17 Oct 2012

A heroic leap forward: GoPro's new 4K Sports Cam

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Well, how many people saw that coming? A 4K Hero!

Admittedly it's only 12 frames per second (in "Cine" mode and in Pal regions; 15 fps otherwise) - a bit low, perhaps, but surely signalling their intention to be at the forefront in ultra HD sports camera technology. 2.7k in Cine mode at 24p looks usable in the right context, and 720p at 120 fps is a very good compromise between resolution and high frame rate for smooth slow motion.

Times two

But what really matters is this. Everything about the Hero 3 is twice the capability of its predecessor. Twice the resolution, and twice the framerate - not to mention twice the low-light performance. All of which adds to the evidence that camera technology is improving exponentially.

We'll be testing this as soon as we can get one, but for now, if anyone had any doubts that 4K is here - or, for most people - just around the corner - then they haven't been paying attention.


David Shapton

David is the Editor In Chief of RedShark Publications. He's been a professional columnist and author since 1998, when he started writing for the European Music Technology magazine Sound on Sound. David has worked with professional digital audio and video for the last 25 years.

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