Calling all adventure travelers: GoPro has launched an update to its cultishly beloved action cameras, just in time for the upcoming ski season. The new flagship? The Hero4 Black($499, available now), which doubles the performance of its year-old predecessor and adds 4K shooting capabilities, auto low light modes, an ultra wide-angle lens that offers the “most immersive field of view available,” and twice the dynamic range for audio quality. Also fun: time lapse, manual controls for ISO limits and exposure, and a Quick Capture mode that let you start recording with the push of one button. The physical shape and size will feel familiar—and thankfully, old mounts will still be compatible with new models.
What it all adds up to: the most powerful GoPro camera to date—significant, since the franchise was being quickly outpaced by Sony’s of-the-moment line of mountable 4K shooters. By comparison, the only feature the Hero4 Black lacks is a live streaming option—but that can be remedied by the newly re-released app called Livestream (Free; iOS), which has just added GoPro compatibility for real-time sharing.
Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.