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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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WHICH GoPro Hero 4 to BUY - REVIEW
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Fourteen Industry Awards

Amongst video cameras of a similar age and type, this camcorder is one of the most awarded by experts.

The writers at six expert review sites all said that this video camera was brilliant and gave it their highest award. CNET.com, PC Mag, Tomsguide.com, CNET.co.uk, CNET.com.au and Reviewed.com all gave this GoPro video camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

The experts at two additional expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this camcorder. Digitaltrends.com gave this video camera a "Recommended Product" award and M3.idg.se gave it a "Recommended" award.

The writers at three more expert review sites all endorsed this video camera. This GoPro camcorder received a "Gold" award from PC Advisor.co.uk who wrote it was marvellous and Lydogbillede.dk gave it an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award, confirming their endorsement. In addition, the editor of Stuff.tv/my/ gave this camcorder "" award and thought it was good.

The experts at three additional expert review sites all concluded that this video camera was good. This GoPro camcorder received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com, Mashable.com gave it a "Mashable Choice" award and it received a "Best in Test" award from Ljudochbild.se.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on fourty-five expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Techradar and Digital Versus this video camera has an average expert rating of 85 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 695 owner reviews this video camera has an overall owner rating of 87 out of 100.

Robust

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Amazon Customer said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Great product, really robust”. Billy gave the product a rating of 5 stars and he said in his review of this camcorder “It is sturdy and will take a lot of force to break in the case that is provided with it”. Jt scored the product 5 stars and wrote “Very durable! Read review” in their GoPro Hero 4 review.

Several people wrote in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Doccox wrote in their review on Amazon “Enter the waterproof, small, simple camera/video units for the underwater”. G.crowley scored the product 5 stars and wrote two years ago “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 few customers wrote in their reviews that the product was well made. Copy Cut said in their GoPro Hero 4 review two years ago “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” . Helger98 said “I mean, GoPro is worldwide, how many units are built? Surely mine will be A Ok? Em, well no”. Karl he mentioned in his review of the GoPro Hero 4 “It feels well made and robust”.

Three GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who bought the GoPro Hero 4 considered that it was reliable. Alexey Nenashev said in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “Fast and Reliable”. Penny J said in her review on Amazon two years ago “Shoot & a trusty iPhone”.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was easy to damage or scratch. P wrote “The waterproof case has resisted scratches although i am careful” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer who purchased the product concluded that it was sealed. Richard mentioned “The fact that the resort had good coral sealed the deal” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

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Nice Design

A few customers considered that this camcorder was good looking. Adam P wrote on Amazon two years ago “The camera is pretty awesome though and they're constantly updating the app” but in spite of that he gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. In the same month Gothrow Bludprint wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “Even the sound is pretty good” and rated the product as excellent. Jordan mentioned in his GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “It's a great camera for a pretty low price” and gave the product a score of 5 stars.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was a good design. Wilfred scored the product 80 out of 100 and he mentioned on Amazon “Hero 4 Session – POV ShotsHero 4 Black – Everything Else ShotsEase of UseThe two button design was very simple to use” in his review. Trusted Reviews mentioned in January last year “Rugged 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” in their review of this camcorder and scored it 80 out of 100.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers considered that it was smooth. Adam Fox wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon in January last year “The silver edition will record 4K at 15fps, which isnt good if you're filming in 4K, you want it buttery smooth”. Alansworld gave it an excellent review and wrote on Amazon “The output is sharp, clear and smooth”. Teckgadgets said on Amazon three years ago “It still looks smooth enough and playback on the 4k tv” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who reviewed it agreed that it had a good case. In January last year Jt said on Amazon “Then spent the next day finding us! How amazing! The outer casing is hardly scratched” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Smc73 gave the product a very good review score and wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review “The gopro packaging itself is excellent for protection coming safely inside it's own waterproof housing in turn inside a clear plastic, hard casing”.

One customer who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was neat. Philip Watson said “The neat function is being able to invert the gopro” in his review.

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Good Size

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who reviewed the GoPro Hero 4 agreed that it was compact. Billy scored the product 5 stars and he mentioned in his GoPro Hero 4 review “The camera is compact and easy to use for pretty much any age group”. In January last year Gadg3tgal said in their review on Amazon “I really loved its compact size”. Mr E Zed wrote in his review of the GoPro Hero 4 last year “I wanted something high quality and compact” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

A number of people thought this camcorder was lightweight. Trusted Reviews mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 “Compact, lightweight design”. Two years ago expert review site Digitalversus.com gave the GoPro Hero 4 a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review “It has nice picture quality and is lightweight, simple to use”.

One person thought the GoPro Hero 4 was good physically. One GoPro Hero 4 owner wrote in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Last year Justina wrote on Amazon “It is good for people who likes to travel a lot cause its small, not heavy so you can take it anywhere” in her review.

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it was easy to carry around. Two years ago Markyboy said in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “Fantastic image quality, easy to use, small and easy to carry around” and scored it very highly.

One GoPro Hero 4 owner concluded that the product was tight. Mr. David Tawfik wrote on Amazon “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” yet he only gave it a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Technical Features

A number of people mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Hero4 Silver has some great features and picture quality.” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Ian scored the product very highly and he wrote on Amazon “FOV as well as clever features to help capture the "right" moments” in his review of the GoPro Hero 4. Karl wrote on Amazon “One of the most useful features is the quick capture function, which allows the camera to switch on”.

Good Product Quality

One hundred and thirteen people who bought it agreed that it was good quality. A. Moss said in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 on Amazon “Picture quality is great” and scored it very highly. Two years ago Adam gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and he said on Amazon “Cant fault the quality” in his review of the GoPro Hero 4. Ainz23 said “Great photo and video quality”.

Easy to Use

Several GoPro Hero 4 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to use. Last year Adam Fox scored it 5 stars and he said on Amazon “The menus on the camera are very easy to use and I got use to them straight away”. Two years ago Aj mentioned “The software is fast, free and easy to use” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4. Antony Smith said on Amazon three 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” in his GoPro Hero 4 review and rated it 80 out of 100.

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who purchased this camcorder agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Chris said two years ago “Also has some useful settings” in his review. Evan wrote in his review “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”. Jake wrote on Amazon “It runs out of juice kinda fast in the best settings” and gave the GoPro Hero 4 a score of 5 stars.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 owners who bought this camcorder concluded that it was easy to setup. D. A. G. Charles rated the product as excellent and wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review “U tube programmes helped tremendously with setting up”. Two years ago Herts_mum gave this camcorder a very good review and mentioned in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon “It was very easy to set up”. James Woodgate mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The screen on the back is also very useful for setting up a shot or checking to see what you have taken”.

Several GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who bought this camcorder reckoned that it had a good experience. Expert review site Vrworld.com wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero 4 “The camera delivers a great user experience in the new GoPro mobile app for Android” and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

One GoPro Hero 4 owner mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder had a good interface. Gardenna mentioned “The mobile phone interface works well and this is unlike any camera he currently owns”.

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Good Battery Life

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good battery life. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Videos is amazing! The battery life isn't great when filming at”. B. R. Hendricks said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “It is simply the best! Thirsty for battery”. C. Pereira gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Only little issue is that battery seems a bit limited.” in their GoPro Hero 4 review.

Reasonably Priced

Some customers thought this camcorder was good value for money. Arnold wrote on Amazon “Felt shattered because everyone seems to say that the enormous price is worth it” but even so he only scored the GoPro Hero 4 20 out of 100. Barney rated the product as very good and he wrote “Mounting set from Deyard Tech sturdy and very good value”. Two years ago Cje wrote on Amazon “A great "hobby" to get into, just understand the full cost of the kit” in their review but even so they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100.

A few GoPro Hero 4 owners concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Adam mentioned two years ago “Mind, replacements are cheap to buy” in his review and rated it 4 stars. Bev Mattocks rated it 5 stars and she mentioned on Amazon last year “Before I bought it I was using a cheap imitation bike action cam” in her review of the GoPro Hero 4. Bev Mattocks also said “Images show physical comparisons with cheap imitation product”.

One GoPro Hero 4 reviewer considered that the product was cheap. Cje said in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Not as expensive as GoPro” yet they gave it a score of 3 stars.

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Best Seller

The Hero 4 is one the top selling video camera currently available for purchase according to Amazon sales data.

Excellent Brand

Camcorders built by GoPro have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just camcorders) and found that GoPro also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Several people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had a good screen. Antny said on Amazon “Frames-per-second) means that some cheaper laptops might struggle to properly display them” in their review. Bigcamfan mentioned on Amazon “As that has a screen at least it's possible the frame a shot”. Bobson89 wrote “LSD screen is very useful, you can use it like normal camera”.

Good Support

A few GoPro Hero 4 reviewers who purchased the product reckoned that it had good technical guidance. K. Cramond wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review “Then this is easily solved by reading the manual which is fairly comprehensive”. Mr Julian Angell said in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “A conventional screw mount would be a real help in a lot of mounting situations” and gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars. Richard said in his review on Amazon two years ago “There's a quick start guide that in my opinion is more complicated than the user manual!” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Quality Lens

Some GoPro Hero 4 owners who reviewed the product thought it had a good zoom. Last year Arnold wrote “No zoom and distorted shape picture even on normal angle so Ive ordered a Sony cam”. Herts_mum rated this camcorder as very good and wrote on Amazon “The definition is amazing, when you zoom into the images”.

A number of GoPro Hero 4 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero 4 had a good lens. C. Pereira rated the GoPro Hero 4 5 stars and said on Amazon “I am really impressed by the wide-angle lens” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Two years ago David F. mentioned in his review of this camcorder “A fantastic piece of fixed lens camera and quite versatile in aplications”.

One customer thought this camcorder had a good autofocus. Two years ago Gardenna mentioned “Great Fixed Focus Camera” in their review of the GoPro Hero 4.

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Good Connectivity

Some customers considered that it was wifi compatible. Bigcamfan mentioned on Amazon “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” but even so they rated the GoPro Hero 4 20 out of 100. Bigcamfan also wrote “Forgot the fact has wifi and use the on board (terrible) menu system - Add in the extra bacpac for more money”. Brad said in January last year “The Black edition has the ability to wifi the picture to your phone which i found worked flawlessly” in his review.

One customer concluded that the GoPro Hero 4 was good in terms of USB connections. Philfy Phil wrote in their GoPro Hero 4 review on Amazon two years ago “I purchased a power cable to power it from the cigarette lighter using a standard USB power adapter”.

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Full HD

The GoPro Hero 4 is Full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Hero 4 are not Full HD.

If you are looking for a video camera that is Full HD then you might also want to look at the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price].

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Quite High Effective Megapixels (movie)

With an effective megapixels (movie) of 12 megapixels, the GoPro Hero 4 has one of the higher effective megapixels (movie)s amongst similar spec camcorders of this age. The lowest effective megapixels (movie) of video cameras of this spec and age is 2MP and the highest is 16MP.

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3840 X 2160 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The GoPro Hero 4 has a higher maximum video resolution than most camcorders that have been on the market for more than two years. This camcorder has a 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution, whereas most similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution.

A 3840 x 2160 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best maximum video resolution amongst all camcorders that have been available 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

The number of white balance modes found on the GoPro Hero 4 is more than most video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This GoPro camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on comparable spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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9 Reasons Against

Unacceptable Noise Level

A few people said in their reviews that it was not noisy. Amazon Customer said on Amazon last year “If you can live without the wifi it's a great camera, such a shame this noise has not been fixed” in their GoPro Hero 4 review. Amazon Customer also said “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” in their review of this camcorder and scored the product 3 stars.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The GoPro Hero 4 does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth noting that most of the other camcorders of this spec and age also do not have an image stabilizer.

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Does Not Have an HDMI

Like most of the other camcorders that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Hero 4, the GoPro Hero 4 does not have an HDMI.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Hero 4, the GoPro Hero 4 does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most camcorders that have been around for more than two years do not have a built-in display. The GoPro Hero 4 is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in display.

There are a number of alternative camcorders which also have a built-in display which you might also want to consider including the Veho Muvi HD NPNG[plb_2384279_price].

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Not Waterproof

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

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Not 3D

The GoPro Hero 4 is not 3D. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age are also not 3D.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most camcorders that were released around the same time as 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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Price Increase of £1.00

The price of the Hero 4 has increased by £1.00 in the last 57 days.

Released Over Four Years Ago

GoPro released the Hero 4 over four years ago.

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13 Awards

CNET.com.au Editor's Choice CNET.co.uk 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

(78)
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 14 April 2015 by MD

I've had over two dozen GoPros and I bought 2x Hero4 Blacks. They both died after the first time using them. Apparently this is actually quite common with the latest version. GoPro said they just... Read more…

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