The GoPro Hero4 Black is the latest premium camera in the GoPro series of cameras. We tested this camera in a number of environments including mounted to a bicycle, in and under water and in low light conditions.
Low light performance
A number of video frame rates
Built in WiFi & Bluetooth
Ability to control camera remotely
Night & Time Lapse settings
And as with other GoPro cameras there are a fleet of ad ons to choose from
Compact and lightweight
Shoots good video in low light conditions
Comes with waterproof housing
Plastic housing covering the port plugins comes completely off and can be easily lost
No video or photo preview screen on the camera (for $500 this would seem like a no brainer)
Menu is challenging to initially learn
Short battery life (a little over an hour depending on use)
No in camera image stabilization
Go Pro Studio software kept locking up
Our final recommendation: this product sucks. Its to expensive for very limited options and is not easy to use. The GoPro Hero 7 is a dramatically improved product, albeit, still with some lack of ease of use options.
Basic Video Demo
Thanks Dave I was going to get one of these for hubby. But after seeing yur review, Cons: no playback onscreen, and short battery life, and others having second thoughts.
With the price you pay you would think this would be better. Thanks again u just saved us some headaches.. 🙂
Annie – yea, I got mine specifically to go with a quadcopter I recently purchased. The video on my SLR is better quality. For the playback screen if you do end up buying a GoPro, I would look at the Hero Silver (that one does have playback). Its weird to shoot video and photos and not really see what you are shooting – I did add the app to our Ipad so we can see real time what we are shooting, but its sort of annoying to carry around a separate device, phone or otherwise to see the video. There is an add on you can buy from GoPro for the Black edition to see the playback.
I do like all the mounts that can be put on the gopro for action sequences. I had mine on the side of a boat recently on a river trip which created some nice effects the the splashing water. Anyhow, I’m still playing with it!