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Having dominated the sport/action HD video camera scene, GoPro is not stopping anytime soon with their latest product: the Hero+LCD with touchscreen features. Retailing at $299, the newest GoPro camera is the first in the company’s line to feature an LCD touchscreen, a feature that has been missing from standard Hero models. The camera debuted in the US on June 6 and the company intends to provide further upgrades for their latest device. However, the updates will be kept to a minimum as not to elevate the Hero as the entry-level camera of choice.
The GoPro Hero+LCD Capabilities
The GoPro Hero+LCD is capable of capturing video at the maximum quality of 1080p at 60fps. Although the company has some 4K models in store – and more expensive at that – the 1080p offered by the Hero+LCD is more than adequate for those who want to capture videos of their adventures and upload them to video-sharing platforms like YouTube.
In addition to video, the Hero+LCD can also shoot 8-megapixel still images, which is an improvement over the 5 MP still capability of other models.
The Hero+LCD also features WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity which allows users to pair the device with the smartphone app of GoPro or their wireless remote. With the touchscreen feature, navigating the menu and choosing settings are made much easier. That said, accessing it requires opening the rear cover as the latest Hero model can’t be removed from it’s waterproof casing.
On a bull battery charge, the Hero can offer as much as two hours of use.
Trim Videos for Easy Sharing
A software feature not available in other GoPro models comes bundled with the Hero+LCD: in-camera trimming for videos. Basically, what this feature does is allow users to remove footage they find not relevant at the beginning or end of a video making it easier to share favorite, highlight clips of the video through Instagram, Facebook and more.
The Hero+LCD will be compatible with the wide array of mounts and accessories offered by GoPro. The latest Hero model will be available outside of the US beginning on the 12th of June.
Although the features of the current Hero model aren’t exactly next generation, the touchscreen feature does come in handy for those who want easier access of their devices.