GoPro Hero4 Silver Review

REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 1/2.3” Sensor
  • f2.8 lens
  • 1080p HD video at 60 fps
  • 4K video at 15 fps
  • Bit rate up to 45 Mb/s
  • 12 megapixel photos up to 30 fps
  • SuperView wide angle perspective
  • Auto Low Light mode
  • Time lapse and night lapse
  • Customizable color, ISO, white balance, sharpness and exposure with Protune
  • New mic with 2x range of Hero3+
  • Built-in touchscreen, 1.75”
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Uses Class 10 or UHS-1 micro SD cards
  • Up to 65 GB built-in memory
  • Li-ion battery rated at up to 2 hours (with wi-fi off)
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  • Final Grade: 85 4.25 Star Rating: Recommended

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GoPro Hero4 Silver
GoPro Hero4 Silver
By , Last updated on: 2/24/2017

The most popular action cam manufacturer has released another update, and it's making quite a splash. Released at the same time, the Go Pro Hero 4 Silver and Black editions have quite a few updates. The Go Pro Hero 4 Silver is the first in the line to include a screen for composing shots, while the more expensive Black edition has 4k video at 30 fps. The Silver still offers 4k video, but it's at a slow 15 fps that can prevent motion from looking smooth.

The screen is arguably the biggest perk of the Hero4 Silver, compared to other GoPro models. It's a small 1.75" screen, but other GoPros need to use wi-fi with a remote or smartphone to see what you are shooting. The touchscreen also allows for easier adjustment of settings, which comes in handy since the cam includes Protune. The Protune feature allows customization of aspects like ISO, white balance and exposure value, so you're not relying entirely on automated modes. Playback is also available through the screen as well.

While the silver edition doesn't feature the fast 4k video, it does offer a nice 60fps capture at 1080p, which will work well for fast motion (especially if you don't have a 4k TV or monitor anyways). The bit rate is up to 45 Mb/s, an improvement over the Hero 3+ and a solid feature.

Both the silver and black editions have an upgraded microphone over the Hero3+ that doubles the dynamic range of sound capture. Both also now include Bluetooth, where previous models only had wi-fi. GoPro's wide angle perspective is still a notable feature, along with recording modes like time lapse.

The size of these cameras haven't changed much over the years--so if you own older GoPro accessories, most of them will work with the newest models. The GoPro Hero4s are a little heavier than the 3s, but won't be too noticeable unless you're looking to attach it to a small drone. The silver edition is about ten grams heavier than the silver 3+. Waterproof housing is included, with a door at the back to keep the touchscreen accessible.

Unfortunately, the battery life hasn't improved--a common complaint with GoPro users. It'll last you up to 2 hours, but that's if you turn the wi-fi off and record in the 15fps 4k. At the worst possible settings, you can take about an hour and a half of continous footage. If you pick up the extra battery pack, you can extend that to about three hours.

Bottom line, this camera should live up to the expectations of GoPro users. It's a bit pricey, but offers quite a few features, with the only big downsides being a short battery life and the large size. Sony's action cams like the HDR-AS100 are about $100 less and smaller, with some pretty good ratings if the GoPro line gives you a bit of sticker shock.

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