The Unboxing of the GoPro Hero 4 Black

The Unboxing of the GoPro Hero 4 Black

Today my new GoPro Hero 4 black arrived. I waited until this evening to unbox it.  It is something I have thought about getting for a long time, and with the new model becoming available I bit the bullet and preordered one from B&H.  I have attached at the bottom of this post the specs from a website that gives specifics of the model.  Why did I buy it at this time?  That is hard to answer.  The best one I can give is that after years of thinking about it, this model finally crossed some nebulous threshold of quality at the right price to let me take that step.  It has 4K capability, 1080 at 120 fps, and a number of features that looked good.  It was no one thing however that made me chose to buy at this time.


There are many other action cameras out there and as I read about them on various forums, each has their supporters and detractors.  To be honest I am sure any of them would do a great job.  At this point for me, the GoPro had the best specs for the price and is the most popular brand. There are many more third part accessories available for GoPro than for other brand products.

I purchased the adventure set, and extra battery, and the remote device.  At this point I have not opened the remote.  I am not sure if I want to go with it of opt for an android app.  I am leaning toward returning the remote and going with the app.  At the moment I don’t have a tablet or adequate smart phone, but could buy a low end tablet for the same price as the remote to control the GoPro.   I won’t open the remote package until I decide.

Edward Forrest Frank




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HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality 4K video at 30 frames per second (fps), 2.7K video at 50fps and 1080p video at a blistering 120fps, virtually eliminating rolling shutter in most scenarios while allowing for time-bending slow motion effects. HERO4 Black also features an entirely redesigned audio system that captures high fidelity sound with 2x the dynamic range of previous models. Additional enhancements include improved image quality, low light performance, highlight moment tagging and an improved user interface that allows for easier discoverability and access to key features and controls. The HERO4 Black is simply the highest performance GoPro yet.The flagship HERO4 Black builds upon GoPro’s Emmy® Award-winning technology to deliver the next level of GoPro image quality, versatility and performance:

  • Incredible ultra high definition 4K video at 30fps allows for life-like video capture as well the ability to extract 8.3 megapixel video stills to use as photos
  • Faster* high resolution frame rates of 2.7K at 50fps and 1080p at 120fps
  • 12MP magazine cover-quality photos at burst speeds of 30 photos per second
  • Updated user-interface with improved discoverability and access to key camera controls
  • 50% faster Wi-Fi* combined with Bluetooth® delivers enhanced GoPro App performance and improved power management

About Edward Forrest Frank

My name is Edward Frank. By training I am a geologist with published research on caves found in the United States, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. I am the webmaster, BBS administrator, and run the Facebook Page for the Native Tree Society and am involved with tree research with the group. I am the author, or coauthor, of a number of tree related articles and publications available for download from the NTS website and NTS BBS. I edit the monthly magazine for the group - eNTS Magazine. I write science fiction and fantasy stories reflecting a lifelong love of the genres. Most recently I published a fantasy role playing game Knarf 4, available through Amazon Kindle. I have an extensive science fiction and fantasy library and have long enjoyed table top role-playing games. Not satisfied with commercially available games, I started creating my own game variations in the mid 1980's. Knarf 4 is latest version best version of those games. I also write non-fiction. I currently am working on a book on "The Old-Growth Forests of Cook Forest State Park, PA" targeting older children and teens. I am suave, sophisticated, funny, kind, considerate, thoughtful, brilliant, devilishly handsome, and above all modest.
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