The long-awaited GoPro Hero4 was released Monday September 29th. As expected this camera exceeded everyone’s expectations. The new cameras will be ready for consumer purchase on October 5th. They released a HERO4 Black Edition ($499), HERO4 Silver Edition ($399) and a basic model for first time action camera users, the HERO ($129).
Black Edition $499
The Black Edition boasts 4k technology (cinema-quality) with 2X faster video frame rate and 2x the powerful processing of the HERO3. For those of you non-camera geeks, the 4K technology will give you ultra high resolution at 30 fps. You will even be able to pull out 8.3MP captured stills from the awesome footage you just shot.
Another big change is the replacement of the side Wi-Fi button with a Setting button that lets you quickly change the settings on whichever mode the camera is in at the time.
The GoPro has always had a challenge with battery life due to customers wanting to turn on the camera and leave it on. The battery now drops into a quick release magazine that feels more like a DSLR. Battery life should last longer than the HERO3 but we will really see how long it will work once we get our hands on them. Please Note: Your HERO3 batteries will NOT be compatible with the HERO4.
- 4k resolution (Cinema-Quality) at 30fps
- 2.7K at 48fps
- 1080p for slow motion at 120fps
- 12MP stills up to 30fps
- Shutter-speed override for low-light exposures and nighttime time-lapses
- Wifi and sharing capabilities
Silver Edition $399
The Silver Edition of the HERO4 is the most user-friendly camera they have created. While the resolution is not the same as the HERO4, is still gives you incredible quality stills and video peaking at 2.7K at 30 fps, 1080p at 60 fps and 720 at 120 fps. The big feature on this model is the new LCD touch screen which allows you to toggle easily between playback and modes.This model still includes the Wifi and Bluetooth for easy downloading and sharing. All editions are waterproof to 130 feet.
- 2.7K at 30 fps/1080p at 60 fps and 720 at 120 fps
- LCD touch Back Screen
- Wifi & Bluetooth capable
- 12MP stills at 30 fps
The HERO as GoPro calls it, is meant to be a starter action camera for entry-level individuals with a small budget. With fewer features and modes they have been able to bring the price down to $129. The video quality has been downgraded as well as no touch screen and comes standard with a built-in housing. You can unlatch the back door to charge the camera but that is all. Although this camera features lower quality and less modes than the Silver & Black Edition, this is PERFECT for the starting photographer. (Makes a great gift for kids!)
- 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps
- 5-megapixel images in 5fps burst mode
- Camera permanently attached to housing
We will be getting our first shipment of cameras soon and will make an announcement when they hit the shelves!