7- 13 November 2014 #731

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Hero 4 Silver is capable of taking detailed pictures with customisation of ISO, colour profile and shutter speed control.

GoPro cameras have been the go-to devices for adrenaline junkies the world over. Compact, convenient, rugged, and remarkably capable, GoPro has been able to make the action camera market its own with its stellar series of Hero cameras.

Following in the footsteps of the extremely popular GoPro Hero3 cameras, the Hero4 iterations look to up their game with the Hero4 Silver and Hero4 Black models. This review is based on the reviewer’s use of the Hero4 Silver variant.

The GoPro Hero4 Silver retains the same dimensions as its Hero3 predecessor. Slightly larger than a Zippo lighter and weighing a feather-light 83 grams, the Hero4 Silver is convenient to lug around anywhere.

GoPro has included for the very first time a touch screen with its camera, making navigation on the 1.7 inch screen a treat; a welcome change from past models. The camera’s button layout remains the same, but what was the Wi-Fi power button on the right side in the Hero3 models is now a button which doubles as the settings menu, and the ‘HiLight Tag,’ which makes finding that cool frame faster when viewing in GoPro’s free mobile app or Desktop Studio software later. You can also change settings, review and transfer content using GoPro’s mobile app on your iPhones, Android phones and Windows phones. All you have to do is connect the Hero4 Silver via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth directly to your smartphone and you are good to go.

The Hero4 Silver truly comes in its element when recording fast paced action, and can shoot at up to a ridiculous resolution of 4K. The catch though is videos are recorded at a frame rate of 15 fps. So, for smoother videos stick to the full HD mode (1080p) at 60 fps and 720p videos at 120 fps.

While it’s clear the Hero 4 Silver is no DSLR, it’s 12 MP cam is capable of taking pictures, detailed enough for the most of us. It also allows for customisation of ISO, colour profile, sharpness, exposure compensation, and shutter speed control via its Protune menu, so photography enthusiasts can play with it a little more.

GoPro usually includes a ton of accessories with its cameras, and this doesn’t change with the Hero4 Silver. For your money, you will get a waterproof housing (up to 131 feet), skeleton and touch back doors, two adhesive mounts (one flat and one curved), horizontal and vertical quick-release buckles, and a three-way pivot arm, besides the camera itself. However, no MicroSD card is included, so add the cost of a MicroSD card (supports up to 64GB) from the onset.

Yantrick’s Verdict: Available for upwards of Rs 40,000, the Hero4 Silver brings touch screen convenience, 4K video capturing, Protune for photos and videos, among a raft of other upgrades from the GoPro Hero3 series.

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