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Dec 2012
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The most advanced GoPro ever, the HERO 4 Black Edition Action Camcorder is the ultimate tool to record the most detailed and immersive footage, with incredible image quality and fantastic sound... More
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Thirteen Industry Awards

Experts in video cameras love this GoPro video camera and have given it thirteen awards.

This video camera received an "Editor's Choice" from CNET.com, PC Mag, Tomsguide.com, CNET.com.au and Reviewed.com all of whom thought that this camcorder was outstanding.

This GoPro video camera was given a "Recommended" award by both Digitaltrends.com and M3.idg.se, both of which thought that this video camera was good.

An other three expert review sites endorsed this video camera. This camcorder received a "Gold" award from PC Advisor.co.uk and it received a Lydogbillede.dk "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award. Also, the writer at Stuff.tv/my/ gave this video camera "" award and decided it was good.

01net.com gave this video camera a "5 Star" award, it received a "Mashable Choice" award from Mashable.com and it received a "Best in Test" award from Ljudochbild.se.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourty-eight expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Digital Versus and PC Mag the average expert rating of this GoPro video camera is 85%. The expert review sites think this GoPro camcorder is one of the better camcorders of a similar age and type.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 791 user reviews this GoPro video camera has an average user rating of 87%.

Good Size

Some GoPro Hero 4 owners who bought this camcorder mentioned that it was compact. Billy said “The camera is compact and easy to use for pretty much any age group” and scored the product 5 stars. In November this year Gadg3tgal wrote on Amazon “I really loved its compact size”. Mr E Zed wrote this year “I wanted something high quality and compact”.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 owners said in their reviews that it was easy to carry around. John Miller rated it as excellent and he said “With the camera being so light and easy to carry and hold its it just great for everything i can think of” in his GoPro Hero 4 review. Markyboy scored it very highly and mentioned “Fantastic image quality, easy to use, small and easy to carry around”.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed this camcorder thought it was lightweight. Digitalversus.com gave the GoPro Hero 4 a rating of 4 stars and said “It has nice picture quality and is lightweight, simple to use”. One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer concluded that this camcorder was good physically. This month Bev Mattocks wrote in her review on Amazon “Images show physical comparisons with cheap imitation product” and scored it 5 stars.

One person who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Justina gave the GoPro Hero 4 an excellent review score and she wrote in November this year “It is good for people who likes to travel a lot cause its small, not heavy so you can take it anywhere”.

One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer said that it was tight. Mr. David Tawfik mentioned on Amazon this year “The cap is so tight when removing it it actually ripped off the lens housing with it! A common complaint I've seen online that GoPro has ignored” in his review of this camcorder.

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Good Technical Features

A few customers who reviewed the GoPro Hero 4 thought it had good features. Amazon Customer said “Hero4 Silver has some great features and picture quality.” in their review of this camcorder. Karl said a few weeks ago “One of the most useful features is the quick capture function, which allows the camera to switch on” in his GoPro Hero 4 review. Two years ago Koolking gave the product a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this camcorder “Also the Android app features are fantastic!Do make sure you update to get the best functionality”.

Good Product Quality

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who bought the GoPro Hero 4 agreed that it was good quality. A. Moss mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review last year “Picture quality is great” and rated it 5 stars. In November last year Adam said in his review of this camcorder “Cant fault the quality”. Ainz23 wrote “Great photo and video quality” however they gave it a score of 20 out of 100.

Easy to Use

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners wrote in their reviews that it was easy to use. A few weeks ago Adam Fox wrote on Amazon “The menus on the camera are very easy to use and I got use to them straight away”. Aj wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “The software is fast, free and easy to use”. Antony Smith wrote in his review on Amazon two years ago “Out of water in rough sea fully scuba clad! Researching a transverse wrist strap now as I dont think the in line mounting will be very easy to use”.

A few people who reviewed it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Last year Chris said on Amazon “Also has some useful settings”. Evan mentioned “The OS on the Hero 4 series is a much more user friendly system to use which makes scrolling through the GoPro's menu much easier”. In November last year Jake said on Amazon “It runs out of juice kinda fast in the best settings” in his review of this camcorder.

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners who bought it concluded that it was easy to setup. D. A. G. Charles gave the product a score of 5 stars and said “U tube programmes helped tremendously with setting up”. In November last year Herts_mum gave it an excellent rating and mentioned on Amazon “It was very easy to set up” in their review. James Woodgate said “The screen on the back is also very useful for setting up a shot or checking to see what you have taken”.

A number of people who purchased it considered that it had a good experience. Vrworld.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “The camera delivers a great user experience in the new GoPro mobile app for Android”. One person thought the GoPro Hero 4 had a good interface. Gardenna wrote “The mobile phone interface works well and this is unlike any camera he currently owns”.

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Good Battery Life

Several customers who reviewed the GoPro Hero 4 said that it had a good battery life. This month Amazon Customer said on Amazon “Videos is amazing! The battery life isn't great when filming at” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they only rated it 40 out of 100. This year B. R. Hendricks said in their review on Amazon “It is simply the best! Thirsty for battery”. In November last year C. Pereira wrote on Amazon “Only little issue is that battery seems a bit limited.” in their GoPro Hero 4 review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Nice Design

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers reckoned that it was good looking. Adam P mentioned in his review on Amazon “The camera is pretty awesome though and they're constantly updating the app”. Gothrow Bludprint wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon in November last year “Even the sound is pretty good”. Last year Jordan said in his GoPro Hero 4 review “It's a great camera for a pretty low price”.

Four customers who reviewed it thought it was smooth. Adam Fox said on Amazon this year “The silver edition will record 4K at 15fps, which isnt good if you're filming in 4K, you want it buttery smooth”. In November last year Alansworld mentioned “The output is sharp, clear and smooth” in their review of this camcorder. Teckgadgets scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It still looks smooth enough and playback on the 4k tv”.

Some GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who reviewed it reckoned that it was a good design. Trusted Reviews mentioned “Rugged design” in their review. Trusted Reviews also wrote “Compact, lightweight design”. Expert website Tomsguide.com mentioned “The Hero4 Black continues the now-classic GoPro design – a solidly built block measuring 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.6 inches”.

Two people wrote in their reviews that it had a good case. Jt scored the product very highly and wrote in their review of this camcorder in November this year “Then spent the next day finding us! How amazing! The outer casing is hardly scratched”. In November Smc73 said in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “The gopro packaging itself is excellent for protection coming safely inside it's own waterproof housing in turn inside a clear plastic, hard casing” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars.

One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer said in their reviews that it was neat. Philip Watson he said “The neat function is being able to invert the gopro” in his review.

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Robust

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was strong and durable. Barney said in November “Mounting set from Deyard Tech sturdy and very good value” in his review of the GoPro Hero 4. Billy gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he said “It is sturdy and will take a lot of force to break in the case that is provided with it” in his review of this camcorder. This year Jt mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 “Very durable! Read review”.

Several people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Doccox mentioned “Enter the waterproof, small, simple camera/video units for the underwater” in their review. G.crowley mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “I got to 38 m under water and everything worked fine”. G.crowley also mentioned “The controls were very easy to manage, even under water”.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers reckoned that this camcorder was well made. Copy Cut mentioned “20min - LCD bacpac not as fast or intuitive as build in screen in cheap HERO+ - 4K useless, camera is not fast enough to record good quality 4k picture” in their review of this camcorder. Last year Helger98 said “I mean, GoPro is worldwide, how many units are built? Surely mine will be A Ok? Em, well no” in their review of this camcorder. Karl wrote in his GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “It feels well made and robust”.

Three customers said in their reviews that it was reliable. Alexey Nenashev scored it very highly and wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review “Fast and Reliable”. Penny J she wrote “Shoot & a trusty iPhone”. One person said in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to damage or scratch. P mentioned on Amazon “The waterproof case has resisted scratches although i am careful” in their review.

One customer who bought this camcorder concluded that it was sealed. Richard said “The fact that the resort had good coral sealed the deal” in his review.

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Top Seller

Across all camcorders, the Hero 4 is one the best selling products currently available according to sales data from Amazon.

GoPro Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

Based on 2,741 user and expert reviews, GoPro has excellent ratings for its video cameras. GoPro also has excellent ratings specifically within its video cameras range.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers reckoned that the product had a good screen. Antny scored the GoPro Hero 4 5 stars and said “Frames-per-second) means that some cheaper laptops might struggle to properly display them”. Bigcamfan wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in November “As that has a screen at least it's possible the frame a shot”. In November last year Bobson89 gave this camcorder an excellent rating and wrote in their review of this camcorder “LSD screen is very useful, you can use it like normal camera”.

Good Quality Lens

Several GoPro Hero 4 owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder had a good zoom. Arnold wrote in his review of this camcorder this month “No zoom and distorted shape picture even on normal angle so Ive ordered a Sony cam” however despite that he only gave it a score of 1 stars. Herts_mum gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “The definition is amazing, when you zoom into the images”.

A number of customers thought it had a good lens. C. Pereira mentioned on Amazon “I am really impressed by the wide-angle lens”. David F. said in his GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “A fantastic piece of fixed lens camera and quite versatile in aplications”.

One GoPro Hero 4 owner who bought the product considered that it had a good autofocus. Gardenna mentioned on Amazon “Great Fixed Focus Camera” in their GoPro Hero 4 review.

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Good Support

Several customers who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it had good technical guidance. In November last year Ian wrote on Amazon “FOV as well as clever features to help capture the "right" moments” in his review of this camcorder. K. Cramond mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon this month “Then this is easily solved by reading the manual which is fairly comprehensive”. Mr Julian Angell wrote a few weeks ago “A conventional screw mount would be a real help in a lot of mounting situations” in his review of this camcorder.

Good Connectivity

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners agreed that it was wifi compatible. In November this year Bigcamfan said in their review of this camcorder “Without the wifi on you can't easily be sure it's recording what you want as there is no screen to frame the shot”. Bigcamfan also said “Forgot the fact has wifi and use the on board (terrible) menu system - Add in the extra bacpac for more money”. Brad gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars and he wrote in November this year “The Black edition has the ability to wifi the picture to your phone which i found worked flawlessly” in his review.

One GoPro Hero 4 owner who purchased it concluded that it was good in terms of USB connections. Last year Philfy Phil wrote “I purchased a power cable to power it from the cigarette lighter using a standard USB power adapter”.

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In the last 11 days the Hero 4 has dropped in price by £28.01.

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The GoPro Hero 4 is Full HD. Most of the other video cameras of this age and spec are not Full HD.

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Quite High Movie Megapixel Count

Video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Hero 4 have movie megapixel counts of between 2MP and 16MP, and the average movie megapixel count is 8.1MP. At 12 megapixels, the GoPro Hero 4 has a quite high movie megapixel count compared to most of the other video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The GoPro Hero 4 has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution which is higher than most video cameras that are a similar age to it. Most video cameras of this spec and age have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best maximum video resolution across all camcorders that have been around for more than two years.

The worst maximum video resolution across comparable types of camcorder is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The GoPro Hero 4 has a greater number of white balance modes than most video cameras of this type and age. This camcorder has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on video cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Unacceptable Noise Level

Some people who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it was not noisy. Amazon Customer gave the GoPro Hero 4 a rating of 60 out of 100 and wrote this year “If you can live without the wifi it's a great camera, such a shame this noise has not been fixed” in their review of this camcorder. Amazon Customer also wrote “Purchased the Silver edition directly from GoPro at the end of October and I wasn't aware of the well known wifi interference noise problem until I read some reviews”. Cje said on Amazon “Oh I also have the annoying clicking noise when there is not much background sound” and gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

Most video cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have an image stabiliser. The GoPro Hero 4 is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Hero 4 also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Hero 4 also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have a built-in display, unlike most of the other camcorders of this age and spec which have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other video cameras that were released around the same time as the Hero 4, the GoPro Hero 4 is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Like most of the other video cameras that have been around for more than two years, the GoPro Hero 4 does not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

The GoPro Hero 4 is not 3D compatible. Most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Hero 4 are also not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras of a similar age and type to the Hero 4 do not have a built-in projector. The GoPro Hero 4 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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A Bit Expensive

A few people who purchased it reckoned that it was not cheap. B. R. Hendricks mentioned on Amazon “It is expensive compared with similar devices.”. Dale Bingham mentioned in his review of the GoPro Hero 4 “Is not a patch on the gopro a bit expensive” but he rated the product as very good. David F. mentioned on Amazon last year “I thought this is expensive until I used it” although he gave the product an excellent review.

Several GoPro Hero 4 reviewers agreed that the GoPro Hero 4 was not a bargain for the price. J.merrick said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon in November this year “Picture quality and ability to deal with varying conditions (dark” but even so they rated the product 80 out of 100. In November last year Jason said on Amazon “It's not cheap” in his review of this camcorder. Jimmy said in his review on Amazon “I am quite disappointed with this especially since they are not cheap and you don't expect this with a GoPro”.

Eight GoPro Hero 4 owners mentioned that this camcorder was not good value for money. Helger98 mentioned “Tried again, different seller and £15 higher price” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4. J.merrick mentioned this month “No sure the value of the lcd screen though as it rinses the battery, you're probably not going to watch it live” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they rated it 80 out of 100. Laulau said in their review on Amazon in November “GoPro Hero Silver 4 Overall satisfied with the product even though it feat costly when you need to buy batteries, sd cards” nonetheless they still gave it a score of 4 stars.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This GoPro video camera has been on the market for over four years.

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12 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice reviewed.com Editor's Choice mashable.com Mashable Choice Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product PC Mag Editor's Choice CNET.com Editor's Choice 01net.com 5 Star M3.idg.se Recommended tomsguide.com Editor's Choice ljudochbild.se Best in Test lydogbillede.dk Especially Recommended 6 Star PC Advisor.co.uk Gold

Expert Reviews

(87)
8 January 2016

The GoPro Hero 4 Black is an expensive action camera, but it's packed with shooting options and provides great image quality...

Great 4K image quality for an action camera
ProTune modes provide improved quality and control
Huge range of GoPro and thirdparty peripherals
4K capture
Slow motion HD capability
LCD panel an optional extra
More limited mounting bundle than lesserknown, cheaper brands
Premium price
Expensive
Short battery life
11 December 2015

If you're going to jump out of a plane, surf some big waves or fly down a mountain on the back of a bike; I'd hazard a guess that you'll be doing it while strapped to a GoPro .The company has... Read more…

10 November 2015

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

PC Mag

10 November 2015

Our action-packed adventure through the Austrian waters was captured in brilliant detail by the HERO4 Session.GoPro has made this camera super portable and this makes it perfect for capturing...

30 September 2015

Phew ? you made it! Or, you just skipped past all the pretty pictures till the last picture you found. Either way, you're looking for my final thoughts. I'd encourage you to slide up one chunk to...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 6 March 2015 by Asianpapa

For 100 bucks less than the 4 Black it's well worth the money. It did everything on my trip out to Colorado. Great video quality and pics for the money. Money well spent. Be sure to get a few more... Read more…

Reviewed 7 May 2015 by Mertark
Mertark would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

I've been using video products all of my life, but never used an action cam like this. I was shocked by what a punch it packed for such a small camera. For non camera-knowledgable folks: choose a... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2015 by ScubaBro
ScubaBro would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

Perfect.... The battery life was already good at about 1:50 min with the standard battery, but I bought the bac battery and now I have a total ox 4:40 minutes of camera time...pictures and video... Read more…

Reviewed 18 June 2015 by Phillip
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I am a professional photographer. I recently purchased the GoPro Hero 4 Black primarly to take 4k timelapse videos during cityscape shoots. The camera seemed to perform well the first few days.... Read more…

Reviewed 8 June 2015 by ShawnB
ShawnB would recommend the GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition

For what you pay you get your moneys worth. I love it. I jut wish I had more use for it lol. If you do a lot of action sports this is what u want...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers gopro 4k30, gopro 26in1, gopro hero4, gopro 23in1, gopro hero4s, gopro hero4b, gopro hero4si, gopro 1080p60, gopro hero4bl, gopro black64, gopro hero4sil, gopro hero4blk, gopro chdhx401, gopro hero4bla, gopro black64g, gopro chdhy401, gopro 1080p120, gopro chdhy401e, gopro hero4silv, gopro hero4blke, gopro hero4blac, gopro chdhy401b, gopro black64gb, gopro chdhy401eu, gopro hero4silve, gopro hero4blkex, gopro hero4black, gopro chdhy401bd, gopro goprohero4, gopro goprohero4b
Barcodes 00616348040396, 00616348050845, 00616348051569, 00616348052986, 00616639697537, 00636156006612, 00636156014273, 00638267987873, 00638267987880, 00638876537254, 00645871595073, 00646791370146, 00646791370641, 00701649346749, 00730656830200, 00739027484141, 00739027484424, 00813789290247, 00813789290315, 00813789290377, 00813789290438, 00813789318880, 00813789330318, 00813789330417, 00813789330424, 00813789330431, 00813789331056, 00813789331353, 00813789331636, 00813789601609

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