GoPro adds a more affordable wireless actioncam, with the Hero+
If you want to spend less than US$300 on a GoPro actioncam, you're currently limited to the entry-level model known simply as the Hero. Although it shoots decent 1080p/30fps video, it lacks wireless functionality. Soon, however, potential buyers will have the option of choosing the $200 Wi-Fi/Bluetooth-equipped Hero+.
The Hero+ has a maximum video resolution of 1080p/60fps, also capturing 8MP stills in time-lapse or 5-photo-per-second burst modes.
Other features include the ability to simultaneously power up and start recording using QuikCapture one-button control, the option of tagging select moments in footage while recording via HiLight Tag, and an Auto Low Light mode which automatically changes frame rates to better capture images in dark conditions. The camera's included housing is watertight to a depth of 131 ft (40 m).
And yes, the Hero+ has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This means that it can wirelessly communicate with the user's mobile device (or the dedicated GoPro Smart Remote), on which they can use the GoPro app to remotely change settings, start/stop recording, set up shots, review footage, edit that footage and share it online.
Shooting at 1080p/60fps with the Wif-Fi on, its lithium-ion battery should last for about an hour and 45 minutes – that increases by 15 minutes with the Wi-Fi off. The camera doesn't have an LCD viewfinder of its own, however. For that, you'd have to move up to the existing $300 Hero+ LCD.
The new Hero+ will be available in stores and online starting on Oct. 4th.