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New GoPro HERO 4 Firmware Updates

GoPro just released major new firmware updates for their popular HERO 4 camera, bringing a few different video frame rates and a new video time lapse mode. Firmware updates allow manufacturers to unlock features in their cameras that were undeveloped at the release and can add value to their customers. It’s almost like getting a brand-new camera!

GoPro Hero Silver

HERO 4 Black and Silver Edition Upgrades

Time Lapse Video Mode

In a world of instant gratification, GoPro added a new Time Lapse Video mode. The HERO 4 will record a time lapse and convert it into a video that you can quickly and easily share without the need for post processing. This is great if you want to showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video.

30 photos/6 seconds Burst Rate

Never miss a moment with the new 30 photos in 6 seconds burst mode. At 5 images per second, this mode is perfect for fast-action, like surfing or snowboarding.

Auto Image Rotation

Shooting upside-down? GoPro will automatically recognize its orientation and rotate the image when youre shooting upside-down. No need to rotate the image in your video editor.

GoPro Hero Black


HERO 4 Black Edition Only Upgrades

Super SlowMo

Super SlowMo is a great storytelling tool typically found in more expensive, cinema cameras like the Sony FS700. Doubling the previous frame rate, the GoPro Hero 4 can now capture up to 240 frames per second! When youre editing on a 24 frame timeline, thats 10 seconds of super slow motion.

2.7k60 Video Mode

Capturing video in a higher resolution than 1080p allows creative freedom in post production. Its helpful when needing to quickly recompose your shot or apply effects like warp stabilizer. GoPro did just that with 2.7k60, allowing for cinematic, high resolution footage that’s great if you need to slow it down.

Other Performance Improvements

  • Changes Protune default video ISO to 1600

Other Usability Improvements

  • Adds Reset option for camera Wi-Fi settings
  • Displays Night Lapse shutter time on the camera status screen

LCD Touch BacPac Improvements

  • Delivers the ability to add HiLight Tags during playback
  • Adds new gesture to display the last photo or video captured
  • Automatically locks the display after the camera goes to sleep

General Improvements + Bug Fixes

  • Night Lapse stability improvements

HERO 4 Silver Edition Only Upgrades

HiLight Tags

Mark your key moments when recording or reviewing footage on the built-in touch display, making it easy to find highlights for editing and sharing. Never forget which clip was the best with new HiLight tags.

Other Performance Improvements

  • Changes Protune default video ISO to 1600

Other Usability Improvements

  • Adds new gesture to display the last photo or video captured
  • Automatically locks the display after the camera goes to sleep
  • Adds Reset option for camera Wi-Fi settings
  • Displays Night Lapse shutter time on the camera status screen

General Improvements + Bug Fixes

  • Night Lapse stability improvements

GoPro also updated the iOS app, optimizing performance for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. You can update the app through your device’s App store.

How to Update

The easiest way to update your GoPro HERO 4 camera is through the mobile app, but you can also do it through the GoPro Studio desktop application.

On your mobile device:

  1. Enable WiFi on the GoPro
  2. Connect to your GoPro using your mobile device
  3. Launch the GoPro app
  4. Click on the update arrow on the home screen.

gopro-update-imgThe update will download to your phone, then transfer to the GoPro. It’s normal for the app to connect and disconnect, and for the GoPro to turn on and off a few times while updating.

For more information or to download the update, visit GoPro’s website: http://gopro.com/update/HERO4

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