Updated 31 Mar 2015

GoPro

Hero

Snapshot: The GoPro Hero weighs 111g when in the case, and has time-lapse but no image stabilisation. How well does it perform?

Hero
Consumer score
SCORE
Average price

$240

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Test results

Overall score
51
Daylight
?/10
Artificial light
?/10
Low light
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Durability
?/10

Good points

  • OK for shooting in daylight.
  • Excellent battery life.
  • Comes with case.
  • Does time-lapse.

But

  • Poor for shooting in low light.
  • Has no image stabilisation.
  • Doesn’t have a monitor.
  • Doesn’t have a remote control.
  • Doesn’t have an HDMI output.
  • Doesn’t do slow motion.
  • Can’t be controlled via mobile.
  • Doesn’t have a wireless link.

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How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Daylight (25 percent) - video quality in daylight conditions
  • Artificial light (25 percent) - video quality in artificial light conditions
  • Low light (25 percent) - video quality in low light conditions
  • Image stabiliser (20 percent)
  • Battery (5 percent)

Key data

Model

Average price
$240

Specifications

Weight (g)
111
Weight in housing (g)
111
Dimensions (cm)
7 x 7 x 4
Dimensions in housing (cm)
7 x 7 x 4
Minimum/maximum operating temperature
Not stated
Water immersion depth (without/with case, m)
Not stated
Ingress protection (IP) rating
Not stated
Submersible case
Included
Highest picture resolution
2592 x 1944
Main video codec
H.264
Minutes/GB (highest quality)
9
Optical zoom range
1
Digital zoom range

1

Sensor size
Not stated

Features

Image stabiliser

No

Monitor
×
Touchscreen

No

Remote control
×
USB port
HDMI output
×
Microphone input
×
Photo capture
Time-lapse
Slow-motion recording
×
Autofocus
×
White balance adjustable
×
Dedicated video capture button
×
Windfilter cut off
×
Mono audio microphone
Stereo audio microphone
×
GPS
×
Wireless link (WiFi etc)
×
Buttons accessible when in case

Yes

Full display readable in case

Yes

Attachments

Headband or goggle
×
Helmet
Multidirectional mount
×
Surface-mount (non-adhesive)
×
Bike-mount (non-adhesive)

Not tested