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GoPro Hero Camcorder

£69.99
5MP 1/2 110g Dec 2012
Total Megapixels Optical Sensor Size Full HD Weight Release Date
Four industry awards
Reasonably priced
Good quality
800 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This medium total megapixels video camera is one of the most awarded of all the video cameras of this age and type.

This video camera was given a "Recommended" award by websites PC Advisor.co.uk who wrote that this medium total megapixels video camera was good.

Wired.com gave this video camera a "Fetish" award, it received a "Best in Test" award from Ljudochbild.se and it received a "Best in Test 5 Star" award from Lydogbillede.dk.

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on thirteen expert reviews from sites including T3.com, PC Advisor.co.uk, Cnetfrance.fr and dailystar.co.uk the average expert rating of this video camera is 81%. If all the comparable spec video cameras that came out more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this camcorder is in the top 7%.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, Hero owners rated this camcorder 89 out of 100. 507 reviewers (88% of all reviewers) gave this camcorder either 4 or 5 stars and 95% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

GoPro Has Excellent Video Camera Reviews

We checked 2,593 owner and expert reviews (including 328 verified purchases) for GoPro video cameras and found that on average GoPro has excellent ratings. We also found that GoPro has excellent ratings specifically within its medium total megapixels camcorders range. 93% of those that bought a GoPro camcorder would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Reasonably Priced

One hundred and twenty-one customers reckoned that the GoPro Hero was good value for money. Expert website Gizmodo.com said “And it's cheap and amazing”. Expert website Gizmodo.com.au mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The best feature of the Hero5, however, is its price”. Jerry said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Great quality for the price” in his review of this camcorder and rated the product 5 stars out of 5.

Twenty-two customers agreed that it was expensive. Lourez said on expert website Bestbuy.com “It has the the same resolution as the the more expensive models”. Mats1991 mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “It is also another chance for him to lean responsibility with expensive items” in their review of this camcorder. Cameraguy wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “If you can get the more expensive one, do it” in their review of this camcorder but in spite of that they only scored it 60 out of 100.

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Design

Easy to Use

One hundred and twenty-seven customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use. Expert review site Electricpig.co.uk mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Handy, then, that the GoPro HD Helmet Hero is so extreme, working in the coldest conditions” . Jimbo said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bestbuy.com “Easy to use and the quality of video is exceptional”. Jacc1208 gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Good quality easy to use very good product easy to install”.

Eleven people said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was easy to setup. Jemllc said in their review of this camcorder two years ago “Very good and easy to set up good image day” . Also two years ago Brooke999 scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert review site Bestbuy.com “It's easy to set up and use”. Signpainter said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Walmart.com “The camera works really good and easy to set up” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Six customers wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was easy to use the menus. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website Techradar in April last year “GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen”. Two years ago Cameljockey1 said on expert website Bestbuy.com “The 1080p 30fps settings are great clear picture” in their review of this camcorder and rated it 5 stars out of 5. In the same month Greg wrote in his review of this camcorder on expert review site Walmart.com “There are multiple settings on what action happens when the camera connects to the computer, e.g, "Take no action.” but even so he scored it 1 stars out of 5.

Two people who bought it said that it had a 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 thirty-three people wrote that this camcorder was good quality. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “Produces High Quality Film”. They also said “Great Picture Quality” in their review. Expert review site Funkyfresh.com said “What's not to like about the GoPro camera? The quality is pretty good”.

Robust

Fourty-six customers reckoned that this camcorder was good at resisting water ingress. Jaystray21 scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said “Underwater shots are great! Get an SD card that outlasts your battery”. Gopro mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Great for sports, diving and drone use” in their GoPro Hero review and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Three years ago Goodgifter said “Shoots in HD and is waterproof”.

Twenty people who reviewed it thought it was well made. Googull scored it a maximum of 5 stars and said on expert website Bestbuy.com “Otherwise this performs rock solid”. Brandonl scored the product 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “It's also VERY important to know that the camera is built into its housing”. Duseldorf wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “The built in mic won't wow you with its capture quality”.

Eighteen people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was strong and durable. Louie12345 mentioned “All around sturdy camera that takes great footage!”. Joel gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he said in his review of this camcorder “Durable case”. Gaj72 mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bestbuy.com “Seems rugged”.

Three people wrote in their reviews that it was reliable. Unhappycustomer wrote two years ago “Do not buy this video monitor if you are looking for a reliable wifi camera! I read the reviews before buying this” in their review of this camcorder. Filmview said on expert review site Amazon “Reliable, waterproof, 1 1/2 hr battery”.

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Nice Design

Twenty-one owners wrote in their reviews that this camcorder was good looking. Ipoguy gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote three years ago “So far so good, looking forward lot's of use from this lil gem, Thanks Best Buy”. Grandma3 said in their review of the GoPro Hero on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Bought this for my 11 year old granddaughter who is pretty technically savvy”. Kengator wrote “I actually traded in for the GP4 just a better fit for my active life style” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Five people who bought it thought it was well designed. Three years ago Scottyboy wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “I like the small compact design” in their review of this camcorder yet they only gave it a rating of 60 out of 100. Elllee said on expert review site Amazon “Overall a very simplistic camera to use which has a very nice design and excellent image quality too” in their review of this camcorder and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5. They also mentioned “The large tough display and well designed menus make navigation” in their review.

Two owners who purchased it said that it was neat. Jcollins9350 wrote “Took it on a tour of the everglades and it was so neat to relive the trip” in their review of this camcorder. Antony gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Amazon “Neat little camera”.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two customers said that this camcorder was noisy. Gabriel said on expert website Amazon “The video becomes very noisy” in his review of this camcorder and rated it 4 stars out of 5. Lowrider wrote on expert review site Amazon “Not sure how it works during wind or noisy conditions”.


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Popular Choice

The Hero is a popular choice of camcorder.

Released Over Four Years Ago

GoPro released the Hero in December 2012.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Eight owners said in their reviews that it was compact. Cameljockey1 mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “Small and compact”. Two years ago Chaddy said in their review of this camcorder “Nice and compact to use head mounted for skiing”. Noem gave this camcorder a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “For less than $130 I'm now hooked on GoPro! Waterproof, compact, long battery life = fun”.

Six customers who purchased the product thought it was lightweight. Expert review site T3.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder “The lightweight Helmet HERO chews up” . Mary wrote in his GoPro Hero review on expert review site Bestbuy.com “It is versatile and lightweight”. Journey rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned on expert review site Walmart.com “Works great, easy to use and lightweight”.

Six owners considered that the product was heavy and bulky. Dd "dd" mentioned on expert website Amazon “It's still as bulky as a early 2000's pocket digital camera with the housing on it”. Gj wrote in their review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon “The heavy force you put in while trying to open the click could” nonetheless they gave it a rating of 1 stars out of 5. Jay Burton mentioned in his review of this camcorder “Waterproof down to 10 metres without a housing which makes the go-pro less bulky” .

Two people said in their reviews that the product was thick. Two years ago Greeneagleppg mentioned “This is a great low cost version that I wont cry if i loose it and it works great” in their review of this camcorder. Chris said “It's also easy to operate using thick winter gloves” in his review of this camcorder.

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Very Light

Camcorders of a similar type and age to this video camera have weights of between 50g and 2.8kg. At only 110 grams, the GoPro Hero is quite light compared to most of the other camcorders that have been available for around the same time as this camcorder.

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Good Connectivity

Four customers who purchased it considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. In April last year Kitty27 wrote on expert website Amazon “Waterproof and drop proof! Easy to navigate using the touch screen on the back and the connectivity has vastly improved”. The Sunrise mentioned in their review of this camcorder “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”. Oliver Roper scored it 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote on expert review site Amazon “The wifi connectivity is great and if that fails Bluetooth works just as well” in his review of this camcorder.

Two people thought this camcorder had gps. Patrick said in his review of this camcorder on expert website Amazon last year “The GPS is a ‘cool’ feature, though not one that I would deem very useful unless geotagging also works throughout when shooting video”.

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Video

Full HD

Full HD

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

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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 medium total megapixels camcorders that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Image Sensor

1" Optical Sensor Size

This camcorder has a 1/2.5" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on camcorders of this type and age.

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5 Megapixels Total Megapixels

This is a 5 megapixels sensor video camera.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Eighteen people who reviewed this camcorder agreed that it had good features. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this camcorder on expert website Techradar “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”. Bamflee mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “Lots of features and pretty good picture quality for the price”.


Good Image Stabiliser

Ten owners who purchased it considered that it had a good image stabiliser. Two years ago website Bestbuy.com wrote “Good Image Stabilization” and scored the GoPro Hero 80 out of 100. Gbphotography rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Great video clarity and stabilization”. John said in his review of this camcorder “Still looks great and the stabilization on the camera works nice, great bang for the bucks” and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

Five customers who bought this camcorder thought it had a good lens. Expert review site Gizmodo.com said “This cam has a 170-degree wide-angle lens” in their review of this camcorder. In April last year Elllee mentioned on expert review site Amazon “The addition of a protective lens cover is great as it should help to protect the original GoPro lens from damage due to scratching or drops when using your camera” and gave this camcorder a score of 5 stars out of 5. Gabriel said on expert review site Amazon “There's a great deal of lens distortion because of the very wide angle lens” in his review of this camcorder and rated it 80 out of 100.

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Good Screen / Viewfinder

Sixteen owners who reviewed this camcorder reckoned that it had a good screen. Bmxr wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Back screen would be very convenient” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Dancewiz007 said in their review of this camcorder on expert website Bestbuy.com “All good - pity you cannot see what you are photographing on a screen”. Vivi mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “It is a must have! The only thing I wish I knew about was the best kind of screen filters for certain lighting” in their review of this camcorder and rated it 4 stars out of 5.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Three years ago Idakota25 wrote “The camera has amazing quality and great battery life” in their review of this camcorder however they only scored it 20 out of 100. Joel mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Good battery life”. Kbacani scored the GoPro Hero the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Simple to use and has better battery life than most video cameras I tried before” in their review of this camcorder.


GoPro Hero Review Sources

To prepare this GoPro Hero review we compared this camcorder to 576 other models. For each camcorder that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 139,263 product attributes, 23,823 camcorder reviews and 1,763,100 historical camcorder prices from 164 camcorder retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this camcorder compared to the other models as well as any areas where this camcorder is lacking.

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