Is HyperSmooth Perfect for GoPro 4K Video Stabilization?
We have watched many HyperSmooth-related videos, and find that HyperSmooth does make a big difference. The videos with HyperSmooth are less shaky than those without HyperSmooth. However, nothing is perfect. Browse the web and we find those discussions.
1. HyperSmooth isn't available for 4K 60fps
Some users report online that their GoPro HERO7 Black doesn't have HyperSmooth for 4K 60fps. As we mentioned in the second paragraph, HyperSmooth can be enabled while recording 4K 60fps videos. However, the aspect ratio format must be 16:9. If you're in a 4:3 format, change it to 16:9. If HyperSmooth is still not available, you probably haven't done the firmware 1.51 update. Now update it following the steps below:
1. Open GoPro update page and choose HERO7 Black.
2. Under "OTHER WAYS TO UPDATE", choose "Update your camera manually".
3. Enter your 14-Digit Serial Number and other requested information, click "Next Step".
4. Click "Download Update."
5. Click "Click here to download firmware."
6. Follow the steps on the screen for detailed instructions for your operating system.
After finishing update, you should be able to use HyperSmooth stabilization technology for 4K 60fps with 16:9 format.
2. HyperSmooth causes issues in videos during slow panning
If you do slow panning left right or up down with HyperSmooth on, you will see noticeable rubber banding, stutter or freeze. This issue has displeased many users, and worse still, there's currently no way to fix it except for disabling HyperSmooth. This is because HyperSmooth is built for creating more smooth video captures as the camera moves along, as opposed to slow panning. Perhaps, this can be fixed by further firmware updates.
3. HyperSmooth doesn't work well in low light
Have you noticed that the video is still very shaky at night or in low light conditions, although you have turned on HyperSmooth and you have applied the best settings? You will figure out the reason after you know how EIS works.
EIS needs a lot of information in the original picture to be able to stabilize video well. When you shoot in low light, there will be limited information that EIS can use to stabilize your capture. That's why HyperSmooth cannot stabilize video well in low light situations. To improve the EIS performance in low light, you can increase the shutter speed and raise the ISO. But the drawback is that it will add noise to your video.
4. HyperSmooth also drains the battery
HyperSmooth will consume a bit of battery. According to some users' feedbacks, the battery doesn't usually last more than an hour when shooting videos in 4K 60fps mode with HyperSmooth. When HyperSmooth is disabled, the GoPro HERO7 Black can work longer.
5. HyperSmooth crops away lot of frame area
While stabilizing video, it will crop off 10% to 20%. As a result, the FOV will be too narrow.