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 CameraGoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review

Price: $499.99

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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


GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review

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 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.GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K Action Camera Review

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.

Concluding thoughts:


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.

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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.

Thank you,


Founder of Level Up Your Gear



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  • JammySammy

    It is definately a beautiful gadget, and from your review there doesn’t seem to be many downsides to the camera… although what is the new 4k progression?

    I lost my friends GoPro surfing because the attachment came loose. I wonder if you could do a review on the fastenings and so that we are sure to keep these precious cameras safe when using them! Thanks

    • Anthony


      4k refers to the latest HD resolution available to the consumer. I’m sure you have heard of 1080p by now. Well this camera does even better video capture then that! I will work on an article in the future addressing the problem you had surfing. Great idea. Thanks for the comment.


  • Fred Chong

    Hi Anthony, Great review and excellent site for gamers and techies alike. Glad I bumped into your site. I wasn’t looking for anything GoPro but the “4K” is really an exciting new movies quality I wanted to lay my hands on. I had spent a lot of money on the camera and related gears but strangely still very much an amateur cos I like to play them like toys. It’s the technology that I love and not serious photography or movie making. Aside all the bells and whistles of this GoPro, somehow it misses out the “touch screen” convenience. I’m not sure if I should wait for one that comes with it or just grab this one:)

    • Anthony

      Hi Fred!

      I am with you in the boat of photography / videography just for fun. It is a good time to play around with. If you want a GoPro with a built in touch display the Hero4 Silver is a cheaper option. You can still capture awesome 1080p HD video and although it isn’t quite as powerful as the Hero4 Black is is a bit more affordable. Either way you should have a blast. Let me know if I can further assist.



  • Cj

    Hi Anthony,

    Who doesn’t want a GoPro? Especially the Hero 4!!

    The only problem I have is that it is a bit too expensive for me, but if you really think about it, it is actually really worth the money. For everything that you get it is a must-have.

    What accessory would you suggest for surfers? My friend had the hand-grip and while we surfed, it just broke off. Don’t know if the water might have been too rough?

    Thanks for the great review.


    • Anthony

      Hi CJ!

      You could go with something as simple as a surfboard mount for the GoPro or even a ActionSports pole…aka selfie stick haha. The HERO4 is pretty spendy but definitely worth the money in my opinion.

      Take care,


  • anthony

    Awesome Article. I have wanted to get a GoPro camera for a while, they truly are the elite when it comes to portable cameras. I would have one by now if it wasn’t for how unbelievably expensive they are. thank you for better explaining the camera to me and provide more informative pages on them.

    • Anthony

      Hey man great name!

      I head ya on the price they are pretty expensive. But they are worth the money for what they do. I haven’t really found a good replacement. Appreciate you reading the article on the HERO4 Black 4k.


  • Rich

    Thanks for the info, pretty nice review. Glad I came accross this site or I doubt I would have been able to make my mind up on this camera. ! Same goes for helping me out with a gaming headset too. Keep up the good work! Will be back I’m sure 🙂

    • Anthony


      I’m stoked to be able to help you! Dude your getting some new gear? Sweet. I’m always here if you have and further questions.

      Thanks again,


  • donnacaliegh

    As I am looking into doing regular YouTube tutorial videos, this seems like a pretty awesome camera! I hate that I’m so broke because now I want one – I guess it’s time to start saving because this looks like it will do everything I need it to. Do you have any recommendations for YouTubers that are more around the $100 range by any chance? My kids also like to make videos and I will need to get something just for them because I won’t want them playing around with mine lol!

    • Anthony


      This may be overkill for starting out on youtube but it will certainly get the job done well. For your kids maybe check these options out here: Video Cameras for Under $100. Another option is to just use your smartphone if you have a newer one they can shoot pretty nice HD quality to get you started. Let me know anytime I can help!

      Thanks again,


  • buildyourpay

    love this website , simply because I love new high tech products and always looking out for it . how long has the camera been around for ? the content is great and nice simple flowing read which is always nice and attractive and appealing to read on further .

    • Anthony


      The GoPro has been around for over a decade but this model for just over a year now. I appreciate your kind words and if you have any further questions let me know!

      Thanks again,


  • Elma


    A good article GoPro HERO4 BLACK 4K action camera. I have read about Nick Woodman and how he found a way to get his hands free while surfing. It and it seems wonderful that you can use in so many ways without hands occupied. I wish you much success with your site.


    • Anthony

      Hey there Elma,

      Thank you very much. Nick Woodman is quite the character and inspiration for that matter with his past and with the GoPro line. His nickname is the Mad Billionare. Of course they call him that endearingly. We need a documentry! Haha


  • Barrack

    I love nature walks and i also love going to the beach. I have been honestly looking for a good camera to capture the good moments. A camera that cannot spoil easily, water proofed with good memory too. Now that i have seen your review website i know where to get the best cameras. Thank you very much.

    • Anthony


      I am glad you found me here! I think the GoPro Hero4 Black 4k Action Camera would be a great option for what your looking for. Happy to help and if you need anything feel free to ask.

      Thanks again,


  • Christine

    I have been looking around for a video camera to purchase for a christmas present for myself 🙂 and came across your site. Your review of the GoPro Hero4 gives me all the information I need to make a decision.

    This camera will do everything I need and looks smart as well. I think it is a great buy at under $500. I can always get the BacPac later if I feel I need it.

    • Hi Christine,

      I am so glad to have been able to help you with this decision. I am sure you will be happy with this as a Christmas present to yourself. If you have any further questions please feel free to ask as I’m always happy to help. Thank you for reading my review of the GoPro Hero4 Black 4k!


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