GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review
Holiday season is coming up and a brand new shiny GoPro may be in order for that active family member who has a techy side. These cameras are great for recording anything but especially excel in capturing snowboarding, skiing, skateboarding, surfing, motor cycling, biking, underwater activities and many many more.
GoPro has been around for years leading the industry in active lifestyle video cameras and has been used in the making of anything from youtube videos to professional film.
Without further ado lets get into my GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review
Product: GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com
My Personal Ranking: 91/100
Lets start off by giving a little background on the Founder and company itself. GoPro was started by Nick Woodman in 2002 after reportedly being fed up with rubber banding a 35mm camera to his hand while surfing. He realized that if he was having this issue then there must be millions of other people in the same boat. He proved to be right in a huge way.
Nick Woodman had previous entrepreneurial experiences all ending mostly in failure. He later said that these failures are what inspired him to perfect GoPro and could be explained as the secret to his success.
Here are some technical features of the Hero4 Black
At the time of this writing the Hero4 Black is the most advanced most powerful GoPro that has ever been made. The processor is twice the speed of the previous versions and the video quality has never been this good. It is exciting times.
This camera can shoot in 720p, 1080p, 2.7k and the all new 4k. As you can see 4k is the next progression in the technology timeline and you may have guessed is 4x better quality then 1080p that everyone is used to. The GoPro Hero4 Black is the first active video camera to use the 4k technology and the video quality really reflects what a top professional would be looking for.
Still images are no problem
We are looking at 12 Mega Pixel images for still photos. This means that along with your video you will have the capability to take great looking images. There is also a feature where you can set the camera to time-lapse mode with intervals of half a second to 60 seconds inbetween. Such a cool feature that could be used to record clouds, sunsets or whatever your imagination can dream up.
The last setting I will talk about is the new Night Photo mode that allows for use in lower light situations. Night time is always when it’s harder to record your memories so I know many people will benefit from the night photo setting.
How is the sound quality?
Sound quality is not always the most important thing to take into account with an active video camera. That being said the GoPro Hero4 Black has great sound quality on board. It does have the compatibility to be used with various other external microphones which is pretty cool if you want even better sound.
If all of this isn’t enough check out the GoPro App and GoPro Studio
The GoPro App is absolutely awesome. Download it to your phone or tablet and have the power to access and control your GoPro from your mobile device. Use it as a remote to start and stop video recording. Another use would be to use it to upload/share your content socially. This is a very handy app indeed.
Next on the list is the GoPro Studio. If you are not familiar with this I will explain. GoPro developed its own editing software designed specifically to be used with their cameras. Enjoy the ability to create your own custom content and then share it with your family and friends or upload it to youtube.com. The possibilities are endless.
Both of these tools go great with the Hero4 and are avilable free of charge to you once you purchase the GoPro product. I think free is a pretty good deal.
No touch screen display
The one downside I see to this camera is there is no rear touch screen display. One way around this would be to purchase the GoPro LCD Touch BacPac and at under $70 I wouldn’t see this as a huge downside. You could use the camera as it is or attach the BacPac and have instant playback. It all comes down to personal preference.
Thank you for reading my GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review up to this point. GoPro has been a leader in the industry for years and in my opinion makes some of the best cameras out there today. I mean their founder Mr. Woodman is responsible after all for inventing and creating the niche.
If you want top of the line today made by the industry leading company then I would say go ahead and get the GoPro Hero4 Black edition. At $499.99 it may be a bit more pricey then other versions or brands but for what you are getting it is worth it. I remember 10 years ago you couldn’t even get a decent video camera of any kind for under $500.
What did you think of this camera? Have you owned a GoPro previously? If you have any questions or comments please feel free to drop me one below anytime. Likes, shares, tweets and +1’s are greatly appreciated as well.
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