Later this month, GoPro will release a new firmware update for the GoPro Hero4 Black and Silver editions of its latest camera lineup, which will add some very welcomed video features to the two models. The GoPro Hero4 Black will receive even higher frame rates at 240fps in 720p mode, as well as 2.7K/60p, both very welcomed options for more creative shots, while the GoPro Hero4Silver version gets some time lapse and burst photo updates.
The firmware update will be available for download later in February and we’ll be sure to update you as to when it is officially released.
Here’s what GoPro’s blog says about the new firmware update:
Next month GoPro will release some awesome new updates for the HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver that will amp the camera’s performance, capabilities and convenience even higher. Stay tuned to this News page for details on when the new firmware is available, but in the mean time, here’s a sneak peek at what features the updates will unlock:
HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver
Time lapse video mode – Capture Time Lapse videos automatically—no post-production needed. Showcase a sunrise, road trip or family gathering as a short, sharable video.
30/6 burst photo – Introducing a new way to never miss a moment. Capture 30 photos in 6 seconds—perfect for longer duration fast-action activities like surfing and snowboarding.
Auto rotate – Automatically adjusts capture orientation to right-side up when the camera is mounted upside down.
720p240 fps video – Record ultra high frame rate video at a staggering 240 frames per second for liquid smooth slow-motion playback
2.7K60 fps video – Capture cinematic, high-resolution 2.7K footage at an impressive 60 frames per second
Add HiLight Tags during playback – Now you can mark key moments both while recording video and playing back content on the built-in touch display to quickly find highlights for easy editing and sharing.
Petapixel is reporting that Gizmodo’s Brent Rosehas got an advanced look on the upcoming firmware update and shot the sample video while at the 2015 Winter X Games. The footage below was captured at 720p in 240 frames per second and then conformed at 24p.
“Basically, if you have one of these cameras, you’re going to be psyched,” Rose writes. “In general, the action is extremely smooth. Even with my shaky hand and out-of-practice-feets, I look pretty good when you slow me down that much! […] this update gives the reigning king of the hill a few more jewels for its crown.”
He does note that one downside of this shooting mode will be the rather narrow field of view of roughly 65 degrees. Despite the narrower view however, 240fps is still an incredible feat for a camera of such small footprint, and it makes the GoPro Hero4 Black even more appealing. The wide-angle distortion usually exhibited in wider shooting modes is gone, which I can see as a benefit for most shooting styles. I certainly hope other manufacturers are taking notes and implementing higher frame rates in their cameras in 2015.