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Report: GoPro Hero4 Black To Record 4K At 30 FPS

If you've been aching to get some proper 4K video with your GoPro but aren't completely pleased that the top-spec GoPro Hero3 only manages to record 4K at 15 FPS, you should be happy to read that the upcoming GoPro Hero4 may record 4K video at 30 FPS. It's just a rumor at this point, but given the advancements between the GoPro generations, it falls right into its evolutionary path.

The details that have been made available by PetaPixel.com are those of the Hero4 Silver and the top-spec Hero4 Black. The Silver model won't support 4K recording at 30 FPS -- it retains the last generation's limit of 15 FPS – but what it will have is a small touchscreen for users to navigate and review the recorded content. The report wasn't clear whether the more expensive Black model will have the touchscreen, although we can't really imagine why it wouldn't if the Silver model does.

Additional features for the GoPro Hero4 Black include ISO limit controls, exposure controls, color controls and improved audio recording.

Both of the Hero4 GoPros will have Wi-Fi capabilities as well as Bluetooth, HiLight Tag, QuickCapture and optional waterproof cases. No information was provided on an entry-level White variant of the Hero4.

There's no word on pricing yet, although PetaPixel.com did report that the new Hero4 GoPro's should be available starting on October 4.

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  • bystander
    I'd be interested on the price tag. I need one of these for whitewater kayaking.
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  • lumpy
    I wouldn't buy a go pro. They fail way to much. Haven't meet anyone whom has had a positive experience.
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  • bystander
    14259209 said:
    I wouldn't buy a go pro. They fail way to much. Haven't meet anyone whom has had a positive experience.

    Maybe it depends on what you use it with, but I've never met anyone with a bad experience.
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  • d_kuhn
    Word is $499 for black (4k/30) and $399 for Silver (4k/15). It's an amazing price for 4k video (assuming the output is not over-compressed to the point of unusability). It'll be a camera that many pro's will keep in their kit for risky shots, tight spaces, or low cost aerials (octocoptors that can fly my Epic go for $10k+, you can fly a gopro for 1/10th that or less.).
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  • Junit151
    That is neat and all, but 30 Hz isn't good for action cameras especially if there is going to be quick motion.
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  • mikejadams
    I have not had a bad experience either they are not perfect but great cameras once you know how to use them properly.
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  • bimbam360
    Sod the touch screen and sod 4K. Give me more battery life and more FPS at 1080/1440p and I'd happily upgrade.
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  • educalifa
    $500 for the black when it doesn't even add that much from the previous model AND drop the remote which now is an $80 optional is pretty retarded
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