GoPro Unveils 4K Resolution Camera: Hero4
GoPro, the makers of the world’s most popular HD personal camera, recently unveiled their Hero4 which records at an incredible 4K resolution. Why is this so important? Well, as we all know technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace and at this point, none of us would be comfortable watching our favorite shows on a black and white 6″ TV screen. Think about the resolution quality of DVDs at 720 pixels by 480 pixels which are almost phased out being replaced by BluRay. Contrast that with the resolution of 4K which is at an astounding 4096 pixels x 2160 pixels.
Look at the breakdown below at the difference between pixel ratios between various types of media. Our current high “standard” is 1080p HD which you will find on most new TV flatscreen TVs. Imagine four of those 1080p TVs together and then some packed into the same size screen – thats 4K!
What does this mean for healthcare simulation?
Consider being able to read the label on the simulated medication, or the tick mark on the syringe with the amount of medication to be administered. Or consider the level of detail surgeons will be able to work through with higher resolution screens for training. As advanced simulation attempts to mimic real experiences with the highest level of fidelity, recording and presenting those engagements to learners in the highest quality possible will always been an important element towards success. While this level of technology is not required to run medical simulations effectively, the trend to utilize the latest in a/v technologies will eventually make 4K the standard in healthcare — and that we can now do that with a personal camera like the GoPro Hero4 is a huge shift towards mass adoption of such technologies, which previously were extremely cost-prohibitive. Just like the first clinical manikins were!
About the Hero4 Black:
Introducing HERO4 Black, the most advanced GoPro ever. Featuring improved image quality and a 2x more powerful processor with 2x faster video frame rates,1 HERO4 Black takes Emmy® Award-winning GoPro performance to a whole new level. Incredible high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video and high frame rate 1080p120 video enable stunning, immersive footage of you and your world. New Protune™ settings for both photos and video unlock manual control of Color, ISO Limit, Exposure and more. Waterproof to 131’ (40m) with 12MP photos at a blistering 30 frames per second and improved audio,1 HERO4 Black is the ultimate life-capture solution.
Check out the latest GoPro video to see 4K in action. Note: To see the true potential of 4K, I suggest loading this video full screen and making sure the playback quality is set to 4K in the settings options located on the gear lowered right.
(Load this video in full screen and set 4K as the Quality)
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Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.