GoPro Hero 4
GoPros are being seen more and more, and it’s not surprising considering how portable they are. There’s nothing that cannot be filmed on them, from flying in the air to diving to the bottom of the sea. GoPro cameras feature extensively at sports events like Red Bull, broadcasters like the BBC are increasingly using them to capture spectacular wildlife footage
What makes the GoPro Hero 4 an increasingly appealing piece of kit is the POV function that it offers, separate attachments make connecting the camera to various other pieces of equipment extremely hassle free. Don’t be fooled by their small size these cameras are capable of recording at full HD 1080p and now with the new Hero 4 model up to 4K at an incredible 30 fps, with super slow motion at 240 frames per second, one incredible high-resolution 4K30 and combining with 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion to enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Colour, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at 30 frames per second and improved audio, GoPro Hero 4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution for those who demand the best.
The biggest flaw of the GoPro collection is simply the missing screen on the back, meaning you won’t be able to see what you have just shot, although a separate attachment can be bought that simply clips on the back, which you can see here
The alternative to paying out for an additional attachment is the free to download GoPro app. You simply connect your smart phone to your GoPro Hero 4’s built in wifi and you can use your phone as a wireless remote control, which means you can pin the camera somewhere and record from a separate location all whilst having a live feed on your phone. For anyone looking for a hassle free way of doing this click here for a tutorial straight from the GoPro website.
Some are fairly minor, the camera status and Wi-Fi lights that were on the front before are now two small illuminated slits to the left of the LED screen.
And on the right hand side of the body the old direct access Wi-Fi button now becomes the settings button – and if you hold down for a couple of seconds it will still enable you to toggle Wi-Fi on and off.
This new settings button is part of the overhauled navigation system, which is a vast improvement and actually makes using the camera far more intuitive than the previous version.
GoPros are being seen more and more, and it’s not surprising considering how portable they are. There’s nothing that cannot be filmed on them, from flying in the air to diving to the bottom of the sea.
Finally, the battery compartment is no longer accessed through the back of the camera. It’s now located in the base, and the battery type also changes from 3.7v 1180mAh to 3.8v 1160mAh. More importantly, it’s much easier to swap out in the field than before.
As with previous models there’s a connection on the back for a screen. On the side under a protective flap are two connectors that enable direct connection to HDMI and USB along with a Micro SD card slot.
As standard the GoPro Hero 4 comes in it’s protective housing which is crucial if you want to take this thing anywhere with you. Taking it off and on is a piece of cake with its simple folding clip at the top of the house, just flip it open and you can remove the camera.
- Great image quality
- Wide assortment of mounting options
- Easy to use interface
- Poor battery life
- Needs housing to be waterproof
- Expensive compared to previous Hero generations
The GoPro Hero 4 is a little pricey especially when you consider buying all the additional extras for the GoPro, however in our opinion it is completely worth the investment, the sheer quality of the GoPro Hero 4 is stunning enough to justify that price, but when you add the portability factor with the quality and ease of use it truly distinguishes itself from the competition. If you really don’t want to shell out that kind of money for the GoPro Hero 4 then don’t panic because the GoPro Hero 3 is almost as good as with the introduction of the GoPro Session the price of the Hero 3 has fallen to a whole $100 cheaper than the Hero 4, check that out by clicking here