CNET First Look
GoPro's budget-friendly Hero delivers good video, but not much elseIf your action cam needs don't go far beyond capturing decent HD clips, the GoPro Hero gets the job done.
[MUSIC] GoPro might be the biggest name in POV camera, but, there are cheaper options out there if you just want to capture some HD video with a small mountable camera. Well, at least there were cheaper options as GoPro has joined the crowd with the budget friendly, Hero. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and the Hero is the new $130 entry point for the company's action cam line, and it's completely stripped down to the basics. The batteries built in, in fact, the whole thing is built in, as you can't remove the camera from the waterproof housing which makes it sort of bulky. There's an SD card slot and a mini USB port. But there's no port for GoPro's backpacks for adding Wi-Fi or a screen or an extra battery. That means you'll always be shooting without a screen and once the battery is drained you'll be headed to an outlet. Recording options are limited to 1080p at 30 frames per second and 720p at 60 frames per second or you can shoot 5 megapixel photos one at a time and bursts of 10. And continuously one every half second for time lapse sequences. The best part is the video quality, which is very good for the money, both below and above water. You can read the full review on cnet.com, but if you can live within its constraints, this gets the job done. I'm Josh Coleman and that's a quick look at the GoPro Hero. [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC]