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GoPro Unveils Hero4 Action Cam Series

San Mateo, Calif. — GoPro introduced Monday the next-generation flagship, mid-line and entry versions of its hugely successful action video cameras, offering improved fast-motion image capture.

The Hero4 Black carries a $500 suggested retail and includes a new processor with twice the power of the previous iteration, to enable recording up to 4K resolution at 30 fps or FullHD 1080p at up to 120 fps.

The step-down Hero4 Silver ($400), like the current GoPro Hero 3 Silver, also offers up to 4K video recording, but at a slower 15 fps frame rate, 2.7K resolution video at 30 fps, FullHD 1080p at 60p and HD 720p at up to 120p. It also adds a touchscreen LCD.

The new flagship model does not include the touchscreen, due to the demands of the more powerful processor, but GoPro offers an LCD BacPac to attach to the camera for those who require it.

Instead, the GoPro4 Black’s FullHD 120 fps frame rate should be especially beneficial for the camera’s primary purpose — capturing high-speed action video and high-quality slow-motion scenes.

Meanwhile, GoPro’s new entry Hero model ($130) offers recording at FullHD 1080p/30 fps, and 720p/60 fps.

The cameras are expected to be available the first week of October.

Both the new Black and Silver editions can shoot 12-megapixel stills at bursts up to 30 fps. GoPro has also extended to video its Protune manual control override for color, ISO, exposure and contrast.

For connectivity, both versions include built-in Wi-Fi to connect to iOS, Android and Windows-based mobile devices, along with built-in Bluetooth.

Other changes in the cameras include a new battery size and body design to accommodate dropping the battery in the bottom of the camera.

They also have more user-friendly operation through the addition of a context-sensitive menu system. The system is triggered by a new settings button that calls up basic settings for the currently selected shooting mode.

The settings button also supports highlight tagging to bookmark a scene while shooting to quickly find it again on playback.

Also included are Night Photo and Night Lapse modes.