Confused About Which HERO4 To Buy?
Just to continue that shake up feeling we’re not going to discuss the models in the usual descending order, and we’re not going to go into the specifications in intricate detail. The point of this article is to help you make the decision on which model to buy. To do this we’ve gone through reviews from the Top Internet Reviewers, and looked at buyers reviews and reactions since the product went on sale.
For the people thinking:
“Ah! I’m even more confused. Now we have two HERO4 models, a HERO3+ model, a HERO3 model, and a HERO which should be a GoPro HERO4…but it’s not.”
Relax! it has complicated things a little, but the HERO3+ Silver and the HERO3 White are between the HERO4 SILVER and the new HERO entry level. This means that the cameras haven’t been directly superseded by the new HERO4 (as is usually the case) and we’ll discuss that in separate article.
GoPro themselves have always been able to play the high specification card, but with the capacity of the cameras currently moving faster than the market for viewing such high resolution material it would make sense to focus on the best (read: most realistic) specification for the mainstream user. For now that seems to be the GoPro 4 SILVER.
What Does The HERO4 SILVER Have To Offer Me?
With everything the old GoPro HERO3+ Black edition had, plus the addition of a new integrated touchscreen, the HERO4 SILVER has possibly become the new market leader, at least for users looking for a top class specification and maximum user-friendliness. The introduction of the screen has given it two major advantages:
- It addresses one of the main limitations with action cameras, which is not being able to easily check your field of vision until after the event.
- It allows better handling of the menu navigation, which was always a little frustrating even before the introduction of an ever-increasing list of camera settings.
But what of you’re on the fence between the GoPro HERO4 SILVER and the GoPro HERO4 BLACK…
Why Should I Consider Paying More For The HERO4 BLACK?
The one thing that may sway your decision on whether to plump for the BLACK is the 120 FPS (Frames Per Second) available at 1080p. For lovers of slow motion this can be seen as a real bonus, and it’s likely to be used more often than the higher resolutions of 2.7K and 4K.
For people who decide to stay with the SILVER, 60 FPS at 1080 p is still a very respectable option, and based on your own post-production ability it can still produce excellent results.
Is A Touchscreen Good Enough Reason For Me To Buy The GoPro HERO4 SILVER Over The GoPro HERO?
Realistically the two cameras aren’t comparable. The new GoPro HERO offers an entry-level alternative at a great price for people wanting to get into the sports camera market on a low budget.
If you were to consider a different GoPro to the HERO4 SILVER you should be looking at the 3+, not the new HERO.
OK I’ve Decided I Want A GoPro HERO4. Which One Do I Buy?
To recap, we’re not drawing parallels with other sports cameras. This is just for people who have already decided on GoPro. Check out one of our other articles if you still need to make the decision “Which action camera?” and not “Which GoPro?”.
Start by asking yourself the following questions.
- Do I have 4K monitor to fully enjoy the finished video?
- Do I have a computer with the processing power and hard drive capacity to handle 4K postproduction?
- Do I have editing software that can handle 4K?
If the answer is “yes” to all of the STEP 1 questions, and you can put the time into getting the best out of 4K footage, then you can certainly consider a GoPro 4 Black.
If the answer is “no” to any of those questions, then consider whether you want to make that investment or it’s better to leave the GoPro HERO4 BLACKalone.
- Am I still into video but don’t have all the hardware and software required to really get the most out of 4K?
- Am I into my sport/activity and love re-living the best moments?
- Have I got a bit of extra cash and would really like to experiment with all the different options that a more advanced camera offers?
If the answer is “yes” to STEP 2 questions, then the GoPro HERO4 SILVER is properly worth the extra money for you.
NOTE: If you fall somewhere in between STEP2 and the next STEP 3 then you may want to look for the GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition or the GoPro HERO3 White Edition which are selling for really at competitive prices on Amazon right now.
- Do I want a camera that I can throw around and dropping the swimming pool with friends and family without worrying about getting damaged?
- It’s just a fun on a small budget?
The new HERO is one for you.
If you were wondering when all the cameras were introduced you can find information on each GoPro update in this article
For more information check out the articles below from some of the Top Internet Reviewers.
http://www.dcrainmaker.com/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:45:00 -0800
The camera itself (duh) – The battery for the camera – A mini-USB cable – An underwater case rated to 40m/131ft – An alternate/secondary door for the case that allows for better audio – A small stack of GoPro stickers – A small quick-start guide and other paper junk – A flat adhesive mount – A curved adhesive ….. But, when it comes to playback, it might be played back at 30FPS, which then results in that one-second moment of action taking 4 seconds to play back.
http://appleinsider.com/ Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:09:18 -0700
Finally, the Hero 4 Black, GoPro’s flagship and the camera under review, carries over the same small form factor for which the company is known, but doubles high-resolution frame rates to 120fps for 1080p and 30fps for 4K.
http://www.engadget.com/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0800
Recently though, GoPro changed things up a bit, releasing a new “Hero” entry-level camera (note, no “4”) while introducing the Hero4 in Silver and Black editions ($400 and $500, respectively). Another first was that the Black wasn’t just the Silver with a few more features or camera modes. The Silver …. Get better reviews from people who actually have this product! write a reviewsee all reviews →. No one has started a discussion about this product yet. Why not be the …
http://www.ecoustics.com/ Sat, 01 Nov 2014 22:00:14 -0700
If you choose 1080, you get the option of something called SuperView. This feature lets you capture a bit more of the sky and ground by taking a 4:3 aspect ratio shot and, as GoPro puts it, “dynamically stretching” it to a 16:9 …