If you’re not familiar with GoPro’s line of Hero action cameras, you’re probably living under a rock. I take that back, because a GoPro probably filmed something awesome on that rock. With the new Hero 4 line, they’ve truly made one of the best cameras out there even better. Let’s take a look at what’s new.
The Hero 3+ was capable of 15fps of 4K video, 30 frames of 2.7K, and 60 frames of 1080p Full HD. All these are enhanced. 4K is a now very usable 30 frames, 2.7K is 50 frames, and 1080p can now be shot in 120fps slow motion. Those features are the same whether you go with the Black or Silver series. The Black has more extensive capture options while the Silver edition adds the first touchscreen on a GoPro. Both cameras also feature faster Wi-Fi than before and add Bluetooth connectivity. GoPro’s Protune now works with both video and still photographs giving you manual control for color, sharpness, exposure, and ISO setting. That is paired with new night settings, a tagging feature called HiLight, single button power and record, and a new mic GoPro says is twice as good as the previous ones.
If you want to get yours, the Hero 4 duo launches October 5th at $399 for the Silver and $499 for the Black edition.
GoPro also announced a new ultra affordable model simply called the Hero. The camera shoots 30fps in 1080p, 60fps in 720, and also features an automatic low light mode. Beyond, that you don’t get the bells and whistles of the higher end models, but you do get GoPro quality for only $129.
GoPro wasn’t done yet. They also announced new accessories and updates to their software. The new Smart Remote is waterproof, has a 600-foot range, and integrates with the new HiLight tagging. Also introduced was a floating handgrip called the Handler. The BacPac line got a little bigger as well with a new external battery and a LCD accessory. The GoPro Studio Desktop software and the mobile app were updated with both feature additions to match the Hero 4 line and some new ones that benefit all GoPro shooters.