The name "GoPro" is synonymous with small, lightweight action cameras. These cameras have challenged our imaginations and there's definitely no shortage of awesome GoPro videos to watch. From highlight reels to hilarious animal high jinks, and even footage from space, there's almost no end to the amazing things GoPros can capture.
But those videos have come at a cost. GoPro cameras can be somewhat pricey, with the most expensive model costing $500 - and that's before you get all of the accessories, mounts, tripods, remotes, memory cards and so forth.
But now, GoPros are about to capture a whole lot more, as the company announced it has a new budget camera entering the market on October 4. The Hero+ is here and retails for a mere $199. Just in time for holiday shopping! (Yes, sadly it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping already)
The Hero+ being billed as an entry-level camera, ditches the LCO touch screen, but gains Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. With Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, this means you can use your smartphone to adjust settings and share your videos accordingly.
On top of that, the camera is waterproof, can take time-lapse or burst photos and much more. According to the GoPro website, other key features include:
- Stunning and immersive 1080p60 and 720p60 video;
- 8MP photos with single, time-lapse and 5 photos-per-second burst modes;
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connect to GoPro App and smart remote;
- Rugged, durable and waterproof to 131’ (40m);
- Integrated camera + housing design;
- QuikCapture enables power-up and recording start with the press of a single button;
- HiLight Tag lets you mark key moments while recording;
- SuperView captures the world’s most immersive wide-angle field of view;
- Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rates for optimal low-light performance;
- Built-in microphone; and
- Wearable and mountable, compatible with GoPro’s vast array of mounts and accessories.
But that's not the only budget GoPro you can get. There's also the Hero without Wi-Fi that will set you back $129, but you won't be able to use your smartphone to control the camera. That could be a big drawback for some. But, GoPro also cut the price by $100 off its Hero4 Session, now retailing for $299. Click here to see all of GoPro's cameras.
If you're in the market for a new camera, GoPro certainly is the way to go. But, if you want to look at other options, the Komando.com shop has a GoPro competitor on sale for $209 and has a lot of similar features as the Hero+! Click here to check it out.