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GoPro Hero 4

Flagship option from action camera market leader GoPro

Despite the market being flooded with action cameras now, the dominance of GoPro is easily illustrated by the fact most people don’t call them action cameras, they call them GoPros.

The Hero 4 comes in three flavours, namely the Hero 4 Black, Hero 4 Silver – as shot here – and the Hero 4 Session. The range is GoPro’s flagship action camera collection, and replaced the Hero 3.

Sitting top of the three-camera collection is the Hero 4 Black, the all-singing, all-dancing top model that can shoot 4K video and has a processor twice as powerful as that in the Hero 3, meaning it can shoot at twice the frame rate.

Shoot with it and it’s a close as you can get to letting your friends re-live those rides with you – which is more than a little bit of pressure to make sure those videos are good!

Shoot with it and it’s a close as you can get to letting your friends re-live those rides with you – which is more than a little bit of pressure to make sure those videos are good!

It’s also worth keeping in mind, if you want to shoot 4K video, you’re going to need something capable of 4K playback if you want to see your rides in all their super high-definition glory.

The second standard model in the Hero 4 range is the Hero 4 Silver, which is the one we’ve shot here. It’s a pared-down version of the Black, without the 4K and higher processor speed and a corresponding drop in price of £80 to £329.

GoPro call it ‘high-performance’ capture as opposed to the ‘pro-quality’ supplied by the Hero 4 Black. It does, however, boast the convenience of a touch-screen display. Like the Hero 4 Black it’s waterproof to 40m and available in Surf or Music editions.

Finally comes the Hero 4 Session, though that’s a different beast entirely. When you’re such a clear market leader like GoPro, the difficulty can be keeping things fresh and interesting but GoPro have stayed ahead of the curve with the Session.

It’s the smallest GoPro they’ve ever made, packed down into a tiny black cube while still able to shoot 1440p video, or 1080p at 60 frames per second. It’s also significantly more affordable with a pricetage of £159.99. They’ve even added a mount, making a ball and socket option (just like a hip joint) for what would be – using popular cycling parlance – a multitude of micro-adjustment options.

On that note, the mounting is another big bonus of the GoPro. There are so many mounts already available – even ones specifically made for surfing and skiing – that you can pretty much mount the thing wherever you fancy.

For bikes, there are helmet mounts, tube mounts or saddle rail mounts as well as a particularly cool little out front mount that’ll put your Garmin on top and GoPro underneath. And there’s nothing to stop you getting creative with anything else you can find as well.

GoPro are the market leaders for good reason, and their flagship Hero 4 range boasts three distinct cameras to cater for a wide range of needs.

GoPro Hero 4

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