CNET First Look
GoPro's Hero+ LCD combines basic features with a touchscreenIf you want a streamlined GoPro with a screen, this entry-level offering is expensive but does the job.
GoPro introduced the bare-bones Hero and the feature-packed Hero4 Silver in September 2014. The former is the company's first true budget camera. The latter it's first with a built in touchscreen. And in June, along came this, the Hero+ LCD, which combines the two. Giving you a streamlined feature set with the benefits of a touchscreen. I'm Josh Goldman with CNET and like the Hero, the Hero Plus is built into its waterproof housing so the micro SD card slot and the micro USB port are moved to the back. And it sheds the micro HD video output of the Silver. More importantly it means you can't pop in a new battery for a fresh one or replace the housing should you damage it. Shooting options are a step up from the Hiro, as the plus can do 1080p at 60 frames a second, which makes for smoother action and can be slowed down slightly for slow motion clips. You can get about two hours of battery life at that resolution, but again, after that, you'll need to charge or use an external power source to keep shooting. There are some other minor feature bumps but it's the screen that really makes the difference here. Letting you change settings, shooting mode, and most importantly preview and review, and even let you cut out clips right on the camera. You do get built in wireless too for connecting to a mobile device for controlling, viewing, and sharing. The biggest rub is the price because at $300 in the US, 250 pounds in the UK. And 430 in Australia. You can get more capable cameras from other makers but without the touch screen. And the video quality while very good is well shy of what the Hero 4 Silver can do for $100 more. You can read the full review on cnet.com, but basically it's an above average camera with a touch screen at a premium price. I'm Josh Thullman and that's a quick look at the Go Pro Hero Plus LCD. [MUSIC]