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GoPro Hero 4 Camcorder

£149.00
12MP 1/2 110g Dec 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Six industry awards
Good quality
No optical stabilisation
961 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Reviews

Six Industry Awards

Amongst similar spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, this GoPro video camera is one of the most highly awarded.

The writers at websites Digitaltrends.com, M3.idg.se and Purepc.pl all concluded that concluded that they would recommend this big total megapixels video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.

The experts at two additional expert review sites liked this camcorder. This big total megapixels video camera received a "Gold" award from website PC Advisor.co.uk who said it was excellent and review website Tomsguide.com said that it was marvellous and gave it an "Editor's Choice" award.

One more expert review site decided that this camcorder was good. This video camera received a "Best in Test 6 Star" award from Lydogbilde.no.

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Good Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this video camera is 87% based on sixteen expert reviews from sites including PC Advisor.co.uk, appleinsider.com, purepc.pl and Digitaltrends.com.

User Reviews Are Excellent

This GoPro camcorder has a marvellous average user rating based on 973 user reviews. Over 77% of reviewers gave this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

GoPro Has Excellent Reviews for Its Video Cameras

Based on 2,593 owner and expert reviews (including 77 verified purchases), GoPro has excellent reviews for its camcorders. GoPro also has excellent reviews specifically for its big total megapixels video cameras compared to other manufacturers. 95% of those that bought a GoPro camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

More Image Control

One hundred and twenty-two owners concluded that the GoPro Hero 4 was easy to use. Website Digitaltrends.com gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “More image control” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Rodrighi14 scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “It is a great camera for pros and newbies, easy to use”. Ringa scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Found them easy to use and easy to switch from one to another”.

Eighteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use the menus. Two years ago website Wareable.com said “Improved menu system”. Also two years ago Releasethehugo mentioned “I love how many different settings the gopro has in terms of fidelity” in their review of this camcorder. Sonic44 said on expert website Bestbuy.com “The Low Light settings are SO much better”.

Five customers who bought this camcorder said that it was easy to setup. Two years ago expert website Digitalmediaandit.com wrote “It was very easy to set up” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Mbf1959 mentioned in their review of this camcorder “It was harder to set up than I anticipated”. Two years ago Sunbird said on expert review site Johnlewis.com “Easy and quick to set up and use to”.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good interface. Spartanfamilyof5 said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Good pictures, excellent battery life, awesome interface with smartphone app” in their review of this camcorder. Rupro scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “The 4 is smaller and in my opinion has a better interface” in their review of this camcorder. Gardenna said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk two years ago “The mobile phone interface works well and this is unlike any camera he currently owns” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Good Looking

Twenty-one customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com wrote “Beautiful Video” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Lexi mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bestbuy.com also two years ago “Takes beautiful pictures”. Kspradley said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “The new 4K video is gorgeous as is the 120fps for 1080 video” in their review of this camcorder.

Nine people who reviewed it considered that it was well designed. Lasharka wrote “The Hero 4 Black is a well designed, incredible tool for capturing your life” in their review of this camcorder. Zdog mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “However, everything about the GoPro is awesome -- the product design is spot on”. An anonymous reviewer wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “GoPro delivers what it promises -- a well designed, functional camera concept with lots of tools”.

Five customers agreed that it was smooth. Justduit said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Stunning video quality and smooth panning!” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Two years ago Anthony John Houston mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The Nexus 9, with the latest version of Lollipop runs extremely smooth and is a nice tablet if you can live with the minor build quality issues”. Josie gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and she said “It has great frame rate and is smooth great for watersports” in her review of this camcorder.

Two owners who purchased it reckoned that it was neat. Rfn0509 wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Definitely check it out if you're interested in neat little cameras such as this” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Antonio scored it 4 stars out of 5 and he mentioned “This gadget is pretty neat for a compact camera, you will love it if your an active person”.

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Good Quality

One hundred and sixty-five owners considered that the GoPro Hero 4 was good quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said “Superb Image Quality”. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk said “The Hero4 Black is a fantastic action camera that shoots great quality footage” in their review of this camcorder. Expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “If you need the best video quality with the most shooting options”.

Well Made

Twenty-five customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Outsdoorswoman scored it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote two years ago “The underwater video capture works great” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Speedracer scored it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder in the same month “The case did its job and it films clearly under water”. Speedy scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Great under water pictures”.

Fourteen customers who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was well made. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “Well built”. Expert review site 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” and scored it 4 stars out of 5. Kash mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Otherwise a solid little unit with lots of possibility” in their review of this camcorder.

Fourteen customers who bought this camcorder considered that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Rboucher mentioned “Easy to use, durable, endless mounting options”. Outsdoorswoman wrote in their review of this camcorder “Surprisingly sturdy”. Rogmd mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The GoPro is a fun, go anywhere, photographic marvel” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Three people who reviewed it wrote that it was reliable. Joe Mero said two years ago “There's a reason why GoPro has rarely any other reliable competitor” in his review of this camcorder. Alexey Nenashev scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Fast and Reliable” in their review of this camcorder. Johnnyg scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned “Simple to use, reliable, totally fun! Would recommend to anyone” in their review of this camcorder.

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Features

Good Features

Twenty-two people who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had good features. Two years ago website Bhphotovideo.com said “Excellent features” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4. Pistolpackinp mentioned “It has amazing quality and really cool features”. Two years ago Sja1 said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bestbuy.com “Great features, flexibility and photo quality”.


Other

Top Seller

The Hero 4 is a popular choice of video camera.

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was December 2012 when GoPro released the Hero 4.


Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three customers mentioned that this camcorder had good technical guidance. Popeye mentioned “Stills and video of highest quality and on-line instructions very helpful, detailed”. Will said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Man I wish they had some better instructions”. Dcampj wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Works great with minimum instruction used on vacation”.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact

Eleven owners who reviewed the GoPro Hero 4 agreed that it was compact. Website Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this camcorder “Compact Design” . Kingdodgers wrote in their review of this camcorder last year “It's a small and compact camera/camcorder in one”. Kinglos said “I love my POV camera super great quality and small and compact” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Six customers who purchased it thought it was heavy and bulky. Rooo wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bestbuy.com “Very good camera, size and alot of accessories and heavy duty”. Three years ago Sportshot mentioned “Can't use my 3+ batteries, battery life is less and the camera is slightly heavier, which is to be expected if you want a video recorder with twice the processing power”. Russi said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Battery life is also very good, easily lasting a full day of heavy hitting without having to reach for the charger” in their review of this camcorder.

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Mum0987 mentioned in April last year “Lightweight, compact, easy to store in the corner near the plug for easy charging”. Two years ago Jjaxs93 said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Small, lightweight, excellent footage Cons”. Jacksparrow wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “This is lightweight” in their review of this camcorder.

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Very Light

The GoPro Hero 4 is quite light (only 110 grams) compared to most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to this video camera. The weights of similar spec camcorders that were released around the same time as this video camera range from 59g to 3.8kg.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The GoPro Hero 4 is Full HD, as are most of the other big total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to this video camera.

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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 camcorders that were released around the same time as it. Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

This camcorder's maximum video resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) is in fact the best maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to this camcorder.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst maximum video resolution across comparable types of camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.3" optical sensor size, which is the most commonly found optical sensor size on camcorders of a similar age and spec to it.

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12 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 12 megapixels sensor video camera.

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Price

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Reasonably Priced

Fourty-one people concluded that it was good value for money. Two years ago expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk said “None are as small, rugged or cheap as the GoPro”. Expert website Wareable.com wrote “The cheaper price, integra” in their review of this camcorder. Three years ago expert review site Vrworld.com said “The GoPro Hero4 has long been awaited by consumers as the company's affordable 4K camera” in their review of this camcorder.

Eighteen customers concluded that this camcorder was expensive. Expert review site Pcadvisor.co.uk rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “It's expensive.”. Expert website Appleinsider.com said in their review of this camcorder three years ago “It's also one of the most expensive brought to market” . Ringa wrote “The image quality is like nothing I've ever seen in a large, expensive camera”.

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No Optical Stabilisation

Eight customers who reviewed it said that it did not have a good zoom. Robh mentioned “The only thing that sucks is not being able to zoom in or out” in their review of this camcorder. Mrslaws said “You can't zoom in nor can you control the volume when the camera is in the mount” yet they still gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Tons wrote “I didn't give it 5 stars due to limited zoom range and difficulty seeing the mode screen in areas that are not well lit, even with my perfect eyesight” although they gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Four owners considered that it did not have a good image stabiliser. Website Wareable.com wrote two years ago “No optical stabilisation”. Arizonafilm mentioned “Image stabilization would have been nice too”. Isean1 said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “6) Lack of image stabilization” in their review of this camcorder.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good autofocus. Two years ago Njbillt mentioned “Mine is not and there's really no good way to focus it” in their review of this camcorder. They also said “My video looks horrible from 200 feet in the air because of the focus problem” in their review.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Twenty-eight owners said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Two years ago Mufthy said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Hard to navigate without the screen isn't he back.” in their review of this camcorder and rated this camcorder 4 stars out of 5. Mnsodaldf wrote “The screen selections are probably good enough” in their review of this camcorder. Derek S scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned two years ago “I bought the LCD screen and WOW”.


Power

Good Battery Life

Fourty-nine customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Penguin mentioned “The only inconvenience I have had with it is the battery life and the heat produced when recording in 4K”. Qualityconsumer wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review on expert website Bestbuy.com “Only drawback is battery life”. Smith said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Battery dies fast”.

Three people reckoned that it was quick to charge. Lee Barklam mentioned “The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is the length of time it takes to charge” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100. Hwa.s wrote in their review of this camcorder “It takes around 5-6 hours to charge which is half your day”. Josh Marshall scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he said “Leaving it to charge overnight is the best option” in his review of this camcorder.

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GoPro Hero 4 Review Sources

To prepare this GoPro Hero 4 review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 138,553 product attributes, 23,579 camcorder reviews and 1,695,800 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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