GoPro Expands Low-End Action Cam Range With $299 Hero+ LCD
GoPro is continuing its drive to flesh out its low-end action cam lineup with the introduction of a new model: the Hero+ LCD. The Hero+ LCD might not have the wealth of features granted to its high-end siblings like the ability to capture 4K video or dazzle with extreme slo-mo, but it also doesn’t come with a wallet-busting price tag either.
The Hero+ LCD has the ability to shoot 1080p video at 60fps, and can capture still frames at 8MP. You’ll also find a touch display on the rear of the camera to aid in framing your shot and controlling in-camera playback (not to mention adjust camera controls and settings).
However, one downside (at least in comparison to its more expensive Hero 4 sibling) is that since the Hero+ LCD is always attached to its waterproof housing, the only way to access the LCD is LCD is to flip down the clear rear door. It’s not a deal breaker by any means, but it’s something to keep in mind.
You will also find built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which is a nice addition to the budget Hero lineup. You’ll also find the fresh addition of in-camera trimming which is sure to spread to the rest of the Hero action cam family. Other features include HiLight tagging (another feature cribbed from its high-end siblings), an integrated battery that provides two hours of recording time, and support for microSD card in sizes up to 64GB.
"HERO+ LCD illustrates that even as we push the limits of life capture with bleeding-edge devices like the HERO4 Black, we're also focused on delivering accessible, high-quality capture solutions to anyone wanting to GoPro," said GoPro CEO and founder Nick Woodman.
The Hero+ LCD will be available starting June 6 from GoPro.com and authorized GoPro retailers for an estimated retail price of $299. For comparison, the bargain basement Hero retails for $129, while the range-topping Hero4 Black will set you back an eye-watering $499.
Just last week GoPro and Google announced the development of the high-end 16-camera Panoramic video platform, so it’s nice to see that the company hasn’t forgotten about the little guys with the Hero+ LCD.