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GoPro Hero 4 adds slow motion

GoPro helmet cam

The ubiquitous helmet camera has just become better with the release of the GoPro Hero 4.

The Hero 3 recorded at 4K resolution at 15 frames per second, but the new model doubles that which should make motion more seamless and less jerky. It can also record at 2.7K resolution video at 50fps, and 1080p at 120fps which should produce spectacular slow-motion effects for riders.

Other advantages of the Hero 4 Black are double the audio dynamic range, faster bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity to smartphones and the ability to fire off bursts of still photos at 30 fames a second.

For video editors, the new GoPro flagship model includes HiLight Tag, which lets you mark spots on the video as you are recording so you can find them quickly when you’re editing. It also has manual control of recording features such as colour, clarity, ISO limit and exposure.

Riders have been using GoPro for years now to document their rides for fun or legal/insurance reasons and the slow-mo facility may be helpful. But not everyone needs the extra expense of seamless video quality and slow-mo, so GoPro has produced three models.

TheGoPro Hero 4 Black is the top of the line ($US499), but there is also now a Hero 4 Silver Edition ($399) with a touchscreen display but no slow-mo, and a Hero budget model ($129) which means everyone can afford to get in on the action.