GoPro Hero Review: Entry Level Yes, But With A Punch

If you are looking to dip into the world of action cameras without breaking the bank, then this could be the camera for you.

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The GoPro HERO is GoPro’s entry level action camera, but that’s not to say it doesn’t still pack a punch. If you are looking to dip into the world of action cameras without breaking the bank, then this could be the camera for you.

For the price, the specs are impressive, with the camera shooting in up to high quality HD 1080p at 30fps, (or 720p at 60fps) and a rich array of features including QuikCapture, SuperView and Auto Low Light mode.

Unlike its big brothers, the GoPro HERO is built directly into its waterproof casing, so it is always going to be ready for action in any sport or weather. The draw back of this is that if you do damage the casing, (say in a fall from a bike) it’s not just a case of swapping it for a new one like with the more expensive GoPros.

Now let’s dive a little deeper into the technical specs and features of the GoPro HERO.

Video Capture

As mentioned above, The HERO shoots up to 1080p video at 30fps, although the camera’s default mode is 720p at 60fps.

The 720p video is actually captured in 4:3 video and then digitally stretched to fit standard 16:9 wide screen format. When shooting in default mode Auto Low Light will be enabled to make sure the video is bright enough.

Video Quality

Video capture is good quality and will look acceptable on most computers, however, when viewed on an HDTV, picture will not be as sharp as you will get with the higher spec cameras in the GoPro range. The camera captures colours well and they will be a fair representation of the actual scene.

For the price, video quality is good and stacks up well against other lower end action cams.

The camera features GoPro’s wide angle lens, allowing you to capture immersive, engaging footage.

Here is a demo, showing the HERO’s video quality at 720p.

Photo Quality

The GoPro HERO captures still photographs at a resolution of 5MP.

Also included are time lapse mode (which automatically captures a photo every 5 seconds) and burst mode, which can shoot up to 5 photos per second. The burst mode is particularly good for shooting action sequences.


As mentioned above, the HERO is built directly into its casing and is waterproof to a depth of 40m. It’s built to withstand the conditions associated with a diverse range of action sports and tough enough for dirt, sand, dust etc.


The GoPro HERO weighs just 3.9 ounces, so you can easily carry it around with you or mount it to your gear.

Audio Capture

The HERO includes a built in microphone and has a Skeleton Backdoor, which enhances audio during low speed activities.

I should point out that the camera does not have an accessory port (as the higher spec GoPros do), which means there is no way to plug an external mic into the camera, although the in built mic should be perfectly acceptable for most uses.

On that note, there is no Micro-HDMI port either, so you won’t be able to plug the camera in and play video directly on your TV.


A microSDHC card slot supports cards up to 32GB.

Value for money

Overall, the HERO is a well equipped entry level action cam, that will accurately capture your experiences and can withstand extreme weather and conditions.

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