GoPro Hero

GoPro has added a brand new Hero camera to the family. The GoPro Hero is a go-anywhere, capture-anything camera that will make it very easy to share activities that might be hard to capture using a smartphone.

This GoPro is called simply “Hero”, without any number after it. The action cam looks much like the other video cameras from the GoPro’s Hero series, and it fits with all the accessories manufactured to fit those cams. However the new Hero has been simplified to make things easier to work with and also to bring the retail price down.

GoPro is getting ready to appeal to more first-timers. The GoPro Hero cam is intended for newcomers and occasional users that would prefer not to spend lots of cash on the GoPro flagship cameras.

The key differences regarding the Hero and its higher priced counterparts are pretty much on the performance side of things. It’s actually capped to a maximum resolution and frame rate of 1440p at 60 fps, therefore it cannot take 4K or super-slow-motion video footage. It captures10-megapixel photos, down from 12 megapixels, and there is just one burst shooting option (10 frames per second) and one-time lapse setting (0.5 seconds per shot).

That being said, the Hero features a surprising amount in common with the higher priced GoPro cameras. It features a 2-inch touchscreen display, voice control, digital video stabilization, and is also waterproof up to 10 meters.

“Hero is a great first GoPro for people looking to share experiences beyond what a phone can capture,” says Meghan Laffey, GoPro’s VP of Product. “Hero makes it easy to share ‘wow’ moments at a price that’s perfect for first-time users.”

The GoPro Hero costs $199, and is available starting today.