08 Июн. 2015 г.|
Экшн камера gopro hero 4 black
30fps is the industry standard, and as such, your action cam can now shoot footage that will look awesome should you happen to own a 4K TV or monitor, and future-proofs you for when you do. At $500, it's not cheap, but if you want your action videos to look as good as possible, that's the way to go. The GoPro Hero 3 Black could manage 4K at 15fps, but that wasn't useful for, well, much of anything really.
When I first saw the promo video for the Hero4 Black, what jumped out at me the most were these incredible time-lapse sequences that happened at night. We haven't yet had a chance to do some audiophile-grade comparisons against the Hero 3+ or the Sony Action Cam AS100V, which had the best audio of any of this year's action cams, but take a listen to the 4K sample video above. Basically, if you're buying this camera to shoot 4K or high framerates, prepare for editing to be a real pain in the junk. It's a bit counterintuitive that the flagship Black edition is the one that doesn't have the screen, but… yeah, I don't know how that happened.
We will continue putting these cameras through their paces and will be back with a more definitive call in the weeks to come. We'd hoped that as other action cameras (that are actually very good) started coming out that GoPro would feel the pressure and lower the price of its top-tier camera to help keep it competitive. A tiny, boxy little action camera that's typically one step ahead of the pack in image quality and features—plus an absurd number of mounting options made both by GoPro and by third-party companies. We should be getting our hands on it very soon, and we'll have a head-to-head comparison as soon as we can.
You can also now shoot 2.7K video in speeds up to 50fps, up from 30 on last year's Hero 3+ Black. We really wish flipping Protune on in Photo mode would shoot in an actual RAW format, but this is better than nothing. Maybe the new guts will be much more power-efficient, but we're not feeling particularly optimistic.
I mean, they're awesome, but you can probably settle for a little less resolution and a little less speed. You just hit the button on the side, and the options relevant for video mode are right there. By comparison, Sony's flagship action cams come with a case that's waterproof down to just 15 feet, which probably won't even be enough for vigorous snorkeling. There are also steadicams, selfie sticks, surfboards with GoPro mounts built directly into the deck.
We're going to take some more time to do some in-depth comparisons, but from what we can tell so far, image quality looks phenomenal across all of the available frame-rates. It's also worth noting that Sony's 4K Action Cam (X100V) is just around the corner and gunning for the Hero4 Black. We'll just have to wait and see who can muster those same killer specs, and how much cheaper they can do it. You can also swap in a skeleton backdoor to improve audio, assuming you won't be getting it wet. It's at least as sharp as last year's Hero 3+ Black Edition, it has pretty natural colors, and solid dynamic range. Light and comfortable to wear, and the menu system is easier to navigate than previous iterations. It's that same little box that GoPro's been using for the last three years, and that means it's compatible with basically all of GoPro's mounts and housings since 2012.
We haven't personally had a chance to play with the Hero, but from some of the comparison shots that leaked last week you can see that the Hero's footage is decent, but it's certainly way behind the higher-end models.
It doesn't really serve much of a purpose at the moment, but imagine pairing it with a smartwatch so you could adjust settings from your wrist. Also, the low-light capabilities are much improved this year, as you can see in the GIF above comparing a Hero4 to a Hero3+.
Amazingly, the Hero4 Silver manages to be the exact same size as the Hero4 Black and the Hero 3+ before it, even with that bright, sharp touchscreen on the back. Again, the Hero4 Black will be $500, the Silver Edition will be $400, and the Hero will be $130.
Most every action cam has an associated app now, so while it's nothing to write home about, it's a solid performer.
My own experimentation with this didn't turn out as well as GoPro's did (shocker), but had I taken a little more time to dial in the right exposure time (and been able to get to a scenic, remote location) I think I could have gotten there. GoPro has never been a leader on this front, but the Hero4 Black—the new flagship—is at the bottom of the barrel.
This brings me back to my point that GoPro offers twice as many shooting modes as competing models.
Unfortunately GoPro is doubling down, and the Hero4 Black edition will be sold for a whopping $500. The new version of Studio wasn't ready during our initial testing, but GoPro says it will be rolling out right around the same time as the Hero4. Or maybe GoPro just had a ton of guts leftover from the Hero 3 White edition (which this camera is internally identical to) and needed to get rid of them.
I've found that it takes some tinkering to get the results you're after—especially on the Black edition, which has no screen—but it's possible to get some pretty neat results.
I thought there was no way those shots came out of a GoPro with its wee image sensor, but yep. You can expect large Hollywood production companies to purchase these things by the pallet, and it's going to yield some really sweet slow motion shots at angles you wouldn't see otherwise. Now, the side button gives you quick access to the settings for whichever mode you're in (e.g.
1080p at 120fps and 4K at 30 is absolutely badass, and a lot of pros will be tripping over themselves to get at it.
After several gagillion leaks over the last few days, they're finally here: GoPro's 2014 line of action cameras. You bust them out in circumstances where using your phone would be impractical, or hazardous. This is something we've been complaining about for a long time, and it's great to see it finally get addressed.
Mics and lights are shifted around slightly, but the only major difference is that the battery panel is now on the bottom instead of the back.
For example, to simply change the video resolution and get back to shooting, it took a minimum of 10 clicks on the Hero3+. In or out of the housing, you can adjust all a GoPro's settings using just three buttons, and it's even easier on the new Hero4 cams. You get 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60, you still get SuperView which is a pretty killer feature, and maybe best of all, you still get 131 feet of waterproofiness; even Sony's flagship camera only goes to 16 feet.
Unfortunately, the same can't be said of GoPro Studio, the company's video editing software. The above video contains footage of the Hero4 Black's banner features, namely 4K at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps. You can also quickly review footage to make sure you got the shot you want before moving on to the next thing. As you can see in this comparison video, the Hero4 Silver does a really nice job keeping things balanced and exposing correctly. The Hero4 no longer includes a remote control (which is rugged and waterproof, and convenient if your camera is out of arm's reach), which came standard with the Hero3 and Hero3+ models.
It's the only action cam that can shoot 120 frame-per-second 1080p video, and it's the only one that can shoot 4K. Someone else will almost certainly have a camera with similar specs come through in the next year, and it's a safe bet that they'll charge a good deal less. The Black can also now shoot 2.7k video at 60 frames per second (up from 48), which allows you to shoot very large video that can both be cropped (or used with image stabilization software) and slowed down. Hopefully that was just pre-release gremlins that will be fixed soon with a firmware update. The only major disappointment is that 720p shooting stays at 120fps, where it was last year. Some of the modes that are exclusive to GoPro have actually become my favorite way to shoot. It would be nice if you could record audio through external Bluetooth mics or integrate with Ripcurl's Search GPS Surf watch to put your videos on a map. Interestingly enough, though, it doesn't come with a waterproof case; it's built right into one.
And if you're upgrading from a previous GoPro, you'll need to buy new batteries because the Hero4 has ones shaped slightly differently. Combine that and the $100 savings over the GoPro Hero4, and this is probably the camera we'd recommend for most people.
Not a gigantic drop, but considering how GoPro is far from the leader in battery life to begin with, any drop at all is a problem. For the vast majority of people who want high-end action cam footage, the Hero4 Silver is probably the way to go. Same with Photo mode or Multishot mode (which includes Burst, Time-lapse, and Night Lapse).
There's no HDMI port, so you'll have to have to use you computer to display any of your footage, and there's no Wi-Fi either, so app controls are out of the question.
Some people just want a tough camera that they can stick anywhere and that will live through just about anything.
The Silver edition managed a much better 119 minutes (at 1080p30), but that's still a good ways behind the 150 minutes I've gotten from a Sony AS100V. Oh, except that the Silver has an LCD screen which is very handy for lining up shots and review footage on the fly, which is nice for adjusting settings because it's touch-sensitive too. Obviously, this video only shows it against three other cameras—all of which are $100 or more cheaper than the Hero4 Silver—but still, it's the clear winner in these tests (make sure you watch at full resolution). Especially the Black edition with higher resolutions and framerates, but at 1080p60 the Silver looks just as good. GoPro's 2014 flagship camera finally brings a lot of the features professionals have been begging for, most significantly: 4K video at 30 frames per second, and 1080p video at a mouth-watering 120 frames per second.
Obviously, the Black Edition is the star of the show, even though it doesn't have that lovely screen that the Silver has. That said, it is limited to a narrow field of view, which can be pretty limiting, especially if you're shooting back at yourself.
It needs some serious work, but at the same time, pro-grade applications like Adobe Premiere really struggle with 4K footage and 120fps frame rates (on my two year old, maxxed out MBP), and that sucks a lot, too.
This allows you to shoot in full HD and then slow it way the hell down and have the footage still look buttery smooth. There are some new additions too, like Bluetooth, though its integration is a little confusing. The Black's claim to fame is an ability to shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second, and 1080p video at 120fps (for some very sweet slo-mo.) The Silver's processor is a bit slower, so it can't manage those higher frame rates, but the optics, the image sensor and everything else looks just as good.
It actually makes the battery a little tougher to access when the camera is in a housing, but I guess they had to make room for the touchscreen on the Silver. It costs the same $500 and has a lot (but not all) of the same shooting modes, plus stabilization and GPS. After all, Sony was coming very close on image quality and was selling its flagship camera for $300, versus $400 for GoPro's Black edition.
The recording indictor buttons are in a slightly different place, the button on the side is slightly larger, and the battery door is now on the bottom instead of on the back. It's sharp and easy to read outdoors, and makes it a lot simpler to ensure you get the shot you want.
The new GoPro Hero4 Black and Hero4 Silver are two of the very best action cameras you can buy. It's worth noting that Sony's forthcoming flagship Action Cam, the X100V, will also shoot 720p at 240fps, but it will do so in the wide field of view, which seems way more useful. What was formerly the Wi-Fi button on the side of the camera now brings up a contextually-aware menu for whatever shooting mode you're in.
Modern smartphones typically shoot excellent video, but action cams are valuable because of their form-factor. While you're recording, if something awesome happens, you just tap that button and it adds a Highlight tag to that portion of your footage. It's the best in low light, it has very solid audio (when not inside its waterproof case), and colors are pretty true to life.
Yes, batteries are cheap and can be swapped out, but that does you no good if you're surfing, snorkeling, diving, etc. Worse, though, is that it's not looking like battery life will improve over previous versions.
We asked about it and were told that while the new processor could support it, the image sensor couldn't. For example, you can see in this video how Super Mode squeezes way more into a frame, which is great for surf or snowboard shots. Additionally, the Black edition is getting a few new and very sweet modes, which you can read about here from when we got our exclusive first hands-on. The Hero4 Black with the new, slimmer, LCD Touch Bacpac, though together it's a lot thicker than the Hero4 Silver. If you're using the new version of the GoPro Studio editing software, you can filter by bits that have the Highlight tag, which should theoretically get you to your best moments without having to wade through as much garbage. Details are sharper, colors are more accurate, and critically, the GoPro has excellent dynamic range. All but the most hardcore aren't going to care about 1080p at 120fps or, really, probably even know what that means.
The Smart Remote will run you $80, which is severely overpriced we think, but on the positive side, it benefits from the same UI enhancements that the new cameras have and it (finally) will come with a wrist strap. It is, essentially, the Hero 3+ Black edition from last year, which has stood as the best action camera since its release.
There's still a fair amount of button-pushing involved to swap modes, but it's a hell of a lot easier than it used to be. However, a new accelerometer inside the camera can detect changes in orientation, letting you mount the camera upside down without worrying about needing to flip the footage afterwards.
It has some good ideas, like templates that allow you to just drag and drop clips into cuts that are pre-timed to music, but it's a buggy, crashy mess.
The above video shows the Hero4 Black's new 720p at 240fps mode, which is perfect for buttery smooth slow motion. While no physical buttons have been added for the Hero4, the ones it has have been remapped slightly. These essentially give you manual control over how long the shutter stays open, up to 30 seconds for an exposure. If you want to see more 4K samples, check this video, and if you want more 1080p at 120fps, click this.
You still have that option, but if you'd rather, you can have it cut together the timelapse into a 4K or 2.7K video right inside the camera which you can immediately share. 4K will become increasingly important, but until more people have sets that support it, the best new feature on the Black Edition is 1080p at 120fps. Several other action cams offer screens (like JVC's Adixxion and the Drift Ghost-S), but this one is particularly attractive. Or perhaps you could pair it with the Garmin Fenix 2, which can track your snowboard runs, and the data and videos could sync together. That's because I accidentally had the Lowlight option enabled which automatically slows your frame-rate down to let more light in. But if you want to strap one to your baby, your dog, a firework, a flying drone or a ceiling fan, they're good for that, too. Protune—which gives you a high bitrate, RAW-ish video with adjustable parameters like exposure, color, and ISO—is now available for photos and time-lapses as well as video.
Not only is that a full $100 more than the 3+ Black, but the 3+ Black came with the Wi-Fi remote, whereas the Hero4 forces you to buy it separately, and for a not-insignificant $80. Sometimes they are obscure aspecct ratios that don't matter, but you're getting a lot more flexibility.
Again, we think it's a good hundred bucks too expensive, but for people who want the very best action cam footage possible, this cam is looking like the clear leader for now.
They're the exact same size as the Hero 3 and 3+, so your old cases and mounts will work just fine. This is partially because by default the screen turns itself off after a few seconds of filming, though you can turn it back on by tapping it.
While the biggest improvements are those we mentioned above there are a handful of other new goodies. For that compromise, you'll save $100, and gain a very handy touchscreen and a bit of battery life. GoPro claims the new audio system on the Hero4 (both editions) has two times the dynamic range of previous systems. It has become to action cameras what Band-Aid is to adhesive bandages or Kleenex is to facial tissue.
Fine adjustments are often impossible, and I've been halfway through edits when suddenly it can't find any of my media, and I spend an hour trying to reconnect every lost clip (one by one because it can't do batches!), only for that to fail and to have to start the whole project again from scratch. Speaking of housings: The waterproof housing that comes with both cameras is rated down to 131 feet deep, which should be more than enough for all but advanced-level SCUBA divers. GoPro's two-button menu navigation system had gotten worse and worse as more and more options were added to it over the years; there was just way too much to sort through. The Bluetooth (which currently only works with iOS) doesn't connect directly to your phone, but rather uses it to know when your phone is nearby to reduce power consumption when pairing with Wi-Fi. Simply put, video shot with the Hero4 (both Black and Silver editions) looks better than the competition. As we mentioned, the battery door is now on the bottom of the Hero4 as opposed to the back, where it was on all previous models.