June 1, 2015

GoPro Adds a Touchscreen to Its Newest Budget Action Camera, the HERO+ LCD

GoPro HERO+ LCD Front-Side-Back
Rounding out the product line, GoPro just announced their newest camera, the HERO+ LCD

Coming in at $300 and maxing out at 1080p 60fps, it's a pretty big step above the lowest-end $130 HERO, which is rather limited at 1080p 30fps and has no built-in screen. The new HERO+ LCD gives you built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, and allows the camera to be controlled via the GoPro smartphone app. The built-in touchscreen on the HERO+ LCD puts it in line with the $400 HERO4 Silver

Here's the intro video from GoPro:

And the specs:

  • Built-in Touchscreen Display
  • 1920 x 1080p: 60, 50, 30, 25 fps
  • 1280 x 720p: 60, 50 fps
  • 720p Superview: 60, 50 fps (Superview captures a taller 4:3 frame but then dynamically stretches to 16:9)
  • Ultra-wide Lens with fixed f/2.8 aperture
  • 8MP Photos up to 5fps at 3264 x 2448
  • Burst Mode: Capture 10 photos in 2 seconds
  • Time Lapse Intervals: 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 and 60 seconds
  • Spot Meter and Quik Capture
  • Looping: Records a continuous video loop that overwrites itself until you press the shutter button to stop it and save 
  • Integrated Battery: 1160mAh, 3.8V, 4.4Wh
  • Battery Time: Around 2 hours depending on whether LCD & WiFi are turned Off/On
  • Audio: 48kHz sampling rate, AAC compression, Internal Mono Mic
  • MicroUSB Port and MicroSD Card Slot (Takes cards up to 64GB)
  • Waterproof up to 131'
  • Control the camera with the GoPro App (Control multiple cameras up to 600')
  • Share edited clips right from the GoPro with the smartphone app
  • Availbility: Early June
  • Price: $300

Here's more on the wireless connectivity:

GoPro HERO+ LCD Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth

This now means that in the newer line, they've got cameras from $130 all the way to $500, which have varied specs depending on your needs. Interestingly, while the previous HERO3+ Black has been discontinued, they are still selling the HERO3+ Silver Edition, which is capable of 1080p 60fps and 720p 120fps (slightly better than the HERO+ LCD's 720p 60fps). I would venture to say that the usability improvements and wireless controls more than make up for the lower max frame rate at 720. 

There are now more cameras than ever in the GoPro line, and the HERO+ LCD will only put more pressure on other manufacturers to keep pushing their own prices and specs. 

GoPro HERO+ LCD Front

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I have been waiting to see a LCD screen on the gopro 4. What is happening here?

June 1, 2015 at 11:59AM

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Edgar More
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The app is just so much more convenient for the purposes of GoPro use. An LCD really helps in quick settings changes but has few advantages over the app (sans scuba diving). I would be happier if they announced H.265 for 4k, lower battery consumption or better heat dispersion. Integration for all future GoPro's would be nice as long as it's not at the sake of battery life (which it would be).

June 1, 2015 at 12:24PM, Edited June 1, 12:31PM

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Sean Korbitz
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I'm actually shopping for a budget go-pro (wedding cash earmarked for one), and this throws a wrench into things for me. We borrowed, I think, a 3 Silver to shoot a timelapse at the venue, and it was great to have the screen to frame things up. And most of the use-cases we see are around water, where you wouldn't necessarily want to get your phone out just to see what you're shooting.
I'm hesitant to spend much for a used one, since it's hard to know what kind of abuse it's seen, so this is looking pretty nice.

June 1, 2015 at 3:07PM

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The app is always a hassle - I use my gopro every few months and every time it takes me unnecessary time to basically re-learn the workflow with the app.
Although working with the app is rather straightforward and seems easy, a screen on camera is just the better solution in run and gun situations. One less device that might or might not work correctly under pressure!

If this new gopro model has roughly the same picture quality as the Hero 3 black or the Hero 4 silver, I am going to get one for sure in addition to my Hero 3 black.

June 7, 2015 at 6:01PM

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If they could extend the battery life to 3 hours at least that would be great. I have had many where there was a really good place for a gopro but I couldn't use it for the whole thing because the event was 2 hours or longer.
In such situations I still love my Sony HD consumer camcorder - just stick it somewhere with a super clamp, hit the record button and it will record for 8 hours straight. Unfortunately it is not quite as small or sturdy as a GoPro.

June 7, 2015 at 6:07PM

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