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GoPro Hero Camcorder

$379.00
$170.99 $208.01 cheaper than 41 days ago
5MP 1/2 110g Dec 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Five industry awards
Reasonably priced
Good quality
796 Reviews + 5 Awards
wired.com Fetish i4u.com Editor's Choice CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice PC Advisor.co.uk Recommended
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Reviews

Five Industry Awards

This GoPro camcorder has received five awards from camcorder experts.

This camcorder was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both websites CNET.co.uk and I4u.com, both of which wrote that this video camera was terrific.

This video camera was given a "Recommended" award by both websites PC Advisor.co.uk and Conowego.pl, both of which decided that this GoPro video camera was good.

The author at one other expert review site wrote that this GoPro camcorder was good. Wired.com gave this video camera a "Fetish" award.

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camcorder has an average expert rating of 78% based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including T3.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, PC Mag and cnet.com/es/.

User Reviews Are Good

This medium total megapixels video camera has an average user rating of 88% based on 822 user reviews. 495 reviewers (87% of all reviewers) gave this video camera either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Excellent Brand

We checked 2,577 owner and expert reviews (including 216 verified purchases) for GoPro video cameras and found that on average GoPro has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that GoPro has excellent ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 95% of those that bought a GoPro video camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Design

Easy to Use

One hundred and eighteen customers mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was easy to use. Bestbuy.com said “Easy to Use” and gave the product a score of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Seven years ago expert review site Electricpig.co.uk said “Handy, then, that the GoPro HD Helmet Hero is so extreme, working in the coldest conditions” in their review of this camcorder. Jojack3309 wrote on Bestbuy.com “Great to use if you do sports” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Eight customers thought it was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Techradar.com said last year “GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen”. Got20z wrote three years ago “All 3 video quality settings are exceptional” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Cameljockey1 said on Bestbuy.com “The 1080p 30fps settings are great clear picture”.

Seven owners who purchased the product concluded that it was easy to setup. Jemllc mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “Very good and easy to set up good image day”. Fletch94 gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on Bestbuy.com “It was effortless to set-up and takes amazing video/photos”. Tyronol mentioned on Bestbuy.com two years ago “It was extremely easy to setup, has a crystal clear picture”.

Two owners who reviewed the product concluded that it had a good interface. Two years ago Feinfolk gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Good interface”. Elllee mentioned “The user interface has been redesigned which makes the whole GoPro experience much easier, especially when constantly changing settings on the go”.

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Good Quality

One hundred and fourty-six owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good quality. Bestbuy.com said three years ago “Produces High Quality Film”. Cnet.co.uk said on expert website CNET.co.uk “Its excellent image quality means it's the device to buy if you want to document your extreme-sports shenanigans” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Expert review site Funkyfresh.com mentioned “What's not to like about the GoPro camera? The quality is pretty good”.

Robust

Fourty-two people wrote in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Seven years ago expert review site I4u.com said “The GoPro HD Motorsports Hero camcorder is a great camera for recording motorsports that is waterproof and can be used in lots of places” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Jaystray21 wrote “Underwater shots are great! Get an SD card that outlasts your battery” and rated it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Louie12345 mentioned “Underwater feature is cool” in their GoPro Hero review.

Twenty customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was strong and durable. Stuff.tv mentioned “This tiny, rugged action camera has literally been our eyes into the wor” in their review of this camcorder. Jack mentioned in April last year “Meets all my expectations for a small rugged (basic functionality) video camera” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Three years ago Louie12345 said in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “All around sturdy camera that takes great footage!”.

Eighteen customers who purchased the product reckoned that it was well made. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The GoPro Hero+ is a solid action camera if you're on a budget.”. Googull said on Bestbuy.com “Otherwise this performs rock solid” in their review of this camcorder. Brandonl said on Bestbuy.com “It's also VERY important to know that the camera is built into its housing” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Two customers thought this camcorder was reliable. Midmofan said on Bestbuy.com “Very reliable”. Filmview mentioned on Amazon “Reliable, waterproof, 1 1/2 hr battery” in their review of this camcorder.

One customer concluded that the product was easy to damage or scratch. Daniel Charlton mentioned “After using it now a few times as an action camera Its been in water, dropped and thrown around a bit and amazingly there are no scratches or dents” in his review of this camcorder.

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Nice Design

Nineteen owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good looking. Ipoguy wrote on Bestbuy.com “So far so good, looking forward lot's of use from this lil gem, Thanks Best Buy”. Kimm said on Bestbuy.com “It is pretty basic” nonetheless they gave the product a rating of 60 out of 100. Kengator said in their GoPro Hero review on Bestbuy.com “I actually traded in for the GP4 just a better fit for my active life style” however they scored it 3 stars out of 5.

Five customers mentioned in their reviews that this camcorder was well designed. Scottyboy mentioned on Bestbuy.com “I like the small compact design”. In April last year Elllee said “The large tough display and well designed menus make navigation” and rated it a maximum of 5 stars. Elllee also wrote “Best GoPro Yet - Great Design + Superb Image Quality” in their review.

Three customers who purchased it thought it was neat. Jcollins9350 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Took it on a tour of the everglades and it was so neat to relive the trip” in their review of this camcorder. Happyparent mentioned on Bestbuy.com “This is very neat, we turned off the sound activation because we have dogs.”. Antony wrote “Neat little camera” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

One owner wrote in their reviews that the product was smooth. One owner who reviewed this camcorder wrote that it was ugly. Lowrider mentioned “Besides black rubber look cheap ugly in my opinion”.

One owner who reviewed it concluded that it had a good case. Callum R. said on Amazon “Great camera for the price however the casing scrathes easily so I would suggest to cover it with a skin to stop that” in their review of this camcorder.

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Other

A Top Selling Camcorder

According to Amazon sales data, the Hero is a popular choice amongst customers who bought video cameras in the last 3 months.

Released Over Four Years Ago

This GoPro camcorder was released in April 2017.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight customers agreed that it was compact. Cameljockey1 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Small and compact” in their review of this camcorder and scored this camcorder the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Chaddy wrote on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Nice and compact to use head mounted for skiing” in their GoPro Hero review. Noem mentioned also two years ago “For less than $130 I'm now hooked on GoPro! Waterproof, compact, long battery life = fun” .

Eight customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Haas said “Bulky, could have better video quality” in their review of this camcorder. Gj wrote “The heavy force you put in while trying to open the click could” but in spite of that they only rated this camcorder 1 stars out of 5. Dd "dd" wrote two years ago “It's still as bulky as a early 2000's pocket digital camera with the housing on it” .

Five people thought the product was lightweight. T3.com said in their review of this camcorder “The lightweight Helmet HERO chews up”. Mary wrote on Bestbuy.com “It is versatile and lightweight” in his review of this camcorder. Tyronol wrote on Bestbuy.com “The stand on the camera is also cheap and lightweight” and scored the product 4 stars out of 5.

Two people who reviewed the product agreed that it was thick. Greeneagleppg mentioned in their review of this camcorder “This is a great low cost version that I wont cry if i loose it and it works great”. Two years ago Chris mentioned on Amazon “It's also easy to operate using thick winter gloves” in his review of this camcorder yet he gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

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Very Light

At only 110 grams, the GoPro Hero is fairly light compared to most of the other medium total megapixels camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to this camcorder. The weights of medium total megapixels camcorders that were released more than two years ago range from 50g to 3.3kg.

Other camcorders with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Contour Design Contour+ (150.2g and higher rated).

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was noisy. Gabriel said on Amazon “The video becomes very noisy” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Lowrider said on Amazon “Not sure how it works during wind or noisy conditions” in their review of this camcorder.

One owner who reviewed it thought it was quiet.

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Good Geotagging

One owner reckoned that the product had good geotagging.

Good Image Stabiliser

Nine customers mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Good Image Stabilization”. Also two years ago John mentioned “Still looks great and the stabilization on the camera works nice, great bang for the bucks”. Helen H. mentioned in her review of this camcorder in April last year “Image Stabilization is great” .

Six customers who reviewed the product agreed that it had a good lens. Expert website Gizmodo.com said “This cam has a 170-degree wide-angle lens”. Two years ago Arthur said “The wide fish eye lens is great for getting a good shot of everything”. Gabriel he mentioned “There's a great deal of lens distortion because of the very wide angle lens”.

Two owners said in their reviews that it had a good zoom. Two years ago Bestbuy.com said “Zoom rangeperformance” in their review of this camcorder. Also two years ago Ashsass gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said on Bestbuy.com “Great for monitoring children with special needs, has sound viewing zoom, etc” in their review of this camcorder.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Seventeen people who reviewed the GoPro Hero thought it had a good screen. Expert review site Straitstimes.com wrote in April last year “It comes with a built-in 2-inch rear touchscreen display” in their review of this camcorder. Two years ago Dancewiz007 mentioned in their review of this camcorder on Bestbuy.com “All good - pity you cannot see what you are photographing on a screen”. Vivi wrote on Bestbuy.com three years ago “It is a must have! The only thing I wish I knew about was the best kind of screen filters for certain lighting”.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Four customers who purchased this camcorder reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Kitty27 said on Amazon “Waterproof and drop proof! Easy to navigate using the touch screen on the back and the connectivity has vastly improved”. The Sunrise mentioned on Amazon “Even cases should still work! (Like storage cases, not waterproof housings) 17.) Higher ISO options than previous GoPros 18.) Improved connectivity to my phone, much easier to pair” in their review of this camcorder. Oday said in their review of the GoPro Hero “The software is laggy, connectivity with smartphone is horrendous”.

Two people who purchased it considered that it had gps. Patrick said on Amazon “The GPS is a ‘cool’ feature, though not one that I would deem very useful unless geotagging also works throughout when shooting video”. One owner mentioned in their reviews that it had email functionality.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

The GoPro Hero is Full HD, as are most of the other camcorders of a comparable age and type to this video camera.

There are a number of other Full HD camcorders currently available that you might also want to consider including the Contour Design Contour+ which has better reviews.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camcorder has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero had good technical guidance. Tyronol said on Bestbuy.com “There is a standard quick start guide that uses the app”. Tylerdurden wrote “Good instructions and intuitive controls” in their review of this camcorder and gave it a rating of a maximum of 5 stars. Tyronol also said “Some people may be confused by the Smarthings quick start guide which says you require a Smarthings hub” in their review.


Features

Good Technical Features

Twenty-one people agreed that this camcorder had good features. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The Black version combines the best features of both editi”. Expert review site Gizmodo.com.au said “All the other features seem like natural upgrades that have existed, in some form or fashion, on devices from nearly all of GoPro's competitors” in their review of this camcorder. Bamflee mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Lots of features and pretty good picture quality for the price” in their review of this camcorder.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-three customers who purchased it thought it had a good battery life. Idakota25 mentioned on Bestbuy.com “The camera has amazing quality and great battery life” in their review of this camcorder but despite that they gave it a rating of 20 out of 100. Got20z said “Battery life seems decent”. Got20z also said “If you use the instant on feature it saves on the battery” in their review.

One person wrote in their reviews that it was quick to charge. A. Gumbley said “The battery fails to charge properly and can manage about 7 mins of action” in their review of this camcorder.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This video camera has a 1/2.5" optical sensor size, which is typical of many medium total megapixels camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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