Well its here! Go pro 4! I had just ordered a Gopro 3+ black edition recently after our camera man Dante had a massive accident flying our Go Pro 3+black on a drone. Both drone and go pro are now resting in peace (I hope!) in the bottom of the Irish Sea. If someone from Wales finds it, pls send it back 😛
So since we needed another drone and ANOTHER go pro (Thanks again Dante) I got the 3+ black as the 4 wasn’t available. Soon as I get my hands on the 3+ Go pro releases the black. A quick swap and I’m now playing around with the 4. If your disposable camera is 4k, I think you’re entire production is 4k capable! New era, new times! A hell of a leap from the original launch, it’s been fun to see the cameras go through all these iterations. The Hero 4 is without a doubt, the pinnacle of the adventure cam market.
Anyway, to Go pro 4 thoughts and review:
-Its the same size as the 3 (few grams ligher I believe) , so all the accessories will fit, except batteries!
-The layout of the menu system has changed a bit – took me a second to figure it out but its much simpler. The camera(s) setting is a hardware controlled button on the side, which allows you to change the resolution, frame rate, pro tune, etc. and the normal 2 button lay out for switching to video/camera/settings stay the same as before. This aspect makes it much faster to change around the features on the fly
-The big draw is of course, 4k at 30/25 fps! I’m gonna update this part as soon as I have some real world tests going
-1920×1080 can go up to 120fps In both wide and narrow FOV. This is an incredible feature and definitely foresee us using this a lot for slow motion
-2.7k at 25fps (we shoot PAL) setting is what we’ve been using on the GoPro 3+ Black . Now this has been upgraded to 50fps. It should be our default go to setting for filming anything unless we’re on a true 4k production. Squashing the 2.7k rez into 1920×1080 is quite brilliant, and now with double the FPS, it’s quite awesome to have the option to slow-mo it right down!
- Ridiculously awesome specs!
- Thank goodness the size hasn’t changed, all accessories are backwards compatible (minus battery)
- 100USD more expensive than the GoPro 3+ Black (although to be fair, for the settings that it offers, can’t beat the price)
- No wifi remote (Come on GoPro, you gave us a remote with the 3+ black, what happened here?) Not all of us are always going to use a bulky phone on a shoot
- GoPro 3 batteries won’t fit this anymore