After almost a year of rumours and speculation GoPro have finally released the official specifications for the much anticipated GoPro Hero 4 Black with many new features that will be massively beneficial to us FPV & AP users.
A quick run down of the features that will appeal to FPV and Aerial Photography:
- Improved video processor that gives twice the frame rate, meaning 120fps 1080p videos are now possible, high frame-rates can help reduce shutter roll and of course the higher the frame rate the better the result when slowing down footage to smooth it out.
- The 4K feature now offers 30fps which means jitter-free super high-resolution videos.
- With QuickCapture there is no more having to remember to press record before flying, you can set your GP4 so that is starts recording as soon as you power it on.
- Auto Low Light – The GP4 can automatically adjust the frame-rate in low light conditions to optimise the exposure while recording video.
- Ultra fast 30fps 12MP photos.. Capture stills that you can cherry pick from or simply stitch them together as a video.
Thankfully the form factor and weight remain the same so we wont all have to go out and buy new gimbals but we’re a little disappointed that there is no wide-dynamic-range feature for night video..
Official Feature List
- 2x the Performance
With improved image quality, a 2x more powerful processor and 2x faster video frame rates, HERO4 Black is the most advanced GoPro ever.
- Professional Video up to 4K30
Records ultra high-resolution, high frame rate 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video.
- Fast, Powerful Photo Capture
Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps.
- Built-In Wi-Fi + Bluetooth
Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote.
- Protune —Now for Video + Photos
Cinema-quality capture and manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more.
- Night Photo + Night Lapse
Customizable exposure settings up to 30 seconds for single and Time Lapse photos.
- HiLight Tag
Mark key moments while recording for easy playback, editing and sharing.
Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button.
Captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle field of view.
- Auto Low Light
Automatically adjusts frame rates for optimal low-light performance.
- High-Performance Audio
New audio system captures clean, high fidelity sound and nearly 2x the dynamic range.
- Improved Camera Control
New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever.
- Ultra Wide-Angle Glass Lens
Enables engaging, immersive footage of you and your world.
- Selectable FOV – Three FOV settings
Ultra Wide, Medium and Narrow—allow for a broad range of perspectives.
- Durable + Waterproof to 131’ (40m)
Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions.
- Wearable + Mountable
Enables immersive self-capture during your favorite activities.
- Compatible with all GoPro Mounts
60+ mounts and accessories—and counting—for capturing a wide variety of perspectives and activities.
- GoPro App + Software
Control your camera remotely. View and share your content. Easily create gorgeous, GoPro-style videos.
- HERO4 Black Camera
- Standard Housing 131’ (40m)
- Skeleton Backdoor
- Rechargeable Battery
- Curved Adhesive Mount
- Flat Adhesive Mount
- Quick Release Buckles
- 3-Way Pivot Arm
- USB Cable
As well as the new features you’ll notice a remote is no longer included but to be honest I’m not sure many people bothered using the remotes any more? I know I’ve never even taken mine out of the box!
To compliment the Black Edition GoPro are also releasing a new GoPro 4 Silver model which will have the same specification as the previous Hero 3/3+ Black Edition but it will include a built in LCD display which would make it a competitor for standard point-and-click digital cameras.
For more details please visit: http://shop.gopro.com/EMEA/hero4