Out of all the GoPro cameras in the market, which one in your opinion is the best for the money? I would like to share with you today my personal review on the Hero4 silver that I consider the best GoPro to invest in.
GoPro is the number 1 action camera manufacturer in the world. They provide high quality products for very affordable prices and that is an advantage for action lovers or practically anyone who likes to take high quality videos.
Honestly, I see that the Hero4 Silver provides the best value per dollar spent when it comes to features and taking very high quality footage. It comes with an LCD screen and a waterproof housing.
Let’s jump to the review
Product: GoPro Hero4 Silver
Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 10/10
If you’re looking for a great camera with a great value for money then look no further, the GoPro Hero4 Silver is your best option! It’s personally my favorite GoPro camera when compared with the other Hero4’s.
The silver edition in my opinion is a great camera and it’s very similar to the black edition except for the 1.7 inch LCD screen that is not available in the Black and can make your life easier when using the camera.
At 100$ cheaper than the black edition, this camera gives you great quality videos with resolutions at 2.7K at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps! It has a 12 Megapixels sensor that can take high resolution still shots at the speed of 30 photos per second! And with the Quick Capture feature that lets you power on the camera and start recording with the press of a single button.
What GoPro added to this camera as well is the new HiLight tag which lets you mark important moments while you’re recording videos that way you can easily find them during playback or editing of your videos. You just need to press the HiLight button from the camera, app or WiFi remote.
Another good advantage here is that you can still use the same housings of the previous Hero3/3+ cameras since they have the same dimensions which I find really good so if you already own a Hero3/3+ you don’t have to spend more money on buying new housings. Keep in mind that the Hero4 has 60+ accessories available in the market, so imagine the variety you have here, you can mount it anywhere and on any thing!
YES, it has an integrated LCD
The Hero4 Silver is the first GoPro to have an integrated touch screen, I find that the display is very handful since you can use it for changing settings and modes, you need to swipe in from the right to select your mode, then swipe up from the bottom in order to change your mode settings, you can use to preview videos and photos so you can frame your perfect shot.
It’s much more efficient than all the button-pressing required on the Hero4 black for example, as sometimes you may miss an option and you have to press 10 times to find the right mode!
It’s also very handy if you are using the camera at night since the front small monochrome screen doesn’t lit which makes it a nightmare for changing options. Of course you can still use the GoPro mobile app but I think everyone prefers the LCD touch display.
The camera can also be connected to the GoPro WiFi remote and the good news is that you can use the same Hero3 remote if you already have one, and in case you don’t then you might want to check the new GoPro Smart Remote which includes the HiLight button that makes changing options a lot easier.
In case you don’t know, the GoPro App transforms your phone into a remote where you can view live video and take full control of all the settings, preview and playback. What I like in the gopro app is the share feature that enables you to share your photos or videos instantly to social media like Facebook, Youtube, etc..
Another cool feature is that you can also control multiple cameras from distances of up to 180 meters (600 feet) ! Yes, now you can 🙂
You will also notice that the placement of the battery has changed in the Hero4 Silver, it is now from the bottom of the camera. Unlike the Hero3 which was at the back.
And because the silver has an integrated LCD, it means that it will need more power to run, and more power means more battery consumption. My advise would be to turn off the LCD when you are not using it that way you can take longer footage without worrying about the battery dying. Another option would be to use a more powerful, long lasting battery like the Brunton all day 2.0.
It has an After Dark setting!
I always wanted to take night shots with my GoPro Hero3 which was really difficult since it wasn’t low light compatible, but this one is a complete different story. It has two new modes: Night lapse and Night Photo. Both modes offer customizable exposure settings for up to 30 seconds on single and night lapse photos, you cannot imagine how cool is this feature if you like taking night lapses of the stars or even the milky way!
Another new cool feature is the auto low light mode. What this feature does is that it detects low light and then automatically regulates frame rates so you don’t have to change settings when you move between light and dark places. It will basically do the job for you.
What I also find extremely useful is Protune, it’s available for both photos and videos, it lets you control exposure, ISO and manual color control, you just need to turn protune on in your camera settings and it will help you a lot with your post production, for example: if you have taken a video with another camera for lets say 24 frame rates, protune helps you synchronize these frame rates with your gopro video.
So to conclude
The GoPro Hero4 Silver is an awesome camera that includes all GoPro’s great features and it provides amazing value for each dollar spent in case you’re thinking of investing in one.
Check the reviews and see for yourself 🙂
Click here to read the reviews on Amazon
Click here to see a tutorial on how to use a GoPro Hero4 Silver!
There you have it folks!
Do you think the Hero4 is the best GoPro for the money? Let me know in the comments section below 😀
June 20, 2016 at 8:10 am
I’m planning to have go pro silver since there is LCD at the back to view the photos and videos taken, but not yet sure with the specs and features. I would like to ask more info to convince myself to have one. I’m not sure which is better go pro hero silver or the go pro black
Looking forward for your response
June 22, 2016 at 10:32 am
Hi Anne, the specs between the Hero4 silver and black are pretty close. The Hero4 black processor is more powerful and can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second whilst the silver can shoot 4K at 15fps. The advantage the silver has is the integrated LCD. I would personally go with the silver but it depends if you really need to shoot 4K videos or not. If you need more information check my article here for a more in-depth comparison between the 3 Hero4 models.
Hope this helps!
January 30, 2016 at 1:13 am
This really is impressive, I’ll definitely be saving this website to favourites! I’ve never known too much about the GoPro Camera. Your pages are informative, descriptive and well presented. Keep up the good work!
January 30, 2016 at 1:21 am
Hey Thomas, Thank you man, I’m happy you enjoyed the GoPo Hero4 Silver review. If you would like to have more info, you can check my other pages and don’t hesitate to ask any question:)
January 27, 2016 at 12:01 am
Thank you for the great review. I’m not a big pro in photography, but I’m looking for the good camera that would complement my activities. The specs are great! And I like that it’s small and can accompany me anywhere. Does it use regular batteries or does it have a built-in one?
Thank you. Kirill.
January 27, 2016 at 2:05 pm
Hi there Kirill, the GoPro doesn’t use regular battery, it has a specific removable battery that is included with the camera.
The battery life is around 2 hours.
I’m glad you liked the review!
January 26, 2016 at 3:50 am
I really like the aspect that your cell phone can act as a remote for this GoPro camera, I also like the cool new feature of the auto low light mode. The fact that It detects low light and automatically regulate frame rates without the need for a manual adjustment is awesome.
This sounds really great. Do you know what the dimensions are or how they compare in size to other GoPro’s? I have a small space that I need a camera
January 26, 2016 at 11:06 am
Indeed the features are very useful especially the auto low light and night modes.
The dimensions are: 41x59x30 mm, so it’s a very small camera that doesn’t take any space compared to the usual digital cameras:)
You really get a high quality camera with the size and price of a small camera
January 26, 2016 at 3:00 am
I just got myself a hero 4 black and I am loving the 4k and the little lcd screen in the back. I love all the mounting options, very handy.
January 26, 2016 at 10:54 am
That’s great Marko! I’m sure you’re enjoying it:) The Hero4 black 4K resolution rocks!!
January 26, 2016 at 12:54 am
Excellent review and product information. As someone who enjoys photography and making videos, the GoPro appears to everything needed to make professional quality products. I love the features Night lapse and Night Photo, as taking photos at night can be impossible without the right camera and lens.
Thank you for sharing your recommendations, and this is now on my wish list.
January 26, 2016 at 1:07 am
Hi Ellen, the night lapse and night photo are my favorite features in this camera, you can’t imagine the quality of photos/videos that you’ll have, it’s just wow.
January 26, 2016 at 12:53 am
I’m not a camera person at all.. never even knew there was such thing as a go pro camera… so is the LCD the main differentiator from this compared to other cameras or just within the go pro series? Also, is this more of a camera for a beginner that just likes to casually take pictures or someone who is looking to do it professionally?
Thanks so much for sharing such great information!
January 26, 2016 at 1:04 am
Hi Dan, yes the LCD is the main difference since the Hero4 silver is the only GoPro with an integrated LCD display. You will need to buy an optional LCD for the other Hero4 models.
Well, the GoPro is for everyone whether you are an action junkie or just someone who likes taking action like footage.
Thanks and hope this helps!