GoPro launches new mid-range $299 Hero+ LCD with integrated display, will sell drone in 2016

in General Discussion edited June 2015
Action camera maker GoPro on Monday announced a new mid-range model dubbed the Hero+ LCD, a $299 model featuring an integrated touchscreen display capable of recording 1080p high-definition video at 60 frames per second.

The new Hero+ LCD also features built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for remote connectivity with accessories and other devices, including Apple's iPhone and iPad. It comes with a waterproof case that can be submerged up to 40 meters, or 131 feet, and it supports microSD cards up to 64 gigabytes.

The GoPro Hero+ LCD will officially go on sale this Sunday, June 7, retailing for $299. At that price, it occupies the midrange of the company's lineup, offsetting the $129 entry-level Hero, and the $399 Hero4 Silver.

Those who upgrade to the Hero4 Silver will gain 120 frames per second recording at 720p resolution, while the Hero+ LCD will remain at 60 frames per second. Stepping down to the entry-level hero, meanwhile, cuts 1080p video to 30 frames per second.

"HERO+ LCD illustrates that even as we push the limits of life capture with bleeding-edge devices like the HERO4 Black, we're also focused on delivering accessible, high-quality capture solutions to anyone wanting to GoPro," said Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro.

The full list of features of the Hero+ LCD, according to GoPro, are:
  • Professional-quality 1080p60 video and 8MP photo capture
  • Touch display for convenient camera control, shot framing, and in-camera playback
  • Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth enables connectivity to the GoPro App and Smart Remote
  • HiLight Tagging lets you mark key moments while recording or during playback for quick and easy editing
  • In-camera video trimming allows you to create short clips for easy content sharing without a computer
  • Power on and record automatically with the press of a single button with QuikCapture setting
  • Long-lasting battery delivers approximately two hours of recording time
  • Integrated housing design for simplicity and ease of use
  • Supports microSD cards (at least Class 10 or UHS-I) up to 64GB
The company also announced at the Code Conference last week that it plans to launch its own quadcopter drone in the first half of 2016. Like its cameras, the drone is expected to be a consumer-focused product, rather than catering to high-end video professionals

Details on the GoPro drone, including how much it might cost or what features it might sport, remain unknown. The company's GoPro cameras have been popular choices for placing on other drones currently available on the market.


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