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