Often, firmware updates just fix bugs and stability issues on devices. The HERO4 has been a stable performer so most may be tempted to ignore this latest update. But unlike previous updates, this one unexpectedly improves the camera and reveals some new features.
Some of the new features are very valuable to mountain bikers, such as Time-Lapse mode that allows one to capture epic vistas such as sunset or a sunrise. Or an event, a bike build or a trail build can be easier to view in Time Lapse mode.
Other useful new features are the Burst Photo mode and the Auto-flip feature when the camera is mounted upside down, as is often the case when chest-mounted.
And if you got the more expensive HERO4 Black ($500), higher frame rates will now be available to you on some video modes.
HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver features
- 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
- 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. (HERO4 Black requires LCD Touch BacPac to utilize this feature)
HERO4 Black only features
- 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