September 29, 2014

4K GoPro HERO4 is Now Official for $500

GoPro HERO4 and HERO Lineup
The announcement of the HERO4 BlackSilver, and lower-priced HERO might have leaked a few days early, but now we've got the official launch today.

GoPro often goes big launch videos, and its no different with the HERO4:

GoPro HERO4 Black

GoPro HERO4 Black Thumbnail
GoPro HERO4 Black Side

Intro video for the HERO4 Black:

Here are the full specs for the HERO4 Black:

  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K50, and 1080p Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow Field of View Settings: These help you choose the preferred perspective, be it wide-angle and inclusive, medium for a bit of focus, or close-up
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity: Pair it with a mobile device or the separately available Smart Remote, Control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600'line-of-sight
  • Protune for Photo and Video: Gives you manual control over color, ISO limit, exposure, and more
  • QuikCapture: Power the camera on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button
  • HiLight Tag: Tag the highlights in your videos during recording for easy retrieval and playback later
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes: Take photos at user-defined intervals to use in time-lapse videos — .5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
  • Built-in Mic, HDMI, USB, MicroSD
  • Waterproof Housing Depth: 131.0' / 40.0 m
  • Availability: October 5th 2014
  • Price: $500

GoPro HERO4 Silver

GoPro HERO4 Silver Back

Intro video for the HERO4 Silver:

Full specs for the HERO4 Silver:

  • Supports 4K15, 2.7K50, 1080p60 Video
  • Capture 12MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Built-In Touchscreen Display
  • Protune for Photo and Video: Gives you manual control over color, ISO limit, exposure, and more
  • QuikCapture: Power the camera on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow Field of View Settings: These help you choose the preferred perspective, be it wide-angle and inclusive, medium for a bit of focus, or close-up
  • Camera Housing Waterproof to 131'
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity: Pair it with a mobile device or the separately available Smart Remote, Control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600'line-of-sight
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • HiLight Tag: Tag the highlights in your videos during recording for easy retrieval and playback later
  • Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes: Take photos at user-defined intervals to use in time-lapse videos — .5 sec, 1 sec, 2 sec, 5 sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 60 sec
  • Works with Optional Smart Remote
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
  • Built-in Mic, HDMI, USB, MicroSD
  • Waterproof Housing Depth: 131.0' / 40.0 m
  • Availability: October 5th 2014
  • Price: $400
GoPro HERO4 Silver Resolution Chart

GoPro HERO

GoPro HERO

Intro video for the GoPro HERO:

And specs for the HERO:

  • Supports 1080p30 and 720p60 Video
  • Captures 5MP Photos at 5 fps
  • Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens
  • Camera Waterproof to 131'
  • Interval Capture for Time Lapse
  • Auto Low Light
  • QuickCapture 1-Button Power/Record
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Skeleton Backdoor for Better Audio
  • Flat and Curved Adhesive Mounts Included
  • Waterproof: 131.0' / 40.0 m (Camera)
  • Availability: October 5th 2014
  • Price: $130

The biggest difference between the two HERO4 models that we've seen so far are the higher frame rates on the Black edition, and the touchscreen display only on the Silver edition. It's unclear why the Black model wouldn't also get the touchscreen since it seems to be their flagship, but it's possible that they wanted a more significant way to differentiate the two products more than just specs. As we said before, the HERO is very similar to the HERO3 White, but is coming in much cheaper at $130. We've also heard that the ProTune is capable of up to 60mbps, so it's possible we may see recording quality improvements depending on the frame rate. All three cameras will be available in the first week of October.     

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Anyone know if the size & weight (or overall form factor) has changed from Hero3+?

September 29, 2014 at 3:12PM, Edited September 29, 3:12PM

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Tim Ryan
Filmmaker
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I am assuming that would be a priority. I'm sure they wouldn't want to upset those of us that invested in the DJI quad copter systems and other aerial rigs.

September 29, 2014 at 4:08PM, Edited September 29, 4:08PM

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Connor Day
Director of Photography
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I think its practically the same, except the battery is slightly smaller and gets loaded from the bottom now. Thus previous model's batteries are not compatible which is a bummer.

September 29, 2014 at 4:47PM, Edited September 29, 4:47PM

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Why Hero 4 is $400 ?
Although Hero 3 is $ 199 !
http://goo.gl/tHzviD

September 30, 2014 at 4:43AM

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not significantly, look this chart: http://vegasaur.com/gopro-hero4-hero3-comparison

October 9, 2014 at 11:15AM

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Alex
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Wow, footage looks great!

September 29, 2014 at 3:40PM, Edited September 29, 3:40PM

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Nick
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Don't like that you can't change your field of view on the 4k options, your stuck with the wide. For aerial, I prefer using the medium option rather than wide. I don't think I will make the jump just yet. Especially with a $500 price tag, I rather go with an option like the GH4 for the lowest end of 4k aerial. But its still great to see the push forward on getting 4k into these tiny action cams.

September 29, 2014 at 3:49PM

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Bert Beltran
Filmmaker | Editor | Motion Graphics | Drone Op
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Your logic is flawed, you would need a much more expensive aerial drone to have to ability to make the GH4 air born. If you are going for an economy aerial system, you can't beat the DJI Phantom 2 (which could not handle the GH4, as you probably know).

September 29, 2014 at 4:13PM, Edited September 29, 4:13PM

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Connor Day
Director of Photography
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*Edit*: to have *the* ability
(still waiting on that edit option (; )

September 29, 2014 at 4:15PM

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Connor Day
Director of Photography
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There are much better platforms than the Phantom for lifting the GoPro.

October 2, 2014 at 12:23AM

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Tom Holton
UAS Specialist
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You can always change the lens out for an AICO 5.4mm lens. Granted you still won't get Red or GH4 quality, but at least it will get rid of the fisheye.

October 2, 2014 at 12:30AM

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Tom Holton
UAS Specialist
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WOW!!! Thanks for sharing! I have always not liked the fisheye lens on my Hero3+. Thank you so much

October 7, 2014 at 12:01AM

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Tery Wilson
Filmmaker
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Looks promising. In use on my DJI Phantom 2, the GoPro Hero 3+ Black works best in medium or narrow field-of-view mode. This means that the 4K will not be usable for me with most aerial work (with only ultra-wide available). Ultra-wide lets too much of the blades and frame into the shot, and is more prone to blade 'flutter' in the lighting. Yes, one can crop in on the 4K image, so maybe this will make up for this shortcoming...

September 29, 2014 at 4:32PM

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Robert Bryant
Writer, Editor, Sound Designer
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I understand the physical limits of the memory buffer for not being able to shoot 240fps, but why not do something like a 15 second burst, similar to how the Sony FS700 does its high speed capture. it it can shoot 30fps of high res stills, it has to have a large enough buffer for a decent length of 240fps HD video at a small fraction of that bit rate. Do you think they could update this later as an added feature?

September 29, 2014 at 4:56PM

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Dan Hoene
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I have a technical question about the GoPro 4K here. Can someone answer it: http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/beginner-question-about-gopro-hero-4k

September 29, 2014 at 4:59PM

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Jeff Rivera
Filmmaker | Storyteller
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My assumption is that they did not include the touchscreen on the Black edition to keep the heat down when filming at higher framerates and higher resolution. Typically, recording at a higher bitrate creates more heat. Even a tiny screen will also create some heat, or at the very least, hinder heat dispersion.

They may have also excluded the screen to preserve battery life as well. It's not like GoPros have ever had excellent battery life to begin with, and I assume adding a screen causes significant drain.

Either way, I'd still take the higher bitrate and 4k over a preview screen, though it would be nice to have them both, and I suppose you could always add the screen attachment or use the app for framing if you really need it.

September 29, 2014 at 5:42PM

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Ty
Cinematographer, Editor, Director
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The A9 chip that they used in the black edition was bigger then the old one used in the 3+ so once they crammed it into the same case there probably wasn't room.

October 2, 2014 at 11:52AM

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Very nice, looks like they're already out in action too. There was a few floating around on the redbull rampage live stream this morning.

September 29, 2014 at 6:02PM

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Tom Hornblow
Camera operator, Steadicam
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Excited to snag one! The only thing I am worried about is the transfer rate of the 4k video via Micro SD.

September 29, 2014 at 6:05PM, Edited September 29, 6:05PM

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Walter Wallace
Spokesperson/Entrepreneur
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Poll running on Massdrop for this dro.ps/v/RdOO4uc. Would be interesting to see how low they could get it if there was a fair few people interested.

September 29, 2014 at 7:42PM, Edited September 29, 7:42PM

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Tom Hornblow
Camera operator, Steadicam
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At the $400 price range, is the Hero 4 Silver or Hero 3+ Black a better deal? It seems the specs are about the same other than the screen on the 4.

September 29, 2014 at 7:56PM

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Cory
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Hero 4 Silver states it can do 2560 x 1440 at 48fps whereas Hero 3+ seems to only offer up to 30fps at that same resolution (taken from B&H Website).

Screen on the Hero 4 Silver might reduce battery life + cause more heat (so maybe noisier footage for long durations?).

There is a change in the menu configuration + option to control ISO on the Hero 4. And looks like different batteries for longer duration.

October 1, 2014 at 10:59AM

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Benjamin Chan
Filmmaker / Video Productions
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I really like how this one has the T-Lapse controls so you can do long exposures. It Will be fun to make some quick lapses in low light.

September 29, 2014 at 8:06PM, Edited September 29, 8:06PM

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Ryan Farner
Film Fan
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Hero 4 with 4k with 24-30 frames ... It's my dream . You can rescalate and correct. You win a film look or something like that.

September 30, 2014 at 2:29AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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I don’t think the footage will have a “film look” to it. High-resolution, yes, but not the shallow depth-of-field that many crave for that “film look.” This is primarily a sports/action cam, after all. Not made for dramas.

September 30, 2014 at 2:47AM

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Ryan Toyota
Graphic Designer / Typographer / Video Editor
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Yes... and no... Some times it's good have aerial take with the F20 or 22 so the go pro is not different because you don't need shallow (for this particular case) and other cases you have allright.

October 1, 2014 at 2:56AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Can't say I really need it but I've been thinking about getting a GoPro for a while since it's so small and easy to mount on anything. The differentiation between Black and Silver on this new version is a bit strange in my mind. LCD on Silver but not on Black? The low-priced Hero seems very interesting, but since it does not say if it has ProTune or not I believe it doesn't, so perhaps I should look for a old Hero3 Silver or Black if the prices have dropped. I can't seem to find a good list of which models support ProTune. Please let me know if there are more, but these are the ones I've found for now: Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, Hero3+ Black, Hero3 Black, Hero3 Silver, HD Hero 2. (Note that Hero3+ Silver does NOT have it while the older Hero3 Silver does.)

September 30, 2014 at 3:51AM, Edited September 30, 3:51AM

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I think they are gonna sell A LOT of the super cheap ones. $130 for what is basically a crash cam? Pretty damn amazing.

September 30, 2014 at 7:09AM, Edited September 30, 7:09AM

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Anthony Vescio
Director/Editor
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Can someone explain to me why didn't they add a screen for the black edition??!! if they tough that professionals don't need a screen well actually we do i use the hero 3 black edition for weddings and monitoring on the phone with 3 seconds lag is not my favorite, they could have made 2 black edition, one without a screen for those who don't need it, dji drones users for example and another one with a screen... dissapointed!!

September 30, 2014 at 7:29AM

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The A9 chip that they used in the black edition was bigger then the old one used in the 3+ so once they crammed it into the same case there probably wasn't room.

October 2, 2014 at 11:54AM

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What are the lens specs? Aperture and 35mm equivalent?

I see a potential use as a dedicated slo-mo camera.

September 30, 2014 at 12:04PM

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Alex Zakrividoroga
Director
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Does the Hero 4 Black have a 24-fps DCI 4K option? I know the 3 could do it at 12 fps, and I assume that if it's still there, it's been doubled on the 4. I can't seem to find the answer on the GoPro site.

September 30, 2014 at 12:09PM, Edited September 30, 12:09PM

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Is going to drive post-production crazy.
Great tool.

September 30, 2014 at 12:51PM, Edited September 30, 12:51PM

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Apostolos Nikolaidis
Filmmaker / Director
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Worth the upgrade if you use a GoPro often but I think I'll wait until the 5 or 6 so the battery life improves and they reach Full 4K.

September 30, 2014 at 1:36PM, Edited September 30, 1:36PM

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Phillip Shvartsman
Film Student
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The Hero 4 black has 4K at 30fps

October 2, 2014 at 11:56AM

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Tried watching in 4K, internet couldn't handle it. b/c we deff. need 4K and higher right?

September 30, 2014 at 9:57PM, Edited September 30, 9:57PM

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PinZ
Director / Writer / Producer
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True, but it is very nice having 4K+ in post, for lots of reasons. My clients only want 1080p masters, even for TV. I'm bummed the 4K is only ultra wide angle, too. Damn!

October 1, 2014 at 10:54AM

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Patrick Ortman
I tell stories. Sometimes for money. Sometimes, not.
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With the bluetooth available now, doesn't that mean we could easily control the GoPro while flying it with DJI Phantom?

October 4, 2014 at 2:40AM, Edited October 4, 2:40AM

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On many of the footage I see on YouTube, I can see those annoying curvature lines. That's fine for an action film of a guy who hooks up his cam on his helmet while on a motorcycle, but I'm wondering if these cams are suited for fiction work! I mean, those curved lines are pretty annoying and I assume if one day the footage is projected on a big screen, it's going to be even worse. Has anybody noticed that?

February 17, 2015 at 8:56AM

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Excellent post ! Nice footage ! Looks promising ! But what about the Best Go pro stabilizer stabilizer? I want to know which is the best or what are the Best Go pro stabilizer....

October 1, 2017 at 12:29PM, Edited October 1, 12:29PM

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shakib shahriar tabin
Photography intern
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