GoPro, Inc. just announced a powerful new addition to its already popular line of video capture devices. These high-performance devices are called HERO4, a revolutionary new line that includes easy-to-use components, while delivering professional-quality results.
HERO4 comes in two editions. The first is the HERO4 Black. This device is said to deliver twice the performance of previous models, with cinema-quality 4K video coming in at 30-frames-per-second. The 2.7K video comes in at 50-frames-per-second, while the 1080p video comes in at 120-frames-per-second. This allows users to virtually avoid rolling shutter in most cases, while making room for slow motion effects. The HERO4 Black also includes a new, redesigned audio system with twice the dynamic range of past models. In addition, there is improved low light performance, improved image quality and highlight moment tagging.
HERO4 Silver includes the same level of professional image quality as the HERO4 Black model, but does not include all of the higher performance video capture modes. However, the Silver edition does include a convenient built-in touch display, as well as makes for an easy to use model for consumers. The HERO4 Silver allows for 12MP photos with burst speeds of 30-photos-per-second.
The HERO4 Black retails for around $499. The HERO4 Silver retails at around $399. Both models are expected to be available to the public October 5 through either GoPro.com or by shopping at select retailers.
For consumers looking for an entry-level GoPro, there is also HERO. Simple in design, but including a waterproof and rugged exterior, HERO comes with a much smaller price tag of around $129. HERO boasts high-quality 1080p video of 30-frames-per-second and 720p video of 60-frames-per-second.
Other options being released on October 5 include a number of new GoPro accessories and mounts. These include The Handler. This durable, ergonomic and lightweight handgrip allows for easy handheld shooting. The Smart Remote is a new option that allows you to take control of your GoPro up to 600-feet away. This wearable remote is also waterproof. You can mark events as they occur when you pair the HiLight Tag button of the Smart Remote with either the HERO4 Black or HERO4 Silver. Finally, there are new BacPac accessories, which allow for nearly twice the battery power compared with the camera’s internal battery. The new LCD BacPac allows for improved swipe performance and touch when you pair it with the HERO4 Black.
Along with the new editions, GoPro also announced updates to its desktop editing software, as well as the GoPro mobile App. The GoPro Studio will now support the HiLight Tag feature of HERO4, allowing for convenient and faster editing by quickly identifying your best pictures. The mobile GoPro App allows for full control of HERO4 Silver and Black, providing easy and quick changes to any setting or mode. Along with playback, shot preview and sharing videos through Twitter, Facebook, text and email, the GoPro App also features support for HiLight Tagging during recording.