The GoPro Hero 4 has always been an extremely powerful camera considering its size, weight, and price. However, today's announcement of HEROCast, a wireless transmission system designed for broadcast professionals, makes the Hero even more versatile. In essence, the HEROCast is the world's smallest and lightest micro transmitter, and it's already been used by the likes of ESPN and the NHL in order to bring GoPro-style POV shots to live television events.
Here's a bit from the HEROCast press release on the specifics of the hardware.
HEROCast is available as an independent unit that can be connected to a GoPro camera via a lockable HDMI cable, which is optimal for body mounting and engaging POV shots. HEROCast BacPac directly connects to housing of a GoPro camera, delivering an integrated, water-resistant* solution for immersive live action footage. Both configurations are compatible with HERO4 and HERO3+ Black cameras, carry up to an estimated 40 minutes of battery life** (may be powered externally for extended use), and deliver industry-standard wireless broadcast at a fraction of the cost of comparable equipment.
And here are the expected prices.
HEROCast $7,500 MSRP
- Optimized for body mounting and engaging POV shots
- Separate units for versatile mounting and easy accessibility
- Easily attached to GoPro mounts including Chesty and more
- Connects via [supplied] HDMI cable
HEROCast BacPac $7,500 MSRP
- All-in-one solution for immersive live-action footage
- Camera, transmitter, housing, and BacPac in one convenient unit
- Mounts to walls, cars, and other larger surfaces
- *Water resistant to IP67 specification
No word yet on when the HEROCast packages are expected to begin shipping.