The Hero+ Is GoPro's New Entry-Level Camera, Now With Wi-Fi

The Hero+ Is GoPro's New Entry-Level Camera, Now With Wi-Fi

GoPro's got itself quite a stable of little cameras these days. We already had (from high end to low end) the Hero4 Black, Hero4 Silver, Hero4 Session, Hero+LCD, and the straight up Hero. Now, squeezing in between those bottom two, comes the Hero+. It's a $299.95 version of the Hero, but it has Wi-Fi and has significantly upgraded shooting modes.

Examples? The Hero tops out at 1080p30. The Hero+ Goes to 1080p60. It also has options for SuperView -- a mode that crams more into the top and bottom of your shot -- which is nice for board sports and POV video. It also shoots 8MP stills instead of 5MP, and it has an auto low-light mode. The Wi-Fi means you can frame shots and transfer footage directly from your phone. I'd call these advantages worth the step-up fee. Or you could cough-up another hundred and get the Hero+LCD which has a built-in screen, but that seems a bit high at this point.

The Hero+ Is GoPro's New Entry-Level Camera, Now With Wi-Fi

Externally the Hero+ looks basically the same as the Hero, with the camera built directly into its waterproof housing (waterproof to 40 metres). It should be compatible with any existing GoPro mounts and accessories, too. But again, as with the Hero, there's no removable battery, which could be a big problem on longer shoots. Something to consider.

The Hero+ Is GoPro's New Entry-Level Camera, Now With Wi-Fi

The other big news is the the Hero4 Session's price has dropped to $449.95. This is what it should have cost from the get-go. The Session is definitely a decent camera, and its low-profile, all-in-one form factor is very appealing, but $440 is what the Hero4 Silver costs, and that camera blows the Session out of the water in terms of image quality and options. There just wasn't enough justification to buy the Session. Now that it's 100 bucks less, though, that wee form factor starts looking better.

To be honest, we were kiiinda hoping we'd see the Hero4+ unveiled. It's been almost exactly one year since the Hero4 was unveiled and new flagships are always nice. I was told that the Hero4 Session took the flagship spot, this year, though. Guess we'll have to see what 2016 brings. In the meantime, the Hero+ will be available October 4th.




    So many people I know have GoPro's, so very few of them have done anything remotely interesting enough to warrant the purchase.

      That is so true, I have a GoPro camera and I haven't used it much at all. I might mount it inside my car on the windscreen and record how many idiots are on the road, and then report them to the police.

      Last edited 11/11/15 2:20 pm

        GoPro's weren't made for that, you'll have to fork out the cash for a designated Dashcam, they're all the rage now.

          It can still be used as a dashcam with appropriate mounts. But I agree they are not meant for this type of application.

          Last edited 12/11/15 5:18 pm

    The GoPro Hero seems just like an expensive version of the SJCAM M10. I have an SJCAM SJ4000, and haven't have the need to pay over $100 for a FullHD camera. It seems GoPro's are the "iPhone" of the sportscam world.

    lol those sjcams are hopeless no 1080p 60fps so useless for any real action, you get what you pay for, they have no api for being controlled by other apps

    Its crazy! $200 for entry level action camera! Is too much! And Even with price drop, GoPro Session still expensive for what it is. For example Polaroid Cube costs only $99 ( 200 baks cheaper) , or if you do not care camera to be in form of the cube but looking for cheaper GoPro alternative, then you can check Top 5 GoPro alternatives 2015 ( cheaper 2-3 times ),

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