The GoPro HERO4 Silver is the middle camera in the HERO4 range. The Black is designed as the flagship model and has the most powerful video capabilities. The Silver is not quite as full-featured, although it still boasts some impressive features.
It can still shoot 4K video, although it maxes out at the 15fps framerate. For slow motion, it can shoot 720p120 or 480p240. You can find the full list of the available video modes below.
GoPro HERO4 Silver Video Resolutions
These are the video resolutions available on the HERO4 Silver and how they compare to each other.
GoPro HERO4 Silver Video Resolutions and Framerates
Here's the full list of resolutions and framerates available on the HERO4 Silver.
|Resolution||Framerate (FPS)||Field of View (FOV)||Dimensions||Aspect Ratio|
HERO4 Silver Video Fields of View
There are three main fields of view, or FOV, and two extra ones. The default is known as Ultra Wide (basically the same as the Wide setting in later models). It's that distinctive fisheye look we're used to from GoPro footage. It's great for that immersive feel, but you have to get in close.
You can also choose Medium and Narrow, but these are only available at a few resolutions. They're essentially digital zooms, not true optical zooms.
There's a special SuperView FOV that's available with some 1080p and 720p framerates. It's an even wider view that crams in more vertical content and stretches it to fit the 16:9 aspect ratio. So it looks more natural but also can be more immersive for close POV shots.
Finally, there's also the new Linear FOV. This FOV is designed to correct for the extreme distortion that the fisheye lens adds. You can see some examples here. It's especially useful if you're shooting aerial footage from a drone, and that's why it was added to the camera as an update--to make it compatible with the Karma drone that was being released around that time.
The Linear FOV wasn't available on the camera when it was released (and you won't find it mentioned in the product manual), but it was added with a firmware update (v05.00). So if you don't see it as an option on your camera, make sure that your firmware is up to date (you can find the firmware and instructions here).
Auto Low Light
This setting doesn't increase the sensor's sensitivity to light--it drops the video framerate lower if necessary to accommodate a lower shutter speed, thus allowing more light in for each frame.
It doesn't work at all framerates--specifically, the 240fps or 30fps or slower.
HERO4 Silver Protune Options When Shooting Video
Here are the Protune options for the video mode on the HERO4 Silver.
|Protune Option||HERO4 Silver|
|Shutter / Manual Exposure||Auto|
|Exposure Compensation||-2 to +2|
Where can I find the GoPro HERO4 Black manual?
You can find it on GoPro's website here. Note that it hasn't been updated with firmware (v05.00) and doesn't include the new Linear FOV.
Common GoPro Questions
Here are some common questions I get from GoPro users.
How to Maximize a GoPro's battery life
There are several factors that influence how long the GoPro's battery life lasts. Among them include what mode you're recording in (4K uses more power than 1080p30, for instance), the health of the battery, and even the environmental temperature (lithium batteries don't perform well in very cold temperatures). But there are some things you can do to maximize battery life. Not every GoPro has all of these features, but start with these:
- Minimize use of the back screen
- Turn off wireless
- Turn off voice commands
- Turn off GPS
- Turn off Protune
- Use QuickCapture mode
Is it normal for GoPro cameras to get hot?
Yes. Depending on the model and the shooting mode you're using, it's normal for GoPros to get quite warm while shooting. They can get hot enough to be uncomfortable to touch. It's especially noticeable when shooting high-resolution and high-framerate video. Some newer models have an overheating protection mechanism that will shut the camera down if it gets too hot. I have more details on GoPros getting hot, here.
How can I control a GoPro remotely?
GoPro makes a range of wireless remote controls. They don't all work with all GoPros--for example, the HERO (2018) isn't compatible with this type of remote control. Many of the newer models also work with the GoPro mobile app. Not every model can be controlled remotely, but most of the newer models have wireless compatibility that can be used for at least some methods of remote control.
Can you take pictures with a GoPro?
If you've been using a GoPro for a while, this might seem pretty obvious, but if you've never used one, it's not quite so self-evident. GoPros are best known for dramatic action videos, but they can most certainly take still photos too. In fact, they can be a very interesting alternative to a traditional camera so long as you work within its limitations. I have more more details here.
Do GoPro wireless controls work underwater?
No. You can't use the mobile app or a wireless remote control if the camera is fully submerged in water. They will normally work just fine in rain and spray--just not submerged. I have a more detailed explanation here.
Do GoPro touchscreens work underwater?
No. If they're just wet above water, they can work to some extent, although often less reliably. But the touchscreens won't work underwater.