Enter the world of action cameras

One thing is for sure, if you are out there putting your life and reputation on the line, you should be documenting the “crash and burn” or your rise to stardom. Today we will be looking specifically at the GoPro Hero Range and how these amazing little pieces of trickery can be used in whatever senseless idea you are able to think of.

GoPro originated in 2001 after a surfer, named Nick Woodman decided to duck tape a camera to his hand in order to capture footage closer to the action. Since  strapping a 35mm to your paw has its obvious limits, Nick headed back to his moms’ garage, where he was staying at the time, to find a more practical solution. Fast forward a couple of years and you now have one of the most handy and must-have action cameras – The GoPro.

It’s tough, it’s durable, it’s versatile and it works.

The current GoPro range

There is quite a large range of GoPro’s out there, so we will take a look at the latest range of the GoPro Hero4 action cameras.

GoPro Hero – Entry Level

The GoPro Hero is basically the most cost effective, out of the whole range. If what you are recording might explode or your daredevil teenager wants his/her own GoPro, this might just be the best solution.

This GoPro is a sealed unit, limiting you to the use of the built in battery only, but there is a quickly accessible backdoor for the card bay. It’s waterproof down to 40m, shoots up to 1080p video and 5mp photos with a 10 photos per second burst rate.

GoPro Hero+ and Hero+ LCD – Entry Level

GoPro released a new range of entry level GoPros along with the addition of the Hero+ and the Hero+ LCD. The latter includes a handy touch screen display on the rear of the camera but as with the Hero base model this camera is a sealed unit of which you cannot change the batteries.

Both these models shoot 8mp still images, feature Wifi and Bluetooth and are compatible with the GoPro App.

GoPro Hero4 Session

The Hero4 Session is the new, smaller and lighter contender coming in at a lower price bracket than the GoPro Hero4 Silver.

The video reaches a smooth 1080p full HD at 60fps, but the photographs have a slightly lower resolution of 8mp compared to the 12mp of the Hero4 Black and Silver. It is a closed unit which is waterproof down to 10m, but has no available housing allowing you to go any deeper.

The photos can be snapped at 10 frames per second or set to a time lapse of up to 0.5 second intervals.

GoPro Hero4 Silver  – Consumer level

This camera is jam-packed with features, the most significant one being the built in touch LCD screen. The camera comes in a 40m waterproof casing along with a basic set of attachments. You will be shooting 12mp photos at a rate of 30 frames per second. This little gem will also record video in 4K at up to 15 frames per second and 60 frames per second in 1080p.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver, is the most popular option in store since it is the perfect combination of quality and price.

GoPro Hero4 Black – Prosumer Level

The GoPro Hero4 Black model excludes the LCD screen to accommodate the more powerful processor for 4K video, which it shoots at 30fps. As far as image quality goes, you’re looking at the same, 12mp quality 30fps burst as in the silver edition.

The black edition is aimed towards production companies doing cinematic work who really needs to squeeze out every ounce of quality they can get.

My recommendation

I would say have a serious look at the GoPro Hero4 Silver. For the average to above average Hero, the Silver Edition will be more than enough and the built in touchscreen makes life so much easier.

Keep an eye out for the follow up article on all the GoPro mounts!

GoPro Hero4 Black GoPro Hero4 Silver GoPro Hero4 Session GoPro Hero+ LCD GoPro Hero+ GoPro Hero
Field of View Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow Ultra Wide, Medium Ultra Wide Ultra Wide Ultra Wide
4K
All frame rates in NTSC Format
Yes
30,25,24 fps
Yes
14,12.4 fps
1440p
All frame rates in NTSC Format
Yes
80, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
Yes
48, 30, 25, 24 fps
Yes
30, 25 fps
1080p
All frame rates in NTSC Format
Yes
120, 90, 60, 50, 498, 30, 25, 24 fps
Yes
60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
Yes
60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Yes
60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Yes
60, 50, 30, 25 fps
Yes
30, 25 fps
Photo Megapixels 12mp 12mp 8mp 8mp 8mp 5mp
Built-in Wireless WiFi + Bluetooth WiFi + Bluetooth WiFi + Bluetooth WiFi + Bluetooth WiFi + Bluetooth
GoPro App compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built in touch display Yes Yes
Storage
(sold separately)
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 64GB
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 64GB
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 64GB
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 64GB
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 64GB
MicroSD
Class 10 up to 32GB
Waterproof 40m
(standard housing)60m
(Dive housing)
40m
(standard housing)60m
(Dive housing)
10m
(no separate housing)
40m
(Built in housing)
40m
(Built in housing)
40m
(Built in housing)