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GoPro's Newest Camera Will Only Cost You RM425

The new GoPro has been announced. Here's what you need to know about GoPro's latest offering and all the packed features that comes with it.

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GoPro has launched the highly anticipated GoPro Hero4, and it comes in three variants, the Hero Black, Hero Silver and one simply called Hero, replacing the White edition

GoPro has launched the highly anticipated GoPro Hero4, and it comes in three variants, the Hero Black, Hero Silver and one simply called Hero, replacing the White edition

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GoPro have announced the specs and release date for the highly anticipated Hero 4 action camera, which will come in three models. The new series of GoPros are scheduled for release around the middle of October this year, and will feature the standard GoPro Hero 4, a GoPro Hero 4 Silver and then the top of the range GoPro Hero 4 Black.

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Today we're getting a look at the next installment of that story: The Hero4. The latest cameras from the action sports behemoth bring some anticipated features, along with a few surprises. Most notably, while the Hero4 still comes in three tiers/editions, there are greater differences between them. Black is still the top-specification model (more details of which after the fold), but Silver has a few neat tricks of its own. Finally, the White edition is out; in place is a new camera simply called "Hero."

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The Hero4 Black will be the highest spec-ed GoPro ever, and will come with the ability to shoot video at a 4k resolution at 30 frames per second. Similarly, they can now shoot videos at 1080p at a whopping 120 frames per second.

The Hero4 Black will be the highest spec-ed GoPro ever, and will come with the ability to shoot video at a 4k resolution at 30 frames per second. Similarly, they can now shoot videos at 1080p at a whopping 120 frames per second.

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At the top end is the Hero4 Black edition. At $500, it’s the most expensive piece of hardware in the new line-up, but also the most serious. It shoots 4K video at 30 frames per second—the previous-generation GoPro Hero3+ Black could also do 4K, but only at 15fps. Dial it back to 1080p, and the GoPro Black can shoot at 120fps, so you can savor the memories of your near-death experience in buttery smooth slow motion.

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Some of the highlights with regards to the specifications of the new GoPro range is the addition of 30fps recording at 4k resolution that is found with the Black Edition, which sees a big step up from the previous models 4k video recording, which only allowed for 15fps recording at 4k. The increase in frames from the Hero 3 will mean that users will find more versatility with their high resolution video recording.

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4K will become increasingly important, but until more people have sets that support it, the best new feature on the Black Edition is 1080p at 120fps. This allows you to shoot in full HD and then slow it way the hell down and have the footage still look buttery smooth. If your final export is going to be a standard 30fps, that means you can slow your video down to 1/4 speed.

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One step down from the Black would be the GoPro Hero4 Silver. Although it's doesn't capture video at a frame rate as high as the Black, it does have an advantage by having a LCD display attached to it, something the Black does not have.

One step down from the Black would be the GoPro Hero4 Silver. Although it's doesn't capture video at a frame rate as high as the Black, it does have an advantage by having a LCD display attached to it, something the Black does not have.

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For the vast majority of people who want high-end action cam footage, the Hero4 Silver is probably the way to go. It is, essentially, the Hero 3+ Black edition from last year, which has stood as the best action camera since its release. It'll shoot 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p @ 60, and 720p at 120. It also adds Bluetooth to the Wi-Fi, has the improved audio system, Night Photo/Night Lapse, and the much better user interface.

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Taking one step down, the $400 Hero 4 Silver maxes out at 1080p resolution at 60fps, but offers something that’s more useful to the average user: a built-in touchscreen display. This makes framing and reviewing shots much easier, where once viewability was only achievable by buying extra accessories or pairing the camera to a phone.

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Basically, all you're really missing from the Hero4 Black is 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, and some of the other higher resolution/frame-rate combinations. What you gain, however, is not insignificant: a really nice, built-in touchscreen.

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The middle model, the $399 Hero4 Silver Edition, has something GoPro fans have been clamoring for — an LCD preview screen to view footage. The Black Edition Hero 4 couldn't include the LCD, GoPro says, because the higher performing 4K footage would heat up the camera and make it inoperable.

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Last but not the least is the GoPro Hero4. It is the basic entry GoPro, it may not have all the highest specs but it makes up for its attractive price. It just costs $130 (RM425).

Last but not the least is the GoPro Hero4. It is the basic entry GoPro, it may not have all the highest specs but it makes up for its attractive price. It just costs $130 (RM425).

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Confusingly named? Yes. But super affordable? Also yes. Coming in at just $130, it's hard to complain much about where the Hero comes up short. You get 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60, you still get SuperView which is a pretty killer feature, and maybe best of all, you still get 131 feet of waterproofiness; even Sony's flagship camera only goes to 16 feet. Interestingly enough, though, it doesn't come with a waterproof case; it's built right into one. That's right, it's not removable. The micro SD card slot and mini-USB port are moved to the back to facilitate this. You can also swap in a skeleton backdoor to improve audio, assuming you won't be getting it wet.

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The Hero 4, is the entry model for the series and comes in at an extremely affordable $130. It records in full 1080p resolution at 30fps or 720p at 60fps. The sensor of the camera allows for 5 megapixel images, offering 5fps bursts.

The market for this entry level camera would be those looking to enjoy the benefits of an HD recording camera, while not having to fork out more than they need to. The use of action cameras in every day life has become exceedingly common and this camera will offer more than enough for a large portion of GoPro users.

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For the Black and Silver editions, night recording will definitely be better thanks to its improved low-light sensors

For the Black and Silver editions, night recording will definitely be better thanks to its improved low-light sensors

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Perhaps one of the most exciting improvements on both the Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver GoPros is their performance in low-light situations. It’s something that has seriously limited the previous models. Video settings can drop to 6400 ISO, and for stills, a new setting called Night Photo and Night Lapse can leave the sensor open for up to 30 seconds for long-exposure images.

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When I first saw the promo video for the Hero4 Black, what jumped out at me the most were these incredible time-lapse sequences that happened at night. I thought there was no way those shots came out of a GoPro with its wee image sensor, but yep. Both versions of the Hero4 have Night Photo and Night Lapse modes. These essentially give you manual control over how long the shutter stays open, up to 30 seconds for an exposure. When coupled with time-lapse, it's capable of some pretty amazing things.

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Price wise, the Black has seen an increase of $100 and will now retail at $500 whereas the Silver will be available at $400. The Hero will be available as previously mentioned at $130.

Price wise, the Black has seen an increase of $100 and will now retail at $500 whereas the Silver will be available at $400. The Hero will be available as previously mentioned at $130.

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Then there's the cost. We'd hoped that as other action cameras (that are actually very good) started coming out that GoPro would feel the pressure and lower the price of its top-tier camera to help keep it competitive. After all, Sony was coming very close on image quality and was selling its flagship camera for $300, versus $400 for GoPro's Black edition. Unfortunately GoPro is doubling down, and the Hero4 Black edition will be sold for a whopping $500. Not only is that a full $100 more than the 3+ Black, but the 3+ Black came with the Wi-Fi remote, whereas the Hero4 forces you to buy it separately, and for a not-insignificant $80.

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At just $130/£100, it really is going to challenge all those no-brand cameras that only really compete on price. As for the Black and Silver? They will run you $500/£370 and $400/£290, respectively, when they launch on October 5th.

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The new GoPro will not see any major improvements in terms of battery life. Instead, the capacity of the battery has dropped slightly. However, the internals of the camera could be more power efficient.

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Worse, though, is that it's not looking like battery life will improve over previous versions. The old batteries were 1180 mAh; the new ones are 1160 mAh. Not a gigantic drop, but considering how GoPro is far from the leader in battery life to begin with, any drop at all is a problem. Maybe the new guts will be much more power-efficient, but we're not feeling particularly optimistic.

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With that said, will you be getting one? Watch how the new GoPro fares in their new video here:

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