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[h=2]GoPro HERO4 Revealed! 4K Video at 30FPS and the First Built-In Touch Display[/h]


The rumor mill is abuzz with speculation, but we have the first full scoop on the GoPro HERO4.
As many have reported, the two big features that are appearing are 4K video recording at 30FPS and a built-in touch display.

Unfortunately, these two features won’t be appearing in the same camera. Instead, there will be two models: the HERO4 Black (shown above) and the HERO4 Silver (shown below).

[h=3]HERO4 Black[/h]

The HERO4 Black is a powerhouse action camera that doubles the performance of the previous GoPro (yet again). Touted as “the most advanced GoPro ever,” it has improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor.
The Black will capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, up from the 15fps of previous GoPros, allowing for extremely high-quality footage that’s much more usable for a wide variety of applications.
Here are the available resolutions and frame rates: 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, and 720p at 120fps. It appears these cameras are no longer capable of 240fps.
For still images, you’ll be able to capture 12 megapixel photos at 30 frames per second.

Audio capture is also improved, with the new system capturing 2x the dynamic range.
On the front of the camera is an ultra-wide angle glass lens, and the camera can be set to three different field-of-view settings: Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow.
There will be new manual settings for both photography and videography — controls such as color, ISO limit, exposure, and more.
The camera is waterproof down to 131 feet (40m). Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, exposure settings for nighttime shooting, a “HiLight Tag” feature for marking key moments in footage, a QuikCapture feature for powering up and recording with one button press, and auto low light features.
Regarding the issue of backward compatibility, the Black and Silver will both be compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories.
[h=3]HERO4 Silver[/h]

The HERO4 Silver doesn’t offer 4K video recording, but it’s the first GoPro to offer a convenient built-in touch display.
Users will be able to control the camera, frame shots, and review content simply by tapping and swiping the screen.


On the video side, the Silver will be able to capture 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p at 120fps.
For still photography, the Silver will match the Black with 12 megapixel photos at 30 frames per second.
The other features (e.g. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HiLight Tag, QuikCapture, waterproofing) are pretty much the same as the HERO4 Black.
[h=3]Other Accessories[/h]Other accessories to be announced alongside the HERO4 include: a blackout housing that gives your camera a matte black finish for stealthy and low-glare shooting, a removable battery pack that gives your GoPro more juice, a dual battery charger for juicing two packs simultaneously, a wearable waterproof remote, and a grip that keeps your camera afloat.
[h=3]Pricing and Availability[/h]

[h=1]We haven’t heard anything in terms of pricing and availability, but our source tells us that the official announcement date for the GoPro HERO4 cameras will most likely be October 8th, 2014.

Here is the GoPro HERO4 with 4K Up to 30fps[/h]


[h=5]GoPro is ready to unleash their next camera, the HERO4, and it's going to be their first to offer full-motion 4K up to 30fps.[/h]These are our first images and specs of the HERO4, which is rumored to be announced October 8th (no price info yet). There will be two versions of the camera that we know of, the Black and Silver editions, and apparently previous accessories will work with the new cameras (thanks to PetaPixel for the images and info):
[h=1]GoPro HERO4 Black[/h]
Specs with max frame rates:

  • 4K Up to 30fps
  • 2.7K 50fps
  • 1440p 80fps
  • 1080p 120fps
  • 960p 120fps
  • 720p 120fps (PetaPixel is reporting that it won't do 240fps)
  • Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow Settings for Lens
  • Manual controls for ISO, Exposure, Color
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Mark key moments in footage for later
[h=1]GoPro HERO4 Silver[/h]
Specs with max frame rates:

  • Touchscreen Display
  • 4K Up to 15fps
  • 2.7K 30fps
  • 1440p 48fps
  • 1080p 60fps
  • 960p 100fps
  • 720p 120fps
  • 12MP Photos at 30fps
  • It seems the rest of the features will match the Black Edition (unclear on manual controls but I would expect it to have them as well)
There have been rumors for a long time about what GoPro would be doing with their next major release (4K 30fps was likely), but this looks like our first solid information. The company has been consistent with announcing new products in the fall, and this year will be no different with the HERO4 Black and Silver. It seems like all of the specs are confirmed, but we may find out more when these cameras are officially announced.
While 4K is exciting for drone work (among other things), finally getting manual controls over exposure is huge. This has been one of my pet peeves with the cameras, and I know many others have been asking for this as well. If this turns out to be 100% accurate, these tiny cameras just got a whole lot more usable in more situations.

[h=1]Having a touchscreen is nice, but it's interesting that only one of the models would get it, and the other wouldn't. Manual controls make this a very nice update for lots of work. As far as accessories go, apparently there will be some sort of battery pack add-on and a grip that keeps the camera afloat (among a few others). We won't have long to wait to find out the full confirmed specs and the price, so stay tuned.

GoPro Hero 4 Rumors: 30 Fps 4K Video Capture and Touch LCD Coming Soon[/h]16,960

[h=4]Mario Aguilar[/h]Profile

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Yesterday 3:13pm


A thread on Reddit rounds up a bunch of speculation swirling about the GoPro Hero 4, including images of the new action camera that look pretty legitimate. GoPro makes some of themost popular cameras in the world, so we'll definitely see something eventually. At the very least these rumors are a good guess.
The Reddit thread compiles information from a variety of sources including accidentally leaked promotional materials, manuals, and firmware. Though we can't be sure it's all real, there's enough consistency on certain probable upgrades that we'd call them a safe wager.
The key feature upgrade we're seeing is that the Hero 4 will have 4K video capture at 30 fps. Though the Hero 3+ Black had 4K video capture, it only recorded at 15 fps, which is mostly useless. At the standard 30 fps, on the other hand, 4K footage would be a huge boon. Given the rising popularity of 4K video and displays, this would be an important improvement that might entice people to upgrade.
The camera's overall size will reportedly be the same so that it still works with old accessories. Still, there will supposedly be some design changes the most important of which is a new touch LCD on the back of the camera that allows you to monitor your footage. Until now, GoPros have only had a small display on the front, and to monitor the footage, you've had to connect to a separate device.

Leaked photos such as the one above show a few other minor tweaks, like recoding and Wi-Fi indicator lights on the front of the camera.
There's no way to know for sure if this is real until we hear it from the company, but these new features and specs seem pretty plausible. In the past, the company has refreshed its products in the fall so it's possible that we'll see a new Hero soon. GoPro makes our favorite action cameras, so we'll obviously be following with great interest when a refresh does eventually come along. [Reddit]

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