GoPro Hero cameras are the standard for capturing live action footage. Not only does the Hero line offer fantastic picture quality, but also durability to capture moments in even the most rugged of environments.
Following the success of the Hero 3 product line, GoPro announced its release of the Hero 4 lineup, which is set to hit store shelves on October 5, 2014. Hero 4 introduces some welcomed upgrades and still maintains an affordable price tag.
GoPro Hero 4 Specs and Features
The Hero 4 product line includes two new cameras: Black and Silver. Silver is priced at $399, while Black is priced at $499.
GoPro Hero 4 Black is the most powerful camera released by the company to date. It gives users the power to record ultra-high resolution, 4K video. Still images can be extracted from the footage at an impressive 8.3MP.
Essentially, you can capture photo and video simultaneously. The images captured by the Hero 4 Black are sharper, crisper and more detailed than ever before.
The Hero 4 Black offers 2x the performance of the Hero 3 with some fantastic features, including:
- The capability of shooting in ultra-high resolution 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120.
- 2x the processing power, and 2x faster video rates.
- 12MP photo capture at up to 30fps.
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in.
- Waterproof up to 40m.
- Price: $499
The Silver edition still offers some impressive features, including:
- Touch display for easy playback, adjustment of settings and framing of shots.
- The capability of shooting in professional quality, 1080p60 and 720p120 resolution.
- 12MP photo capture at up to 30fps.
- Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
- Waterproof up to 40m.
- Price: $399
The Silver combines professional quality recording capabilities with the convenience of a touchscreen display.
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In addition to the Hero 4 Silver and Black, GoPro is also releasing an entry-level camera known simply as Hero. Priced at just $129.99, this camera boasts the following features:
- The ability to capture video in 1080p30 and 720p60.
- 5MP photo capture at up to 5fps. Choose between still photo, burst and time lapse photo capturing. Burst mode will shoot up to 5 pictures in just one second.
- Waterproof up to 40m or 131ft. The Hero includes a rugged housing that’s waterproof.
- Auto Low Light.
- Bult-in microphone.
- Weighs just 3.9 ounces. The Hero is small, ultra-portable and great for low-profile mounts.
Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Both the Black and Silver Hero 4 cameras offer built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, so you can control it remotely through the GoPro App. View photos and videos and share your recordings with friends.
QuikCapture & HiLight Tag
The QuikCapture feature also allows you to quickly capture those epic moments with just the press of a button. And with HiLight Tag, you can mark important moments in your footage, so you can find clips later for easy editing, sharing and playback.
Low Light Recording & High Quality Audio
Planning on shooting in low-light or at night? The Night Photo and Night Lapse feature allows you to record in low light scenes using customizable exposure settings.
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The Hero 4 also offers professional quality audio capabilities with an advanced microphone and powerful audio system built-in. This allows you to capture high fidelity sound with two times the dynamic range.
The new version of Protune allows you to easily and professionally edit your video recordings. It allows you to customize ISO limit, color and exposure settings with just a few clicks for high quality video. Protune is also compatible with photos, so you can edit your snapshots with ease.
Surf & Music Editions
Both the Black and Silver Hero 4 cameras offer Surf and Music editions. The Surf camera comes with surf mounts, while the Music version comes with music mounts.
No matter whether you want to capture yourself riding a wave or performing on stage, GoPro makes sure that you have the right mounts to get the perfect shots every time.
Included with the Black and Silver editions of the Hero 4 are:
- Standard housing
- Flat mount
- Curved mount
- Rechargeable battery
- Touch and Skeleton Backdoors
- 3-way pivoting arm and mounting hardware
- Quick release buckles
- USB cables
Release Date & New Accessories
The GoPro Hero 4 lineup of cameras will be released on October 5, and along with this release, the manufacturer will also be offering new mounts and accessories, including:
- BacPac accessories: An improved Battery BacPac will be available that offers nearly twice the batter power of the camera’s internal battery. If using the Hero 4 Black, the LCD BacPac allows for better swipe and touch capabilities.
- Smart Remote: The Smart Remote is waterproof and wearable. It allows you to control your camera from up to 600 feet away. Using the remote, you can mark key moments in your footage using the HiLight Tag button.
- The Handler: A floating, compact handgrip mount. The Handler is lightweight, durable and ergonomic.
The great thing about the Smart Remote is that it allows you to control more than one camera at time and from a remote distance.
What Makes the Hero 4 Special?
GoPro began as a simple waterproof camera, and has since become the leader in live action video recording equipment. It’s priced at a rate that even the everyday person can afford, and allows for professional recording capabilities. With the use of special mounts, you can capture video from unique angles.
The Hero 4 is the most powerful camera released by GoPro to date with the capability of capturing video in ultra-high resolution. The built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities allow you to control the camera remotely and even share your footage instantly on Facebook or YouTube.
The ability to tag special moments in your recording as its happening is another convenient feature that saves you time when editing and sharing your video content.
With all of these fantastic features, it’s easy to see why the Hero 4 is so special. The Hero 4 Black and Hero 4 Silver will be available October 5, 2014 just before the holiday season kicks off.
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