GoPro has announced three new GoPro cameras dubbed the GoPro Hero4 Black, the GoPro Hero4 Silver, and the GoPro Hero.
Designed for action fans across the globe whether they are jumping out of a spaceship or merely catching a wave, the cameras all look somewhat similar, but each offers a different set of tools, features, and accessories.
The Hero4 Black Edition models can shoot in 4K for example, while the Hero4 Silver Edition models have a touchscreen display. The Hero meanwhile is aimed very much at the entry-level market keen to get in on the experience without breaking the bank.
Confused? Let us explain.
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition and GoPro Hero4 Black Edition/Music
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition
GoPro has described the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition as the "most advanced" GoPro ever. It reportedly features improved image quality over older action cameras from the company as well as a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates.
The GoPro Hero4 Black Edition can record high-resolution video at 4K30 or even 1080p120. It also offers "Protune" manual control settings for both photos and video such as colour, ISO Limit, and Exposure. As for photos, it can capture 12MP photos at 30 fps.
Other features include built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, night photo and night lapse settings, HiLight Tag (allows you to highlight key moments while recording for easier playback later), a wide-angle field of view via Superview, an auto low-light mode, and high performance audio. GoPro described the audio as a new audio system that captures "clean, high fidelity sound and nearly 2x the dynamic range".
Lastly, the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition is waterproof up to 40m and offers storage via micro SD. There's no word yet on battery life, but GoPro said the box includes the camera, standard housing, a skeleton backdoor, curved adhesive mount, flat adhesive mount, quick-release buckle, three-way pivot arm, and a standard USB cable.
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition/Music
Identical to the Hero4 Black the main difference between the two cameras is what the box includes. You get everything the standard camera has - plus the frame, two removable instrument mounts, a mic stand mount, and a protective lens and lens cap. GoPro has described its mounts as "specially designed", emphasising that you can use them to attach the camera to instruments, turntables, mic stands, and other stage equipment. A GoPro stage setup would help you capture action-packed, immersive footage.
GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition and GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition/Music
GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition
The GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition is the successor to the Hero3+ Silver Edition and is the first-ever GoPro to feature a built-in touch display. You can use the display to control the camera, frame shots, and play back content.
The camera only captures a maximum resolution of 1080p60 or 720p120, though it has the same 12MP shooter that the GoPro Hero4 Black Edition has and can shoot 30 fps. Software features like Protune, HiLight Tag are all there too, and the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition is waterproof up to 40m.
Other features include built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, manual control settings for colour, ISO limit, exposure, and more, as well as a night photo and night lapse mode. Superview wide-angle view is of course available, and GoPro added the auto low-light mode and high-performance audio.
The box comes standard with the camera, a standard housing, skeleton and touch backdoors, rechargeable battery, curved and flat adhesive mounts, quick release buckles, a three-way pivot arm, and a USB cable.
GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition/Music
Like the Black Music edition, the main difference between the two cameras is what the box includes. You get everything the standard camera has - plus the frame, two removable instrument mounts, a mic stand mount, and a protective lens and lens cap.
The Hero is a completely new offering from what GoPro has delivered in the past and sits above the Hero 3 range, which will still be on sale, but below the Hero 4 Silver and Black models.
The Hero can capture video up to 1080p30 and 720p60, and 5-megapixel photos up to 5 frames per second.
Built into a rugged waterproof casing that isn't removable (although can be opened to get access to the ports) the Hero will be waterproof up to 40 metres, work with all the GoPro mounts and accessories and have a built in microphone. Because of the design of the casing, the battery isn't replaceable.
Like the Silver and Black models, footage is saved to a microSD card (up to 32GB). The Hero will cost a penny shy of £100 when it comes out at the start of October.