So the GoPro 4 was realized a little over a week ago, and now that the internet has a bit of time to capture some demo uploads of the footage, I thought I would put together some basic analysis. I’ve been using GoPro’s essentially since they hit the market a few years back and while the evolution has been subtle with each new model, the cameras have really come a long way since their inception.
The GoPro 4 is quite similar to the most recent headliner, the Hero 3+ Black. The main differences as I can find, are as follows:
- Hero 3+ Black can shoot in 4k (17:9 ratio) at a max 15 frames per second. The Hero 4 Black can shoot in 4k at 30 frames per second.
- Hero 3+ Black can shoot 1080p at 60 frames per second. The Hero 4 Black can shoot 1080p at 120 frames per second.
While some of the actual quality parameters may not be too different, there are some pretty awesome new features with the GoPro Hero 4 Black such as:
- You can unlock the “ProTune” feature and manually set color options, ISO, and Exposure.
- While both cameras have the built in WiFi option, Hero 4 Black has a built in Blue Tooth option.
- There’s a “quick capture” option that allows you to turn on the camera and start filming in one button push.
- The actual camera option control is a bit more user friendly with dedicated buttons to the menu.
Below are some specs and photo’s of the new camera. All in all, the 4k mode is technically 4x sharper than the 1080p 60 fps previously delivered from the Hero 3+ Black.
If you’re a photography or GoPro enthusiast, I would recommend adding the new GoPro 4k Black to your repertoire.
- 4K30 / 2.7K50 / 1080p120 fps
- 12MP / 30 fps Burst
- Control. View. Share.
- Waterproof to 131’ (40m)