It has been close to a year now since GoPro released the Hero 3 plus extreme sports action camera. GoPro lovers have been itching to know what is next after the Hero 3 plus. A few months ago, rumors started doing rounds of the possibility of the release of a GoPro Hero 4.
Over the years, GoPro has been able to produce some of the best popular action cameras in the world. Today, the company is valued at well over $3 billion, and it does not have plans to stop yet. Its latest release, the Hero 3 plus black edition comes with great low light capabilities, 4K video capture at 15fps, enclosure that is waterproof as well as the ability to capture 1440p videos at 48fps. With such high specs, what GoPro plans to offer with the next release, the rumored GoPro Hero 4, is unimaginable.
Below is a roundup of the expectations rumored for the GoPro Hero 4 camera.
The Release Dates
According to leaked information, the GoPro Hero 4 is expected to be released in the summer of 2014. However, an autumn date would be most probable, since the Hero 2, Hero 3 and Hero 3+ were all autumn releases. So, it is safe to speculate that the release of the GoPro Hero 4 will be anywhere between July 2014 and November 2014.
According to a leaked press release, there are a few clues on the possible features to be included in the GoPro Hero 4 edition. Rumors claim that this camera will feature the ability to shoot ultra-HD, 4K resolution videos at 30fps. It will also be able to shoot 1080p videos at 120fps and also 720p videos at a high of 240fps. When compared to the predecessor, the Hero 3 plus, these are huge increases.
This camera is also expected to come with interesting features like multi-exposure as well as HDR WDR tone mapping, improved MCTF, as well as an electronic image stabilizer. There is also the possibility of the camera coming with a waterproof housing with a flat lens feature for underwater shots of up to 60m deep.
The Price Range
According to rumors, the GoPro Hero 4 is expected to retail at $340 which translates to around £200. However, there is a possibility that the GoPro Hero 4 camera might be a bit pricey than this. This is down to the fact that the GoPro hero 3+ is priced at £359.99, which translates to $601.06. So the price should be anywhere between these two figures with the possibility of a price rise, should GoPro decide to include a GoPro Hero 4+ in the future.
According to a press release that was leaked in April this year, the GoPro Hero 4 is expected to come with really interesting specs. It is expected to come with a dual-core A9, 1GHz ARM Cortex processor, which is better than what is on the Hero 3.
The camera is also expected to come with a 13MP sensor and a new technology lens that is optimized for dark area shoots. The GoPro Hero 4 is also expected to come with a Wi-Fi module as well as HDMI and USB ports, which make it easier to stream and sync footage.
It is expected that this camera will have the ability to capture still images in video shoots and may support H.264, MP, BP, MJPEG and HP Level 5.1formats.
The camera may be available in silver, black or white.