GoPro’s new HERO4 is expected to launch sometime around October 8th, and while we’ve heard whispers of what to expect, PetaPixel have the full scoop – with images – of the three new GoPro models. So, what do we get?
Three models are to be released – the Black and Silver, and a new base-model, just known as the HERO.
Black will have full 4K video shot at 30FPS, while the Silver model won’t have that feature, but will for the first time have a built-in touch display. The third model in the line-up is the new HERO, a low-end, base model that’s likely to be far cheaper. Let’s take a look.
The Black will continue to be the flagship, now capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, up from the 15fps of older models, and will be waterproof to 40m.
The key resolutions and video frame rates: 4K at 30fps, 2.7K at 50fps, 1440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, and 720p at 120fps.
For stills, 12 megapixel photos at up 30 frames per second.
Audio capture is said to have improved, with the new system capturing twice the “dynamic range”.
Manual settings have been introduced, allowing users to control colour, ISO, exposure, and more – sure to make snappers happy, and field-of-view can now be set to three different settings: Ultra Wide (as per current models), Medium, and Narrow.
The HERO4 Silver has an intriguing new built-in touch display. It won’t shoot 4K at 30fps, but users will be able to control features of the camera and review what’s been taken just by using the screen.
Other features look to be pretty much the same as the Black – similar resolutions, frame rates, still photos and audio capture, plus manual settings.
HERO – the new low-end GoPro
Like the old ‘White’, the new HERO will be somewhat different. Embedded into its casing as a single unit, unlike the other GoPros, the camera is designed to be cheap and cheerful with minimal bells and whistles.
It won’t feature any 4K recording, and won’t have wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, delivering just high-quality 1080p at 30 FPS, and 720 at 60 FPS video capture.
The QuikCapture feature allows you to power on the camera and begin recording with a single press of a button.
The best news is that all new GoPro 4 models will be compatible with existing GoPro mounts and accessories.
A Russian YouTube channel, Rozetked, has some hands on time with the new cameras – check out the closed-captions or even the Youtube transcript for an English translation.
It appears to show that the new base HERO has poorer quality capturing than the older models, which might point to GoPro throwing everything at a super cheap model.
Pricing and Availability
There’s no word yet on pricing. Many are speculating that GoPro are trying to get close to the $US100 mark on the base HERO model, which would be quite convincing for many people.
In terms of availability, we expect the launch on October 8 – with availability in stores soon after.