GoPro Hero 4 Black has stood out to be the most successful action camera in recent times, as what the industry expert reviews are depicting. The action camera has undoubtedly placed itself on the platform of best in class video resolution. The Company has worked on its flagship product and remodeled the earlier version to bring forth Hero 4 Black for better performance and video quality. The GoPro Hero 4 Black has come in with 4k video recording with 30 fps and 1080p at 120fps. The later facilitates capturing of HD quality video with 1/4-speed slow motion. With these features, the action camera has the power of a D-SLR with video recording. Overall a pure brilliant package of excellence and performance.
The new and all improved GoPro Hero 4 Black has been introduced by the brand with highly improved image quality and 2 times more powerful processor. There are certain changes in design as compared to its predecessors Hero3 and 3+ Black. The first and foremost change is in the structural modification of the battery compartment. Previous models had it sliding to the back. GoPro Hero 4 Black has it dropping down which helps in swapping them easier. But this remodeling has resulted in the fact that the batteries from older models cannot be used in this. The buttons have undergone a noteworthy change and have made the operations easier. The layout of the buttons remain same but certain functionalities have changed. The Wi-Fi button has changed into “Hilight Tag”. This button helps in highlighting a particular instance of a video. It helps to tag a particular frame or moment which can be easily found out later on while viewing the entire video on Go Pro mobile App or desktop Studio software. While in non-recording situation, the same button can be used to access the settings menu. Another major feature is that, the settings menu acts according to the mode in which the action camera is in. For example, in video capture mode, the settings for that mode will only be available. This feature has resulted in the logical sorting of the settings as per modes. This also has reduced the effort of searching for certain menu options. Along with this, the user now needs to enable the Wi-Fi in every mode separately. Hence there is no risk of enabling the Wi-Fi accidentally which preserves battery life. On the left side of the action camera is an easily removable cover which conceals the Micro-HDMI and Mini-USB ports and the microSD slot. The memory is expandable up to 64 GB but sadly the action camera does not come in with a memory card and has to be purchased separately. The Mini-USB port can be utilized for charging and transferring video files. The touch screen facility is not there but there is an option of attaching GoPro’s LCD Touch BacPac or the Battery BacPac with the help of Hero port present at the back of the camera.
GoPro Hero 4 Black Features
Other than the changes in design from its predecessors, there are certain features of GoPro Hero 4 Black which are worth mentioning. The image recording format of the camera is JPEG and the sensor resolution is 12 pixels. The camera lens is wide angle and focus free along with reduced distortion. The battery is Li-ion rechargeable battery of 1160 mAh capacity. The action camera supports with Windows 7 to 8.1 and Apple Mac OS X 10.8 or later. There are certain additional features as well like HiLight Tag technology, Loop recording, Night Lapse, Protune technology, QuikCapture technology and Time-Lapse recording. In order to enhance the video recording experience of the user there is the option of multi-picture burst, selectable field of view and sharpness control. It also enables the attractive option of taking a picture while capturing a video.
Along with all the cool features, there are a few shortfalls in this model as well. The battery life is really low. In 4k resolution, the longevity is 1.08 hours and in Wi-Fi mode it is 1.66 hours. Also, since due to remodeling the older model batteries cannot be used, one needs to purchase additional batteries of longer video recording. The digital image stabilization feature is missing in Hero 4. The monochrome display badly needed to be backlit, which it isn’t. The model is still deficit of a housing to completely make it waterproof.
GoPro Hero 4 Black Price
The package of GoPro Hero 4 contains GoPro HERO 4 Black Rechargeable Battery for HERO4, Standard Housing, Curved and Flat Adhesive Mount, two quick release buckle, 3 way pivot arm, USB cable and a limited one year warranty. The price of the product is $500 available in Amazon. In United Kingdom, the Go Pro Hero 4 Black is priced at 370 euros and in Australian market it costs 649 in Australian currency.
Overall the Go Pro Hero 4 can be considered as a high quality action camera in recent times. With its high resolution video capturing quality which goes up to 1080p at 120 frames per second, it allows you to have a charming video recording experience for quick moving scenes as well slow motion movie clips. The action camera also has a 60Mbps recording bit rate which makes it a highly powerful video recording device. There is another variety of the same model which is Hero 4 Silver which has some less features than its black counterpart and cost around $100 less.