Going by the almost regular release cycle of GoPros, around 12 months, the public is eagerly awaiting the release of GoPro Hero 4.
The excitement is because of two primary reasons: first, there is likely to be a further drop in the price of GoPro 3, and second, the GoPro Hero 4 is expected to pack extra features in addition to updating their hardware.
Many people are wondering what will be next after the Hero 3+ took over the camera market after its release late last year (2013) and remains one of the best action cameras of 2014.
It exceeded expectations by incorporating 4k video, wi-fi compatibility, and exceptional low light capabilities.
Ambarella, which created GoPro’s current SoCs, has already launched their latest chip, A9 4K Ultra HD Camera SoC.
What Specs Can We Expect?
Assuming that GoPro Hero 4 will be using Ambarella’s latest processor, the two can be expected to have comparable features including:
- 4K Ultra HD H.264 Encoder – With a 4k resolution film at 30fps (2.5 times greater than GoPro 3), and High Profile with B-frames for increased efficiency
- Super High Frame Rate Modes – Featuring a film in 1080p at 120fps, and a film in 720p at 240fps
- Advanced Imaging – Courtesy of electronic image stabilization (EIS), multi-exposure WDR and HDR tone mapping, 700 Mpixel oversampling performance, and enhanced MCTF with advanced sharpening
- Wi-Fi Connectivity – With the option to upload videos and pictures to social media, in addition to the Remote viewfinder, playback
Bigger Battery? Fingers Crossed
Despite the great specs, the public is concerned with the battery life of GoPro Hero 4.
It would be a great relief if it would extend significantly beyond the short life of previous models.
The hope for a longer battery life, in addition to improved image quality, is enough reason to wait patiently for the new model. However, one cannot be certain that the anticipated specs will reveal much variation to GoPro 3.
GoPro Hero 4 Price?
The price of the GoPro Hero 4 are yet to be revealed but most likely will launch at around the same as the GoPro 3+, which is around US$350 for the basic kit. It is still among the leading cameras in the market, at least, until the new GoPro Hero 4 is fully analyzed.
In addition, you can expect a scarcity of the product once it is released, as was the case after the release of GoPro 3, which means that it may take you longer to own the new model. Pre-ordering may be the best way to go to ensure you get one before they sell out.
If you have no urgent filming needs, and are optimistic of the new GoPro Hero 4, then you can join some of the GoPro fans who are patiently waiting for its release. Following the recent drop in price of previous models, one can assume that the Gopro Hero 4 release date is pretty near.
For those who are eager to film your snowboarding and other outdoor activities, you may have to purchase the GoPro 3+ while waiting for the Hero 4 to come out. Read my full review of the Hero 3+ here.