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Is an upgrade worth it for me? Hero 4 vs 7

Discussion in 'GoPro Video' started by Amanwithaphone, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. lamarpaulski

    lamarpaulski Solo Diver

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    Yes. Plus.
    If you send any old working or not digital camera to Gopro they take 100$ off too. 300$.

    Stabilization and hyper lapse and greater sensors, greater FPS or 4K. The better specs are out there and it produces a nice product. You still have to be a decent diver and keep camera still but it definitely smoothed and enhances over old models.
     
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  2. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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    Sensor size is still 1/2.3. Keep in mind that 4k will be in H265 codec which some software doesn't support and some computers can't keep up.
     
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  3. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

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    AM...

    I think you've answered your own question...

    Best...

    Warren
     
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  4. Manuel Sam

    Manuel Sam Barracuda

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    Like yourself I have the Hero 4 Silver and was happy with it. But, I just took the plunge to the Hero 7 Black - betting the house on the promise of its Hypersmooth Stabilization. I've seen what my crappy videos look like if shooting when kicking hard while snorkeling in mildly choppy waters or swimming against a mild current during a dive. Or when I get scatter-brained and distracted admiring the animal(s) instead of focusing on keeping the subject properly framed, altho I am not counting on the stabilization being the cure for this.

    I'm also banking on a potential improvement in low-light situations - for example, early in the morning at depth or shooting downwards at a relatively distant subject. These usually come out a bit too grainy.

    The $100 off mentioned previously made it an easier decision, altho all of that (and more) went into getting the housing, a new charger, new batteries, and (optional) new microsd cards. I haven't received it yet and it doesn't get wet for another month, so I can't tell you if it was a good bet.

    I'm definitely not doing it to shoot 4K/60 fps. I'm still going to shoot 1080p/60fps......otherwise I'll have to buy a new monitor, computer, and wide screen TV.
     
  5. Hatul

    Hatul Solo Diver

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    When the 6 came out I thought I'd upgrade from my Silver 4 to the 6. I tried the 6 on one dive here in S Cal and did not find much improvement over my 4 so I returned it.

    I use the Silver 4 on a carbon fiber stick with a Backscatter filter and video light and at 1080p at 60 fps. The old 4 has one more button for better controls under water.

    I'm tempted to try again to upgrade to the 7 but it's not a high priority for me.
     
  6. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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    If you didn't find the 6 a worthwhile upgrade over the 4, then the 7 isn't going to be either. Pretty much the same camera as the 6 with most of the new features not applicable to underwater. The 6/7 mainly give you higher resolution/fps than the 4 but if you shoot 1080/60 then it doesn't come into play. I've seen enough side by side comparisons to feel like the 6 offers much better color than the 4. But like you said, the 4 has better controls uw, esp. since you can change settings on the big back color screen than the tiny grey one on front.

    Gopro has been on an annual October cycle so six more months to the 8, possibly.
     
  7. divinginn

    divinginn Regular of the Pub

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    am I the only one still using a original Go Pro?
     
  8. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

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    Hopefully. Why so stubborn?
     
  9. Mike1967

    Mike1967 Barracuda

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    And by stubborn, he means tight :rofl3:
     

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