Back-Bone Gear Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black

Back-Bone Gear Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black

Back-Bone Gear Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black

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Product Highlights

  • Interchangeable Lens System
  • Use M12, CS-Mount, or C-Mount Lenses
  • Supports 4K30, 2.7K60, and 1080p Video
  • Capture 12 MP Photos at 30 fps
  • Adjustable Flange Distance
  • Removable IR-Cut Filters
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • HERO4 Lens Modified for Ribcage Use
  • All Original HERO4 Accessories Included
  • Custom GOcase for Camera & Accessories
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Back-Bone Gear HERO4 Overview

  • 1Description

Take your action camera footage to the next level with the Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black from Back-Bone Gear. This HERO4 Black has been modified with an aluminum face plate and removable lens mount system, turning it into a compact, interchangeable lens camera. You can now select the right lens for a given shot and capture 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) video at 30 fps, 2.7K video up to 60 fps, or 1080p video up to 120 fps.. The camera is compatible with widely available M12, CS-Mount, and C-Mount lenses, as well as other types of lenses via optional C-mount adapters. This lets you take advantage of all the benefits that professional lenses have to offer, including manual focus and iris control, macro shooting, increased depth-of-field, and optical zoom. The HERO4's original ultra-wide lens is included and has been modified for use on the Ribcage. Additionally, all accessories and cables originally supplied with the HERO4 Black are included, as well as a custom GOcase for storing and carrying the camera, optional lenses, and accessories.

The modified camera comes with a removable tripod mount adapter so you can use it with professional mounts and supports. Additionally, you can use GoPro's optional The Frame mount to use the camera with GoPro-style mounting accessories. Also included are IR cut filters are which can be removed so you can see in the dark when shooting with any optional IR light source. You can even combine up to two custom 15mm filters simultaneously, such as the IR cut filter and an optional ND filter. By integrating a filter holder into the lens mount, you'll only need filters for the camera, not all of your individual lenses. For added convenience, all of the lens mounting rings are removable for easy filter replacement and sensor cleaning.

For remote monitoring and operation, the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, letting you pair it with a mobile device or the separately available Smart Remote. There is also a USB port for file transfer, charging, or to connect the optional 3.5mm mic adapter. In addition to included flat and adhesive mounts, the camera is also adaptable to a wide range of separately available mounts from GoPro and third-parties - with options to accommodate just about any scenario imaginable.

Note: The HERO4's waterproof Standard Housing is included, as it comes with the original camera. For waterproof use with the modified HERO4, Back-Bone recommends using their 7.5mm Low Profile lens and GoPro's optional extended backdoor for the housing. You can cut a piece of foam to fill the small space behind the camera, or put in the protective plastic cap that comes with the camera.

Ribcage Modification

Key Features
  • M12 (S-Mount), CS-Mount, and C-Mount lenses compatibility
  • Adjustable flange distance
  • Removable 15mm IR-cut filters
  • Combine up to two different optional custom filters at the same time (filter spacer is removed to allows a second 15mm or 10mm filter to be used)
  • Use optional ND filters with most M12 lenses
  • Removable mounting rings for easy access to image sensor for cleaning
  • Compatible with the optional EXO Mini Mounting Bracket
  • Tripod mount adapter included
  • Mounting points for optional accessory bracket
  • Compatible with drones and GoPro Gimbals that lock on the GoPro and don't wrap around the GoPro lens (it is recommended that you use lightweight M12 lenses for gimbal and drone use)

Note: Some M12 lenses require more distance from the sensor than the built-in M12 socket allows. Back-Bone recommends using their optional M12 to CS adapter to guarantee compatibility with most lenses. When using their 7.5mm M12 lens you can either remove the IR-cut filter or reconfigure the camera with the supplied rubber O-ring instead of the plastic spacer to achieve proper focus.
Custom GOcase
Back-Bone teamed up with GOcase to create a custom carrying case for the Ribcage Modified HERO4, optional lenses, and accessories.
  • Water-resistant hard shell
  • Waterproof zipper
  • Durable 4-layer construction
  • Microsuede lining for scratch-free protection
  • GOcase QwikPik foam interior for custom-fit storage
  • Removable pouch for accessory storage
  • Loop and handle
  • Carabiner included

GoPro HERO4 Black

4K Video Recording
The redesigned processor is twice as fast as the one in the HERO3+ Black Edition, enabling 4K video recording at 30 fps, as well as 2.7K recording at up to 60 fps, 1080p slow-motion recording at 120 fps, and 720p slow-motion at 240 fps.
Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Allows you to pair the HERO4 with a mobile device running the GoPro App, or use the separately available Smart Remote. With the app you can preview, playback, and share your favorite shots via email, text, Facebook, Instagram, and more. With the Smart Remote, it is possible to control of up to 50 cameras from distances of up to 600' line-of-sight. The advantage of using Bluetooth instead of Wi-Fi - where supported - is reduced power consumption.
GoPro App and Studio Software
Expand your GoPro experience with the free GoPro App and GoPro Studio software. The GoPro App allows you to control your camera remotely using your phone or tablet, view and share your content, and watch "best of" videos on the GoPro Channel. Use GoPro Studio to create your own engaging GoPro-style videos to share with the world.
Up to 12-Megapixel Photos
While in the 12-megapixel photo mode it is possible to record a high-speed burst at up 30 fps, helping you capture action stills at just the right moment. The following photo settings are available:
  • 12 MP (Default): Wide; 4000 x 3000
  • 7 MP: Wide, Medium; 3000 x 2250
  • 5 MP: Medium; 2560 x 1920
Simultaneous Video and Photo
Record video and capture Time Lapse photos at the same time. Available intervals are 5, 10, 30, and 60 seconds. The following settings are supported:
  • 1440p: 25, 24 fps; Ultra Wide, Medium
  • 1080p: 30, 25, 24 fps; Ultra Wide, Medium, Narrow
  • 720p: 60, 50, 30, 25 fps; Ultra Wide1, Medium, Narrow
An ultra-wide lens designed to give your footage an immersive POV feel as well as capture nearly everything happening in front of the lens. SuperView is available with the following settings:
  • 4K SuperView (3840 x 2160): 24 fps
  • 2.7K SuperView (2704 x 1520): 30, 25 fps
  • 1080p SuperView: 80, 60, 50, 48, 30, 25, 24 fps
  • 720p SuperView: 120, 60, 50 fps
Continuous Photo (Up to 30 Seconds)
Hold down the shutter button to continuously capture a series of photos until shutter button is released

Continuous Interval
  • 3 photos/1 second (Default)
  • 5 photos/1 second
  • 10 photos/1 second
Photo Bursts
Capture up to 30 photos per second. The following settings are available:
  • 30 photos/1 second (default), 30 photos/2 seconds, 30 photos/3 seconds
  • 10 photos/1 second, 10 photos/2 seconds, 10 photos/3 seconds
  • 5 photos/1 second
  • 3 photos/1 second
Video Time-Lapse
Rather than having to stitch together JPEG images in post, this mode automatically creates video from frames captured at set intervals. This mode is exclusively available in 4K and 2.7K 4:3 resolutions.
Night Photo and Night Lapse
Take photos at user-defined intervals to use in time-lapse videos. It is also possible to set an exposure time of up to 30 seconds per shot - whether in time-lapse or single shot - which is ideal for outdoor nighttime work. The following Night Lapse interval settings are available:
  • 15, 20, 30, and 60 seconds
  • 2, 5, 30, and 60 minutes
An ultra-wide lens designed to give your footage an immersive POV feel as well as capture nearly everything happening in front of the lens. SuperView is available with the following settings:
  • 4K SuperView: 3840 x 2160
  • 2.7K SuperView: 2704 x 1520
  • 1080p SuperView: 1920 x 1080
  • 720p SuperView: 1280 x 720
Protune for Photo and Video
Protune unlocks the camera's full potential, delivering minimally compressed video optimized for professional productions, with advanced manual controls for photos and video. Flex your creativity with customizable settings for color, ISO limit, white balance, sharpness and exposure. Protune is available for all video and photo resolutions.
HiLight Tag
HiLight Tag enables you to mark key moments while recording so you can locate your favorite clips later for convenient playback, editing, or sharing using the GoPro App or GoPro Studio. Just press the dedicated button on the camera or Smart Remote, or use the GoPro App to tag your highlights.
This mode turns the GoPro into a one-button camera, allowing you to power on and start recording automatically with the press of a single button. Press once to record video, press and hold for two seconds to capture Time Lapse photos.
Selectable FOV
Three field of view settings are offered: Ultra Wide, Medium, and Narrow. These help you choose the preferred perspective, be it wide-angle and inclusive, medium for a bit of focus, or close-up.
Audio Acquisition
There is an internal mono mic and it is possible to record from an external source using a separately available 3.5mm mic adapter. An integrated ADC (analog-to-digital converter) in the HERO4 enables compatibility with a wider variety of professional, low-sensitivity external mics for immersive stereo audio capture and enhanced performance - whether recording voices, an acoustic jam session, or a live show.
Dedicated Settings Button
A single button provides direct access to the camera settings. In addition, the menu has been redesigned from the HERO3+ Edition to make navigation simpler.
Loop Recording
Record a continuous video loop that overwrites itself until you press the shutter button to stop it and save.
Auto Low Light
Automatically adjusts the frame rate for optimal performance under low-light conditions.
In the Box
Back-Bone Gear Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black
  • Original HERO4 Lens Modified for Use with the Ribcage
  • M12 locking ring
  • 2 x IR Cut Filter (15mm)
  • IR Cut Filter Holder / Spacer
  • 2 x Micro Allen Key
  • Pack of Spare Screws and Hardware
  • Back-Bone GOcase
  • Carabiner
  • Rechargeable Battery for HERO4
  • Standard Housing
  • Curved Adhesive Mount
  • Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 2 x Quick Release Buckle
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Back-Bone Gear HERO4 Specs

    System NTSC/PAL
    Recording Media x microSD/HC/XC (64 GB Maximum)

    Class 10 or UHS-I rating required. See GoPro website for list of latest recommended cards.

    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Still Image Resolution JPEG: 12 Megapixel, 4000 x 3000 (4:3)
    JPEG: 7 Megapixel, 3000 x 2250 (4:3)
    JPEG: 5 Megapixel, 2560 x 1920 (4:3)
    Channels 1.0-Channel Mono
    Audio Format AAC with AGC
    Exposure Control
    Interval Recording .5 Second
    1 Second
    2 Second
    5 Second
    10 Second
    30 Second
    60 Second
    Waterproof Depth Rating 131.0' / 40.0 m (Waterproof Housing)
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Input/Output Connectors
    Outputs 1 x Mini-USB
    1 x Micro-HDMI (Type D)

    USB port also serves as mic input using separately available 3.5mm adapter. Also supports composite output using a separately available A/V cable.

    Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.8 VDC, 1160 mAh
    Max Runtime: 2 Hours per Charge
    Charging Method USB
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.3 x 1.6 x 1.0" / 59.0 x 41.0 x 24.5 mm without mounting rings or Tripod Mount
    2.3 x 1.9 x 1.2" / 59.0 x 48.5 x 30.0 mm with Tripod Mount and M12 ring
    2.3 x 1.9 x 1.6" / 59.0 x 48.5 x 41.0 mm with Tripod Mount and CS/C rings
    Weight 3.42 oz / 97 g Camera without Tripod Mount or CS/C Rings
    4.16 oz / 118 g Camera with C-Mount and Tripod Mount Attached
    0.3 oz / 9 g CS-Ring
    0.1 oz / 3 g C-Ring
    0.35 oz / 10 g Tripod Mount
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.7 x 6.5 x 3.9"

    Back-Bone Gear HERO4 Reviews

    Ribcage Modified GoPro HERO4 Black is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great product for a great price ! Using it for a surgical microscope and works great.
    Date published: 2016-07-31
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    Are you actually selling the C-mount adapter from Back-Bone for use on the Back-Bone modified GoPro? I cannot find it on your site.
    Asked by: James T.
    The Back-Bone Gear Ribcage comes able to use M12, CS-Mount, or C-Mount Lenses. Additional adapters for other types of lenses such as Canon EF are not available at this time from B&H. Check this webpage for future updates.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    show some actual footage!!?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    For video, please see the manufacturer's webpage.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Would this GoPro be compatible with any Case and the LCD Lens?
    Asked by: Aiden H.
    According to the BackBone website: The easiest way to use GoPros mounting system with the Ribcage is to use The Frame mount available in our shop or anywhere that sells GoPro cameras. It is true, that depending on which lens you are using you MAY be able to use a waterproof case... but you will need the larger one for use with the BacPac (again, the modified GoPro is thicker)... but now it will be shaking around in the case since without the BacPac there will be a lot of play.But do not fear... there is a solution. You can still use all your GoPro grip/mounts... This is NOT true. The Ribcage modified GoPro is 4mm thicker than its non-modified counterpart. This may not seem like much, but the Frame mount has no chance getting around the thicker GoPro... If you manage to get it around the guy, the buttons will not work correctly.The one solution I have found is to use the 1/4 tripod sockets with a 1/4 to GoPro adapter... available on B and H... I hope this helps... Surely is worth knowing ahead of time than when you are ready to use your new modified GoPro.
    Answered by: nathaniel d.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    I love my GoPro Hero 4, but it is useless in low light. Does the Backbone cage remedy this, when used with a fast lens?
    Asked by: Adrian K.
    I would imagine that with a fast lens and this camera's improved processor, along with an Auto Low Light mode which automatically adjusts the frame rate for optimal performance under low-light conditions, low light shooting would be enhanced.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    Will this set up fit with a H3-3D gimbal on a Quadcopter?
    Asked by: Richard
    No the gimbal is only calibrated for the weight of the camera, the ribcage will add too much weight to the camera and the gimbal will burn out the motors and not perform correctly.
    Answered by: Graham N.
    Date published: 2018-08-26


    If i buy the hero 4 black, can i use it with a lcd while using a regular lens?
    Asked by: Ethan D.
    You can monitor what you see through any lens using the hdmi output to connect the camera to an LCD TV or you can see the image on your phone or tablet with wifi from the camera it self.
    Answered by: Juan R.
    Date published: 2018-08-26
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