The GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera is the most advanced GoPro released, with the kind of image quality you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I state this as a fact because even as I went for the first few test shots on the HERO4, I knew I was going to have to come up with a longer list of things to do’s and places to see just so I can make the most out of the things that it can do.
4K30, The Best of Its Kind
The HERO4 is the first camera in this range that allows you to produce ultra-high resolution and high frame rate videos which capture movement and images as vividly as possible. Slow motion playback is super smooth and seamless, it allows you to enjoy how each moment comes to life. The great thing about it is the fact that all this you can get in such a tiny package.
12MP Burst at 30fps
This makes it even perfect for taking pictures right where the action is. With the capacity to take 12MP burst pictures at 30 frames per second, you will never miss out on any of the breathtaking moments again. Add this to the fact that you can take pictures on Time Lapse mode, and you can finally capture every leap, every dive, every swerve, and every tumble you make.
Features and Specifications
The GoPro HERO4 boasts of the following features and specs:
- Video: 4K30, 2.7K60, 1440p80, 1080p120, 960p120, 720p240 (super slow motion capture)
- Photo: 12MP, 30 fps Burst
- Connectivity: Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect you to the free GoPro app
- Time Lapse video
- Night Photo / Night Lapse
- Protune for photo and video
- High performance audio
- Waterproof to 131’
- Fully compatible with standard GoPro mounts and accessories
Customer Reviews and Scores
The GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera has received 379 reviews on Amazon, and was rated an average of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Most users were raving about its capabilities, which would come as no surprise considering the huge difference it has over the HERO3.
Most of the reviews were based on comparisons between the black and silver editions as well, but one reviewer summed it up for everyone pretty nicely. “The Black edition cannot be compared to the Silver edition. Period. It has all the features you would usually get from a high end professional camera without having to spend thousands of dollars to get it.”
Some also mentioned the lack of an LCD screen and the 1- to 2-hour battery power, but more experienced users have given their take on these. For one thing, the HERO4 is an action camera that’s meant to capture live action from the user’s point of view, not from the audience’s. This means that a screen is completely unnecessary. Looking at how much it can do for such a small camera, it is not at all surprising that it consumes that much power.
Seeing everything that the HERO4 can do, there is no doubt that the 4.1 they got on Amazon is well-deserved. Sure, it has a few things missing. But this is exactly what separates the pros from the amateurs, and the GoPro HERO4 is without a doubt built according to what every professional wants and needs.