March 29, announced, GoPro’s latest camera is simplified, compact model simply referred to as the Hero. At $199, it’s the least expensive model in the lineup of GoPro which includes an integrated LCD monitor. The Hero looks much as the most recent generations of GoPro, the Hero5 and Hero6 Black, with the same grey body that’s watertight without a case along with a two inches touchscreen at the back. That is since the Hero incorporates a number of the best characteristics from these higher end GoPros while offering a narrower concentrate on ease of use which must make it attractive to first time action camera buyers.

Like it is less affordable peers, the Hero is suitable with the GoPro app and will automatically edit videos through QuikStory. It also offers comparable durability, being watertight down to 30 legs, just 3 legs short of the Hero6 Black specifications. And needless to say, The hero is compatible with present GoPro mounts. So where’s that $200 price difference? . For one, the Hero cannot shoot 4K. It can take beyond 1080 p to 1440 p at up to 60 frames per second. Still images will also be lower resolution, simply turning it into double digit in 10 megapixels. Voice control can be included, but the camera has to be powered on for the voice commands to work, the Hero6 Black uses a special chip which allows users to turn it on by voice.

GoPro also has not ditched video stabilization on a cheaper model, but since it does not appear to utilize the strong GP1 processor found in the Hero6, we do not anticipate its stabilization functionality to be as excellent. GoPro claims the Hero unites the $299 Hero5 and $399 Hero6, but doesn’t mention the Hero5 Session that sits in the same price point. The session is GoPro’s smallest camera, offers a 4K video at 30 fps and a voice control, but does not have room for the screen. Beyond initial time action camera buyers, GoPro suggests the Hero is perfect for children, travellers, and social network users which might not need to complete list of attributes the flagship Hero6 offers. GoPro ended its other year update schedule last year with the HERO6, and ended up posting the first profit in just two decades as a result. Adding a spending budget option is most probably part of the company’s attempts to stabilize following a rough couple of years with decreasing earnings and increasing competition.