GoXtreme Black Hawk 4k: Features
There’s little not to like about the Black Hawk 4k’s feature set – it is essentially identical to the GoPro Hero4 but costs 30% less even with the heavy discounting of the remaining Hero4 models out there.
Headlining is the 4K resolution at 30fps and 1080p at 120fps. On the Hero4 the 4K footage looked fantastic as long as it was used in bright conditions and no doubt the Black Hawk’s footage will look equally impressive.
More interesting to see will be if the updated chipset will enhance the quality of the footage shot at 120fps. Although the GoPro has the ability, the speed of the old A9 processor did struggle with the information that was being thrown at it, often resulting in pixelated footage. The A12 sensor is significantly faster so should result in a step-up in image quality.
The usual ultra wide angled lens has a 170º field of view and fronts the camera.
As we have now come to expect there’s full Wifi connectivity with a complimentary app for both iOS and Android.
Advanced users looking to mix footage from the Black Hawk with other cameras, be that another action or otherwise, will be pleased to see that there are several manual exposure features but unfortunately no ProTune equivalent setting.
The overall design of the Black Hawk is also very Hero4 with the external waterproof housing protecting the camera within. GoPro themselves may now have scrapped this style of design but for many these external cases do help to add a sense of protection for the camera both when it water or being battered out on the trial.
The waterproof housing is of the usual lever lock style with external water sealed buttons and GoPro style mount on the base. The lens of the case is perfectly flat a sure sign that makers know what they’re doing. This case is waterproof up to 60m something that I’m not going to test in this review!
On the back is a large 2-inch display, which is handy for composing your shot, previewing footage and finding your way around settings and menus.
The camera is powered by a 1050mAh lithium battery that can be swapped out and replaced as needed. Each battery supplies around an hour and a half of charge depending on use, mode and conditions.
Alongside the camera in the box are a tripod adaptor, monopod adaptor and a couple of other connectors and mounts.
The only other thing that you’ll need to get started is an SD card, this needs to be of the U3 / Class 10 or higher.