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Compact, lightweight and versatile, the GoPro HERO Action Camcorder is the perfect way to capture and share your adventures. Stunning video With an incredibly easy to use interface, the GoPro HERO... More
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Six Industry Awards

This camcorder has received six awards from experts.

This GoPro camcorder received an "Editor's Choice" from both CNET.co.uk and I4u.com, both of which concluded that this video camera was excellent.

This video camera received a "Recommended" from Modsynergy.com who decided that this GoPro camcorder was good.

Techwarelabs.com gave this video camera an "Awesome Hardware" award, it received a "Fetish" award from Wired.com and it received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, T3.com, Pocket Lint and PC Mag this camcorder has an overall expert rating of 75 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, Hero owners rated this video camera 90 out of 100.

GoPro Camcorders Have Excellent Reviews

GoPro camcorders have excellent reviews on average and across all video cameras GoPro is one of the leading brands.

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Robust

Several GoPro Hero reviewers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. M. Wood gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero on Amazon “The sound quality could be better especially with the waterproof back on.I bought this camera for a skiing holiday”. Martin Halliday wrote in his review on Amazon two years ago “The waterproof case was great for the rain forest” and gave it a score of 5 stars. Pat rated the GoPro Hero 5 stars and he said last year “Amazing underwater” in his review of the GoPro Hero.

Seven GoPro Hero owners concluded that the GoPro Hero was well made. Last year A. Blok mentioned “Well engineered, easy to use” in their GoPro Hero review and rated this camcorder 5 stars. A few weeks ago Karl Smith gave it a score of 5 stars and he wrote “Good product, well made” in his review of the GoPro Hero. Patricia L. wrote in his GoPro Hero review on Amazon “The others in this year's line up are built for you”.

Two customers who purchased it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Slated said in their GoPro Hero review “Great value and rugged to the extreme.I used this on a 5 week tour of NZ”. Expert website Wired.com scored the product 4 stars and said “A small wearable camera with a rugged waterproof housing designed to be used in extr” in their review of this camcorder.

One GoPro Hero owner wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Last year Filmview mentioned “Reliable, waterproof, 1 1/2 hr battery”.

One GoPro Hero reviewer who reviewed it thought it was easy to damage or scratch. David Lee wrote on Amazon in November last year “My only complaints are that the clip on the bottom of the camera has already broken with minimal effort;” and scored the product 80 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

A few GoPro Hero reviewers who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Alex W. wrote in his review of this camcorder on Amazon “Although the UI is very intuitive, I constantly found myself asking my friends "Is this thing on?”. G Warburton wrote in their review of this camcorder “First Class excellent camera simple to use” . Kevin Kelly wrote this month “Great bit of kit, easy to use, fantastic video”.

Two customers who reviewed this camcorder mentioned that it was easy to setup. Al said in his review last year “It was easy to set up and operates in the same way as the other gopro cameras” and rated it 80 out of 100. Jhg wrote “The camera is easy to set up and use with a waterproof”.

One GoPro Hero owner who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Expert website Techradar.com wrote this year “GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen” in their GoPro Hero review.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. In November last year A. Blok wrote in their review of this camcorder on Amazon “Amazing!The image quality is much better than I expected, as is the sound”. Last year Al he said on Amazon “Much better than the HD Hero 2, battery life is great and video quality is amazing as always with their products” in his review of the GoPro Hero. Amazon Customer scored it very highly and said in their GoPro Hero review on Amazon “Its safe to say that i was amazed by the quality & the possibilities that i could do with the Go Pro”.

Nice Design

Four GoPro Hero owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. A. Blok said on Amazon “Still manage to crash land or crash badly a lot, yet the GoPro has proven indestructible! I have some pretty cool footage from when my plane stalled”. Two years ago Raphael Zernoff scored the product very highly and he said “It is very compact and just beautiful”. Infosyncworld.com wrote “Based on our experience with the GoPro HD Hero, we're pretty sure that no other camera in this price range can match it in terms of image quality” in their review of the GoPro Hero.

Several customers who reviewed this camcorder said that it was neat. Antony gave it an excellent rating and he mentioned on Amazon in November last year “Neat little camera”. Six years ago expert review site Theregister.co.uk mentioned in their review of this camcorder “General posers outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, GoPro devices tap neatly into all sorts of extreme sports where cameras have previously been off-limits”.

One GoPro Hero owner said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was a good design. Patricia L. mentioned in his GoPro Hero review “If I could design my ideal gopro, this would be pretty close”. One customer reckoned that the product had a good case.

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A Best Selling Product

The Hero is a popular choice of camcorder according to Amazon sales data.

Good Technical Features

Several GoPro Hero reviewers who purchased the GoPro Hero concluded that it had good features. Gabriel mentioned “I'm sure GoPro will add one or two more useful features to later versions”. Gunbas said in their review on Amazon “Has all features that you need for a starting go pro lover”. Two years ago Mr. G. Jackson mentioned in their review on Amazon “Fantastic camera and great features” and scored it 5 stars.

Good Size

Several people who reviewed it considered that it was lightweight. Dreadheadmike said “Small and lightweight and produces a good picture”. Eight years ago expert review site T3.com said “The lightweight Helmet HERO chews up” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Expert review site Consumersearch.com wrote “This tiny, lightweight camcorder (it's less than 3 inches long” in their review of the GoPro Hero.

Two customers considered that the product was compact. One customer said in their reviews that it was heavy and bulky. Derek Squires said two years ago “Not bulky and easy to use great fun has been had with it already” in his review.

One GoPro Hero reviewer reckoned that it was thick. Last year Chris said on Amazon “It's also easy to operate using thick winter gloves” in his review of this camcorder but in spite of that he rated this camcorder 60 out of 100.

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Good Quality Lens

Two people agreed that it had a good lens. Gizmodo.com wrote in their review of this camcorder “This cam has a 170-degree wide-angle lens”. One customer wrote in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. John said “Still looks great and the stabilization on the camera works nice, great bang for the bucks”.

13 Reasons Against

Poor Battery Life

Several customers mentioned in their reviews that it did not have a good battery life. Dd "dd" mentioned on Amazon “Battery is not replaceable like they apparently are on a 3 or 4” and rated it 3 stars. Last year Gabriel said in his review “Battery life isn't great”. James Forster mentioned on Amazon “There is no swappable battery, so you have to connect it to the USB to charge it” yet he gave the product a score of 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person said in their reviews that the product was not noisy. Gabriel said in his GoPro Hero review on Amazon in November last year “The video becomes very noisy”.

Poor Support

One person who bought it concluded that it did not have good technical guidance. In November last year James Smith mentioned on Amazon “The online help pages are practically useless”.

Poor Connectivity

Two people who bought the product said that it was not wifi compatible. Connor Morgan wrote in November last year “It is not Bluetooth compatible or wifi so if u wish to view your image you would have to take your micro SD” however despite that they still scored it 80 out of 100. Kostas Manios wrote on Amazon in the same month “Obviously missing several of the features of the Pro models (such as wireless or slow motion etc).” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they gave it a score of 4 stars.

One customer who purchased this camcorder concluded that it did not have gps. Five years ago Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “The GoPro HD Helmet Hero may not be as small or good-looking as the Contour GPS action cam.” in their review of the GoPro Hero.

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Not Full HD

Most camcorders of a similar spec and age to the Hero are not Full HD. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too is not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The GoPro Hero does not have an image stabiliser, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec video cameras that were released around the same time as the Hero also do not have an image stabiliser.

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Does Not Have an HDMI Port

The GoPro Hero does not have an HDMI port. Most of the other camcorders of this type and age also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Hero, the GoPro Hero does not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other camcorders that have been available for a comparable time to the Hero have a built-in display, however the GoPro Hero does not have a built-in display.

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Not Waterproof

The GoPro Hero is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other video cameras of this type and age are also not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

Most video cameras of a similar spec and age to the Hero do not have a night mode. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too does not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The GoPro Hero does not have a built-in projector. Most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Hero also do not have a built-in projector.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most camcorders that were launched around the same time as the Hero are not 3D compatible. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero

Released Over Four Years Ago

This camcorder has been on the market for over four years.

Specification

Image Sensor
Movie Megapixel Count
Lens System
Image Stabiliser
Interchangeable Lens
Storage
Memory Card Slot
Memory Card
Display
Built-In Display
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D Compatible
Design
Colour
Video
Full HD
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Still Image
Continuous Shooting Mode
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Port
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Battery Type
Weight & Dimensions
Other Features
Night Mode
Photo Mode
Interface
Waterproof
Shock Proof
Projector
Built-In Projector
Technical Details
Freeze-Resistant
Dust-Resistant

6 Awards

Pocket Lint Hot Product CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice modsynergy.com Recommended i4u.com Editor's Choice techwarelabs.com Awesome Hardware wired.com Fetish

Expert Reviews

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26 September 2016

GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen and out-of-the-box water resistance. It still takes commitment to edit and master its...

28 October 2015

The GoPro Hero+ is a solid action camera if you're on a budget, but it can't be removed from its case and you can't swap its battery...

15 July 2015

The GoPro Hero+ LCD isn't exactly a bargain for its entry-level specs, but if you appreciate a streamlined feature set and its built-in touchscreen, it's worth the extra money over the very basic...

4 February 2015

A good introductory camera for entry-level users While there are not a lot of features on the Hero, it's important to remember the price point we're talking about. For only $129, you are getting...

9 November 2011

We adore the HD Hero, and its low cost and ease of use are really powerful reasons to buy one. Of all the underwater cameras we've used, it is by far the nicest and the most useful for other...

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Reviewed 27 February 2015 by Bladesmith7
Bladesmith7 would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original

The GoPro Hero is an excellent camcorder for its purpose. It makes really good videos with excellent HD images. It attaches to your helmet, body or other devices easily and downloads easily.... Read more…

Reviewed 25 June 2015 by Walmartlover
Walmartlover would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original

We really love the quality! Love the small pocket size! Wish it has a playback option on the camera lol. My husband has been using it to record while skateboarding....we noticed the battery dies... Read more…

Reviewed 27 October 2014 by Gwiseman
Gwiseman would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original

I'm going to rate this product according to what it was intended for.... Low price intro to action camera and the gopro lineup. This camera does a great job of what it is supposed to do, shoot... Read more…

Reviewed 16 October 2014 by Goprojohn
Goprojohn would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original

After being a longtime GoPro user, I decided to get one of these cameras to replace some of the ones I already have. My current inventory includes 7 Hero1's and a Hero 960 and I also have a Hero 3... Read more…

Reviewed 7 December 2013 by Wrm1947

This is a fantastic bit of kit. Really really versatile. You have to read instructions to get the best and persevere for best results but it all pays off. John Lewis must also be congratulated... Read more…

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