Thoughts On The GoPro Hero4 Black

Most audience members today recognize the ultrawide view of action shots from seemingly impossible perspectives – a hallmark and calling card of GoPro, a company that made it’s name in action video.

GoPro has announced their latest offering this week, and we will focus on the top-of-the-line model with the GoPro Hero4 Black. GoPro has definitely hit on the successful formula. They manufacture small, easy to use cameras that are technically sophisticated, adaptable, and inexpensive. The GoPro Hero4 follows that pattern closely.

GoPro Hero4 BlackThoughts On The GoPro Hero4 Black

The GoPro Hero4 is capable of 4k shooting up to 30 frames per second, and the fps only goes up from there. At 2.7k it can shoot at 50 fps, and at full 1080p HD it can shoot a remarkable 120 fps for some outstanding slow motion shots.

The Good of the The GoPro Hero4:

  • 4K/2.7K/1080p up to 120 fps (depending on resolution)
  • Adaptable and easily mountable
  • Wifi-enabled
  • Time-lapse capabilities
  • Low-cost (relatively)
  • Advanced Auto Low Light Mode (which is well-implemented)
  • Protune shooting for advanced users

The Not So Good of The GoPro Hero4:

  • No touchscreen (the Hero4 Silver has one)
  • Don’t count on the audio

Final thoughts on The GoPro Hero4:

GoPro basically started the action-cam market, and while many other manufacturers are trying to take their own share of that market, GoPro is continuing to lead the way in both in shooting and price. The Hero4 Black is an outstanding addition to the GoPro line, and the advanced features turn the little box into a shooting powerhouse.

While the lack of a touchscreen is somewhat puzzling, it probably has to do with maintaining battery power and dissipating heat that comes from shooting at higher resolutions. And while the GoPro is not designed for audio, that is a small price to pay for such a powerful little camera. Anyone looking for a good action cam should consider the GoPro Hero4 Black.

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ARTICLE BY Michael Head

Michael Head is a filmmaker and full-time geek living the the Dallas-Fort Worth Metromess. Follow him at @michaeldhead. Check in every Tuesday for Micheal’s “tech-Tuesday” articles. Check out his website.
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