Well, it seems as if the rumors are true. Today, we finally got the scoop on the brand new GoPro HERO 4 camera now with 4K video at 30fps with a built-in touchscreen display. Recording at 4K is the new cool, even though many of our TV sets are still not able to display 4K. Your new smartphone and high-end laptop should do just fine. GoPro is launching two new models of the HERO4, one with and one without a really nice touchscreen.
The GoPro HERO4 Black will capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, up from 15fps of previous models. The new resolution and speed will make your footage crystal clear on your phone or on the big screen. 4K is great for aerial and timelapse photography. The processor is said to be up to 2x faster than the GoPro HERO3+ model. Available resolutions include: 4K at 30fps, 2.4K at 50fps, 1440p at 80fps, 1080p at 120fps, 960p at 120fps, 720p at 120fps, sadly it looks like GoPro has dropped 240fps support. If you’re looking to capture stills, the HERO4 will grab 12mp photos at 30fps.
Audio has been improved by up to twice the dynamic range. The lens system can be adjusted to three field of view settings: Ultra Wide, Medium and Narrow. Advanced users will be happy to learn the new models come with full manual controls. Now you can control color, ISO limit, exposure and more. Both models are waterproof to 131 feet and include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, nighttime exposure settings, a QuikCapture feature for powering up and recording with one button, and automatic low light preferences. It also looks like the HERO4 will be backwards compatible with all your GoPro mounts and accessories.
The HERO4 Silver loses the 4K at 30fps (it will do 4K at 15fps), but gains a really great built-in touch display. Having used every model of the GoPro, we can assure you this will be a hit feature. Every model has been at the top of the action sports camera market, but controls have always been poor. Let’s hope the touchscreen helps cure this. You will be able to control the camera, frame shots, and review content with simple taps and swipes on the screen.
The full range of video settings include: 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, 1440p at 48fps, 1080p at 60fps, 960p at 100fps, and 720p at 120fps. Still plenty capable for 90% of users out there. Both models shoot the same level of stills and included features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, waterproof, etc. We don’t have pricing information just yet but look for the new models to land close to HERO3+ pricing. Released date is set for October 8, 2014. Pre-order yours today at B&H Photo.