A camera with quality performance.
The GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition Camera is simply amazing. Stunning image quality with a large boost in performance when compared to the previous GoPro models. With the recent release of the GoPro Hero 5, we decided to look back at the Hero 4 Silver and determine if it is worth the upgrade. GoPro Hero 4 cameras were initially released in October of 2014 and currently, they are still a great option. At first glance, a built-in touch display is a great feature with the GoPro Hero 4 Silver. It was also only the hero 4 silver edition GoPro cameras that featured that touch display built-in. Rather than having to buy the display separately (or streaming to a device), the built-in screen is perfect when recording videos without a footage delay (which is one current problem when live streaming GoPro footage to your phone). Although it allows users to view the footage delay-free, the touch display still isn’t really a feature we see many users using often. Especially considering that the GoPro Hero 4 itself isn’t waterproof without the housing. When using the housing, the GoPro touch screen isn’t accessible (which is why we didn’t find it extremely useful).
The new GoPro Hero 5 camera also features the built-in touch display. It is however much more useful considering that the new GoPro is completely waterproof ! This finally means that the somewhat useless screen has become a better feature now that the GoPro is waterproof so no actual housing is required to protect the camera. This way you can actually use the touch display.
Touch screen display for Hero 4 Silver Edition Camera:
Touch Display for Hero 5 Black Edition Camera:
A Little Comparison
The GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition camera features a 12 megapixel sensor. Just like the Hero 5 Black. The Hero 5 Black however is said to feature a more “professional grade” low light performance when compared to the Hero 4 Black and Silver edition cameras. The overall design and shape of the Hero 5 and Hero 4 cameras are also very different. Looking at the Hero 4, we have a very rectangular design similar to the Hero 3 and previous GoPro cameras. The Hero 5 has a more rounded design. The Hero 4 Silver edition camera weighs 83 grams while the hero 5 black edition camera weighs 30 grams less. Making it lighter and more durable. Keep in mind that the Hero 4 weight did not include the frame (which would bring the weight to around 147 grams) while the Hero 5 doesn’t require any housing since it is already waterproof.
|GoPro Hero 5 Black Edition||GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition|
|Recording Quality||4K @ 30 FPS | 1440P @ 80 FPS | 1080P @ 120 FPS||4K @ 15 FPS | 1440P @ 30 FPS | 1080P @ 60 FPS|
|Waterproof||Yes (10 Meters)||No|
|Wifi + Bluetooth||Both Wifi + Bluetooth||Wifi Only|
|Advanced Wind Reduction||Yes||No|
|Auto-Upload to Cloud||Yes||No|
|RAW + WDR||Yes||No|
So there are definitely some benefits when upgrading. Especially if you decide to record in 4K. For most people, 4K is still unnecessary and it will likely remain that way for some time. If that is the case, the recording quality is still impressive on the Hero 4 Silver Edition camera and we don’t really see the point of upgrading. Considering your Hero 4 will still be compatible with the GoPro Karma should you ever choose to buy it.
On the other hand, the waterproof Hero 5 does present many features that can be beneficial should you choose to upgrade. With Auto-Upload to cloud, you have everything available online. The advanced wind reduction audio is also a bonus especially if you have experienced how terrible the audio can be on a windy day. Although the increased quality is nice, it doesn’t really make too much of a difference unless you plan to record a high FPS (maybe for slow motion edition) scene. The RAW photos are also a plus but then again, your phone is probably an easier option and most people will continue using the GoPro for video more often than photo.
Continuous photography can also be set at 3 SPS, 5 SPS, or 10 SPS.
* FPS: Frames Per Second.
*SPS: Shots Per Second.
When choosing to use the touch display, the user interface is extremely easy and user friendly and quite faster than clicking the buttons located on the side of the camera. Simply swipe your finger from right to left of the screen to access the different modes of the camera.