GoPro Hero 4 Silver action camera review£330.00

State of the action-cam art

BikeRadar score4.5/5

GoPro's much-anticipated Hero 4 action camera, which launched last autumn, has a 1.75in rear touchscreen display for camera setup and playback, and a small front screen showing status. It can record video at five qualities, from 4K at 15 frames per second, to 720 pixels at 120 fps. Read on for our GoPro Hero 4 Silver review.

    The Hero4 will also shoot 30 12MP still images every second or timelapse shots, and there’s even built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote control or viewing. The housed camera weighs just 147g and is waterproof to a depth of 40m.

    To begin you just need to charge it, install a Micro SD card up to 64GB and mount wherever the mood takes you – a helmet mount is supplied. The GoPro shape still looks at odds with a road bike, but the live display takes the guesswork out of viewing angle setup, and the screen can be toggled on and off.

    QuikCapture function powers up the camera and starts recording with one button press – child’s play. A Mode button on the front also provides instant menu access. Battery life depends on shooting mode and can be anything from under an hour to around two.

    The f2.8 fixed focus lens’s Ultra Wide view equates to around 17mm, fisheye focal length, with impressive sharpness from your brake levers to infinity. Video is remarkably flare-free, colours are accurate, if a little muted and the camera manages changeable scenes superbly, handling highlights and shadows surprisingly well, while maintaining good contrast. There’s very little pixelation too, so paused video can look still image-sharp.

    Watch this space – BikeRadar will be following up this brief review with a full-on battle between the GoPro Hero4 and Shimano Sport Camera over the coming weeks

    This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

    Robin Wilmott

    Tech Writer, Tech Hub, UK,
    Robin began road cycling in 1988, and with mountain bikes in their infancy, mixed experimental off-road adventures with club time trials and road races. Cyclocross soon became a winter staple, and has remained his favourite form of competition. Robin has always loved the technical aspect of building and maintaining bikes, and several years working in a good bike shop only amplified that. Ten years as a Forensic Photographer followed, honing his eye for detail in pictures and words. He has shot at the biggest pro events since the '90s, and now he's here, drawing on all those experiences to figure out what makes a bike or component tick.
    • Age: 45
    • Height: 178cm / 5'10"
    • Weight: 75kg / 165lb
    • Discipline: Road, cyclocross, time trials
    • Beer of Choice: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

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