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...
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Six Industry Awards
This camcorder has received six awards from expert review sites.
This GoPro video camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both CNET.co.uk and I4u.com, both of which said that this camcorder was outstanding.
The reviewer at Modsynergy.com decided that concluded that they would recommend this video camera and gave it their "Recommended" award.
The editors of three additional expert review sites all wrote that this GoPro camcorder was good. Techwarelabs.com gave this video camera an "Awesome Hardware" award, Wired.com gave it a "Fetish" award and it received a "Hot Product" award from Pocket Lint.
Based on 809 owner reviews the average owner rating of this camcorder is 90%.
Camcorders manufactured by GoPro have excellent ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all camcorders (not just camcorders) and found that GoPro also has excellent ratings across its entire range.
A Best Selling Video Camera
The Hero is a popular choice amongst customers who purchased camcorders in the last 3 months.
Several GoPro Hero reviewers who reviewed this camcorder concluded that it was good value for money. Two years ago Alex W. mentioned in his review of the GoPro Hero “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 wrote in his review “Best Action Cam for price to performance ration” and rated the product 5 stars. Callum R. said “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.
Some customers agreed that the GoPro Hero was a bargain for the price. Gabriel wrote “The image quality is not one of the areas where GoPro have cut costs to keep this camera cheap” . Gabriel also mentioned “There's a great deal of lens distortion because of the very wide angle lens”. Gary Devan scored the product very highly and he wrote on Amazon “Produces really good images at a bargain price”.
Some GoPro Hero reviewers who bought it concluded that it was cheap. Alex W. wrote on Amazon “This is a perfect action camera for somebody who is looking for a low-cost way of capturing great moments every now”. Dillan mentioned 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”. Last year Wilfred wrote “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”.
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Easy to Use
Some customers who purchased it concluded that it was easy to use. A. Blok gave this camcorder a very good review score and wrote on Amazon “Well engineered, easy to use and the controls have a good tactile feel”. Alex W. wrote “Although the UI is very intuitive, I constantly found myself asking my friends "Is this thing on?”. G Warburton wrote in their review of the GoPro Hero on Amazon “First Class excellent camera simple to use” and gave the GoPro Hero a score of 5 stars.
Several customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Al mentioned on Amazon “It was easy to set up and operates in the same way as the other gopro cameras” in his review. Jhg mentioned “The camera is easy to set up and use with a waterproof”.
One GoPro Hero owner who purchased it considered that it was easy to use the menus. Techradar.com wrote in their review of this camcorder on Techradar “GoPro Hero5 is the 4K action camera that we wanted, with more straightforward menus on a two-inch touchscreen”.
Good Product Quality
Some GoPro Hero owners wrote in their reviews that the GoPro Hero was good quality. A. Blok gave the GoPro Hero a score of 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Amazing!The image quality is much better than I expected, as is the sound”. Al wrote “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 review.
Five GoPro Hero reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was good looking. A. Blok said on Amazon two years ago “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” and scored the product 5 stars. Seven years ago Infosyncworld.com mentioned “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”. Digitalversus.com mentioned on expert review site Digital Versus “Our first impression of the GoPro Hero+ LCD was pretty good indeed” in their review of this camcorder.
A number of GoPro Hero reviewers reckoned that it was a good design. Patricia L. rated it as very good and he said “If I could design my ideal gopro, this would be pretty close”. Toptenreviews.com said in their review of the GoPro Hero “The GoPro HERO features HD recording capabilities, 5MP photos and a rugged, waterproof design”.
One person who purchased this camcorder thought it was neat. Two years ago Antony mentioned on Amazon “Neat little camera” in his GoPro Hero review and rated it as excellent. One person mentioned in their reviews that it had a good case.
A few GoPro Hero owners said in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. M. Wood said in their review “The sound quality could be better especially with the waterproof back on.I bought this camera for a skiing holiday”. Three years ago Martin Halliday wrote “The waterproof case was great for the rain forest”. Pat wrote “Amazing underwater”.
Four GoPro Hero reviewers who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Karl Smith said on Amazon “Good product, well made” and scored it 5 stars. Patricia L. wrote on Amazon “The others in this year's line up are built for you”. Plumber mentioned “This is a very well put together bit of kit” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.
A few people concluded that it was strong and durable. Two years ago Slated mentioned on Amazon “Great value and rugged to the extreme.I used this on a 5 week tour of NZ”. Expert review site Gizmodo.com said “Cheap, impossibly rugged, with endless mounts for cars, bikes, helmets, chests, surf”. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “GoPro's HD HERO digital video camera is well known, whether you're an extreme sports nut or not, you've likely heard of these amazingly tough little HD cameras”.
One customer who reviewed it considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. David Lee said two years ago “My only complaints are that the clip on the bottom of the camera has already broken with minimal effort;” . One person considered that the product was reliable. Two years ago Filmview said “Reliable, waterproof, 1 1/2 hr battery” in their review and rated the product 80 out of 100.
Good Technical Features
Five GoPro Hero owners who purchased it mentioned that it had good features. Gabriel wrote “I'm sure GoPro will add one or two more useful features to later versions” and gave it a rating of 4 stars. Mr. G. Jackson said “Fantastic camera and great features” in their review of the GoPro Hero. Wilfred gave the GoPro Hero a very good review score and he said last year “Those were the only real features missing on the every level Hero”.
A few GoPro Hero reviewers who purchased the product mentioned that it was compact. Three years ago Raphael Zernoff mentioned in his review on Amazon “It is very compact and just beautiful”. Six years ago Steves-Digicams.com mentioned on Steve's Digicams “This extremely compact unit” in their review.
A number of GoPro Hero reviewers who reviewed it thought it was lightweight. Two years ago Dreadheadmike said “Small and lightweight and produces a good picture” in their review of the GoPro Hero. Expert review site T3.com wrote “The lightweight Helmet HERO chews up” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Six years ago Consumersearch.com mentioned “This tiny, lightweight camcorder (it's less than 3 inches long”.
One person who bought it concluded that it was thick. Chris said in his review of the GoPro Hero “It's also easy to operate using thick winter gloves” nonetheless he gave the product a rating of 3 stars.
Good Quality Lens
Several GoPro Hero owners who reviewed the GoPro Hero reckoned that it had a good lens. Expert website Gizmodo.com mentioned in their review of the GoPro Hero “This cam has a 170-degree wide-angle lens” . One GoPro Hero owner considered that it had a good image stabiliser. John mentioned on Amazon “Still looks great and the stabilization on the camera works nice, great bang for the bucks”.
One customer who bought the GoPro Hero reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Last year Oliver Roper mentioned on Amazon “The wifi connectivity is great and if that fails Bluetooth works just as well” in his review of the GoPro Hero.
One customer who reviewed the GoPro Hero considered that it was wifi compatible. Pmac999 wrote on Amazon “This is the cheapest of the range that has WiFi”.
12 Reasons Against
Poor Battery Life
Some GoPro Hero reviewers considered that it did not have a good battery life. Dd "dd" wrote on Amazon “Battery is not replaceable like they apparently are on a 3 or 4” in their review of this camcorder and rated it 3 stars. Gabriel said on Amazon two years ago “Battery life isn't great” in his review of the GoPro Hero but in spite of that he gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Three years ago James Forster said on Amazon “There is no swappable battery, so you have to connect it to the USB to charge it” but he gave the product a score of 5 stars.
Unacceptable Noise Level
One GoPro Hero reviewer mentioned in their reviews that it was not noisy. Gabriel mentioned “The video becomes very noisy” in his GoPro Hero review but despite that he gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.
One GoPro Hero reviewer said in their reviews that the GoPro Hero did not have good technical guidance. James Smith said “The online help pages are practically useless” in his review of the GoPro Hero.
Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer
The GoPro Hero does not have an image stabilizer, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other camcorders of this age and spec also do not have an image stabilizer.
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Does Not Have an HDMI
The GoPro Hero does not have an HDMI. Most of the other video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Hero also do not have an HDMI.
Not Full HD
The GoPro Hero is not Full HD, although keep in mind that most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Hero are also not Full HD.
Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens
Most camcorders that have been on the market for around the same time as the Hero do not have an interchangeable lens. The GoPro Hero is no exception to this as it too does not have an interchangeable lens.
Does Not Have a Built-In Display
Most of the other camcorders of a similar type and age to the Hero have a built-in display, however the GoPro Hero does not have a built-in display.
The GoPro Hero is not waterproof. Most of the other comparable spec video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not waterproof.
Like most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Hero, the GoPro Hero is not 3D.
Does Not Have a Night Mode
Like most of the other camcorders that are a comparable age to the Hero, the GoPro Hero does not have a night mode.
Does Not Have a Built-In Projector
Most video cameras that have been around for a similar time to 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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Gwiseman would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original
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Goprojohn would recommend the GoPro HD Hero Original
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