GoPro HERO (2018)

7.9/10 AVG.
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  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)
  • GoPro HERO (2018)

Specs / Features


2-Inch Touch Screen - Quickly switch between modes, frame the perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2-inch touch screen. | Waterproof + Durable - Built tough and waterproof down to 33ft (10m), HERO goes where your smartphone can't to capture every adventure with no worries. | Voice control  - control your Hero hands-free with simple voice commands Like "GoPro, start recording" and "GoPro, take a photo." | Wi-Fi + Bluetooth - Connect to the GoPro app to control your camera remotely, check out your shots and share your favorites on the spot. | Auto Offload to Your Phone When Connected t... More

2-Inch Touch Screen - Quickly switch between modes, frame the perfect shot and check out your footage on the 2-inch touch screen. | Waterproof + Durable - Built tough and waterproof down to 33ft (10m), HERO goes where your smartphone can't to capture every adventure with no worries. | Voice control  - control your Hero hands-free with simple voice commands Like "GoPro, start recording" and "GoPro, take a photo." | Wi-Fi + Bluetooth - Connect to the GoPro app to control your camera remotely, check out your shots and share your favorites on the spot. | Auto Offload to Your Phone When Connected to the GoPro App - Your footage moves to the GoPro app which creates fun, shareable videos for you-automatically.

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Specification

Video Features
4K No
Photo Features
Megapixels 10 MP
Burst rates (frames/sec) 10/1
Time lapse intervals 0.5 second
CONTINUOUS PHOTO RATES No
Usability Features
Storage Memory microSD with at least Class 10 or UHS-I rating
Preview Screen 2" touch screen
Ports micro HDMI, USB-C
Brand GoPro
Model CHDHB-501
Warranty 12 months
Size 6.23 x 4.49 x 3.3 cm (2.5 x 1.8 x 1.3 in)
Weight 117 grams
(4.13 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Price
  • Durable, waterproof design
  • Compatible with many existing GoPro accessories
  • Removable battery
  • Easy to use
  • Good audio quality

What's bad

  • Weak image stabilization
  • Limited resolution and frame rate options
  • No exposure controls
  • No RAW capture

While GoPro is no longer the only option on the market for high-quality action cameras, they are one of the oldest. Their latest release, the GoPro Hero (2018) takes the essential features of their popular cameras and streamlines the experience to offer an affordable action camera aimed at casual users and first-time buyers. But does the stripped-down feature set still provide enough value with other makers jumping into the market?

Looking at the GoPro Hero (2018) it features the same design as the Hero 5 and Hero 6. The camera is housed in a grippy grey shell with a 2-inch touchscreen on the rear, the lens and monochrome information display on the front and a few buttons to switch modes and capture images or video. It’s also waterproof up to 10 meters (33 feet.)

The Hero (2018) uses the same 1220mAh removable battery packs used in other models. Finding extra batteries for extended shooting sessions is easy. A single battery provides roughly 80 minutes of recording time at 1440p and just over two hours at 1080p.

However, those are the only two resolution options. And, since 1440p switches to a 4:3 screen ratio, you’ll likely want to stick with 1080p. While the resolution pales in comparison to many of the 4K action cams on the market, reviewers found the 1080p footage crisp and smooth. There’s also no HDR, and the camera lacks the ProTune mode of pricier models. Due to these limitations, the camera struggles in low-light and high-contrast shooting environments.

Despite the limitations, reviewers found the limited feature set make the camera easy to use. The 2-inch touchscreen provides a basic list of shooting modes and settings while Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and voice commands make it easy to interact with the camera during intense action.

The camera uses a 10MP sensor, so still images captured by the camera won’t compete with those of even flagship mobile phones, let alone a pricey DSLR. But reviewers felt the images were more than enough for time-lapse shots and capturing interesting moments.

They also scaled image stabilization back from previous high-end GoPro models. There’s just enough there to help smooth out the jarring bounce of a jog or the bumps in a bike trail, but the resulting footage is still far from completely stable.

On the audio front, the camera includes a three microphone array. The camera’s software chooses the best two sources dynamically to capture stereo sound. Reviewers found audio quality impressive -- a critical concern since the Hero (2018) does not support external microphones.

There’s no internal storage on the GoPro, so you’ll need a microSD card with at least a Class 10 or UHS-I rating to ensure smooth recording and optimal quality. However, both micro HDMI and USB-C outputs provide plenty of connectivity options for offloading footage or previewing the results of your shoot.

While it’s far from the most feature-rich action camera available, GoPro didn’t intend for it to be. As an entry-level action camera, reviewers all agree that the price and features combine to offer excellent value. Pocket-Lint says, “The 2018 Hero is a decent entry-level model for first-timers, who'll no doubt be drawn to this more affordable purchase.” Tech Advisor says, “There are cheaper options, but all are compromised in one way or another: the 2018 GoPro Hero is a great all-rounder.”

Critic Reviews


BGR

A casual action camera that works well

from BGR

If you have been planning to buy a GoPro for sometime but could not justify the price then Hero is the camera made for you. With Hero, GoPro is not trying to do anything different but is rather trying to offer some of the best features from its premium offering in a package that most consumers can afford.

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If you have been planning to buy a GoPro for sometime but could not justify the price then Hero is the camera made for you. With Hero, GoPro is not trying to do anything different but is rather trying to offer some of the best features from its premium offering in a package that most consumers can afford.

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Tom's Guide

Great midrange action camera

from Tom's Guide

The GoPro Hero is a full-featured action camera with above-average performance, an easy-to-use mobile app and image stabilization.

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The GoPro Hero is a full-featured action camera with above-average performance, an easy-to-use mobile app and image stabilization.

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Pocket-lint

Best entry-level action camera for first-timers

from Pocket-lint

Despite some minor shortcomings in video quality compared to the full-fat GoPro lineup, the 2018 Hero is still a lot of fun and really easy to use. It'll make an ideal secondary GoPro for existing users, or a decent entry-level model for first timers - and it's this latter group which will no doubt be drawn to the more affordable Hero.

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Despite some minor shortcomings in video quality compared to the full-fat GoPro lineup, the 2018 Hero is still a lot of fun and really easy to use. It'll make an ideal secondary GoPro for existing users, or a decent entry-level model for first timers - and it's this latter group which will no doubt be drawn to the more affordable Hero.

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Expert Reviews

A go-anywhere action camera that sticks to the basics

from Expert Reviews

Despite the name, the new GoPro Hero isn’t an aspirational camera: if you’re looking for 4K recording, advanced video controls or the very best possible image quality, you’ll be disappointed. And don’t forget there’s no GPS either – if you want to record your car’s G-Force, you’ll need to get the Hero5 or Hero6 Black.

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Despite the name, the new GoPro Hero isn’t an aspirational camera: if you’re looking for 4K recording, advanced video controls or the very best possible image quality, you’ll be disappointed. And don’t forget there’s no GPS either – if you want to record your car’s G-Force, you’ll need to get the Hero5 or Hero6 Black.

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NDTV

Good video quality in daylight, decent battery life

from NDTV

The new GoPro Hero costs around as much as the Hero5 Session, which sounds great at first since you finally get a GoPro with a display at this price. But that doesn’t necessarily make it the better pick. The Hero has an upper hand thanks to its bigger battery, rear display and HDMI output, but...More

The new GoPro Hero costs around as much as the Hero5 Session, which sounds great at first since you finally get a GoPro with a display at this price. But that doesn’t necessarily make it the better pick. The Hero has an upper hand thanks to its bigger battery, rear display and HDMI output, but at the same time, has very limited shooting modes compared to other models, and you’re pretty much stuck at 1080p.

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Tech Advisor

A great all-rounder

from Tech Advisor

The Hero is a solid choice for anyone looking for an action camera under £200. It's easy to use, reliable and waterproof without a separate housing. Plus it offers decent video and sound.

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The Hero is a solid choice for anyone looking for an action camera under £200. It's easy to use, reliable and waterproof without a separate housing. Plus it offers decent video and sound.

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Deccan Chronicle

Same, yet different — but equally great, cheap

from Deccan Chronicle

The Hero (2018) is a no-brainer and one of the best budget action cameras out there yet. This camera is all about simplicity, and we found it one of the best out there. The waterproof and rugged body and the simplicity offered is what the GoPro commands and all this in a small price are worth a p...More

The Hero (2018) is a no-brainer and one of the best budget action cameras out there yet. This camera is all about simplicity, and we found it one of the best out there. The waterproof and rugged body and the simplicity offered is what the GoPro commands and all this in a small price are worth a product to have along with you on every trip.

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TechRadar

Back to basics, and all the better for it

from TechRadar

There are better-specified action cameras out there for a similar price, including ones that offer 4K video, but they don't have the refined design and polished controls of the GoPro Hero. This is a great action camera for the budget-conscious or novice user.

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There are better-specified action cameras out there for a similar price, including ones that offer 4K video, but they don't have the refined design and polished controls of the GoPro Hero. This is a great action camera for the budget-conscious or novice user.

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Digital Trends

The Hero casual users need

from Digital Trends

The Hero is GoPro’s most focused camera for beginners yet, and we really appreciate that. GoPro has distilled the key qualities of its user experience into a simple, affordable camera. As an entry-level model, it’s the best GoPro has ever made.

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The Hero is GoPro’s most focused camera for beginners yet, and we really appreciate that. GoPro has distilled the key qualities of its user experience into a simple, affordable camera. As an entry-level model, it’s the best GoPro has ever made.

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ePHOTOzine

Reasonable price , easy to use

Overall, if you're just dipping your toe into the world of video capture or are looking for an action camera you can capture video with a couple of times a year while you're exploring the world, the HERO is well-worth considering, particularly as the GoPro software makes it easy to produce content for YouTube.

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Overall, if you're just dipping your toe into the world of video capture or are looking for an action camera you can capture video with a couple of times a year while you're exploring the world, the HERO is well-worth considering, particularly as the GoPro software makes it easy to produce content for YouTube.

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