GoPro HERO4 SILVER

8.1/10 AVG.
RATING

  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER
  • GoPro HERO4 SILVER

As simple or sophisticated as you want it to be, GoPro’s Hero4 Silver will impress pros and hobbyists alike with outstanding video and photo quality that far exceeds its humble “action cam” label.

- Les Shu , Digital Trends 

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.

- Joshua Goldman , Cnet 

Specs / Features


Built-In Touch Display: Frame your shots. Easily adjust settings. Play back videos and photos. Improved Camera Control: New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever. | Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps. | Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote | Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of color, ISO limit, exposure and more. Night Photo Lapse: Customizable exposure settings up... More

Built-In Touch Display: Frame your shots. Easily adjust settings. Play back videos and photos. Improved Camera Control: New dedicated button enables quick access to camera settings. Simplified menus make navigating settings easier than ever. | Fast, Powerful Photo Capture: Captures high-quality 12MP photos at speeds of up to 30 fps. | Built-In WiFi + Bluetooth: Delivers enhanced connectivity to the GoPro App, Smart Remote | Protune - Now for Video + Photos: Cinema-quality capture and manual control of color, ISO limit, exposure and more. Night Photo Lapse: Customizable exposure settings up to 30 seconds for single and Time Lapse Photos. Auto Low Light: Automatically adjusts frame rates for optimal low-light performance. High-Performance Audio: New Audio System captures clean, high fidelity sound and nearly 2x the dynamic range. Ultra Wide-Angle Glass Lens: Enables engaging, immersive footage of you and your world. Selecable FOV: Three FOV settings - Ultra-Wide, Medium and Narrow - allow for a broad range of perspectives. HiLight Tag: Mark key moments while recording for easy playback, editing, and sharing. QuikCapture: Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button. SuperView: Captures the world's most immersive wide-angle field of view. | Durable + Waterproof to 131' (40m): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions. Wearable + Mountable: Enables immersive self-capture during your favorite activities. Compatible with all GoPro Mounts: 60+ mounts and accessories - and counting - for capturing a wide variety of perspective and activities. GoPro App + Software: Control your camera remotely. View and share your content. Easily create gorgeous GoPro-style videos.

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Specification

Brand GoPro
Model CHDHY-401
Size 10 x 10 cm (3.9 x 3.9 in)

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Video crisp and sharp with fine details on small screens
  • Touchscreen allows easy mode and setting changes
  • Compatible with Hero3/3+ accessories
  • Able to record 4K video

What's bad  

  • Battery life abysmally short at 1.5 hours
  • Noticeable artifacts and loss of detail on larger screens
  • No digital image stabilization

While they have their competitors, the GoPro still remains the undisputed king of action cameras. The GoPro Hero4 Silver is a strong addition to the company's lineup with reviewers likening it to the Hero3+ Black, the company's previous top camera. It keeps the same black and metallic design and dimensions of 2.3 x 1.1 x 1.6 inches, the same dimensions as the previous generation though slightly heavier at 82 grams. Luckily, most of the old accessories from the Hero3/3+ models are compatible with the Hero4 Silver.

The biggest update is the 1.5-inch touchscreen display – a first for GoPro. Experts praised this addition as it made changing modes and settings a breeze while also providing a nice preview of the shot. It's not just for fiddling with modes though. Users can also playback the videos they recorded, a feature critics found very useful.

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The biggest drawback of the screen is its effect on battery life. They found it only lasted around 1.5 hours when shooting 1080p video at 60 frames per second (FPS) with the Wi-Fi on. With just the screen on, the battery lasted less than hour even when not recording. They highly suggest carrying additional batteries for those who plan to record longer than an hour. Unfortunately, the batteries from the Hero 3/3+ cannot be interchanged with the Hero4 Silver.

Besides the touchscreen, GoPro has added a new 12MP sensor for different fields of view: ultra wide, medium, narrow and ultra wide fisheye. In terms of recording, it offers resolutions of 4K at 15 FPS; 2.7K at 30 and 24 FPS; 1440p t 48, 30 and 24 FPS; 1080p at 60, 48, 30 and 24FPS; 960p at 100 and 60 FPS; and 720p at 120, 60 and 30 FPS. At 1080p the Hero4 Silver offers other features like shooting video and time-lapse photos simultaneously though this reduced the frame rate to 30 FPS. It also opened up a new feature called SuperView. This feature essentially stretches the standard 4:3 aspect ratio shot to 16:9 by capturing more of the sky and ground.

Experts describe the video quality as crisp and sharp for the most part. It wasn't until they zoomed into objects further away that the image became blurry. They also noticed it had relatively conservative contrast and color saturation with the tradeoff being finer detail in colors and shading. Unfortunately, this also leads to a hazy quality to videos in bright sunlight. There's also no digital image stabilization so quick action shots will have what CNET describes as "Jell-O-ey moments." Problems cropped up once critics tried to view videos at larger sizes. They saw noticeable compression artifacts while finer details disappeared at higher speeds.

Reviewers have no problem recommending the GoPro Hero4 Silver to those looking for a good, small camera. Toms Guide states, "The Hero4 Silver is a very capable action camera well worth the price for the quality, usability and availability of great accessories." Digital Trends adds, "…it's fun and easy to use, yet it can be as sophisticated as you need it to be. Add great image and video quality to the mix, and it's easy to see why GoPros are so popular."

Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


Tom's Guide

Very capable action camera well worth the price for the quality, usability and availability of great accessories

from Tom's Guide

The Hero4 Silver is a very capable action camera well worth the price for the quality, usability and availability of great accessories. It also stands out among all the action cameras we've tested for its large, bright LCD touchscreen — which makes it several times easier to use than other devices with their symphony of button presses. GoPro also has the best remote-control software, as well as advanced image-control settings. If $400 is simply too much for you, the $200 Kodak Pixpro SP1, at half the price, is your best option. But if you can swing it, the GoPro Hero4 Silver is worth... Full review

Digital Versus

A good idea, but there's still work to be done

from Digital Versus

Finally, we haven't tested the Hero4 Black yet, but its feature set and performance will need to seriously impress to justify its even higher $500 price tag, especially since it doesn't have the new touch screen. The Hero4 Black appears to have a similar 12MP sensor, which could mean that it records identical quality 1080p footage as the Silver. But the Black can record 4K resolution footage at 30fps, which will make the 4K option actually worth using, and you'll be able to record 2.7K footage up to 50fps, too. But, again, not many of us have (or can afford) TVs capable of more than 1080p,... Full review

SurfersVillage

It's all about the touchscreen

from SurfersVillage
Overall we liked the new GoPro Hero4 Silver. Because of the touchscreen back, the awkwardness of using a GoPro for home movies or dry-land adventures is eliminated. It’s now as easy as taking video with your smartphone - with much better resolution. However, if you plan to use the new 4 while surfing you will still need to manipulate the manual shutter to capture video and photos. If you plan to use it solely for surfing or other aquatic adventures, then hang on to your GoPro Hero3 Black edition... Full review
Reviewed

This GoPro may be silver, but it's hard to call it second best

from Reviewed

The only other caveat that we'd have about the Silver is the redesigned battery. Though it's more accessible and doesn't have drastically lower capacity, the fact that your old batteries are obsolete is a tough pill to swallow. If you're heavily invested in GoPro batteries and don't need the touchscreen LCD or 4K video we'd potentially recommend picking up an older Hero 3; performance isn't all that different and saving on buying spare batteries is always a good idea.

Otherwise, the Hero4 Silver edition is a credible alternative to the flagship Black edition. More importantly, i... Full review

Engadget

Silver is the new black

from Engadget
There's a logical conclusion here, and one that I fear I'll have to wait the best part of a year to enjoy. I have everything crossed that the GoPro Hero4+ will bring 4K/30 fps and that touchscreen together on one device. For now, though, it's the Silver that's getting the most amount of fresh air... Full review
Digital Trends

Makes a badass camera even if you're not a badass

from Digital Trends
Overall, it’s fun and easy to use, yet it can be as sophisticated as you need it to be. Add great image and video quality to the mix, and it’s easy to see why GoPros are so popular, and gets our Editors’ Choice approval... Full review
Cnet

The best GoPro for the money

from Cnet
If you want the GoPro with the best of the best video quality, you'll still want to go with the Hero4 Black. Thanks to an expansive feature set that now includes a built-in touchscreen, the Hero4 Silver is likely the better choice for most people. It's not cheap, though, and if its feature set sounds like overkill for your needs, it's far from the only option out there... Full review
PC Magazine

Top-notch performance and new touch-screen display justify this action cam's price tag.

from PC Magazine

Finally, we haven't tested the Hero4 Black yet, but its feature set and performance will need to seriously impress to justify its even higher $500 price tag, especially since it doesn't have the new touch screen. The Hero4 Black appears to have a similar 12MP sensor, which could mean that it records identical quality 1080p footage as the Silver. But the Black can record 4K resolution footage at 30fps, which will make the 4K option actually worth using, and you'll be able to record 2.7K footage up to 50fps, too. But, again, not many of us have (or can afford) TVs capable of more than 1080p,... Full review

Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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2,200 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the GoPro HERO4 SILVER. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

9/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

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49 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the GoPro HERO4 SILVER. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

9/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

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79 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the GoPro HERO4 SILVER. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.6 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

9.2/10

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