New GoPro Hero4 Shoots 4K Video at 30 FPS

Not to dredge up the cliques from everyone’s high school days, but there are times when I wish I were a little more of a jock and a little less of a nerd. If I were to strap an action camera to my head, you’d just see a nonstop stream of a computer monitor, interspersed with clips of me struggling to type usingmy evolved “hunt and click” method. I am not the ideal candidate for GoPro’s Hero4.

It’s a shame, because this looks like a pretty killer camera. The Hero4 comes in three tiers – black, silver, and, in place of what used to be white, “hero”. The tiers are designed for professionals, those who are comfortable with a camera, and those brand new to the whole photography/filming thing.

Hero4 Black brings two much anticipated features: 4K video recoding at 30 fps and 1080p recording at 120 fps. Unrelated, a new “highlight tag” feature lets you tag moments in your video so that you can find them easily during the editing stage.

The newest edition of the Protune feature allows you to tweak the ISO limit, color, and exposure settings. New modes called Night Lapse and Night Photo allow the Hero4 to capture low-light video much more effectively than earlier models. The Black edition also contains a new audio system which provides better dynamic range.

The new models come with Bluetooth, WiFi, and better battery housing; the batteries now slide in through a spring-loaded trapdoor. Unfortunately, the battery life will supposedly be the same as before, but if you look at the glass as half full you’ll be happy that the 4K video shooting doesn’t chew through the power.

The Silver model is of course less powerful, but it still contains the new features that the Hero 3/3+ didn’t have as well as a feature even the Black Hero4 doesn’t have: a built-in touchscreen display. The touchscreen is a big addition and seriously gives the more powerful Black model a run for its money.

Then there’s the Hero, which is ideal for those first-timers. The Hero shoots 1080p at 30 fps, takes 5MP stills, and has an integrated waterproof case. The battery is built in, too, meaing you’ll have to charge the whole device.

Pricing is as follows: $130 for the Hero, $400 for the Silver, and $500 for the Black. The cameras all launch on Sunday, October 5th.


via Engadget

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