Often, firmware updates just fix bugs and stability issues on devices. The HERO4 has been a stable performer so most may be tempted to ignore this latest update. But unlike previous updates, this one unexpectedly improves the camera and reveals some new features.


Some of the new features are very valuable to mountain bikers, such as Time-Lapse mode that allows one to capture epic vistas such as sunset or a sunrise. Or an event, a bike build or a trail build can be easier to view in Time Lapse mode.

Other useful new features are the Burst Photo mode and the Auto-flip feature when the camera is mounted upside down, as is often the case when chest-mounted.

And if you got the more expensive HERO4 Black ($500), higher frame rates will now be available to you on some video modes.

HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver features

  • Time lapse video mode: Capture Time Lapse videos automatically-no post-production needed. Showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video
  • 30/6 burst photo: Introducing a new way to never miss a moment. Capture 30 photos in 6 seconds; perfect for longer duration fast-action activities like surfing and snowboarding
  • Auto rotate: Automatically adjusts capture orientation to right-side up when the camera is mounted upside down
  • Add HiLight Tags during playback: Now you can mark key moments both while recording video and playing back content on the built-in touch display to quickly find highlights for easy editing and sharing. (HERO4 Black requires LCD Touch BacPac to utilize this feature)

HERO4 Black only features

  • 720p240 fps video: Record ultra high frame rate video at a staggering 240 frames per second for liquid smooth slow-motion playback
  • 2.7K60 fps video: Capture cinematic, high-resolution 2.7K footage at an impressive 60 frames per second

Read our GoPro HERO4 Silver camera review HERE and check our 2015 POV Shootout HERE.

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GoPro HERO4

The GoPro cameras have always dominated with mounts and useability and now with the HERO4, they are making a huge step in improving the quality of the camera itself.

First and foremost, improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates take the spotlight in this tiny camera. Resolution is now at 4K30 (30 frames per second) and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video will enable you to catch your heroic activities.

New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131' (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second. So the GoPro HERO 4 can be a simple point and use device or a powerful capturing device where you can access the raw data for stunning video and photos.


Audio has always been an achilles heel of GoPro but it is now much improved with the HERO4. HERO4 captures clean, high fidelity sound. Its cutting-edge microphone delivers nearly 2x the dynamic range. The captured sound is more natural and accurate as ever. And if that's not enough, the HERO4 Black is compatible with a wider variety of professional low-sensitivity external mics3 for immersive stereo audio capture and enhanced performance, whether recording voices, an acoustic jam session or a live show.

Finally, low light sensitivity is improved as you can now capture video at night or in a dark, singletrack forest. Its new Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for optimal low-light performance, enabling you to move between bright and dark environments without having to adjust your camera settings.


Hero 4 Black Edition

[*]$499
[*]4K video at 30 fps
[*]2.7K video at 60 fps
[*]1080p (1K) video at 120 fps
[*]12-megapixel stills
[*]Nightlapse setting
[*]Highlight tagging
[*]Protune on photo and video

Hero 4 Silver Edition

[*]$399
[*]2.7K video at 30 fps
[*]1080p (1K) video at 60 fps
[*]12-megapixel stills
[*]Nightlapse setting
[*]Protune on photo and video
[*]Highlight tagging

Hero

[*]$129
[*]1080p video at 30 fps
[*]720p video at 60 fps
[*]5-megapixel stills
[*]Timelapse

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