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GoPro HERO4 Revealed

Spurious images of GoPro’s new HERO4 have emerged crossed the internet. 

As many have speculated, 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 and the HERO4 Silver.

Touted as “the most advanced GoPro ever,” it has improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor, the HERO4 Black is said to be loaded with double the features and performance of its predecessor.

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.

In addition, there will be new manual settings for both photography and videography, with controls such as color, ISO limit, exposure, and more.

Furthermore, new the camera is waterproof down to 131 feet (40m), to include other features such as 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.

There’s more..  Both models will offer backward compatibility, that’s  compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories.

The HERO4 Silver doesn’t offer 4K video recording at 30fps (it still does 15fps), 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.

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.

There’s been no word on pricing and availability, but the consensus seems to be that the official announcement date for the GoPro HERO4 cameras will most likely occur in early  October.

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