GoPro Hero 4 is to be released in 2014 having succeeded the Hero 3 product line. It comes with a variety of features and accessories that accentuate the whole video and photography experience to give users the best in quality and reality. We take a quick look at the GoPro Hero 4 review to give us more insight on what to expect.
To begin with, the GoPro Hero 4 is a lot lighter than the previous product line, the Hero 3, by approximately 25percent. The bulk of this reduction is attributed to the reduced thickness at only 20mm. However, the height and width both remain unchanged for the purposes of compatibility with GoPro’s accessories. The front panel features the f/2.8 aspherical lens that offers double the image sharpness and significantly reduces the level of barrel distortion on its field of view. Very little has been done to alter the characteristic sharp image and video of the Hero 4.
GoPro Hero 4 Review
The GoPro Hero 4 features the improved monochromatic LCD display found in Hero 3. It is relatively easy to navigate the display thanks to the navigation buttons including the power and mode buttons that helps in switching between the modes. In addition to that, there are two indicator lights on the front panel; the red indicator indicates that the Hero 4 is on record mode while the blue light indicates Wi-Fi is active.
The back panel features a removable cover for the powerful 1050mAh battery. It is always a good practice to carry swappable batteries especially if you plan to stay out all day. A BacPac connection that connects things such as the Battery BacPacs and the LCD can also be found next to the battery door.
Viewed from the front, there is a Wi-Fi button on the right side of the Hero 4 that serves to activate and deactivate the Wi-Fi connection with smartphones. There is also a Wi-Fi remote controller that is included in the black edition of the Hero 4. The left side features a host of Hero 4 connections such as the Micro-HDMI output. There is also a microSD card slot that has been shrunk from the full SD to give more space. The SD card slot can support external storage of up to 64 GB although it does not come with a microSD card. Lastly, there is a USB port that can be used to connect to your PC for charging as well as syncing purposes.
The opposite side of the GoPro Hero 4 features a minute pinhole that can be used as a microphone for recording video together with your video. Like the Hero 3 edition, the Hero 4 edition also comes with swappable back panel that enhances the recording of audio at speeds not exceeding 100mph.
The back panel of the Hero 4 can also be removed for replacement. The door features a two stage locking mechanism that offers security and also ensures the camera stays in its case safely.
The image and video processors of the Hero 4 differs in the three editions; the Black, White and Silver editions that will be discussed briefly in this gopro Hero 4 review.
The Hero 4 black edition comes top with the fastest image and video processing capabilities that is twice as good as the one in Hero 3. In addition to that, this video processor can capture video quality of up to 1080p with 60fps, 960p at up to 100fps and 720p at up to 120fps. Users can also capture even sharper images at 1440p. These resolutions are too high and can only be displayed on very high quality monitors. It can also capture high quality still photos of up to 12MP. The Hero 4 provides 4 different modes for still photos; the single shot, continuous, burst and the time-lapse. The time lapse mode offers flexibility ranging from a shot every mili-second to a shot every 60 seconds. Also, this particular edition has the capability of capturing still photos while recording videos at the same time. The time interval between still shots when recording videos can also be set from 5 seconds to 60 seconds depending on the user’s needs.
GoPro Hero 4 Review Conclusion
The Silver edition has a lower image processor that matches that found in Hero 3. It can record video of up to 1080p at only 30fps. It can also capture still photos at a maximum of 11MP. The White edition on the other hand can only capture still images at a maximum of 5MP.