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Yes, those numbers are correct.

If you take a look at the tech specs of the new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition camera, and then give us a call to point out some mistakes we made in the numbers, because you simply don't believe them, we won't be entirely shocked. The new Hero4 Black is the most advanced camera GoPro has made, and it boasts capture capabilities that rival cameras that cost ten times as much. The 4 is an eye-popping evolution of the already-impressive Hero3+ camera, and that's where engineers started when they really wanted to knock it out of the park, and then some.

The Hero3 and the 3+ were incredibly capable cameras, indeed, but the new Hero4 generation takes things to the next level. A lot has changed, but some basics haven’t, such as the overall dimensions of the camera. Exterior dimensions of the camera itself and its cases are all virtually unchanged. The Hero's fantastic, wide-angle, six-element aspherical lens (f/2.8-6.0) also remains unchanged, ensuring the same stunning clarity and scope of your photos and videos, at virtually any light level, as we came to expect from the 3. Three field of view settings — ultra-wide, medium, and narrow — grant you an unmatched selection of perspectives.

And for those lower light conditions, GoPro introduces new Night Photo and Night Lapse long-exposure imaging modes. Those mesmerizing time-lapse pictures of the stars trailing through a dark sky, or the rivers of headlights and taillights that form when capturing an urban scene at night? They're yours to take now. Customizable settings for exposures of up to 30 seconds — whether taken individually or in Time Lapse mode for successive hours or exposures — mean you can capture an almost unlimited range of time-lapse events with the utmost precision.

Also new to the Hero4 is its sound-capturing abilities. GoPro fielded feedback from audiophiles and everyday users alike to fine-tune the Hero's microphone, which now captures far greater fidelity and boasts almost double the dynamic range of the 3's mic, so no sound will go undetected — at least, to us humans. Whatever it is you want to hear, see, or edit, however, you can now do it all even easier, as the Hero4 now adds Bluetooth capability alongside its WiFi connectivity for fast and efficient utilization of the GoPro Smart Remote, App, and other devices and software.

Speaking of editing and playback functionality, the Hero4 introduces a new feature called HiLight Tag that you're going to wonder how you lived without. HiLight Tag allows, well, highlight tagging, enabling you to now mark particularly important photos or footage as you're capturing them, making them easier to find later for sharing, playback, or editing. GoPro also improved its ProTune interface for the Hero4, making it now functional for both photo and video. ProTune allows fast and easy manipulation of color settings, ISO limits, exposure settings, and lots more when you're cycling through or editing what you've captured. It's another improvement that will spoil you and leave you wondering how you dealt without it before. A new Auto Low Light mode quickly and readily compensates for dim situations, and, when things are getting nutty, or when milliseconds count, a new feature called QuikCapture allows you to power-up the camera and start capturing via a single-button.

You'll notice that the Black edition of the Hero4 doesn't come with the less-expensive Silver edition's fancy new LCD touchscreen. Why's that? It's too powerful. Seriously. The entirely new processor of the Black edition is so much faster and more powerful than its already-amazing Silver processor that the LCD screen couldn't keep up. That's what happens when you push the envelope — sometimes, you hit walls that even a company like GoPro knows wouldn't be cost-effective for its customers to try to break through.

Then again, the capability that the new processor affords (plus the fact that you can still buy the add-on BacPac Touch Screen separately) something we think the hardcore GoPro-ers out there won't complain about. Ready for the numbers? 4000p resolution at 30 frames per second. Let that sink in for a minute. Also available: 2700p at 50fps, or 1080p at 120fps. Again, cameras that usually boast these figures jump up into $5000 price range. The fact that you can get them in an ultra-compact, 2.6-ounce, durable, action-ready, mountable camera for a fraction of that is nothing short of miraculous.

The new GoPro Hero4 Black Edition comes in one color and has Micro-HDMI, Micro-SD, USB, 3.5mm Stereo, and composite audio/video functionality. Its software is compatible with Mac OSX as early as 10.5, and Microsoft Windows as early as Vista 7. Included in the package is the following: Hero4 Black Edition Camera, 131ft/40m waterproof housing, interchangeable Skeleton (opens for better cable access and cooling) and Touch (waterproof and touch-sensitive) Backdoors for the housing, a rechargeable Li-ion battery, 1 quick-release buckle, 1 vertical quick-release buckle, 1 curved and 1 flat adhesive mount, a three-way pivot arm, and a USB charging cable. It does not include a memory card (MicroSD Class 10 or higher is required, supportable up to 64GB).

Tech Specs

[up to] 4000 P
[up to] 12
Memory Card Type:
MicroSD Class 10 or higher
Video Formats:
16:9, 4:3, SuperView
Photo Formats:
16:9, 4:3, SuperView
Frame Rates:
[up to] 120fps
Battery Type:
rechargeable lithium-ion
Manual Exposure:
Manual Focus:
Mic Type:
built-in, external 3.5mm stereo jack
Operating System:
Mac OSX 10.5 or later, Windows Vista 7 or later
PC Connection:
yes, USB
Attachment Type:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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Hero 4 Editing Made Easy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Quickly create and share your stories with two new really cool and FREE apps by GoPro

Splice- video editor



Quick Video Editor


Both make editing on the fly super easy and have made using my footage a snap.. check them out!!

Hero 4 Editing Made Easy

The go-to action cam!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ask any professional athlete, GoPro's are a really fun tool to have to get your action photos. Awesome video/photo quality no matter what you're doing, from powder slashes, getting barreled in a wave, snorkeling, cliff diving, skydiving, you name it. Get creative! With the amount of mounts from GoPro and third-party companies, the possibilities are endless. For example, I put mine on the side of my car with a suction cup mount when it snows or when I go to the racetrack. Great for travel as well. The photo I added was on the best powder day of my life...Image quality is much better but I took this photo from Facebook which kills image quality. Battery life in cold weather doesn't hold up as well, so try and keep it warm or bring an extra battery for those powder shots.

The go-to action cam!

The best!

    There is really nothing else like it. From snowboarding in the winter and surfing in the summer this camera can capture it all. High quality and resolution settings with a bombproof protective case allows you to bring this anywhere. Battery life is not the best when its really cold, but when its really cold out I'll keep it in my pocket with a hand warmer.

    The best action cam on the market

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The footage from these Hero 4 blacks is incredible. WAY WAY WAY better than the silver or white. I shoot in 4k all the time, and I occasionally shoot in prores for more flexibility later on (color correction, saturation, etc). This is the real deal.

    I'm bummed that GoPros now only come with a mount or two, when they used to come with a bunch of great accessories. Oh well, it's the camera I really want.

    These don't come with a microSD card, you'll need to get your own.

    I've shot over 3000 videos on my hero 4 black, and I hope to shoot another 10k. Truly fantastic cameras. I've dropped mine, ran over it with a vehicle, sumberged it, scratched the lens (and changed it out), and this thing takes a beating and keeps on going.

    I really hope they put this sensor in the session, cuz I think that'd be the ideal camera.

    Love it!

      My fiancé and I bought the Hero4 to take with us on our Costa Rica trip and the footage we got while surfing, exploring the rainforest and zip lining was amazing. Not to mention having it 2 inches away from a monkeys face was pretty rad. What's great is that while you're filming it takes still photos so those are fun to look through.

      The Best. Just get to know it

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I've used all GoPro models since I first bought a Hero2. You know that in the future, there will be a future improvement (like with all gizmos) but at present, this is simply the best action sports camera available.

      The product info is spot on. It can shoot high frame rates for smooth slow motion, and it can shoot beautiful 4k...and it can do everything in between. Cameras with similar output (4k, 1080x96, 720x240, 2.7k x60...) are in a very different price range and camera style.

      If you're looking for an easy point and shoot, or small form factor and ease of use, check out the Hero+ or the Session. Both are outstanding cameras. As is the Silver, so you can more easily line up shots with the LCD screen. But...for having the option of taking complete control over your settings and aiming on the highest quality end product- you can really do no better than the Hero4 Black.

      You can "set it + forget it" with some standard settings, and you can go deep in customizing everything for each shot, like you would with your RED, ARRI, or Flip Phone. In finding out how you should adjust your settings, it's great to use the App, so that you can get direct feedback as to how your settings are changing the look of your photo or video. Test out different time-lapse speeds with different interval settings, and check out the results using the free GoPro Studio software. It does an incredible job of taking your photos and turning them into a time-lapse movie...and it does a wide array of other beneficial things that really let you take control of maximizing workflow, editing, and output.

      Pro-Tune is where the nitty gritty settings live when it comes time to craft something...but know you can also simply set the color as "GoPro" and white balance on "auto" and you've got some instal-bangers right there. When you get into night shots, or very dark or bright shots, then I'll start using exposure compensation (often -.5 or -1.0 on bright days above the clouds) or film with a more flat color if I know I'm going to do color correction or cut the footage with another camera. (Using a flat color profile can give you more dynamic range, and setting the white balance locks it in...but don't forget to change these settings back when the time comes, especially with your exposure compensation.)

      So you get the camera, you get into the settings, you start editing...and you run into questions. I'm constantly looking at GoPro's help section as well as their tutorials- or anyone's for that matter- to increase my own knowledge. The internet is pretty darn good at answering questions...you just need to know what to ask. With each bit of knowledge you gather, it increases your own creative abilities. It's a really nice positive feedback cycle...

      Back to the camera. Besides being a little processing powerhouse, it's versatile. And maximizing the versatility comes down to using your imagination for how you want to set up a shot- which comes back to the basic, but wonderful mounting options. You can get really elaborate and mix and match- but the go to mounts for me are:

      helmet mounted, Chesty, or 3-way arm. I more selectively use the pole/frame mounts, suction cup, and tripods. I'd highly recommend picking up "the frame" and using the additional protective lens cover, along with the 3 way arm. When water gets involved, then it goes into it's full case...

      and that comes back to something I've come to take for granted: When it's in the case, it's crazy tough. I've scraped it on rocks, I've bashed it in dirt and snow, and taken it deep underwater...and obviously, it's A-OK. I wouldn't toss it off a high rise, but you probably shouldn't be doing something like that anyways.

      A few other things that are nice to pick up: the double battery charger, extra batteries, extra micro sd cards, and anti-fog inserts for your really cold or wet endeavors.

      Any questions GoPro or otherwise, feel free to hit me up!

      The Best.  Just get to know it

      One Fish Day - The Release

      One fish days aren't so bad when the one is your personal best (so far) and you capture it all on film. Here's the release, shot with the Hero4 Black.

      Far more than selfies

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      GoPro is by far the best POV camera on the market and the Hero4 Black is the top dog. It's hard to say much more about it than what Backcountry and GoPro have already said, so I'll let the video below do the talking. This was shot on my first day out with the camera. We set up the GoPro on the bank of the river using the 3-Way Grip (sold separately) and pretty much forgot about it while stalking a monster fish. The wide angle of the camera ensure we got the epic hook set and amazing reaction from my buddy all on camera. Definitely made a day for the memory books that much more memorable to have it all on film.

      I will say there is a LOT to learn in order to get the most out of this camera, and I'm still learning, but I have not regretted this purchase and look forward to many more epic moments captured.

      Far more than selfies

      Such an amazing camera.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love my Gopro. I have had a few over the years, and love the Hero 4. The battery worked great for me on a day of kayaking, and I charged it over night and took it MTN Biking the next day. The battery worked great. I have bought an extra battery just to have incase my activity isn't done for the day, that way I can keep on filming and taking pictures. I love the wifi and ability to sync it to my phone. The Gopro app works great with my iPhone and is a lot easier to navigate. Pushing the buttons on the Gopro take a long time to find what you want, but the app works great. The app is also great at updating the camera and keeping it up to date. I love the night mode for taking the pictures. I love the time lapse for day and night use. The camera is an amazing camera and I have been nothing but happy about it. I take it on every activity I go to. I love the ability to control the kind of action shot I want to take. I would recommend the Gopro Black Hero 4. I have been happy with it since I bought it. No regrets on buying this product.

      Going Social With GoPro

      Millions of viewers tune in to GoPro everyday, and when they do, we want them to see you?being who you are, doing what you love and inspiring the world with your stories. This video offers a few tips to maximize your GoPro presence. As always, happy capturing!

      GoPro App TUTORIAL: Control. View. Share.

      The new GoPro App is available now! Download here: http://gopro.com/software-app/gopro-app

      NOTE: The latest camera software update is needed to use the new GoPro App features. Visit gopro.com/update to download.

      The GoPro App makes it easy to control your camera, and lets you do more with your GoPro content than ever before. Get full remote control of all camera functions. See what your camera sees with live preview for easy shot-framing. View photos and play back videos, then quickly share your favorites via email, text, Instagram?, Facebook� and more.


      - Full remote control of all camera functions

      - Live preview for easy shot-framing

      - Instantly view photos and playback videos*

      - Copy photos and videos* to your device, then share via email, text, Instagram?, Facebook or other app

      - View the GoPro Photo and Video of the Day

      - Compatible with all HERO3+, HERO3, and HD HERO 2 cameras + Wi-Fi BacPac?

      *Compatibility varies by device. Content playback, sharing and access to the camera's memory card is not available on Windows Phone.

      HERO4 Black: Video and Photos Part II

      Watch this video to help you learn how to change settings and capture photo and video with your HERO4 Black camera.

      To get the full details about the photo and video options on the HERO4 Black, download the user manual at gopro.com/support. For more information about anything in this video, visit gopro.com/getstarted. While you?re there, be sure to download the GoPro App to your smartphone or tablet so you can control your camera remotely, and view & share your photos & videos.

      GoPro HERO4 Black Getting Started Part 1

      To get the most out of your HERO4 Black, update your camera software to ensure that you always have the latest features at your fingertips. Visit gopro.com/getstarted for details. While you?re there, be sure to download the GoPro App to your smartphone or tablet so you can control your camera remotely, and view & share your photos & videos.

      What's Included:

      ? HERO4 Black Camera

      ? Standard Housing 131? (40m)

      ? Skeleton Backdoor

      ? Rechargeable Battery

      ? Curved Adhesive Mount

      ? Flat Adhesive Mount

      ? Quick Release Buckles

      ? 3-Way Pivot Arm

      ? Locking Plug

      ? USB Cable

      For more information about the HERO4 Black, visit www.gopro.com/support to download the user manual.

      GoPro HERO4 Firmware update via the APP

      If you've just bought a new GoPro HERO camera, chances are that by the time you get it home and get it out of the box, there will be a firmware update available.

      GoPro is constantly working on new firmware to improve performance and keep your camera Bug FREE.

      You can go to the GoPro website: http://www.gopro.com to see if there are any firmware updates available for your camera

      There are 3 ways you can update the firmware in the GoPro HERO4 cameras

      1) Manually - by downloading the firmware from the GoPro website

      2) Via GoPro Studio 2.5.3 (works for HERO4 and HERO camera)

      3) Via the GoPro APP.

      In this video I'll demonstrate how to keep your GoPro HERO4 firmware up to date via the GoPro APP.