Finally, just in time for my Africa trip, GoPro put any doubts about a Hero 3 successor to bed when they officially announced the HERO4.
I have been holding off buying another one of these puppies in the hopes I would be able to take the next generation with me, and – it seems to have been worth the wait!
As GoPro does with each new camera release, the announcement comes coupled with a short film that not only shows you the quality of the footage, but also gets viewers super inspired and excited to pack their backpacks and head up to some remote location on the planet. And now you can do that in 4K
I really don’t want to get in the middle of the “is 4K a gimmik or worth it debate”, lets just say that – I am in!
GoPro HERO4 Black – $499
This year’s flagship GoPro model is all about the 4k video resolution, and the higher end Black edition will capture 4K at 30 frames per second. This is a considerable bump from the 15 FPS that the HERO3 was able to provide. All of the resolutions and frame rates are …
4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, and 720p at 120fps.
Not that I care shooting stills with teh GoPRO, but just for the sake of completeness: The camera retains the 12 megapixels that were available in the HERO3, and can shoot at 30 frames per second, same as the HERO 3.
Audio, always been somewhat crappy with the GoPro, will be “improved”, with twice the dynamic range capturing as the HERO3. I am not holding my breath, here….
Field-of-view settings remain the same: Narrow, Medium and Ultra Wide. The HERO4 is waterproof up to 131 feet.
Videographers can select important moments in their footage using a “HiLight Tag”. Other features include built in Wifi, Bluetooth, new nighttime shooting exposure settings, auto low light features, and a QuickCapture feature which can both turn your camera on AND start recording, all with the press of a button.
On biggie: For accessories: Both models of the GoPro 4 will be backwards compatible, so all of your mounts will still be useful.
GoPro HERO4 Silver – $399
The good news? The HERO4 Silver as a cool built-in touch screen!
The bad news? No 4k video recording at 30 FPS.
Resolutions and frame rates: 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p at 120fps.
The still camera specs will match the Black (12MP + 30 FPS) and all other features described above will be included with the HERO4 Silver edition.