When GoPro went public this year, it proved that a company that perfected the art of recording high-flying exploits could thrive. The HERO4 GoPro builds on the company’s existing technology with improved resolution, upgraded audio systems, and time lapse capabilities for ultra low-light scenes at night. The HERO4 comes in silver and black editions at $399 and $499, respectively, and promises to make videos from the extreme (base jumping, surfing) to the pleasantly mundane even better, but we can say that the silver one is definitely better packed for the price.

We must admit that $400 is a lot to spend on an action camera, but it provides excellent video quality for an action cam. The GoPro Hero4 Silver takes everything we liked about the Hero3+ Black -- especially the solid video quality -- and adds in some handy new features including a touchscreen, making it one of the best little action cameras around, 4K recording recording, touch-screen LCD and touch-screen LCD.

GoPro Hero4 Black

The Hero4 Black doesn’t include the touch screen display, but does included 4K@30fps and 1080p@120fps. It will also do 2.7K@50fps making it the most advanced GoPro released to date. The camera also includes Superview support throughout all modes with 4K running at 24fps with an Ultra Wide FOV. 2.7K Superview running at 30fps or 25 with Ultra Wide FOV. Lastly we have 1080p running at 80, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps Ultra Wide FOV and 720p at 120, 60, 50 fps Ultra Wide FOV. The camera supports up 60Mb/s h.264 bitrate.

GoPro Hero4 Silver

The Hero4 Silver features up to 1080p@60fps and 720p@120fps. It includes a 12MP sensor. It includes Ultra Wide, Medium and Narrow FOV modes. It does include 4K support, but only at a maximum of 15fps. Other features include both 720p and 1080p Superview, built in WiFi and Bluetooth, Auto Low Light, Protune, and H.264 bit rate up to 45Mb/s. The Silver Edition also includes a touch screen LCD display. Rather than be an accessory, GoPro include it as standard. It can act as a viewfinder when taking photos or videos, and of course playing back previous photos or videos.

Features Comparison

I came across a very interesting and well documented comparison between the Silver and the Black version of the GoPro Hero4 that is really worth reading. This might be of great help for those still questioning the best action cam for themselves. According to http://hzz.hubpages.com/ the winner for the:

  • Sharpness is GoPro Hero4 Black
  • Battery Life is GoPro Hero4 Silver
  • Slow Motion Feature - the score is tied
  • Under The Water and Diving - the score is tied
  • Night Time Videos is GoPro Hero4 Silver
  • Audio Quality - the score is tied

Comparison Table

Features Hero4 Silver Edition ($399.99) Hero4 Black Edition ($499.99)
Dimensions 41x59x30 mm 41x59x30 mm
Weight / Weight with housing 83g / 147g 88g / 152g
Lens Aperture F2.8 F2.8
Video mode / Max frame rate 4K / 15fps 4K / 30fps
2.7K / 30fps 2.7K / 50fps
1440p / 30fps 1440p / 80fps
1080p / 60fps 1080p / 120fps
960p / 100fps 960p / 120fps
720p / 120fps 720p / 120fps
WVGA / 240fps WVGA / 240fps
Still Photo 12MP 12MP
Burst Mode (photos per second) 30 30
High bitrate (H.264) 45 Mb/s 60 Mb/s
Night Photo + Night Lapse YES YES
Protune Video + Photo Video + Photo
HiLight Tag YES YES
WiFi Remote NO Surf & Music Editions
Bluetooth YES YES
Touchscreen Display YES NO
Battery 1160 mAh 1160 mAh
Source: hzz.hubpages.com


Now, all being said we are waiting for your feedbacks. Share with as all the experiences you had with any version of GoPro Hero4 and help us make wise choices when purchasing an action camera.

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