GoPro Hero 4 Silver

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The GoPro Hero4 Silver is actually the best little action camera money can buy today. The action camera has a classic black and metallic block design. It is really a small camera and weighs just about 3 ounces.

It comes with a standard waterproof housing that’s good down to 131 feet (40 meters), skeleton and touch back doors, two adhesive mounts (one flat and one curved), horizontal and vertical quick-release buckles that attach to the bottom of the camera’s housing and a three-way pivot arm, so you can mount the camera on the top, front, or side of a helmet. The camera is neither ruggedized nor mountable without a case, however.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver looks and feels exactly the same as the Hero3+ Silver Edition, except for one crucial feature: For the first time ever, there’s a built-in 1.5-inch touch screen on the back (where the battery used to be), which helps you frame your shots and lets you review footage on the spot, rather than using the mobile app or waiting until you get to a computer. As a result of the touch screen’s location, the battery housing is now located on the bottom edge and the cell itself is slimmer than the chunky GoPro batteries.

With the new built-in touch screen, you no longer need to move yourself around to the camera’s front to change settings using the monochrome display (you still can if you want to, though, and it’ll save you some battery life). You just swipe left to quickly select your desired capture modes, and swipe up to access the settings for that specific mode, which you navigate by scrolling and tapping.

The Hero4 Silver records video at up to 4K at 15fps, a more useful 2.7K resolution at 30fps, and perhaps most importantly 1080p at 60fps and 720p at 120fps. It has a 12-megapixel sensor for still pictures which is great. It also has ‘superview’ options for 1080p and 720p resolutions, which dynamically stretches the default aspect ratio to a full 16:9. That means you can get more details into your footage, but at the cost of some added distortion around the edges. You even get Protune, which records raw footage without GoPro’s automatic colour, brightness, and contrast adjustments, as well as Low Light options, which adjusts the camera’s settings to shoot better footage in low-light situations. There is a shooting mode feature that records video as well as still photos in five, 10, 30, and 60-second intervals. It has great audio quality for videos though an external microphone can be attached.

The biggest downside to the camera is its battery life. The Hero4 Silver can record 1 hour and 50 minutes of 1080p/30 fps video. Enabling Wi-Fi and the smartphone app drops battery time by 10 minutes which is quite short. It has a micro SD slot that takes cards up to 64GB, enough to hold about 4 hours and 40 minutes of 1080p/60fps video.

The camera is a bit pricey as it costs about $400 for the standard package. This does not come with an SD card and charger. The head mount together with others also come at an extra cost.

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