September 26, 2014

Here is the GoPro HERO4 with 4K Up to 30fps

GoPro HERO4 Black Edition Front
GoPro is ready to unleash their next camera, the HERO4, and it's going to be their first to offer full-motion 4K up to 30fps.

These are our first images and specs of the HERO4, which is rumored to be announced October 8th (no price info yet). There will be two versions of the camera that we know of, the Black and Silver editions, and apparently previous accessories will work with the new cameras (thanks to PetaPixel for the images and info):

GoPro HERO4 Black

GoPro HERO4 Black Edition Angled

Specs with max frame rates:

  • 4K Up to 30fps
  • 2.7K 50fps
  • 1440p 80fps
  • 1080p 120fps
  • 960p 120fps
  • 720p 120fps (PetaPixel is reporting that it won't do 240fps)
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow Settings for Lens
  • Manual controls for ISO, Exposure, Color
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Mark key moments in footage for later
GoPro HERO4 Black Edition Back

Update: Here is a new resolution chart from PetaPixel:

GoPro HERO4 Black Resolution Chart

GoPro HERO4 Silver

GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition Front

Specs with max frame rates:

  • Touchscreen Display
  • 4K Up to 15fps
  • 2.7K 30fps
  • 1440p 48fps
  • 1080p 60fps
  • 960p 100fps
  • 720p 120fps
  • 12MP Photos at 30fps
  • It seems the rest of the features will match the Black Edition (unclear on manual controls but I would expect it to have them as well)
GoPro HERO4 Silver Edition Back

Update: Here is a new resolution chart from PetaPixel:

GoPro HERO4 Silver Resolution Chart

There have been rumors for a long time about what GoPro would be doing with their next major release (4K 30fps was likely), but this looks like our first solid information. The company has been consistent with announcing new products in the fall, and this year will be no different with the HERO4 Black and Silver. It seems like all of the specs are confirmed, but we may find out more when these cameras are officially announced.

While 4K is exciting for drone work (among other things), finally getting manual controls over exposure is huge. This has been one of my pet peeves with the cameras, and I know many others have been asking for this as well. If this turns out to be 100% accurate, these tiny cameras just got a whole lot more usable in more situations. 

Having a touchscreen is nice, but it's interesting that only one of the models would get it, and the other wouldn't. Manual controls make this a very nice update for lots of work. As far as accessories go, apparently there will be some sort of battery pack add-on and a grip that keeps the camera afloat (among a few others). We won't have long to wait to find out the full confirmed specs and the price, so stay tuned.     

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I think that slot on the back is for the Battery Pack and other attachments, not a full sized SD card.

September 26, 2014 at 12:50AM

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the manual iris is a big one for sure. This has prevented me from using it as much as i would like up til now. On my first shoot with it i used it and the iris was hell for color grading.

September 26, 2014 at 12:59AM

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Kazu Okuda
Filmmaker
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Haven't bought a new GoPro since the first one lol I think this 'll be a nice upgrade! haha

September 26, 2014 at 1:28AM

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Chase Butler
Social Media Content Creator - DP/Director
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The slot in the back is the connector for battery bacpacks and LCD screens, not SD cards. Same slot that's on all the other GoPro models.

September 26, 2014 at 1:57AM

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Yep, that's absolutely what it is. I look rather silly, but admittedly do not own any GoPros. That may change with the new manual control option.

September 26, 2014 at 2:02AM

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Joe Marine
Editor At Large
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GoPro should just like actually GO PRO and make a Cinema camera already. They already have some of the best codecs...

September 26, 2014 at 2:06AM, Edited September 26, 2:06AM

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Angus Lyne
Filmmaker and VFX generalist
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I agree! If they made some sort of full fledged rugged cinema camera, I would definitely put that on my list of top cameras.

September 26, 2014 at 1:07PM

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Chad Fortenberry
Director of Media Content
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Finally, manual control! Wish I would of held off a little longer on getting a go pro, got one last Christmas but it seems like it could still be a solid investment. They are fun cameras to use and I love that I can just gaff tape it to anything.

September 26, 2014 at 2:20AM

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Stephen Herron
Writer/Director
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Agreed should help a lot in the air as well.

September 26, 2014 at 2:46AM

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Ryan Desjardins
Vidiot.
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Manual controls do exist in the protune settings in firmware 2.0 at least for the 3+ black, not sure about the other cameras.

September 26, 2014 at 6:23PM

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Bert Beltran
Filmmaker | Editor | Motion Graphics | Drone Op
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4k it's ideal for aerial takes. You can correct more exactly the perspective and give it a cinema "look".... without deformations....

September 26, 2014 at 2:23AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Anyone know about the codec/bit rate?

September 26, 2014 at 2:25AM

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J Robbins
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Can't wait to check this new camera out! For anyone that doesn't have time to edit their own footage, check out http://Activid.co. They have some really talented editors who will turn your raw footage into a beautifully edited video.

September 26, 2014 at 2:32AM

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Looking good, I'm waiting to see how well this camera can do in low-light situations.

September 26, 2014 at 2:34AM

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Daniel Falcon
Director, VFX artist
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Yes, it's important, ISO, etc

September 26, 2014 at 3:14AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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4K + manual exposure = Great looking drone footage.

September 26, 2014 at 2:54AM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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4K + manual exposure = Great looking drone footage.

September 26, 2014 at 2:54AM

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Luke Neumann
Cinematographer/Composer/Editor
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That's are mi thought.... :D better aerial footage

September 26, 2014 at 3:14AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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So if money was the reason you never gave a 4k before, this might open a lot of doors.
8k is tapping on the door ...

September 26, 2014 at 2:59AM

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dano smith
writer /producer
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what about the battery can we use the same 3+ battery? if we cant it sucks :(

September 26, 2014 at 4:17AM

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chamika jinadasa
Director/ Photographer
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Hero 4 Silver Edition -> 12MP Photos at 30fps
nice typing error ;)
guess it should be 12MP Photos at 3fps

September 26, 2014 at 7:29AM

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Nope…. it's actually correct with 30 fps for 1/2/3 seconds, but then the buffer is also full.

September 26, 2014 at 9:49AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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http://gopro.com/cameras/hd-hero3-black-edition%20/#/technical-specs

September 26, 2014 at 9:49AM

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Torben Greve
Cinematographer
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Ah, I've been waiting for this. Now I guess it's the time to buy that DJI Phantom ;)

September 26, 2014 at 8:12AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Owner of Cropped Media Videoproductions Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Needs global shutter!!!

September 26, 2014 at 8:16AM

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Oh, I guess you'll need 128GB or even 256GB SD card for 4K@30fps ;) (to shoot at least few hours).
I also I guess post-processing 4K video will be.. fun)

September 26, 2014 at 8:22AM, Edited September 26, 8:22AM

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"Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow Settings for Lens" that's intriguing,

September 26, 2014 at 8:29AM

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Premini
Enthusiast
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As far as I know they're just in-camera sensor crops.

September 26, 2014 at 11:42AM, Edited September 26, 11:42AM

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Chuck McDowell
1st AC
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I'm curious to see how heavily compressed the 4K image is. It uses MicroSD, which pretty much top out at 45-50MB/sec write speed.

Does anyone know what compression ratio for 4K H.264 in an MP4 wrapper would be? 15:1?

And yes, you will need many large capacity cards ;)

September 26, 2014 at 11:12AM, Edited September 26, 11:12AM

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seanmclennan
Story Teller
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Any word of release date? We use these camera's for very specialized purposes and we need a lot of them before November.

Does that seem possible?

September 26, 2014 at 11:13AM

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Josh Paul
Most often DP, Direct or Gaff
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Manual controls and the built in touchscreen are just too tempting to pass up.

September 26, 2014 at 11:55AM, Edited September 26, 11:55AM

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Ethan Cardoza
Cinematographer/Editor
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I will Now go and purchase a GoPro Camera :D

September 26, 2014 at 12:27PM

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Wentworth Kelly
Director of Photography/Editor/Colorist/Composer
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Ive never owned a goPro but this seems like its time to have a go..

September 26, 2014 at 12:52PM

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I'm excited about the 2.7k spec.

September 26, 2014 at 12:56PM

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But why does the silver version only do: 2.7K 30fps? Is that a typo?

September 26, 2014 at 12:58PM

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It's essentially the same specs of the current GoPro Black.

September 26, 2014 at 2:01PM

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Manual controls? The newest firmware 2.0 has manual controls, in the protune options. You can choose between new gopro color and flat options. Flat is good when you want to edit in post. Also, you are able to setup white balance, sharpness, ISO limits and exposure compensation. Looks to me that the only change is the 4k option, which is still great to see. But what are these other new manual controls going to do? Is it for when you are not in protune, maybe?

September 26, 2014 at 1:29PM

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Bert Beltran
Filmmaker | Editor | Motion Graphics | Drone Op
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Does this mean it will shoot 4K at 24fps, too?

September 26, 2014 at 3:16PM

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Yes, the Black edition will shoot all the way up to 30fps at 4K

September 26, 2014 at 8:09PM

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Joe Marine
Editor At Large
Shooter/Writer/Director

Unless for some reason GoPro has removed DCI 4K (which was present in the Hero 3 Black), the Black should be able to it at 24 fps.

September 27, 2014 at 8:39PM

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. . . "to do it" . . .

September 27, 2014 at 8:40PM

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I've seen it listed as UHD 24p, have not seen DCI 4k 24p anywhere. I really hope it is possible though, even if with a software update later on.

September 30, 2014 at 6:30PM

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Anthony Powell
Film Maker
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The big issue I see is if you have plans to upload the 4k content to YouTube; I had about 15 seconds of content from CES off of this device and when I went to upload it to Youtube it took several hours (as expected). The benefits of zooming in on a particular portion of the frame is there and very valuable but I think it is important to make sure people are aware of how much time the 4k footage will take to upload to popular video sharing sites such as YouTube.

September 26, 2014 at 6:56PM

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Walter Wallace
Spokesperson/Entrepreneur
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And still no IS?

September 26, 2014 at 9:35PM

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One of the early rumors mentioned electronic IS. It's a feature of the Ambarella A9, on which the Hero 4 is rumored to be based, as are 240 fps at 720p, multiexposure HDR, and WDR tone-mapping. Whether any of these are implemented is another matter.

September 27, 2014 at 9:08PM

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For a camera that small and light with such a wide-angle lens, I’m not sure image stabilization would make much of a difference.

September 29, 2014 at 1:04PM

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Ryan Toyota
Graphic Designer / Typographer / Video Editor
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Should pair up nicely with the GH4

September 27, 2014 at 7:46AM, Edited September 27, 7:46AM

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Anthony Vescio
Director/Editor
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4K at 30fps and 120fps in HD, Sign me up.

September 27, 2014 at 9:35AM

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Luna Videography
Videographer
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The single most wanted feature for me was DCI 4K at a decent bit rate :(

September 29, 2014 at 4:50PM, Edited September 29, 4:50PM

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Anthony Powell
Film Maker
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There is NO manual exposure control, you can set a ISO limit, you can compensate the auto exposure by some stops, but the lens is fixed iris aperture, the iso is always automatic (within your selected limits), the shutter speed is automatic only, so NO MANUAL EXPOSURE, not even exposure lock. (This according to its manual).

October 16, 2014 at 1:30PM

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Roberto Mettifogo
Cinematographer
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Thanks Joe, great article!

For me, if I was to compare between the 2 Hero4s, I'd say the Hero4 Silver is better packed for the price... than the Hero4 Black...
A good review here:gopro-hero4: black-vs-silver

December 7, 2014 at 5:17AM

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HanaaZ
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