• GoPro HERO
  • GoPro HERO
  • GoPro HERO
  • GoPro HERO
  • GoPro HERO

This low-cost Hero is an affordable action cam that won't easily break—or break the bank.

- Kyle Looney , Reviewed 


Though the GoPro Hero is nearly devoid of features, this entry point for GoPro's lineup is just enough to get you started in the world of little, mountable cameras.

- Joshua Goldman , Cnet 

Specs / Features


Stunning Video Quality: Record gorgeous 1080p30 and 720p60 video., Diverse Photo Capture: Capture 5PM single, Time Lapse and Burst photos up to 5 fps. Built-in Microphone: Record audio with the built-in microphone | Durable + Waterproof to 131-Feet (40m): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions | Compatible with all GoPro Mounts: 60+ mounts and accessories. GoPro Software: View and share your content. | External Memory: Supports microSD cards up to 32GB (class 10 or UHS-1 required) Sold Separately

Stunning Video Quality: Record gorgeous 1080p30 and 720p60 video., Diverse Photo Capture: Capture 5PM single, Time Lapse and Burst photos up to 5 fps. Built-in Microphone: Record audio with the built-in microphone | Durable + Waterproof to 131-Feet (40m): Designed to withstand extreme environments and conditions | Compatible with all GoPro Mounts: 60+ mounts and accessories. GoPro Software: View and share your content. | External Memory: Supports microSD cards up to 32GB (class 10 or UHS-1 required) Sold Separately

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Specification

Brand GoPro
Model CHDHA-301
Size 10 x 10 cm (3.9 x 3.9 in)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Accurate color and low noise
  • 3 hour battery life
  • Waterproof and shock-resistant
  • Inexpensive

What's bad

  • No Wi-Fi capability
  • No LCD makes framing shots difficult
  • Non-removable battery

GoPro might be known as the action camera to have, but most of their products are priced more to higher end market. With the GoPro Hero, the company hopes to capture the more budget-minded consumers as well. While it doesn't offer the same amount of features as the more premium models like the Hero4 Black and Silver, it is still a welcome addition to the entry-level action camera market.

At first glance, the Hero looks like every other GoPro. It has the same boxy design, light weight of 111 grams and rugged housing. The catch here is it cannot be removed from said housing like other options. While this means it is permanently waterproof and shock-resistant, it also means if the case is damaged it cannot be easily replaced. With that said, experts note that it can take a good amount of abuse.

Although the case makes the Hero tough, it comes with several drawbacks like non-removable battery and no micro-HDMI port or GoPro accessory port. While critics didn't miss the micro-HDMI they did feel the absence of the accessory port. Without this, there was no way for them to add Wi-Fi or and LCD to preview their shots and framing. Since the camera does not come with a built-in LCD without it, they found it hard to know what exactly their camera was focused on. As for the battery, while they would have liked the option to switch it out, on its own it lasted them three hours even when taking HD footage.

Although the Hero's highest video resolution is only 1080p, reviewers were surprised to find it actually had slightly higher color accuracy and less noise than its more expensive siblings and decent details. With that said, they warn that it still has its limitations. They noticed that fine details were softened and videos shot in 1080p were a bit choppy due to the low frame rate of 30 frames per second. While the 720p/60FPS option was smoother, they found the details were lost even further. Still CNET notes, "Overall, the results, while not amazing, are very good for its price with better detail and color than other inexpensive action cams."

While it might not provide the same video quality as the Hero4 Black or Silver, reviewers still recommend the Hero for those who want a good action camera at an affordable price. Reviewed.com states, "…if you want a camera to take with you to Disneyland or to pop on your board when you're learning to surf, this camera will get it done for cheap."

Critic Reviews


The Gadget Show

Still a capable little camera

from The Gadget Show

While the GoPro Hero doesn't have all the fancy features of its bigger brothers, it's still a capable little camera, and it's well priced to get you started with the GoPro craze. If you're not looking for all the extra features the Hero4 packs in, you'll be fine getting started with the Hero.

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While the GoPro Hero doesn't have all the fancy features of its bigger brothers, it's still a capable little camera, and it's well priced to get you started with the GoPro craze. If you're not looking for all the extra features the Hero4 packs in, you'll be fine getting started with the Hero.

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Reviewed

A good introductory camera for entry-level users

from Reviewed

We wouldn't recommend picking up the Hero for serious filmmakers, but if you want a camera to take with you to Disneyland or to pop on your board when you're learning to surf, this camera will get it done for cheap. A name doesn't usually count for much in the camera space, but when it comes to f...More

We wouldn't recommend picking up the Hero for serious filmmakers, but if you want a camera to take with you to Disneyland or to pop on your board when you're learning to surf, this camera will get it done for cheap. A name doesn't usually count for much in the camera space, but when it comes to fulfilling your kid's wishlist without breaking the bank, this GoPro gets the job done.

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Cnet

The GoPro Hero offers very good video quality

from Cnet

Though the GoPro Hero is nearly devoid of features, this entry point for GoPro's lineup is just enough to get you started in the world of little, mountable cameras.

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Though the GoPro Hero is nearly devoid of features, this entry point for GoPro's lineup is just enough to get you started in the world of little, mountable cameras.

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Cnet

Offers very good video quality for the money

from Cnet

The GoPro Hero is a good budget-friendly action cam mostly because it actually pumps out nice-looking video for its price. I'm not entirely sure why it needed to be the same size as its other cameras considering the dearth of features and leaving off the BacPac port seems like a mistake. But, oth...More

The GoPro Hero is a good budget-friendly action cam mostly because it actually pumps out nice-looking video for its price. I'm not entirely sure why it needed to be the same size as its other cameras considering the dearth of features and leaving off the BacPac port seems like a mistake. But, otherwise it's a good place to start if you just want a small, mountable waterproof video camera. If, however, you're looking for more than that or simply the ability to swap out a drained battery for a fresh one, you'll have to look elsewhere.

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Pocket-lint

Low cost and easy to use

from Pocket-lint

We adore the HD Hero, and its low cost and ease of use are really powerful reasons to buy one. Of all the underwater cameras we've used, it is by far the nicest and the most useful for other applications. It might be a funny shape, but it's still very handy too for any video maker to have. A love...More

We adore the HD Hero, and its low cost and ease of use are really powerful reasons to buy one. Of all the underwater cameras we've used, it is by far the nicest and the most useful for other applications. It might be a funny shape, but it's still very handy too for any video maker to have. A lovely device, well worth every penny of its asking price. 

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Gizmodo

Higher resolutions and battery endurance covered

from Gizmodo

I like GoPro enough to use it, even though gadgets on the mountain or in the surf piss me off by way of distraction. Now that they've got mounts, higher resolutions and battery endurance covered, I think making it even smaller is the next step to making it more enjoyable.

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I like GoPro enough to use it, even though gadgets on the mountain or in the surf piss me off by way of distraction. Now that they've got mounts, higher resolutions and battery endurance covered, I think making it even smaller is the next step to making it more enjoyable.

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