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GoPro Hero 4

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11111 reviews of GoPro Hero 4. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Views about the size and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative reviews about the viewfinder and zoom. There are some mixed comments about the connectivity.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

battery, reliability, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the GoPro Hero 4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 98/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for GoPro Hero 4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 898 user reviews of GoPro Hero 4 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the size and portability. The image quality and price also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the memory and reliability.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

battery, reliability, memory

90% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HERO4 - SILVER EDITION - ADVENTUREGoPro HERO4 - SILVER EDITION - ADVENTURE

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for GoPro Hero 4

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2278 user reviews of GoPro Hero 4 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Comments about the size and portability are generally positive. The image quality and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some less positive opinions about the zoom and connectivity, and reviews are divided on the battery.

usability, price, image quality, portability, size

reliability, connectivity, zoom

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GoPro HERO4 SILVERGoPro HERO4 SILVER

Sep, 2018

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by : Les Shu (digitaltrends.com)

GoPro Hero4 Silver review

 

As simple or sophisticated as you want it to be, GoPro's Hero4 Silver will impress pros and hobbyists alike with outstanding video and photo quality that far exceeds its humble “action cam” label.

Great video and photo quality ; Simple yet sophisticated ; Vivid touchscreen ; Highly stable Wi-Fi

Limited battery life ; Some issues with pixelation ; Can’t handle bright, direct light

GoPro deserves credit for breathing life back into the stagnant camcorder business. While traditional camcorders have lost their luster, action cameras have gained popularity. Competitors from Sony to Polaroid have challenged GoPro for this turf, but...

May, 2017

DT Recommended Product

Expert review by : Neil Matsumoto (digitaltrends.com)

GoPro Hero4 Black review

 

Even if you're not a pro shooter, the ability to capture in glorious 4K is a worthy investment.

Great picture quality at 4K resolution ; Ability to capture high frame rates ; 12-megapixel photos at burst speeds of 30 fps ; More image control

Battery life is inadequate ; No preview screen ; Difficult to make menu changes without app

While the Hero4 Black has been discontinued, you can still find it for sale and Hero4 models are still popular with users. But before considering the Hero4 Black, the only question you should ask yourself is whether or not you want to capture 4K. As...

May, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Jim Fisher (pcmag.com)

GoPro Hero4 Black

 

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

4K capture. Slow motion HD capability. Rugged design. ProTune recording. Time Lapse photo option. Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Waterproof to 131 feet with case. Many mounts and accessories available. Includes editing software.

Expensive. Short battery life. No LCD. Clunky interface. Lens shows lots of distortion. Omits image stabilization. Requires optional accessory for tripod use. Doesn't include AC adapter.

Conclusions The Hero4 Black is the best camera that GoPro makes, and the best action cam that we've tested—and it's priced accordingly. It maintains the small, go-anywhere design that make GoPros the favorite of adventurers and indie filmmakers alike,...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

GoPro Hero4 Black's video still the best in the category

 

It's expensive, the battery life can be brief and the design might not be ideal, but GoPro's top camera continues to lead in video quality.

The GoPro Hero4 Black delivers best-in-class video at resolutions up to 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 120fps. Wide assortment of mounting options from GoPro and third-party manufacturers.

Battery life can feel painfully short and due to a redesign you can't use older batteries with the Hero4. No option for in-camera digital image stabilization and it still needs a housing to be waterproof.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver is still our top choice for most people, but if you need the best video quality with the most shooting options, the Hero4 Black is it.

Dec, 2014

Expert review by : Joshua Goldman (cnet.com)

GoPro Hero4 Silver takes the gold

 

With excellent video quality, a long list of video, still and time-lapse options and a built-in touchscreen, the Hero4 Silver is the GoPro we'd pick to shoot with.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver produces some great video for an action cam. Its abundant resolution and frame-rate options will satisfy beginners and experienced shooters. The built-in touchscreen makes previewing and reviewing and changing settings a breeze.

It still needs a housing to be waterproof. Battery redesign means you can't use your old batteries and battery life will still be too short for some. No option for in-camera digital image stabilization.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver takes everything we liked about the Hero3+ Black -- especially the solid video quality -- and adds in some handy new features including a touchscreen, making it one of the best little action cameras around.

Oct, 2014

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Antonio Villas-Boas (pcmag.com)

GoPro Hero4 Silver

 

Underneath the surface, the GoPro's Hero4 Silver is basically the Hero3+ Black Edition—and that's a good thing. Its top-notch performance and new touch-screen display justify this action cam's $400 price tag.

Excellent video quality. Capable of 4K recording. Versatile shooting modes. Touch-screen LCD. Improved menu system.

Expensive. Short battery life.

Conclusions The Hero4 Silver is excellent all around, and should fulfill every criterion if you're in the market for an action camera. The touch screen makes it easier to frame your shots and review your footage, but as I mentioned earlier, it's a...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Kelly M (4k.com)

GoPro Hero 4 Black 4k Camera Review – For Action Seekers

 

What can I say about GoPro that hasn't been already established as a brand already? The camera itself is a tech success story almost equal to that of the iPhone. GoPro is known throughout the world as the company who makes tiny cameras that you want to...

The big 4K30 compatibility ; Advanced audio algorithm ; New "Hilight Tag" button ; Smartphone compatibility ; Night Photo and Night Lapse ; SuperView ; Protune

No in-camera digital image stabilization ; Battery life can be draining ; No Smart Remote ; No SD Card

It’s GoPro, and they are good. It’s also got 4K30, so that is even better. Assuming you can swing the price, which sounds like it is worth it for a product such as this, what is keeping you from going out there and making professional video?

Feb, 2015

Expert review by : Brent Rose Mike Perlman (thewirecutter.com)

The Best Action Camera

 

We'll update this piece with our latest test results in the new year, but we think the GoPro Hero5 Black is the best action camera currently available.

Dec, 2016

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sean Captain (tomsguide.com)

GoPro Hero4 Black Review: Great 4K for a Price

 

Serious action-cam and photo enthusiasts who know they will need 4K video should drop the extra dough to get the GoPro Hero4 Black.

Very detailed images ; Excellent mobile app and easy Wi-Fi pairing ; Full 4K/24p capability ; Huge collection of accessories

Pricey ; No LCD touch screen (though you can add one) ; Video and photos can look a tad hazy ; Case muffles audio

The Hero4 Black is the best overall action camera for sports and image-quality enthusiasts, but if you don't need 4K, get the Hero4 Silver.

Sep, 2015

Expert review by : Greg Scoblete (pdngearguide.com)

Camera Review: GoPro Hero4 Black Edition

 

It's a rare camera that can count A-list cinematographers, action sports athletes, drone photographers and professional sports teams in its user base.

Faster frame rates at multiple resolutions; revamped controls are easier to use; Wi-Fi connectivity more responsive

Short battery life; requires new batteries if you’re upgrading from older model; no manual control over shutter speed

As previously noted, GoPro is no longer the only game in town for serious filmmakers. If you need 4K recording, Sony’s new FDR-X100V offers comparable 4K frame rates and a higher maximum bit rate of 100Mbps. Compared to the Hero4, Sony is also...

Apr, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone:Y / Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:1.16 / 1.160 / 1160
Battery capacity (Watt hours):4.4
Battery life (max):1.3 / 1.5 / 2 / 3
Battery performance:1160
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:3.8 / 38
Video recording time:3

Display

Built-in display:Y / Yes
Display:LCD / LED
Touchscreen:Y

Features

Audio recording formats:AAC
Bluetooth:Y
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Silver
Night mode:Y
Scene modes:Dawn, Dusk, Fireworks, Night, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight
Slowest camera shutter speed:30
Storage media:Memory Card
Touchscreen:Y

GPS Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N

Image Sensor

Total megapixels:12

Indication

LED Indicators:Status, WLAN / Yes

Lens System

Lens Type:Wide-angle

Light Exposure

ISO sensitivity:100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 / 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400
Light exposure modes:Auto, Manual / Manual

Networking

Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Operational Conditions

Protection features:Water Resistant / Waterproof
Waterproof: Yes
Waterproof up to:1574.8

Packaging Content

Basic mount:Y
Cables included:USB
Flat surface mount:Y
Manual: Yes
Underwater case:Y / Yes
Universal mount:Y
User guide: Yes

Packaging Data

Package depth:4.09
Package height:4.09
Package weight:12.8
Package width:9.8

Ports & interfaces

Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB / Mini-USB A

Software

Bundled software:GoPro App, GoPro Studio
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Y / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64 / Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Basic x64, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows 8, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise x64, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro x64, Windows 8 x64, Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 8.1 x64 / Y / Yes

Still Image

Continuous shooting mode:Y / Yes
Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:4000 x 3000
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Still image resolution(s):3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920 / 4000 x 3000, 3000 x 2250, 2560 x 1920 / 4000 x 3000\n3000 x 2250\n2560 x 1920

Storage

Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Maximum memory card size:64
Storage media:Memory Card

Technical Details

Audio recording formats:AAC
Bluetooth: Yes
Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Silver / Silver
Night mode: Yes
Scene modes:Dawn, Dusk, Fireworks, Night, Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight
Slowest camera shutter speed:30
Touch screen: Yes

Video

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL / NTSC,PAL
Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 4:3 / 4:3, 16:9
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
HD-Ready: Yes
Maximum frame rate:120 / 240 / 30 / 60
Maximum video resolution:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:1080p, 1440p, 2160p, 480p, 720p, 960p / 1080p, 1440p, 2160p, 720p, 960p / 1080p, 1440p, 720p / 1080p, 1440p, 720p, 960p / 480p, 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p, 1520p, 2160p / 720p, 960p, 1080p, 1440p / 720p,1080p,1440p
Video compression format:H.264, MP4
Video formats supported:H.264,MP4
Video Resolutions:2704 x 1520,848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160 / 2704 x 2028,848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1520,2704 x 2028,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,2704 x 1520,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1280 x 720,1280 x 960,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,3840 x 2160 / 848 x 480,1920 x 1080,1920 x 1440,1280 x 720,3840 x 2160,1280 x 960

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.17
Height:2.32
Weight:2.93 / 2.96 / 3.1 / 3.14
Width:1.61

White Balance

White Balance:Auto / Auto, Daylight, Sunny, Twilight / Auto, Manual