After some huge leaks, GoPro has finally taken the wraps off its new HERO4 as it throws the gauntlet down again to make a statement as the clear leader in the action camera market with the HERO4 Black Edition.
There are, in total, three new cameras:
The HERO4 Black Edition has a couple of big resolution feature bumps. It shoots 4K video at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps and 1080p video at 120fps.
The HERO4 Silver Edition is a little lower spec’d in the resolution and frame rate department, but still offers 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. However, the Silver Edition adds a built-in touch screen display on the back of the camera.
The HERO4 Silver’s touch screen reported sips battery life because it shuts off after a few seconds of non-use. You tap the display again to wake it up.
Both new models offer faster WiFi combined with Bluetooth for better performance and power management. Additionally, both models share the following new features per GoPro’s press release:
- Protune™, now for photo + video.
For those who prefer to take manual control of their GoPro to maximize versatility and performance, we’ve expanded our professionally minded Protune mode to include Color, Sharpness, ISO Limit, and Exposure controls for both photo and video capture.
- New settings for after dark.
Whether you’re shooting the Milky Way or a campfire hangout, Night Photo and Night Lapse allow you to capture stunning images of ultra low-light scenes with customizable exposure settings of up to 30 seconds.
- Mark your best moments.
HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments with the push of an on-camera button while recording, making it easy to find, playback and share your favorite clips in GoPro Studio or with the GoPro App. You can also HiLight Tag using the mobile GoPro App or the new Smart Remote accessory.
- QuikCapture speed and convenience.
QuikCapture makes it easy to power on and record with the press of a single button. When enabled, a single press starts video capture, while a press and hold engages Time Lapse photo capture.
- High-performance audio.
A totally re-designed internal audio system combines with a state of the art microphone to capture clean, high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models.
Alongside the new HERO4 models, the GoPro HERO is introduced as a low-end $129 action camera to round out the line. The basic HERO is a no-frills camera that captures 1080/30p and 720/60p video. It also captures 5MP photos and includes an integrated waterproof case. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The HERO4 Black retails for $499.99 and should be available on October 5. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The HERO4 Silver retails for $399.99. Check it out here at B&H Photo.