Brace yourself! The much acclaimed GoPro Hero 4 is set to hit the market soon and for camera lovers, this promises to be a great device if the speculations revolving around the Hero 4 are anything to go by.
GoPro has cemented its place as a world leader in regards to extreme sports and it’s easy to understand why their latest model is causing excitement among tech lovers. Some of the Hero 4 new features that are bound to knock you off your feet include;
1. Compact Size and Advanced Imaging
The GoPro Hero 4 most eye catching feature is its compact size. In addition, the camera has a rugged appearance and is incredibly light at less than 100 grams. This is an action camera that is laced with exceptional attachments for any extreme sport, be it surfing, kite-boarding, ski poles, bikes or anything else that can be in motion.
The Hero 4 boasts of a 13 mega pixel photo sensor and a new lens that is optimized for shooting in low light. Other additional specifications include electronic image stabilization to facilitate free shake video, an enhanced MCTF with sophisticated sharpening and Multi-exposure HDR with tone mapping as well as dual sensor interfaces.
The Remote Viewfinder Playback lets you have a live view of what the GoPro Hero 4 is recording while the double side by side lenses will most likely enable 3D filming.
2. 4K Video Shooting at 30fps
Unlike the GoPro Hero 3 which came with 4K at 15fps which was to not entirely smooth, the Hero 4 is attuned with 4k video shooting at 30fps. To add onto the magnificence, it can shoot 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps thereby making it possible to have startling resolutions in slow motion.
The SoC (System on a Chip) Ambarella A9 dual core chip makes the above mentioned resolutions possible as it allows for faster frame rates in H.264 codec. Ambarella has been making the SoCs for earlier generations of GoPro cameras but it’s anticipated that the Hero 4 will have a specific and unique board that is different from other GoPro’s camera generations.
3. Water Proof Housing and a Host of other Features
The GoPro Hero 4 is well protected by a water-proof housing and has a flat lens that allows for under water shooting up to a depth of 60 meters.
The camera is also accustomed with an in-built Wi-Fi module and USB and HDMI ports that makes it easy to upload and share pictures as well as videos straight onto social media.
The GoPro Hero 4 is capable of capturing still images during a video recording session before encoding them to H.264/BP/MP/HP and MJPEG levels.
The Hero’s 4 official launch is expected to be in June 2014. If the earlier generations of the GoPro Hero are to make the basis of our judgement coupled with the speculation milling around the GoPro Hero 4, then this incredible piece of technology is going to be one of the best cameras to have graced the market in recent times. With all the ground-breaking features, the GoPro Hero 4 will certainly make a good buy. In the meantime let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope that the Hero 4 will live up to the hype and possibly exceed our expectations.
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