Thursday, April 23, 2015
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If you’re a professional biker, bungee jumper or any other kind of extreme sports enthusiast, you’ve probably used a HD camera from GoPro at least once. These gadgets not only record videos with an excellent quality, but they are a lot cheaper than regular professional cameras and they can be attached to a bicycle’s horns or to a helmet.
GoPro 3+ Black Edition
In terms of design, the GoPro 3+ looks a lot like the Hero 4, being a light camera which can be taken with you on a boat, plane or in a car. It’s the successor of the Hero 3, but it has minor changes: for example, compared to the Hero 2, this model is much smaller, measuring 2.3×1.55×0.08inches, while it weights 28grams. Unfortunately, this product doesn’t live you to our expectations when it comes to battery life, being outperformed by the Hero 4 with ease. Speaking of the design, we can say that the GoPro 3+ is slightly similar to the previous GoPro 3, but its streamlined lens cover doesn’t have bolts or slide locking mechanisms, while the physical buttons have a bigger size. The lens have been improved and the Black Edition records 4K videos with the 12MP camera, at a burst rate of 30fps.
GoPro Hero 4
While the GoPro Hero 3+ came with the Ambarella A7 chip, the Hero 4 is powered by the Ambarella A0 SoC chip which brings along with it, a better performance. Its 12MP camera is able to record 4K30, 2.7K50 at 1080p120, offering cinema-quality captures at a price of 500 dollars (the Black Edition). There is also a Silver Edition which is 100 dollars cheaper and if you won’t be satisfied with the product, you can return it within 30 days and get full refund.
If we analyze its features better, the Hero 4 is simply amazing. Besides 4K recording, it has multi exposure HDR, new Protune settings, it’s waterproof, surviving down to 40 meters under water. The images are sharper because the MCTF has been enhanced, plus there’s a playback feature that comes with a Remote viewfinder. And you can post your images/videos directly from your camera.
Both models support WiFi and come with a WiFi remote. You will find the GoPro apps user friendly, getting used to them immediately. To mount them on a motorcycle or on a helmet, you’ll need a small flip lock.