GoPro Hero4 Series Firmware Update

The current GoPro lineup – Hero, Hero4 Black, and Hero4 Silver

With the announcement of the Sony X1000V at CES, we noticed some firmware specifications that topped GoPro’s Hero4 Black.  The thing that stuck out to us – 240 frames per second in 720p (standard HD) – allowed the Sony to shoot super slo-mo shots that the Hero4 Black couldn’t match.

Not one to sit idly by and let Sony hog the action camera spotlight, GoPro announced that they would be upgrading the Hero4 Black specs to match the X1000V.  Sometime soon, GoPro Hero4 owners will get a firmware update.

Both Silver and Black versions will automatically convert time-lapse to video and will include a new burst mode that shoots 30 pictures over 6 seconds.  Both cameras will also automatically sense when they are mounted upside down and flip the video recording for you.

Black versions will get a few bonuses – GoPro will raise the max frame rate in 720p to match the Sony’s 240 frames per second and will also increase the frame rate in 2.7k mode to 60p.  Finally, you’ll be able to add “highlight” tags to your videos during playback.

GoPro Hero4 Firmware Update

The GoPro Hero4’s touchscreen – a HUGE plus

We can’t comment on how the hardware compares between the Hero4 Black and the X1000V, but with this announcement, the firmware seems to tip back over to the GoPro side.  We’ll keep you posted on future GoPro Hero4 update in the future.

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(Point of Disclosure – Gearhead Dave owns GoPro stock and has family who works at GoPro.  He doesn’t let that get in the way of his opinions.)