERO7 Black is the flagship model of GoPro's HERO7 lineup. It shares the same body with the HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black and the GP1 motherboard developed in-house by GoPro and previously used in the HERO6 Black. A highlight new feature is dramatically improved on-board electronic stabilization for smoother footage right out of the camera.
This is a rolling list of questions and answers related to shooting with the GoPro HERO7 Black.
After extensive use and testing, here are my practical recommendations on the best SD cards for GoPro cameras.
GoPro cameras have used three different USB charging cables. Which type of charging cable you need depends on which camera you’re using. Here’s a master list.
Here’s my detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO 7 Black compares with the newer GoPro HERO8 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.
Using a pistol trigger with a GoPro provides a comfortable grip and a more precise way to operate the shutter. Here’s a roundup of the best trigger grips I’ve come across.
If you’re taking your GoPro out on the water, sometimes you need something that combines flotation with extended reach. Here are some of the best GoPro float pole options.
The camera tips that show you what the screen icons do on a GoPro HERO7 go away automatically after you click on them once. Here’s how to bring them back.
Do GoPros have zoom? Yes, some of the newer models do, but there are some limitations that are worth knowing. Here are some examples.
If your underwater photos are coming out blue and with washed-out colors, a good option is to add an underwater filter. There are several approaches; Backscatter’s Flip7 is unique and convenient.
The GoPro Super Suit adds extra protection and lets you take your GoPro much deeper than the built-in waterproof protection. Here’s when and how to use it.
The new DJI Osmo Action aims squarely at the GoPro HERO7 Black. They’re remarkably similar, but there are also many differences when you drill down into the details. Here’s how they compare.
Both the DJI Osmo Action and GoPro HERO7 Black have in-camera video stabilization to create smoother video footage out of the camera. GoPro has HyperSmooth. DJI has RockSteady. Here’s how they compare side-by-side.
One of the great things about GoPros is that they’re fearless around water. Here are some tips for getting better results when shooting in and around the water.
Some of the newer GoPro cameras allow you to select either 5Ghz or 2.4Ghz wifi bands. Here’s how to do it.
If you’re trying to reset your GoPro’s wifi password or just look up what it is so you can connect, here are the steps for recent GoPro models.
Controlling a single GoPro camera remotely is pretty straightforward. The most obvious way to do that is to use the GoPro mobile app. But what if you want to control more than one camera? For that, you’ll need to use a dedicated remote. Here’s an overview of how it works.
The HERO8 and HERO7 cameras have sensors that can detect the rotation of the camera. Here’s how to lock it in place to prevent automatic rotation.
If you find that you’re accidentally touching the back screen and changing shooting modes when shooting with the HERO7 cameras, here’s how to lock the screen to prevent accidental changes.
GoPro remote pairing guides for the HERO7 Black with the Smart Remote and Remo.
Turning on a GoPro is usually very simple. But sometimes you can run into situations where your GoPro won’t turn on. Here are some things to try.
Formating the GoPro’s SD card gets the card ready for use and keeps the filesystem healthy and minimizes the risk of errors. Here are the various ways to do it on different GoPro models.
The Burst Mode and Continuous Photo functions on GoPros are useful ways to capture fast-moving action. Here’s a rundown of how they work, how they’re different, and what options are available.
If you want to use the older GoPro WiFi Remote with your HERO7 Black or HERO6 Black, you can. But there is a trick to look out for. So here’s a quick guide.
Here’s an in-depth, hands-on comparison of how the GoPro HERO 5 Black compares with the newer HERO 7 Black in terms of specs, features, and performance.
DigiPower Refuel ActionPack Extended Battery for GoPro HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, & HERO (2018)
The ReFuel ActionPack is a waterproof extended battery for the GoPro HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, and HERO (2018).
The GoPro HERO7 Black introduced a new feature called SuperPhoto. Here’s a rundown of what it is and when to use it.
Here’s a rundown of the photo features and options available on the GoPro HERO7 Black, the flagship camera in the new HERO7 lineup.
Here’s my detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO6 Black compares with the newer HERO7 Black.
SuperView is GoPro’s widest field of vision available when shooting standard video. Here’s what it looks like.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of how the GoPro HERO7 Black compares with the HERO7 Silver.
Here’s a rundown of the various video modes and options available on the GoPro HERO7 Black, including resolutions, framerates, resolutions, and special shooting options like Protune.
GoPro claims that the new HyperSmooth in-camera electronic stabilization of the HERO7 Black is much improved over the previous generation in the HERO6 Black. So I’ve been putting it to the test. Here are some side-by-side examples.
Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards to get for the GoPro HERO7 Black, Silver, and White action cameras.
How can you work with GoPro RAW format .gpr image files without using Lightroom or Photoshop? Here’s a quick guide for a free option.
GoPros don’t float by themselves. So if you let it go or it gets knocked loose unintentionally, you’ll need to add something to prevent it from sinking straight to the bottom.
A step-by-step guide to removing and replacing the lens cover on the GoPro HERO5 Black for replacing a scratched cover or using a SuperSuit diving housing.
On the GoPro HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black, HERO6 Black, and HERO5 Black, you can choose between two image formats for still photos: JPG and RAW (.gpr). Here’s a quick overview of what the difference is and when to use which.
GoPro’s QuickCapture feature is designed as a one-press way to power the camera up and start shooting immediately. There are a few tricks to using it, though.
If you’re looking to add polarizing or ND filters to the GoPro HERO7 cameras, the HERO6 Black, HERO5 Black, or HERO (2018), PolarPro has a 3-pack kit of snap-on filters specifically for these camera models. Here’s my hands-on review.
While there aren’t a lot of options for external batteries for the GoPro HERO6 Black and HERO5 Black, there are some. Here are the best options I’ve come across for powering your GoPro for more than a couple of hours at a time.
If you’re after an extended battery for the GoPro HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black that’s waterproof, the new Oumers Side Power is one of the few options available.
Wondering whether you can run the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, HERO6, and HERO5 Black with external power without having the internal battery installed? Yes, you can.
Wondering if you can use a 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB microSD card in your GoPro? So long as you’re using one of these GoPro models and the card is fast enough, you can.
If you’re getting an error message on your computer when you try to open a video shot on the GoPro HERO8, HERO7, or HERO6 Black, it might be because it isn’t compatible with the HEVC (H.265) codec used in some of those cameras’ video modes. Here are some workarounds.
If you’re wondering why your image is suddenly cropped when you turn on the video stabilization feature, here’s an explanation.
Among the Burst Mode options on newer GoPros is an Auto setting. It prioritizes better exposure over forcing the number of shots. Here’s how it works.
Here’s a rundown of the options for charging your GoPro depending on the model of camera you’re using.
Ugly water drops on the GoPro lens can really ruin the shot. The XClear Hydrophobic Lens Protectors are designed to solve this problem. Here’s my take on how well they work.
You can’t use Linear FOV with GoPro RAW files, but here’s a workaround that lets you get something very close to it using Lightroom.
Wasabi Power has come out with a new extended battery for the GoPro HERO5 Black that they claim gives you up to 4 hours of recording time. I’ve been putting it to the test.
If you’re looking to get split photos of above and below the water line, a dome port is what you want. Here’s a rundown of how they work with GoPros.
You might have noticed your camera getting very hot to the touch. In general, that’s normal, but there can be some consequences.
It’s always a good idea to format the SD card in the camera. Here’s a rundown of how to do it with recent GoPro models.
The Wasabi Power Hand Grip is an external USB battery and hand grip in one. It’s a convenient way to add extra battery power to extend your GoPro filming.
Wondering if the touchscreen on the back of your GoPro camera works underwater?
Wondering what the GoPro spot meter does? Here’s an explanation what it does, how it works, and which GoPros have it.
Wondering what the LRV and THM files are that appear when you shoot GoPro videos? Here’s what they do.
If you’d prefer your GoPro not to draw attention to itself while filming, there are several options for making it more discreet.
GoPros have never had particularly good battery life. So having spare batteries on hand, along with an external charger, can help you keep shooting.
Some newer GoPros have a new in-camera feature for something you could only do in post-production before: correcting fisheye in photos and videos. It’s called Linear FOV.
Some GoPros, like the HERO7 Black, offer a choice between two color modes in the photo mode: GoPro and Flat. Here are some examples and when they’re best used.
GoPro photos have that distinctive fisheye look. But that might not be what you want all the time. Here’s an effective and quick way to remove the fisheye look using Lightroom.
Can you use a GoPro as a travel camera? Absolutely. But before you rely exclusively on your GoPro for that once-in-a-lifetime trip, here’s a rundown of what I see as the main pros and cons.
If you’re looking to improve the sound quality of your GoPro videos, using an external mic will make a big difference. Here’s a rundown of what mics will work with which GoPro.
If you’re wondering why your GoPro is breaking your videos up into smaller segments, it’s not an error and you’re not doing anything wrong. It’s normal–here’s why.