GoPro’s New ‘Hero’ Line Is Extreme Cameras on the Cheap
You may want to postpone your volcano selfies and mountain-climbing trips until Oct. 5.
That’s when GoPro, the manufacturer of high-durability cameras made for extreme situations, is releasing its new line of devices: The GoPro Hero, the Hero4 Silver and the Hero4 Black.
Its three new models vary in price and specs, starting at $130 for the GoPro Hero — cheap compared to other GoPro models — which shoots not-too-shabby 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second or 720p HD video at 60 fps, as well as 5-megapixel stills.
It’s a good option for GoPro newbies. but the Hero doesn’t have Wi-Fi or bluetooth capacities like the other two new GoPro models. All three are waterproof up to 40 meters, according to information released by the company.
The Hero4 Silver, which retails for $400, doesn’t have 4K video capabilities — it shoots 1080p HD at 60 fps — but comes with a touchscreen display and playback function. (On many previous GoPro models, playback displays are not built into the camera itself.) Another plus: The Silver has the same still-shooting specs as the priciest of the new models, the GoPro Hero4 Black.
The Hero4 Black retails for just under $500, and shoots 4K video at 30 fps, 2.7K video at 50 fps and 1080p video at 120 fps. It has a doubly powerful processor, according to GoPro; this model also shoots 12-megapixel still photos at 30 fps.
One drawback is the cameras’ short battery life. Their batteries last under three hours, according to The Wall Street Journal — not exactly a full day of mountain climbing.
Other companies, like Sony, have their own versions of the action camera, and Polaroid has an even cheaper $99 option. But the affordable Hero makes GoPro more accessible to novice users than perhaps ever before.
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