GoPro Hero4: Amazing, Small, Inexpensive, HD Video Camera

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Looking for a small, mountable, “ideal for sports and action”, inexpensive, high definition video and still camera with a waterproof housing and image quality that Lucasfilm (the Star Wars people) calls “amazing”?  This camera will go anywhere and mount just about anywhere. Prices range from $499 to $129, depending on the model (which is a lot less than your typical DSLR with HiDef video).

For several yeas on various “outdoor” TV networks (National Geographic, Discovery Chanel, Animal Planet and others) I’ve watched some remarkable video footage from GoPro HERO cameras. They can be mounted on helmets, cars, motorcycles, surfboards, and about anything else you can imagine. Imagine mounting it on a pole with some bait to record the bite of a shark from inside the shark’s mouth ( it was the “inside the shark’s mouth” video sequence that got my attention and started me on my search for this camera).

Camera Info

In addition to wonderful HD video quality, they are also still camera.

Here are the specs for the current models (“Black” and “Silver” have nothing to do with the actual color of the camera).

Hero4 Black
Video: 4K30 / 2.7K50 / 1080p120 fps.
Still: 12MP / 30 fps Burst.
Waterproof to 131’ (40m).

Hero4 Silver
Video: 1080p60 / 720p120 fps.
Still: 12MP / 30 fps Burst.
Waterproof to 131’ (40m).

Video: 1080p30 / 720p60 fps.
Still: 5MP / 5 fps Burst.
Waterproof to 131’ (40m).

How good is the video quality? According to producer Rick McCallum of Lucasfilm, Ltd., “When I saw the footage from the GoPro on our big screens at Skywalker Ranch, I was amazed…”

This camera will get you to thinking about doing all kinds of photography you may not have thought about before. And the best news is you are not risking your expensive DSLR to shoot high def video in high risk shooting situations. So go ahead and mount this camera to your car, bike, surfboard, helmet, chest, headstrap, wrist, or wherever. If you love action video, this is video heaven.

More information on the various models is here.


You can buy the Go Pro HERO 4 models in the GoPro section of my photography store.

More details are at Be sure and check out the videos.