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Dec 2012
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20 Reasons For

Thirteen Industry Awards

Amongst camcorders of a comparable type and age, this video camera is one of the most awarded by experts in video cameras.

The experts at CNET.com, PC Mag, Tomsguide.com, CNET.com.au and Reviewed.com all concluded that this camcorder was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This video camera received a "Recommended" from both Digitaltrends.com and M3.idg.se, both of which said that this GoPro video camera was good.

Furthermore, the writer at PC Advisor.co.uk gave this GoPro camcorder a "Gold" award and concluded it was terrific and it received an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk. This camcorder also received a Stuff.tv/my/ "" award.

The experts at three other expert review sites all said that this video camera was good. This camcorder received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com, it received a "Mashable Choice" award from Mashable.com and Ljudochbild.se gave it a "Best in Test" award.

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Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on fourty-eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this GoPro camcorder is 85 out of 100. Experts think this camcorder is one of the better video cameras of a similar age and spec.

Owner Reviews Are Good

The average owner rating of this camcorder is 87 out of 100 based on 791 owner reviews.

Robust

A number of GoPro Hero 4 owners who purchased the product considered that it was strong and durable. Barney wrote in his review on Amazon a few weeks ago “Mounting set from Deyard Tech sturdy and very good value” and rated it as excellent. In November last year Billy he mentioned “It is sturdy and will take a lot of force to break in the case that is provided with it”. Jt mentioned on Amazon in November this year “Very durable! Read review” and rated it as excellent.

Several GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who bought it agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. In November this year Doccox said “Enter the waterproof, small, simple camera/video units for the underwater” in their review. In November last year G.crowley said in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “I got to 38 m under water and everything worked fine”. G.crowley also mentioned “The controls were very easy to manage, even under water”.

Eleven GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed the GoPro Hero 4 agreed that it was well made. Copy Cut said in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon in November last year “20min - LCD bacpac not as fast or intuitive as build in screen in cheap HERO+ - 4K useless, camera is not fast enough to record good quality 4k picture”. Helger98 wrote on Amazon “I mean, GoPro is worldwide, how many units are built? Surely mine will be A Ok? Em, well no” nonetheless they gave it a score of 40 out of 100. Karl wrote “It feels well made and robust” in his review.

Three GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was reliable. Alexey Nenashev mentioned “Fast and Reliable”. Penny J mentioned in her review of the GoPro Hero 4 “Shoot & a trusty iPhone”. One GoPro Hero 4 owner mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. P mentioned “The waterproof case has resisted scratches although i am careful” in their review.

One person said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 4 was sealed. Richard mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon in November last year “The fact that the resort had good coral sealed the deal”.

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Nice Design

A number of customers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was good looking. Adam P wrote on Amazon “The camera is pretty awesome though and they're constantly updating the app”. Gothrow Bludprint wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 “Even the sound is pretty good” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Jordan gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he wrote in his GoPro Hero 4 review “It's a great camera for a pretty low price”.

Some GoPro Hero 4 owners who bought this camcorder thought it was smooth. Adam Fox mentioned this year “The silver edition will record 4K at 15fps, which isnt good if you're filming in 4K, you want it buttery smooth” in his GoPro Hero 4 review. Alansworld mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “The output is sharp, clear and smooth”. Teckgadgets gave the product a very good review score and wrote “It still looks smooth enough and playback on the 4k tv” in their review of this camcorder.

Four GoPro Hero 4 owners considered that it was a good design. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review in November “Rugged design” . Expert review site Tomsguide.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote “The Hero4 Black continues the now-classic GoPro design – a solidly built block measuring 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.6 inches” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Tomsguide.com also wrote “The Hero4 Silver has the now-classic GoPro design – a black-and-metallic block measuring 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.6 inches (including the protruding lens)”.

Some customers said in their reviews that it had a good case. Jt said “Then spent the next day finding us! How amazing! The outer casing is hardly scratched” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4. Smc73 said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “The gopro packaging itself is excellent for protection coming safely inside it's own waterproof housing in turn inside a clear plastic, hard casing” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

One GoPro Hero 4 owner who purchased it wrote that it was neat. Philip Watson mentioned on Amazon “The neat function is being able to invert the gopro”.

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Good Size

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers mentioned that the GoPro Hero 4 was compact. In November last year Billy rated the product as very good and he mentioned “The camera is compact and easy to use for pretty much any age group” in his GoPro Hero 4 review. Gadg3tgal said on Amazon in November “I really loved its compact size” but despite that they scored the GoPro Hero 4 2 stars. Mr E Zed said on Amazon this year “I wanted something high quality and compact” in his review.

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to carry around. John Miller said “With the camera being so light and easy to carry and hold its it just great for everything i can think of” . Markyboy scored the product 5 stars and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Fantastic image quality, easy to use, small and easy to carry around”.

Two people who bought this camcorder considered that it was lightweight. This month Trusted Reviews said “Compact, lightweight design”. Last year expert review site Digitalversus.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “It has nice picture quality and is lightweight, simple to use” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One person mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good physically. Bev Mattocks said in her GoPro Hero 4 review in November this year “Images show physical comparisons with cheap imitation product” .

One GoPro Hero 4 owner reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Justina gave the GoPro Hero 4 an excellent rating and she said on Amazon in November “It is good for people who likes to travel a lot cause its small, not heavy so you can take it anywhere” in her GoPro Hero 4 review.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people who purchased the product reckoned that it had good features. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Hero4 Silver has some great features and picture quality.”. Ian said on Amazon “FOV as well as clever features to help capture the "right" moments” and scored it very highly. Karl mentioned in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “One of the most useful features is the quick capture function, which allows the camera to switch on”.

Good Battery Life

Thirty GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good battery life. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review of this camcorder this month “Videos is amazing! The battery life isn't great when filming at”. B. R. Hendricks mentioned “It is simply the best! Thirsty for battery”. C. Pereira wrote on Amazon “Only little issue is that battery seems a bit limited.” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Good Product Quality

Some people who reviewed the product wrote that it was good quality. A. Moss said on Amazon “Picture quality is great” in their review. In November last year Adam wrote on Amazon “Cant fault the quality”. Ainz23 mentioned on Amazon last year “Great photo and video quality” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4.

Easy to Use

A number of customers who reviewed the product concluded that it was easy to use. Adam Fox gave it an excellent review score and he wrote in his GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon this month “The menus on the camera are very easy to use and I got use to them straight away”. Aj mentioned on Amazon “The software is fast, free and easy to use” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Antony Smith mentioned “Out of water in rough sea fully scuba clad! Researching a transverse wrist strap now as I dont think the in line mounting will be very easy to use” in his review of this camcorder.

Sixteen GoPro Hero 4 owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use the menus. Chris mentioned “Also has some useful settings”. Evan said “The OS on the Hero 4 series is a much more user friendly system to use which makes scrolling through the GoPro's menu much easier” in his review of this camcorder. In November last year Jake wrote on Amazon “It runs out of juice kinda fast in the best settings” in his review.

Several customers reckoned that it was easy to setup. D. A. G. Charles said in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 “U tube programmes helped tremendously with setting up”. Herts_mum mentioned on Amazon “It was very easy to set up” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 and gave the GoPro Hero 4 a score of 5 stars. James Woodgate scored it very highly and he wrote “The screen on the back is also very useful for setting up a shot or checking to see what you have taken” in his GoPro Hero 4 review.

Some customers who bought it concluded that it had a good experience. Expert review site Vrworld.com said “The camera delivers a great user experience in the new GoPro mobile app for Android”. One customer considered that the GoPro Hero 4 had a good interface. Gardenna wrote “The mobile phone interface works well and this is unlike any camera he currently owns” in their review.

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Best Seller

According to Amazon sales data, the Hero 4 is a popular choice amongst customers who bought video cameras in the last 3 months.

GoPro Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Based on 2,741 owner and expert reviews, GoPro has excellent ratings for its camcorders. GoPro also has excellent ratings specifically within its camcorders range.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Some GoPro Hero 4 owners wrote in their reviews that it had a good screen. Antny wrote on Amazon “Frames-per-second) means that some cheaper laptops might struggle to properly display them”. Bigcamfan mentioned on Amazon “As that has a screen at least it's possible the frame a shot” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4. Bobson89 scored it very highly and said on Amazon in November last year “LSD screen is very useful, you can use it like normal camera”.

Good Quality Lens

A number of people who purchased it considered that it had a good zoom. In November this year Arnold wrote on Amazon “No zoom and distorted shape picture even on normal angle so Ive ordered a Sony cam” but even so he only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Herts_mum gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars and said on Amazon “The definition is amazing, when you zoom into the images”.

Two GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. C. Pereira wrote on Amazon “I am really impressed by the wide-angle lens” in their review. In November last year David F. mentioned in his GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “A fantastic piece of fixed lens camera and quite versatile in aplications”.

One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good autofocus. Gardenna mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “Great Fixed Focus Camera” and rated it as very good.

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Good Support

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who purchased it agreed that it had good technical guidance. This month K. Cramond scored it very highly and said on Amazon “Then this is easily solved by reading the manual which is fairly comprehensive”. A few weeks ago Mr Julian Angell mentioned in his review “A conventional screw mount would be a real help in a lot of mounting situations”. Richard wrote on Amazon last year “There's a quick start guide that in my opinion is more complicated than the user manual!”.

Good Connectivity

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers wrote in their reviews that the product was wifi compatible. Bigcamfan wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 in November “Without the wifi on you can't easily be sure it's recording what you want as there is no screen to frame the shot” yet they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Bigcamfan also said “Forgot the fact has wifi and use the on board (terrible) menu system - Add in the extra bacpac for more money”. Brad mentioned on Amazon also in November this year “The Black edition has the ability to wifi the picture to your phone which i found worked flawlessly” in his review of this camcorder.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Philfy Phil said on Amazon “I purchased a power cable to power it from the cigarette lighter using a standard USB power adapter”.

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Full HD

Full HD

Unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and type which are not Full HD, the GoPro Hero 4 is Full HD.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

With a movie megapixel count of 12 megapixels, the GoPro Hero 4 has one of the higher movie megapixel counts amongst camcorders of this age. The average movie megapixel count of similar spec camcorders that are a comparable age to the Hero 4 is 8.1MP.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The GoPro Hero 4 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than the 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution found on most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

This video camera's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is actually the best maximum video resolution amongst all video cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Hero 4.

A 1280 x 720 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst maximum video resolution across comparable types of video camera.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the GoPro Hero 4 is more than most camcorders that came out around the same time as it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Eleven customers said in their reviews that it was not noisy. In November Amazon Customer wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “If you can live without the wifi it's a great camera, such a shame this noise has not been fixed”. Amazon Customer also said “Purchased the Silver edition directly from GoPro at the end of October and I wasn't aware of the well known wifi interference noise problem until I read some reviews”. Cje said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Oh I also have the annoying clicking noise when there is not much background sound”.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an image stabiliser, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Hero 4 also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras of this type and age also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago have a built-in display, however the GoPro Hero 4 does not have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other similar spec camcorders that were launched more than two years ago, the GoPro Hero 4 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other camcorders that have been around for more than two years, the GoPro Hero 4 does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Hero 4, the GoPro Hero 4 is not 3D compatible.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero 4

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when GoPro released the Hero 4.

Specification

Image Sensor
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
White Balance
White Balance Mode
Display
Built-In Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Still Image
Continuous Shooting Mode
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
Networking
WiFi
Bluetooth
Battery
Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Other Features
Night Mode
Photo Mode
Interface
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant
Dust-Resistant

12 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice mashable.com Mashable Choice Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product PC Mag Editor's Choice CNET.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 5 Star M3.idg.se Recommended tomsguide.com Editor's Choice ljudochbild.se Best in Test lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star PC Advisor.co.uk Gold

Expert Reviews

(88)
8 January 2016

The GoPro Hero 4 Black is an expensive action camera, but it's packed with shooting options and provides great image quality...

Great 4K image quality for an action camera
ProTune modes provide improved quality and control
Huge range of GoPro and thirdparty peripherals
4K capture
Slow motion HD capability
LCD panel an optional extra
More limited mounting bundle than lesserknown, cheaper brands
Premium price
Expensive
Short battery life
11 December 2015

If you're going to jump out of a plane, surf some big waves or fly down a mountain on the back of a bike; I'd hazard a guess that you'll be doing it while strapped to a GoPro .The company has... Read more…

10 November 2015

If you're looking for a small action camera that can capture video at 4K, the GoPro Hero4 Black is the one to get...

PC Mag

10 November 2015

Our action-packed adventure through the Austrian waters was captured in brilliant detail by the HERO4 Session.GoPro has made this camera super portable and this makes it perfect for capturing...

30 September 2015

Phew ? you made it! Or, you just skipped past all the pretty pictures till the last picture you found. Either way, you're looking for my final thoughts. I'd encourage you to slide up one chunk to...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 6 March 2015 by Asianpapa

For 100 bucks less than the 4 Black it's well worth the money. It did everything on my trip out to Colorado. Great video quality and pics for the money. Money well spent. Be sure to get a few more... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Mertark
Mertark would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

I've been using video products all of my life, but never used an action cam like this. I was shocked by what a punch it packed for such a small camera. For non camera-knowledgable folks: choose a... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2015 by ScubaBro
ScubaBro would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

Perfect.... The battery life was already good at about 1:50 min with the standard battery, but I bought the bac battery and now I have a total ox 4:40 minutes of camera time...pictures and video... Read more…

Reviewed 18 June 2015 by Phillip
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I am a professional photographer. I recently purchased the GoPro Hero 4 Black primarly to take 4k timelapse videos during cityscape shoots. The camera seemed to perform well the first few days.... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2015 by ShawnB
ShawnB would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

For what you pay you get your moneys worth. I love it. I jut wish I had more use for it lol. If you do a lot of action sports this is what u want...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers gopro 26in1, gopro hero4, gopro 23in1, gopro hero4b, gopro hero4s, gopro hero4bl, gopro hero4si, gopro 1080p60, gopro black64, gopro chdhx401, gopro black64g, gopro hero4blk, gopro chdhy401, gopro hero4bla, gopro hero4sil, gopro hero4blke, gopro chdhy401e, gopro hero4blac, gopro hero4silv, gopro black64gb, gopro chdhy401b, gopro hero4silve, gopro chdhy401bd, gopro hero4blkex, gopro chdhy401eu, gopro hero4black, gopro goprohero4, gopro goprohero4b, gopro chdhy401bdl, backbone bbrc2002
Barcodes 00616348040396, 00616348050845, 00616348051569, 00616348052986, 00616639697537, 00636156004090, 00636156006612, 00638267987873, 00638267987880, 00638876537254, 00645871595073, 00646791370146, 00646791370474, 00701649346749, 00730656830200, 00739027484141, 00739027484424, 00813789290247, 00813789290315, 00813789290377, 00813789290438, 00813789290476, 00813789318880, 00813789330318, 00813789331346, 00813789331353, 00813789331636, 00813789500469, 00813789601609, 00813789601623

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