Three months after going public and hot on the heels of impressive stock market performance, GoPro is at it again. Not content to let competitors like Sony, Polaroid, and even Contour bask in the action cam spotlight for long, GoPro is firing off with a lineup of cameras in hopes to attract rugged thrill seekers of all budgets and tech gadgetry know-how.
At the entry level, there is the Hero: a baseline device that lets users record up to 2.5 hours of video at 1080p (30fps), or 720p (60fps). Burst mode photography can handle up to 5 frames per second, capturing images at a maximum of 5 megapixels. Retail price is set at $130, far cheaper than previous low-end models that tipped the spending scale at $200 and up.
Midrange adventurers can snatch up the Hero4 Silver for $400, taking advantage of a new first for GoPro: a touchscreen controller. Supported video recording quality for the Hero4 Silver includes 1080p at 60fps, 720p at 120fps, and 4k video at 15fps. Burst mode can capture up 30 shots in a single second at 12 megapixel quality.
On the higher end, the Hero4 Black costs $500. Unlike the mid-range Silver model, the Hero4 Black doesn’t include a user-friendly touchscreen and is quite obviously geared toward pro users. Evidence of this lies in the fact you can capture 4k video at 30fps, or 1080p at 120fps. Still image quality is the same as the aforementioned Silver.
All three devices come with underwater cases that make them capable of being submerged at depths up to 130 feet. Look for the Hero, Hero4 Silver, and Hero4 Black to be available the first week of October.