By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
When GoPro cut back on their product line back in early 2017, they eliminated the low end Hero+ camera as part of their streamlining. Now it looks like they’re bringing it back, at least in some function, with an entry level basic Hero model for under $200.
“HERO is a great first GoPro for people looking to share experiences beyond what a phone can capture,” says Meghan Laffey, GoPro’s SVP of Product. “HERO makes it easy to share ‘wow’ moments at a price that’s perfect for first-time users.”
Dubbed as the “go-anywhere, capture-anything camera that makes it easy to share experiences,” the basic GoPro Hero records 1080p at up to 60 frames per second, has a 2 inch touch display, voice control, and is waterproof up to 30 feet. With built in WiFi, the Hero is designed to work in concert with your smartphone via Quik Stories to share action videos and still images to the world. “It offloads your photos and videos to the GoPro app which creates fun, shareable videos for you, automatically,” the press release said. “No more fumbling with your SD card or plugging your camera into a computer. HERO makes it simple.”
Other key features include:
- HD Video (1440p60 and 1080p60) and 10MP photo performance
- 2-Inch Touch Display: Using HERO is as easy as using your phone thanks to its touch display
- Voice Control: Tell HERO to start and stop recording, take a photo, turn off and more
- Waterproof + Extremely Durable: Waterproof up to 30’ (10M) and designed go everywhere your smartphone can’t
- Video Stabilization: HERO features video stabilization that helps smooth out the shakes
- Smartphone Compatible: HERO offloads your photos and videos to the GoPro app which creates fun, shareable videos for you, automatically
- Body and Gear Mountable: compatible with 30+ GoPro mounting accessories
So, essentially, the Hero is a next generation Hero+ with voice control. Ideal for beginners as the voice control will make it far easier to begin recording, rather than fiddling around with the Hero’s tiny LCD readout and buttons to get the video going. This is by far one of the single best feature improvements to the Hero line in the last few years and adding it to the basic model is a smart idea because now it’s even easier for beginners to grab that action video.
“HERO makes it easy to share ‘wow’ moments at a price that’s perfect for first-time users.”
Now are there cheaper action cameras out there? Sure there are, and even though GoPro has gotten this entry level camera down to $199, users may be tempted to go with a cheap sub $100 GoPro clone. Don’t do it. When you couple this entry level Hero with Quik’s easy auto editing for creating a brief video highlight reel to share from your mobile phone, and a beginning user will find it downright fun.
The Hero is also eligible for the GoPro Plus subscription service, which not only gives members a 20% discount on accessories and 35 hours of cloud storage for video and unlimited still image backup, but the $4.99 a month price also gives users peace of mind with camera replacement insurance. There is a replacement fee that varies according to the model, with a Hero 6, for example, replaced for $79. That’s a lot cheaper than having to buy a brand new device. Plus also serves as a cloud-based storage solution, with the subscription update now including unlimited photo storage and 35 hours of video storage.