GoPro's new iPhone-connected Hero4 wearable camera captures 4K video at 30fps

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in General Discussion edited September 2014
GoPro on Monday announced its new 2014 lineup of wearable action cameras, including the flagship Hero4 Black, which is capable of recording not only 4K-resolution video at 30 frames per second, but also high-definition 1080p footage at 120 frames per second.




Priced at $499.99, the Hero4 Black is the most professional-grade model in GoPro's new product lineup. It also features a redesigned audio system that captures high-fidelity audio at two times the dynamic range of previous models.

The Hero4 black also has improved image quality and low-light performance, as well as highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface. Capture modes also include 2.7K video at 50 frames per second, and a new "4K Superview" mode with ultra-wide field of view at a cinematic 24 frames per second.

Like previous models, including the GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition that AppleInsider tested last year, the new GoPro Hero4 will include Wi-Fi connectivity to allow it to be controlled and for content to be viewed from a connected iPhone or iPad. This year's model also adds a Bluetooth radio for even more capabilities, and connection speeds and power management are said to have been improved.



"For the past twelve years, our passion has been to make it easy for people to self-capture jaw dropping, professional quality footage of themselves engaged in their favorite activities," said GoPro Founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman. "That passion led us to embark on our most ambitious design and engineering effort ever, and the result is nothing short of the ultimate GoPro -- the Hero4 Black. We can't wait to see what the world captures with it."




Joining the Hero4 Black will be the Hero4 Silver, priced at $399.99. The $100 price cut reduces 4K video recording to 15 frames per second and also eliminates the 4K Superview wide field-of-vision capabilities.

The Silver model also records 2.7K video at 30 frames per second, and 1080p at 60 frames per second, but still boasts built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It also comes with a built-in touchscreen display, which the Hero 4 Black lacks.

Both new Hero4 cameras are set to become available on Oct. 5.

The GoPro app for iPhone will also be updated to support Hero4 and new features like "HiLight Tagging" while recording, and searching for tags during playback.




Also joining the GoPro lineup is the Hero, a budget-priced sports camera that will be available for $129.99. It lacks built-in Wi-Fi for iPhone connectivity, but captures high-resolution 1080p video at 30 frames per second with its wide-angle lens, and 720p video can be recorded at 60 frames per second.

Finishing out the GoPro lineup are the $299.99 Hero3+ Silver, which records 1080p at 60 frames per second, and the $199.99 Hero3 White, which captures 1080p at 30 frames per second. Both cameras do feature built-in Wi-Fi for iOS connectivity.

Finally, a trio of new mounts are also set to launch on Oct. 5. They are:
  • Smart remote: Control your GoPro from up to 600 feet away with this wearable and waterproof remote. Also allows users to mark moments with a "HiLight Tag" button.
  • The Handler: A compact floating handgrip.
  • New BacPac accessories: A new Battery BacPac provides almost twice the power over the built-in battery alone. And a new LCD BacPac provides improved touch and swipe performance when used with the Hero4 Black.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    davendaven Posts: 526member
    And people complain about the price of iPhones...
  • Reply 2 of 11

    I have no comment on GoPros, as I've never used one, but I sure wish that I had bought the stock about a month ago. It's doubled already!

  • Reply 3 of 11

    I need 8K at 480fps in RAW or ProRes at least. This thing blows.

  • Reply 4 of 11
    dacloo wrote: »
    I need 8K at 480fps in RAW or ProRes at least. This thing blows.

    And that's why RED exists.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,249member
    I'm ordering one for sure, the Black waterproof version. It will be great fun for kayaking and shooting the wild life in 4K.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,249member
    daven wrote: »
    And people complain about the price of iPhones...

    Not sure I follow ..? This is unbelievably inexpensive or is that what you meant?
  • Reply 7 of 11
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post



    I'm ordering one for sure, the Black waterproof version. It will be great fun for kayaking and shooting the wild life in 4K.

    Thinking about getting one to.   I go to our Hawaii lab a few times a year and usually bring the Mrs.- but bringing my 5 and 1 yr old this time.  I love surfing, and am gonna get my 5 yr old up with me and want to record it.  Anybody have ideas here?

     

    SolipsismX - you surf, correct?

  • Reply 8 of 11
    And that's why RED exists.

    I was just kidding :) pretty amazing what these cams can do.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    davendaven Posts: 526member
    Not sure I follow ..? This is unbelievably inexpensive or is that what you meant?

    I think the GoPro is expensive for what it is. A contract-free iPhone 6 isn't much more costly than the GoPro black an it does a lot more. You can't argue that it has to do with economy of scale as GoPro is hardly a low volume product.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    heliahelia Posts: 170member

    Great for people doing surfing/diving/skiing/etc!

  • Reply 11 of 11
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    daven wrote: »
    I think the GoPro is expensive for what it is. A contract-free iPhone 6 isn't much more costly than the GoPro black an it does a lot more. You can't argue that it has to do with economy of scale as GoPro is hardly a low volume product.

    Wth? The camera is substantially better- video is massively better and stills are way better as well. Additionally, please tell me what waterproof case for an iPhone ($100 for just that) will allow me to pickup sound effectively.

    Apples and oranges Dave...
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