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GoPro Hero4: Black vs. Silver - My Unbiased Review.

Updated on December 23, 2014
GoPro Hero4
GoPro Hero4 | Source
GoPro Hero4
GoPro Hero4 | Source

For Sharpness, the winner is...

The cameras are both 12MP so nothing to compare there.
In terms of Video Quality, although The Hero4 Silver does offer a 2.7K (pixels) image at 30 fps (Frames per Second), the Hero4 Black goes to a full blown 4K at 30 fps (Frames per Second)! When compared side by side in plain daylight whether in motion or not, you can see the difference and the Hero4 Black has a clearer picture than the Hero4 Silver. The colours and the light come out better and in a more natural way for the Hero4 Black. Winner: GoPro HERO4 Black.

Note: The video picture quality of the Hero4 Silver is not hugely different from the Hero3+ Black, which is already excellent.

For the Battery Life, the winner is...

This is the most critical feature to me. That's the one thing that can truly run your outdoor activities, so I have paid very close attention to this... First of all, I was disappointed to find out that the Hero4 cameras had a lower battery life than their Hero3 counterpart...

But which of the Hero4 cameras has the best battery life?
When setting both cameras on 1080p at 24 fps, the Hero4 Black is the first to die! At 1 hour 36 minutes. Hero4 Silver held on to 1 hour 59. Winner: GoPro HERO4 SILVER

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For the slow motion feature, the winner is...

The Slow Motion feature is available on both cameras.
This test was made with the following settings:
--> Hero4 Silver shoots at 720p – 120fps
--> Hero4 Black shoots at 1080p – 120fps

Honestly, I haven't seen a huge difference between the 2. Slow Motion is clearly a feature that GoPro masters very well and even at different picture resolution, the Hero4 Silver keeps up with the Hero4 Black. Winner: Draw.

For "Under The Water - Diving", the winner is...

Both camera are waterproof for up to 131 feet - 40 meters with the standard housing.

On the same setting, (1080-60fps), both pictures are similar under water, the Hero4 black is slightly better than the Hero4 Silver when diving but nothing striking. So 1 point for the the black here.
However when going back up to the surface however, I would say that the warmth in the silver is more pronounced than in the black. And that's 1 point for the silver, that has more natural colored tone of the surface of the water, when seen from below. Winner: Draw – Both score a point against the each other…

For night time videos, the winner is...

This feature is called “Night Lapse” and is available on both.
The videos at night time are much brighter with the Hero4 Silver than with the Hero4 Black. The sensor in the Silver appears to be more sensitive to light at ISO 400.
The night lapse photos are almost identical. Winner: GoPro HERO4 SILVER

Night + Sound
Night + Sound | Source

For the Audio Quality, the winner is...

To be honest, both are really good quality, and they sound the identical. They both do not saturate and are able to take up complex sounds like the ones you're exposed to in concerts.

Note of caution: if you need quality audio, do not use the case obviously! It would garble the sound… Leave the microphone exposed (in its frame). Winner: Draw

And the winner is...

If you’re a huge fan of quality video picture, and if you’re ready to allocate substantial amount of space on your computers for your films (4K…), I would go for the GoPro HERO4 BLACK. For some strange reason, although more expensive, the Hero4 Black does not have a touch screen in comparison with the Hero4 Silver. Having said that, once mounted on a helmet or some sport equipment, you tend to forget about it and wouldn't have much use of the Touch Screen anyway.

If however, if you feel (like me) that you do not have to have the top notch picture quality and 2.7K-30fps is very acceptable, then the GoPro HERO4 SILVER is awesome. The LCD makes it more adaptable to everyday use, and some features like night vision and the battery life are stronger in the Hero4 Silver than in the Black! On top of that, it's USD 100 less expensive than the Black... That makes it for me!

I would love to hear from you, which one would you go for?
(Please vote and/or leave a comment)

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Hero4 Silver

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Sharpness Comparison

Comparaison Table

Features
Hero4 Silver Edition ($399.99)
Hero4 Black Edition ($499.99)
Dimensions
41x59x30 mm
41x59x30 mm
Weight / Weight with housing
83g / 147g
88g / 152g
Lens Aperture
F2.8
F2.8
Video mode / Max frame rate
4K / 15fps
4K / 30fps
 
2.7K / 30fps
2.7K / 50fps
 
1440p / 30fps
1440p / 80fps
 
1080p / 60fps
1080p / 120fps
 
960p / 100fps
960p / 120fps
 
720p / 120fps
720p / 120fps
 
WVGA / 240fps
WVGA / 240fps
Still Photo
12MP
12MP
Burst Mode (photos per second)
30
30
High bitrate (H.264)
45 Mb/s
60 Mb/s
Night Photo + Night Lapse
YES
YES
Protune
Video + Photo
Video + Photo
HiLight Tag
YES
YES
WiFi
YES
YES
WiFi Remote
NO
Surf & Music Editions
Bluetooth
YES
YES
Touchscreen Display
YES
NO
Battery
1160 mAh
1160 mAh

Full Video Comparison

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If you end up getting one one through this page, you will have 3 types / models to choose from

Surf
HERO4 Silver Camera with Built-In Touch Display
Standard Housing 131’(40m)
Skeleton + Touch Backdoors
Rechargeable Battery
Surfboard Mount
FCS Plug Mount
Camera Tether
Quick Release Buckles
3-Way Pivot Arm (Mounting Hardware)

Music
HERO4 Silver Camera with Built-In Touch Display
Rechargeable Battery
The Frame
2 Removable Instrument Mounts
Mic Stand Mount
Protective Lens + Lens Cap
Quick Release Buckles
3-Way Pivot Arm (Mounting Hardware)
USB Cable

Standard
HERO4 Silver Camera with Built-In Touch Display
Standard Housing 131’(40m)
Skeleton + Touch Backdoors
Rechargeable Battery
Curved Adhesive Mount
Flat Adhesive Mount
Quick Release Buckles
3-Way Pivot Arm (Mounting Hardware)
USB Cable

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