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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

Camcorder experts rave about this GoPro camcorder and have given it six awards.

The writers at CNET.co.uk and I4u.com both wrote that this camcorder was superb and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

This GoPro camcorder was given a "Recommended" award by Modsynergy.com who wrote that this camcorder was good.

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

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Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this video camera is 75 out of 100 based on twenty-five expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, T3.com, Pocket Lint and PC Mag.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 836 user reviews the average user rating of this GoPro video camera is 90 out of 100.

GoPro Video Cameras Have Excellent Reviews

GoPro is one of the leading video camera manufacturers according to average user and expert reviews, and GoPro also has excellent ratings for its video cameras.

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

Easy to Use

A few customers who bought it concluded that it was easy to use. In November last year A. Blok scored the GoPro Hero very highly and wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero “Well engineered, easy to use and the controls have a good tactile feel”. Alex W. mentioned on Amazon also in November last year “Although the UI is very intuitive, I constantly found myself asking my friends "Is this thing on?” in his review. G Warburton wrote “First Class excellent camera simple to use”.

A number of GoPro Hero reviewers who purchased it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Al wrote in his GoPro Hero review on Amazon in November last year “It was easy to set up and operates in the same way as the other gopro cameras”. Jhg rated the product as very good and wrote “The camera is easy to set up and use with a waterproof”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was easy to use the menus. Expert review site Techradar.com said in November this year “GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen” .

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Good Product Quality

Fourty-eight people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it was good quality. A. Blok wrote on Amazon “Amazing!The image quality is much better than I expected, as is the sound”. Al mentioned “Much better than the HD Hero 2, battery life is great and video quality is amazing as always with their products”. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “Its safe to say that i was amazed by the quality & the possibilities that i could do with the Go Pro” in their GoPro Hero review.

Reasonably Priced

A few people who purchased the GoPro Hero thought it was good value for money. Alex W. wrote on Amazon “The price - Perfect for an entry-level consumer or a backup for the more serious/frequent prosumer.-Battery life - It is quoted at 2h30m.”. Brendon said in his review of this camcorder “Best Action Cam for price to performance ration”. Callum R. mentioned 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”.

A number of GoPro Hero owners mentioned in their reviews that it was a bargain for the price. Gabriel mentioned “The image quality is not one of the areas where GoPro have cut costs to keep this camera cheap”. Gabriel also wrote “There's a great deal of lens distortion because of the very wide angle lens”. Gary Devan wrote in his GoPro Hero review on Amazon “Produces really good images at a bargain price”.

Three people mentioned in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was cheap. Alex W. said on Amazon “This is a perfect action camera for somebody who is looking for a low-cost way of capturing great moments every now” in his GoPro Hero review. Dillan said in their review of the GoPro Hero on Amazon “Later)Mac mini (Late 2014)MacBook Air (Early 2015)MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)Also I don't fancy strapping an expensive camera to my dog as she dives into the the sea” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Wilfred wrote on Amazon this month “All without having to buy the expensive $400 hero+ LCD model! - Instant Sharing with App It's the main reason why we record our activities” and rated the GoPro Hero as very good.

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Robust

Several people said in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. M. Wood mentioned “The sound quality could be better especially with the waterproof back on.I bought this camera for a skiing holiday”. Martin Halliday wrote on Amazon “The waterproof case was great for the rain forest”. Pat said on Amazon last year “Amazing underwater” in his GoPro Hero review.

A few GoPro Hero owners said in their reviews that it was well made. Karl Smith scored it 5 stars and he said in November this year “Good product, well made” in his GoPro Hero review. Patricia L. mentioned in his review of this camcorder “The others in this year's line up are built for you” and rated it as excellent. Plumber wrote in their GoPro Hero review last year “This is a very well put together bit of kit”.

Two people who purchased the GoPro Hero wrote that it was strong and durable. Slated mentioned “Great value and rugged to the extreme.I used this on a 5 week tour of NZ” in their review. Wired.com wrote “A small wearable camera with a rugged waterproof housing designed to be used in extr” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

One GoPro Hero reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Last year David Lee said in his review of the GoPro Hero “My only complaints are that the clip on the bottom of the camera has already broken with minimal effort;”.

One GoPro Hero owner who bought the product reckoned that it was reliable. Filmview said “Reliable, waterproof, 1 1/2 hr battery” and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

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Nice Design

A number of GoPro Hero owners who bought it agreed that it was good looking. A. Blok mentioned in their GoPro Hero review “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”. Six years ago expert review site 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”. Expert website Funkyfresh.com wrote in their GoPro Hero review “What's not to like about the GoPro camera? The quality is pretty good” .

A few GoPro Hero reviewers who bought it considered that it was neat. Antony mentioned in his review “Neat little camera” . Six years ago Theregister.co.uk mentioned “General posers outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, GoPro devices tap neatly into all sorts of extreme sports where cameras have previously been off-limits” in their review of the GoPro Hero and rated it 4 stars.

One person who bought it concluded that it had a good case. One customer who purchased the GoPro Hero concluded that it was a good design. Patricia L. scored it 5 stars and he mentioned “If I could design my ideal gopro, this would be pretty close” in his review of the GoPro Hero.

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Good Technical Features

Some GoPro Hero owners said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero had good features. Gabriel he wrote in his review of the GoPro Hero “I'm sure GoPro will add one or two more useful features to later versions”. Gunbas wrote two years ago “Has all features that you need for a starting go pro lover” . Mr. G. Jackson scored it very highly and said “Fantastic camera and great features”.

Good Size

A few people wrote in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Dreadheadmike scored the GoPro Hero 5 stars and mentioned “Small and lightweight and produces a good picture”. Expert website T3.com mentioned “The lightweight Helmet HERO chews up” in their review of the GoPro Hero. Consumersearch.com mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero “This tiny, lightweight camcorder (it's less than 3 inches long” .

Several GoPro Hero reviewers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was compact. Raphael Zernoff wrote “It is very compact and just beautiful” in his review of this camcorder. One customer who bought it considered that it was thick. Chris said on Amazon “It's also easy to operate using thick winter gloves” yet he rated this camcorder 3 stars.

One person reckoned that the product was heavy and bulky. Derek Squires wrote on Amazon “Not bulky and easy to use great fun has been had with it already” in his GoPro Hero review.

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Good Quality Lens

A number of GoPro Hero owners who reviewed the GoPro Hero agreed that it had a good lens. Expert website Gizmodo.com wrote “This cam has a 170-degree wide-angle lens”.

One GoPro Hero owner said in their reviews that it had a good image stabiliser. John said last year “Still looks great and the stabilization on the camera works nice, great bang for the bucks” in his review of this camcorder and scored the GoPro Hero 5 stars.

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Poor Battery Life

Some people who purchased it concluded that it did not have a good battery life. Dd "dd" said “Battery is not replaceable like they apparently are on a 3 or 4” in their review of the GoPro Hero and gave it a rating of 3 stars. Gabriel mentioned “Battery life isn't great” in his GoPro Hero review. James Forster said in his review of the GoPro Hero “There is no swappable battery, so you have to connect it to the USB to charge it”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One person mentioned in their reviews that it was not noisy. Gabriel mentioned last year “The video becomes very noisy” in his review.

Poor Support

One GoPro Hero owner who reviewed the GoPro Hero thought it did not have good technical guidance. James Smith said “The online help pages are practically useless”.

Poor Connectivity

Some GoPro Hero owners said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was not wifi compatible. Connor Morgan wrote on Amazon “It is not Bluetooth compatible or wifi so if u wish to view your image you would have to take your micro SD” but despite that they gave it a score of 4 stars. Kostas Manios said “Obviously missing several of the features of the Pro models (such as wireless or slow motion etc).”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it did not have gps. 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 this camcorder.

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£14.76 Price Increase

The price of the Hero has increased by £14.76 in the last 4 days.

Not Full HD

The GoPro Hero is not Full HD. Most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for more than two years are also not Full HD.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabiliser

The GoPro Hero does not have an image stabiliser. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to 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, although this is within the context that most of the other video cameras that are a similar age to the Hero also do not have an HDMI port.

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

The GoPro Hero does not have an interchangeable lens. Most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for around the same time as the Hero also do not have an interchangeable lens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Display

Most of the other similar spec video cameras that are a comparable age 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

Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Hero are not waterproof. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The GoPro Hero does not have a night mode, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that were launched more than two years ago also do not have a night mode.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are not 3D compatible. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

Most video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Hero do not have a built-in projector. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too does not have a built-in projector.

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1 Other reason to consider the GoPro Hero

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this camcorder was released.

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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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