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GoPro Introduces New Cameras With Updated Price Points

By    |   Monday, 29 Sep 2014 01:58 PM

GoPro has introduced a line of new cameras meant to satisfy the adventure junkies and the average Joes as the company develops its next generation of tools.

Engadget.com reported that the new GoPro Hero model comes in three versions for three different kinds of users — professionals, prosumer/consumers, and entry level. The tech website said the top-of-the-line Hero4 Black has two key features: 4K video recording at 30 fps, and 1080p at 120 fps. Users will also be able to use a "highlight tag" to mark key moments in a video via a Wi-Fi button on the side.

Those not keen on forking over $499, though, should opt for the $399 Hero4 Silver, which features an LCD preview screen

The entry level Hero costs just $129 and can shoot up to 1080p at 30 fps. It also takes 5-megapixel stills in a waterproof case with a built-in battery, Engadget.com noted.

"At just $130, it really is going to challenge all those no-brand cameras that only really compete on price," the site reported.

Geoffrey A. Fowler, of The Wall Street Journal, said the new GoPro cameras have enough upgrades to make them more user friendly for everyone.

"I've had a chance to dangle two of the new GoPros out of a cable car, clamp them to a go-kart, and strap them to a 'selfie stick' — among other vacationing challenges — and the experience was eye-opening," Fowler wrote for WSJ. "The cameras suffer from a short 2.5-hour battery life, but GoPro is now worth considering as the go-anywhere camera for the rest of us."

Liana Bandziulis, of Wired.com, wrote that one of the biggest knocks against GoPro cameras in the past had been its performance in low-light settings but that seems to be one of the biggest improvements with the new-generation models.

"Video settings can drop to 6400 ISO, and for stills, a new setting called Night Photo and Night Lapse can leave the sensor open for up to 30 seconds for long-exposure images," Bandziulis wrote. "Although a DSLR or decent compact system camera still outperforms the GoPro for handheld photos at night, the GoPro has great potential for stunning long exposure shots when left on a tripod."

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