New GoPro Hero 4 Specifications Leaked, Shoot 4K at 30fps

The GoPro Hero4 is on its way and already it has got tech lovers giddy. Camera lovers expect it to be a great upgrade over the GoPro Hero3 whose three variants were greatly successful. Just like happens with every great device, the internet is awash with speculations about the GoPro Hero4. Leaks from reliable sources have led to numerous speculations and rumors as to what this camera is going to be like.

If these are to be believed then these are the some of the most exciting features to look forward to:

  • 4K video shooting at 30fps – Yes, the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition already had 4K but that was at only at 15fps which is not quite as smooth as you can get with GoPro Hero4. Additionally it can shoot 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps enabling amazing resolutions in slow motion. This will all be made possible by the SoC Ambarella A9 Dual-Core 1GHz chip which would allow faster frame rates in H.264 codec. Ambarella, the company that has made SOCs (System-on-a-chip) for GoPro for a few generations already released details about the A9 chip back in September. The board appears a bit too large for a GoPro cam but it is possible Ambarella could make a board specifically for the GoPro 4 using the A9 design.
  • Advanced imaging – The Hero 4 will likely feature a 13 mega-pixels photo sensor and a new lens optimized for shooting in low light. Additional features include electronic image stabilization to enable shake free video, Multi-exposure HDR with tone mapping, Dual sensor interfaces 12-lane SLVDS/HiSPiTM/subLVDS and an improved MCTF with advanced sharpening. If you’ve mounted the camera in a way that prevents you from viewing the display, Remote Viewfinder Playback enables you to see a live-view of what the camera records which is really easy to do. Some speculations go as far as predicting two side-by-side lenses that would potentially enable 3D filming, I stress however that this is just speculation.
  • Connectivity – The GoPro Hero4 will not change anything from current models when it comes to connectivity. It will have a USB port, HDMI port and an on-board Wi-Fi module that allows you to upload and share pictures and videos directly onto social media just as one could do with the GoPro Hero3.
  • Price and release date – The Hero 4 is expected to hit the shelves some time this summer which is specific as the speculations get . It is expected to sell at the same price as its predecessors. There is also some speculation that GoPro may fail to name this camera Hero4 and go with another name, again we have to wait for the official announcement to know what its final name will be.

If previous iterations of the GoPro Hero series are anything to go by and coupled with these speculations that have been doing the rounds, then the GoPro Hero4 is going to be one of the best cameras ever on the market. With all the features that this camera is reportedly equipped with, it is going to offer really good value for your money especially if it retails at the same price as previous models.

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