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So it is official! The has been announced today! A bit ahead of schedule, but we couldn’t wait anymore, so they had to oblige.

The little marvel will be for sale starting October 5, and we at Goprowoa are looking very much forward to put our hands on it.

Looking back at our pre-release predictions , we hit the nail on all features.
The HERO4 will be available in a Black Edition and a Silver Edition:

HERO4 Black ($499.99):

gopro hero 4 black Hero 4 Black on Amazon

  • Professional video quality: 4K 30fps, 2.7.K 50fps, 1080p 120fps
  • 2x more powerful processor resulting in 2x faster frame rates and improved video quality.
  • High-quality 12MP photos captured at speeds up to 30 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • Waterproof to 131 feet (40m)
  • New Protune settings for BOTH photos and video with manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more
  • Improved audio: 2x the dynamic range with new integrated analog-to-digital converter
  • New dark and low-light settings: Night Photo and Night Lapse modes
  • NEW HiLight feature: allows you to mark key moments so you can quickly locate your best clips later on
  • Superview
  • Auto Low Light mode
  • QuickCapture (new name for one-button mode)
  • Available in Standard, Surf and Music editions

HERO4 Silver ($399.99):

gopro hero4 silver Hero 4 Silver on Amazon

  • NEW Built-in touch display – a GoPro first! Use it to preview shots and play back content.
  • Professional video quality: 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps, 960p 100fps
  • High-quality 12MP photos captured at speeds up to 30 fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
  • NEW HiLight feature: allows you to mark key moments so you can quickly locate your best clips later on
  • Superview
  • Auto Low Light mode
  • New dark and low-light settings: Night Photo and Night Lapse modes
  • New Protune settings for BOTH photos and video with manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure, White Balance and Sharpness
  • QuickCapture (new name for one-button mode)
  • Improved audio
  • Available in Standard, Surf and Music editions

Gopro Hero 4 – Initial assessment

The price point of both cameras is not surprising, yet disappointing.

Don’t get me wrong, at $499 for the Black edition you get an incredible 4K video quality at 30frames per seconds. This is unmatched!

However, it does not include the wifi remote , and no image stabilization is mentioned. And what about 720p at 240fps? The chipset definitely allows it (see previous post on the new chipset ), and it would be a real added value for slow-motions videos (One might argue even more important than 4K in real life usage…).

On the other hand the silver edition is geared toward more tourist oriented crowd than the adventurous. Arguably, the LCD touchpanel will not be of much appeal to those of us using mounts, poles and attachements …Nevertheless at $399 they will have stiff competition with any other digital camera on the market.

One happy note for both cameras is that virtually all existing mounts and accessories will be compatible with the new camera, so upgrading will not be too much of a headache.

another very happy note, is that my kids will be able to buy themselves a Gopro Hero camera! Indeed, Gopro renew their line with one more new product, the Gopro Hero :

Gopro Hero ($129)

Yes, for $129 you get a real, full featured gopro camera!

gopro hero Gopro Hero on Amazon

For those of us on a budget (yea, all of us), Merry Christmas! with this little one, with these specs we will indeed have some cool family fun!

Including all the elements of its bigger sisters:

  • ntegrated Camera + Housing
  • Built-In Battery
  • Skeleton Backdoor
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • USB Cable

- See more at: http://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/cameras/hero/CHDHA-301-EU.html#sthash.w7B7TVRX.dpuf

  • Integrated Camera + Housing
  • Built-In Battery
  • Skeleton Backdoor
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • USB Cable

more especially on the features:

  • 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps video, really nothing to be ashamed of.
  • 5MP photos up to 5 frames per second
  • QuikCapture
  • SuperView™
  • Auto Low Light
  • Waterproof to 131’ (40m).

Features 1080p30 and 720p60 video, 5MP photos up to 5 frames per second, QuikCapture, SuperView™ and Auto Low Light. Waterproof to 131’ (40m). – See more at: http://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/cameras/hero/CHDHA-301-EU.html#sthash.w7B7TVRX.dpuf

What we think

The highlight of this Gopro release is, at least from our point of view, definitely the little beast. The new Gopro Hero will enable happiness in a lot of littles’ homes. I know already of my children!

Despite some very disapointing shortcomings, the Gopro Hero 4 Black edition is a jewel for the enthusiasts among us, and we expect to see very soon some amazing shoots at 4K quality and realistic 30frames per seconds. Don’t be shy, send them to us!!

And least, the Gopro Hero 4 Silver edition is at this stage still a puzzle, who the intended audience is. Time will tell…

Finally, we cannot close this post without watching this -as usual- breathtaking promo video of the Gopro Hero 4 with [email protected] Enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Jatinder nagi says

    After reading all the reviews, all seems great, but how I wished this one had a built in stabilizer like Sony action camera AS 100V. Would have done world of good to the professional Hero 4 Black edition.

    • Michael says

      Jatinger you are totally right.
      This is actually one of the two biggest contentions I have about the Gopro Hero 4.
      4K is simply not required for everyday life, but image stabilization is. And we have checked that the technical specs behind the Gopro Hero 4 allow for it.

      The second contention is (again) about 720p @ 240fps. similar specs, really useful for action shooting, yet missing.

      I guess we will have to wait… in the mean time, we can have the

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